Engadget Goes Hands-On With The iPhone 5 [UPDATED WITH VIDEO]

The iPhone 5 was announced earlier today and happens to be the largest upgrade since the iPhone 4. The rumours throughout the summer were literally spot-on if you compare our ‘rumour roundup’ to the actual device.

After that long nearly two hour event, the media had a chance to go hands-on with the devices backstage. Engadget was one website with a VIP pass and they have posted some pictures of the iPhone 5. Allow us to share some photos with you, as if you haven’t heard enough about the iPhone today:

The two-tone back plate design is present on both the white and black model iPhone 5. You can really notice the slimness of the devices compared to the iPhone 4S. This new iPhone was noted 18% slimmer at 7.6 mm thick.

You can pre-order the iPhone 5 beginning on Friday, September 14th. The cost for an unlocked iPhone ranges from $699 and $899 in Canada.

UPDATE: Engdadget has just posted a hands-on video of the iPhone 5 too. Watch it below:

Let us know in the comments what you think about the iPhone 5.

[via Engadget]

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  • xxxJDxxx

    Looks like white is the winner this year. The two-toned back doesn’t look good in that black anodized aluminum IMO. White and aluminum go great together though!

  • RyanStOnge

    Yeah the black one looks plain. I have always preferred the black model up until this year actually.

  • rhodz_99

    $699 is way too expensive, i am planning to avail thru telus early upgrade once availble.

  • zapperman

    At least they got the name right…

    …other than that, I am pretty disappointed. I was hoping (dreaming) that they had pulled one over on us all and the leaks were planted. I have a 4S and have had a 3GS and a 4 – this is the first time I can say that I don’t intend to upgrade to an essentially only taller iPhone. Sure, it’s a great phone and it will sell like crazy – just not to me. Maybe next year I’ll get that just-a-tiny-bit-wider phone. That’s all I ask.

  • xxxJDxxx

    To me its funny that someone who upgraded from the 4 to the 4S would say that THIS isn’t significant enough to upgrade. Bigger, better screen, faster processor, more ram, LTE. IMO its a much more significant upgrade that the 4->4S

  • You’ll be waiting a long time for a wider iPhone. It would mess up all of the current app designs, either making them look ugly or having to float them in the middle. I can’t see Apple ever making that change.

  • zapperman

    4 to 4S had significantly better camera and Siri which I use for native voice dictation. Processor for me on the 4S is fast and I don’t have LTE here and won’t at least for a year. I also don’t have memory issues. And I really dislike the headphone jack on the bottom. A taller identical screen just doesn’t do it for me enough. Just my taste. Maybe next fall though.

  • RyanStOnge

    The 4S was a nice phone, but if I was on a 4 I wouldn’t upgrade to the 4S because a better camera and siri isn’t worth it. On the other hand, a taller device with LTE and a better processing chip is well worth the cash.

  • zapperman

    Yes, because developers WOULDN’T spend that relatively short amount of time to make the required changes to their apps? Haha – come on… they are doing that NOW with the taller screen, or did you miss that?

  • Moving a few elements around to fit a taller screen is a relatively simple task. In a large number of cases, it’s almost automatic. Shift interface elements up and down to the new top and bottom and create a larger content area. Done.

    Rebuilding every graphic element in an interface to be a little bit wider is an ENTIRELY different venture. Making the screen slightly wider would require even more interface re-design work than what the retina display change needed, and look at how long it took app designers to make retina-compatible app updates.

  • Kirk

    you are right zapperman but just like what they say in the keynote, Apple is more concerned about how the phone feels in someones hand..I think the width is fine as it allows you the space to press everything with your thumb. I seriously doubt apple will change it.

  • The whole idea behind the current width of the iPhone is that you can use it with 1 hand. Try that some widescreen smartphones.

  • zapperman

    Of course you guys are right, but from a guy with big mitts, I was hoping. I definitely don’t like the oversized Androids, was just hoping for like 1/4 to 1/2″ or so.

  • zapperman

    Yes, but the developers and designers would do it. Or do you think it’s not wider because Apple wanted to appease the developers now? The other commenters appear to get it…

  • xxxJDxxx

    Its funny though because most of the ‘hands-on’ reviews I’ve heard so far have said that the black looks way better. The guys on the Verge basically just said that if you get the white you are a fool. But i dunno, in pictures at least, the white looks much better IMO.

  • Rejie

    @ zapperman… So u changed from ip4 to 4s cuz that was enough of a jump for u for Siri? But this isn’t? That’s y I waited from the 4 to this… Shudve waited bud.

  • zapperman

    Um, yeah, that’s what I said …quite clearly I think, with the stated reasons, and the reasons why I wouldn’t get the 5, so I’m not clear on the purpose of your post? I’m not tied to any contract so it’s really not a matter of waiting. But “good for you” I guess? Whatever works for everyone. Like i said, it’s just my preference, just like I know a lot will love the 5 – what’s not to like? It’s a great phone, just not for me this time is all.

  • I’m going to stick with tradition and get black. I did opt for a white iPad 3 though, and it does look cool in white.