Is it even possible for Apple to top the design of the iPhone 5? History says yes, but it's hard to imagine how the company could improve on the nearly perfect smartphone.
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Late to the Party: The iPhone 5 is the most beautiful smartphone I have ever used

iphone5Have you ever held perfection in your hand? I have, and it’s called the iPhone 5. What’s that, you say? There is no such thing as perfection? Then you must not have seen the iPhone 5.  The phone has been out since last fall, so I will spare you a lengthy review, but I just had to let it be known: the iPhone 5 is the most beautiful smartphone I have ever used.

Yes, I am late to the party. I know this. I’ve only had the phone for a month. But I knew when I switched from Android to iOS that device design and build quality were a guaranteed plus. Apple has never let me down in this area even if some of their hardware definitely looks dated in hindsight.

Remember that G4 Cube? The clamshell iBook? We could even consider the first gen iPod. Dare I mention the first iPhone? The point is, they all wowed people at some point. But Apple’s continued dedication to design means newer models simply make the older hardware look a bit silly.

ibook clamshell

But I digress. I’m talking about the iPhone 5 now: its slim proportions, the craftsmanship, the glass and aluminum design. You still have the iPhone 4? A great phone in it’s own right, but go ahead. Be jealous.

Listen, I’ve seen everything the other team has to offer. From the Motorola Droid to the Samsung Galaxy S4, nothing quite touches the iPhone 5. There were a few bright spots. A few diamonds in the rough. I always thought the Galaxy Nexus was a bit underrated in terms of design. The HTC One and One X were impressive feats of hardware manufacturing.

But we could debate that all day, and you can mince words when it comes to the actual software powering all of these phones, but if given the option to choose my phone on first sight without ever powering it on, the iPhone 5 will win every time. It’s as simple as that.

The iPhone 5 is such a nice handset, I won’t even be upset if Apple releases the 5S with little to no external modifications. Apple could leave the iPhone design how it stands for the rest of time. Competitors will still be hard-pressed to come close to topping it.

Again, I’ve only had the phone a month. At the same time, I should expect to be bored with it by now. But I can’t lie. Somedays I hold this marvel of engineering in my hands and just stare. Take it all in. Run my fingers around its edges. Toggle buttons just for fun. Glimpse my reflection in the shiny Apple adorning its back.

I have found the perfect smartphone for me, and it’s name is iPhone 5.

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