It has been 2 weeks since I received my iPhone 5 and I am bored. It just works and does what I need and without any major failings in performance. I guess I could count the fact it cannot connect to any WPA2 Wi-Fi connection as a major failing, but at least that offers me some excitement when trying to figure out how to fix it. The phone was exchanged 2 days ago and I still cannot connect to my WPA2 network despite the fact that my iPad can and my son’s iPhone 3GS (also on iOS 6) has no problems. It has been suggested that it is a problem with my network, but this is a network that has had no problems at all with any iOS device or any product of any other brand previously so I am putting this one on the iPhone 5, as are many others with the same complaint.
Anyway, yes I am bored for a number of reasons. The phone doesn’t do anything more than the iPhone 4S and so I am not seeing a huge benefit. The new App Store design is so poor that I can’t work out what is new and what isn’t, and the number of taps required to find anything is a huge retrograde step. The speed is unnoticeable because it never, ever slows down and everything works perfectly.
It’s daft I know and this is the smartphone I always wanted; copious amounts of memory, amazing speed, a great screen in all conditions, good battery life (about 25% better than the 4S with my usage), excellent camera and every possible task covered with ease via a number of third party apps and the built in software.
I can’t fiddle around with the home screen, add widgets or change icons. I can only tap icons, pull down the notification center and do everything I want in under a second. There is so little interaction to get things done that the phone is almost anonymous at times. I never think about it, even when I am using it, and so the childish boredom kicks in as I wonder where my smartphone has gone, the smartphone that is in my hand.
The iPhone 5 is incredible. So good that most of the experience has gone and you just don’t notice it. Everything seems easier, quicker and is accomplished in the blink of an eye. It is by far the best smartphone I have ever used and it isn’t going anywhere. It is what I always wanted, but it’s also maybe gone a step too far and I can see some people I know losing interest very quickly. I may wobble from time to time, but seriously- it is an amazing smartphone.