Phil reviews the iPhone 5

October 10, 2012
by Philip F. Jacobus, CEO
Yesterday, I received my new iPhone in the mail. I am a Verizon Wireless user and I ordered it so it would be delivered to me because there was no way I was going to go stand in line.

Some of you may have unlimited data accounts with Verizon. If you upgrade your phone to 4G, Verizon will not let you keep the unlimited data program but if you buy the phone, which I did, then you can keep your unlimited data program.

The new phone is noticeably lighter and noticeably thinner than the iPhone 4 or 4S. The screen is also bigger and allows you to have one extra row of apps on the home page.

There are also some cool little features.

You can take a panoramic picture that some of you may have seen on television.

In your email, you can select VIP people and you can click on your VIP icon and just see email from those people whom you consider to be VIPs (in my case, my wife and business partners).

I believe that the Apple maps are not as good as the Google maps but I am pretty sure that everyone is talking about that. I just created an icon for Google maps and I continue to use it.

Verizon does not allow you to browse and talk on the phone at the same time in the same way that AT&T does. But I have such a great deal with Verizon I could not move.

I can read DOTmed Business News on my phone now or on my iPad so that is one less thing I have to carry home. Just in case you are not already doing it, you may consider it.

Last but not least, I believe the battery is a little better, but I cannot tell until I have had the phone for a few days.

By the way, switching from my iPhone 4 to my iPhone 5 was a piece of cake. I backed up to iTunes and then followed the prompts to install the phone and restore all of my data from iTunes.

My lovely wife, Barbara, who is a longtime Blackberry user, is going to experiment with my iPhone 4. If she does not like it, she will go back to her Blackberry. If I see you at ASTRO or RSNA, I will let you know what happened.

I know that in 2013, we are going to be writing about some iPhone apps used in health care so be on the lookout for that.