We just got our hands on Apple's latest iPhone 5 so let's open it up and see what's inside.

Apple iPhone 5 64GB Black. Unboxing

iPhone 5 & iPhone 4/4S form factor comparison

iPhone 5 Accessories

First impressions is that it's very light and "feels" less solid / well built" compared with the iPhone 4/4S, however on closer inspection the build quality is outstanding. Hardware controls are in familiar places except for the 3.5mm earphone jack which is now at the bottom next to the lighting connector and speaker grill. Let's boot it up!

After powering up, the new 4inch retina display immediately jumps out, it's appears much larger compared to the 3.5inch displays that's been on the iPhone since it's launch and is beautiful! Although the DPI is the same 326 DPI, colours are richer and more vibrant. With the taller screen, using it one handed will take some time to get use to. I find my self changing grip so my thumb can reach the top of the screen. Don't get me wrong, it's still perfectly usable, but after 5 years of using a 3.5 inch screen it will take some time to get use to.

I've used an iPhone 4 for the past 2 years and immediately noticed the speed bump with the iPhone 5. Input is immediately executed along with perfectly smooth animation. Using Mud Map HD's SmartTOPO map view as a comparison, the iPhone 5 maxed out at 60FPS compared to the iPhone 4 with 15FPS. It's just awesome!

Unfortunately, I don't have 4G LTE coverage where I am so I can't really provide a direct comparison. Other reviews have closed a real world average speed of 25-40mbps downlink and 15 up. That's pretty impressive given the average ADSL connection is around 15 mbps down and 1-2mbps up.

In summary, the iPhone 5 is impressive in pretty much every way.

AuthorLi Xia