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Hands-on: iPhone 5

Hands-on: iPhone 5

Whether you are an Apple fan or not, we're pretty sure you've heard about Apple's latest iPhone 5. Hardly surprising news though - after all, the iPhone 5 has been a much talked-about device in the techsphere, even way before its official unveiling on the 12th (US time) this month. So what's the big deal about the latest iOS 6 device? We can't give you the details yet without first testing it and running through the usual hands-on 'shebang', but hey, here's a quick look at the iPhone 5. Don't say we didn't warn you but it will be pretty intensive on the pictorial side of things!

 Apple iPhone 5: Notable Features

  • Apple A6 processor 
  • 4.0-inch TFT IPS / 1136 x 640 pixels
  • 8-megapixel / BSI sensor / f 2.4
  • Siri
  • iOS 6
  • Supports LTE and DC-HSDPA

The main, or rather, the obvious, difference between the iPhone 4/4S and iPhone 5 is of course, in the latter's longer 4.0-inch screen. Otherwise, the design remains pretty much the same, with both boasting of a premier aluminium/glass exterior.

One thing that we also noticed - Apple wasn't kidding when they proclaimed that the iPhone 5 is very light, because it is. Holding its predecessor in one hand and it in the other, we could definitely tell the difference.

iPhone 4 photo comparisons aside, we also put the iPhone 5 next to its bigger Android competitors. If you are still uncertain about getting the iPhone 5, rest assured, there is a huge array of WP8 and Android alternatives for you to consider. Otherwise, here's a shot of the iPhone 5 next to Android devices with 4.3-inch screens. From left to right:

We didn't leave out the bigger Android players as well, this time showcasing the likes of recent devices with 4.7 to 4.8-inch touch screens. From left to right:

While not reflective of an in-depth review, we managed get the iPhone 5 results for Geekbench, a cross-platform processor benchmark available for Mac OS X, Windows, Linux, iOS, and Android, which will provide a rough indication of what to expect from its A6 chip and memory performance.

Not enough iPhone 5 content? Not to worry, there's always a video to wrap things up. With that said, check out our video below (coming soon) as we give you a closer look at the iPhone 5's form factor and a quick glimpse at the cosmetic differences and camera start-up time between the device itself and its bigger Android competitors.So be sure to check back this space for the video update!