At Labour Weekend,
visiting family meant having three iPhones and three iPads
logged on to my home Wi-Fi network.
Why, was I asked by one of my children, did I not have an
iPhone - as I sat there with my Samsung phone and lap top.
In fact, I had never even touched an iPhone, let alone used
That all changed with the iPhone 5S arriving courtesy of
Nicole Bain from Gen-i Dunedin.
The iPhone 5, which has a recommended retail price of $1049,
was full of promise and I wish I had been able to write this
review in glowing terms.
Although the iPhone 5 Gold was frankly amazing to look at, it
was a struggle for a committed Samsung user to use.
Battery life, compared to some of the other devices trialled
in the past two months, was shocking.
Even with everything turned off, the battery just drained
away using social media, news apps and my favourite - the
One reviewer reported getting two days of use out of one
charge, so perhaps the battery was faulty. Nicole was having
Apple has opted to increase the screen size, but by
lengthening the device and keeping the width the same.
The home screen had a good selection of apps, some already
loaded for a review device. Downloads were seamless once I
had set up an account.
One of the frustrations was having to have my normal SIM
changed into a nano-SIM.
But once I had downloaded my Google mail account, all the
contacts and details shifted over seamlessly.
Bowing to other reviewers, I note the iOS 6, Apple's most
up-to-date mobile operating system, means good maps and
locations within 20m of where you are.
The camera was a dream to use and I could send photos to my
daughter's iPhone without her having to go online and
download them, as she does when I send from a Samsung.
Being able to do that for both my son and daughter makes me
tempted to swap phones when my contract is up at the end of
There is a lot to like about the iPhone 5.
It has a sleek, distinctive design, almost an accessory to
bring out and flash in certain circumstances.
I will try to get another chance at using the iPhone 5 before
deciding whether to join the rest of my family.
Apple iPhone 5S (RRP $1049)