iPhone 5 and the Mobile Law Office

The release of the iPhone 5 has seen hundreds of reviews flood the web. The consensus? The iPhone 5 is amazing. It is both thinner and lighter than the iPhone 4S, all while delivering a larger, more vivid screen coupled with an even better 8MP camera. The bad? Apple Maps is the most half-baked piece of software Apple has released since MobileMe.

For lawyers on the go, the iPhone 5 offers a compelling new feature that most reviews mention only in passing: LTE support. LTE (Long Term Evolution) is a new wireless data standard, and offers speeds in excess 20-30 Mbps.

I tested the iPhone on Bell’s LTE network, and saw data transfer rates of 27Mbps down and 11 Mbps up.

Your phone’s data is now faster than most home broadband connections.

While you’re on the road, you can tether your laptop (or your tablet, for that matter) to your iPhone via its built-in mobile hotspot functionality. You’ll be surprised at just how snappy your cloud-based applications are.

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