The sixth-generation Apple handset is touted as the "biggest thing to happen to iPhone since iPhone". That's no word of a lie. With more power, a better camera, arguably the world's best operating system, a larger, four-inch screen and a new, sleeker design, the iPhone 5 is the thinnest, lightest, fastest and best-looking iPhone ever.
At just 7.6mm thin and weighing in at a featherweight 112 grams, the sixth-generation iPhone is 18 per cent lighter and 20 per cent lighter than the 4S model. But it's also better in ways that you can't even measure.
Take the screen, for example. At four-inches, it's large enough to let you watch widescreen HD video. And with 326 pixels per inch and 1136-by-640 resolution and higher colour saturation, the iPhone 5 really brings movies and apps to life.
But that's not all. The iPhone 5's connectivity options mark it out as a truly next-generation handset. 4G support (depending on the network you choose) means you'll enjoy mobile internet speeds up to six times faster than 3G.
Speeding things up even more is the super powerful A6 processor, that's twice as fast as the A5 that powered the iPhone 4S. Not only does this give the iPhone 5 an amazing sense of 'snap' when you're zipping through menus, opening and closing apps, it also handles 3D graphics better than ever for some amazing mobile gaming experiences.
All that extra power must be a drain on the battery, though, right? Wrong. The A6 is custom-made to work with the iPhone 5 and is designed to be as power-efficient as possible. The result is eight hours of browsing, or eight hours of talk time or up to 10 hours of video playback.
Need a phone that doubles as a great camera too? Don't fret. The iPhone 5 more than fits the bill. Apple have taken the iPhone 4S's brilliant eight megapixel iSight camera and added enhanced HD video recording and a panorama mode that delivers truly jaw-dropping shots. Better still is that the camera app has been improved too and now offers better low-light performance, 40 per cent faster photo capture and noise reduction technology.
And the improvements aren't restricted to hardware. The iOS 6 software has been given a far-reaching - and amazing - overhaul too. The voice operated Siri digital assistant app now lets you speak posts to your Facebook page and delivers voice results for where to eat and what movies to watch. And to help you get around there's the all-new Apple Maps mapping solution, with turn by turn directions, real-time traffic information and spoken directions.
Other features of the iPhone 5 include 16GB of storage, a secondary 1.2 megapixel camera for video calls with the FaceTime app and a choice of tens of thousands of great apps and games from the App Store download market.