Farhad Manjoo has done a 180 on his iPhone 5 stance. “No, This Is Not The Best iPhone Ever” has turned into “The iPhone 5 Is a Miracle”. What changed in the past month? Well, Manjoo actually used the device.
Now, almost a month later, it’s time for me to get something off my chest: I’ve made a huge mistake. I’ve had the iPhone 5 for about a week and a half, and I’m still annoyed about the dock connector thing. But it’s a small problem, and in retrospect I was wrong to allow myself to become overwhelmed by dock-based frustration.
That’s because, in all other ways, the iPhone 5 is the best phone ever to grace the earth. It beats every single rival on just about every metric you can think of, including speed, battery life, and especially beauty and workmanship.
Something I’ve noticed in this past month reminds me quite a bit of the first iPhone: the touch factor. That is, some people seem unimpressed when they first hear about the new iPhone. But then they use it and they immediately need one.
I’ve personally heard about and/or seen this a dozen times so far with the iPhone 5.
I was actually this way (believe it or not) with the first iPhone simply because I was never a person who used a phone all that often. But that was my mistake, thinking about it as a phone — you know, a device that makes calls — when it’s so much more. I didn’t fully understand this until I used the device at an Apple Store.
The iPhone 5 is obviously a bit different. Some people seem underwhelmed because the device looks similar to previous iPhones. And some of the specs sound similar to a bunch of other phones out there. But then you pick it up…
This is completely true. My initial reaction: boring. My reaction now: love.