Mobile and Wireless: iPhone 5: How Its New Perks Stack Up Against the Smartphone Competition

By Michelle Maisto  |  Posted 2012-09-14 Print this article Print
The iPhone 5 Is Pretty Darn Thin

The iPhone 5 Is Pretty Darn Thin

The iPhone 5 measures 7.6mm thin, besting the Samsung Galaxy S III, which measures 8.6mm, and the HTC One X, at 8.89mm.
The response to Apple's iPhone 5 has been mixed, though everyone seems to agree that demand for the new smartphone should keep conveyor belts churning for some time. While research firm Strand Consult called the iPhone 5's look a "minor facelift," IHS analyst Daniel Gleeson called it a "significant departure from previous models" and a "fundamental change in product design." Apple made it thinner, longer, faster and lighter—and yet some were disappointed by what they felt was a lack of a new "wow" feature. Starting at $199, it's certainly nothing to balk at—it's a handsome, feature-rich, marvel. But these days the market—happily for us—doesn't exactly want for such things. There are great devices available today—and coming in time for holiday sales—at great prices and running both Android and the Windows Phone operating system. Is the iPhone 5 for you? Below, eWEEK put some of the device's new features in perspective. The good news, for potential buyers and enterprise users, is that there are no losers here.
Michelle Maisto has been covering the enterprise mobility space for a decade, beginning with Knowledge Management, Field Force Automation and eCRM, and most recently as the editor-in-chief of Mobile Enterprise magazine. She earned an MFA in nonfiction writing from Columbia University, and in her spare time obsesses about food. Her first book, The Gastronomy of Marriage, if forthcoming from Random House in September 2009.

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