iPhone 5: Is 'Incremental' Update Worth It?
Reviewers see 'incremental' improvements
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Sep 13, 2012 7:32 AM CDT
Apple CEO Tim Cook speaks in front of an image of the iPhone 5 during an Apple event in San Francisco, Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu)

(Newser) – The new iPhone is finally here, but it doesn't bring many mind-blowing changes. Still, critics are impressed with its size, weight, and a number of other features. What some are saying:

  • "It's not a revolutionary phone, but it is a very nice release," writes Jesus Diaz at Gizmodo. "It's thinner and faster than ever, with a new form factor that uses a gorgeous panoramic screen with more resolutions and less consumption. It also surfs the web much faster ... Overall, it seems they have incrementally improved every single aspect of the iPhone."

  • "What's most noticeable about the new device," according to Joshua Topolsky at the Verge, is "how thin and light it is. The 7.6mm, 112-gram chassis is incredibly sleek, and exceptionally light ... it feels almost too light in the hand." Still, it's "sturdy and solid-feeling."
  • But then there's the new Lightning dock connector. "Man, is this going to be a pain," laments Farhad Manjoo at Slate. Say goodbye to all your docking devices (speakers, car connectors, etc.), not to mention all your old iPhone charging cables. "Tens of millions of iOS-compatible accessories have been rendered obsolete," unless you shell out $29 for an "ungainly" adapter. Why couldn't Apple use micro-USB like everyone else?
  • And if you're mulling whether to go for the new iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy S III, or the Windows-based Nokia Lumia 920, AllThingsD offers a handy chart comparing their specs.

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Sep 13, 2012 10:32 AM CDT
It's just Apple's way of stuffing their pockets by overpricing a phone that does a lot of things marginally good.
Sep 13, 2012 10:16 AM CDT
What a great way to fatten the Apple coffers! First, release a new iPhone that is just barely better than the old one, according to comments by those who've bought one. Second, put a new plug on it and gouge all your customers thirty bucks for an adapter that cost fifty cents to make so your customer can use all his stuff. Brilliant! And all you Apple idiots will still snap them up...
Sep 13, 2012 10:02 AM CDT
The minions of Apple will buy it no matter what