SAN FRANCISCO -- I got the chance to play around with the iPhone 5 on Wednesday after Apple's launch of the new smartphone. Here are some initial thoughts:
-- It really is remarkably light. I picked it up expecting it to feel about the same as my current iPhone 4S, but it felt noticeably lighter in the hand. The phone was still sturdy, though -- better than the plasticky feel of other smartphones on the market.
-- The 4-inch retina display is crisp and clean.
-- An Apple rep walked me through the upgraded Maps app, which now includes turn-by-turn directions. No more driving with one hand and reading directions off the iPhone with the other hand (we hope). The function appeared to work well, although we'd like to see it in a real-world driving situation.
-- The upgraded camera shot nice photos for a smartphone, with what appeared to be less fuzzy edges on subjects (the photo of Tim Cook and Dave Grohl on this blog post was shot with an iPhone 5). I also tried out the new panorama feature, which was easy to use and created a nice, long photo of the Apple demo room.