I Was Wrong: Well-Made iPhone 5 Is a 'Miracle'
Farhad Manjoo praises the beauty of Apple's 'boring' new gadget
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Oct 8, 2012 1:05 PM CDT
A customer tests the new iPhone 5 at the Apple store in Hong Kong Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.   (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)

(Newser) – When Apple first unveiled the iPhone 5, Farhad Manjoo was one part of the legion of tech pundits declaring it "boring." But after owning the device for about a week and a half, he's changed his tune—drastically. "The iPhone 5 is the best phone ever to grace the earth," he now writes in Slate. "When I pick up the iPhone 5 and examine it closely, I find it difficult to believe that this device actually exists."

Forget the stats and features; the iPhone is just exceedingly well made. It mostly does the same things as its competitors, but it's just plain nicer. "Apple is building products at a level of quality that may be unprecedented in the history of mass manufacturing," Manjoo writes. You don't think you care about how nice a phone "feels." You care about function, not form. But pick it up, and you'll realize that its incredible, precisely engineered form deeply affects your experience. "As Steve Jobs might say, how it feels is how it works." Click for Manjoo's full column.

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Feb 5, 2013 6:49 PM CST
I don't mind giving away a little free advertising for apple. I lost my phone at a ski resort just before new year's. When they called me last week to tell me it had been found, I was happy- but sure that it wouldn't even power on. Well, after a month in a snowdrift after my region has experienced a variety of weather patterns (snow storms, meltdowns, torrential rain, and bitter cold), this phone not only turns on, but it works perfectly! The only slight deficit it has is that the speaker is a tad fuzzy. Time will tell what kind of corrosion it might develop, but I think that this really speaks to the quality of apple products. Say what you will, but when I invest my money into a product that would cost me $750 to replace, I am glad to know I picked one that withstood the elements so well.
Oct 9, 2012 6:43 AM CDT
I've been carrying the same cell PHONE for years. It's a PHONE and it works marvelously well for PHONING people. The battery lasts for a week. The best part? My cell PHONE bill is about twenty-six bucks a month. All that other stuff I do on my android pad... on wifi... for free.
Oct 9, 2012 12:02 AM CDT
A "miracle"? It's a fucking PHONE.