I think it was a good improvement over the 4s on a lot of levels, but the display falls short and that's really the most important part of the phone. Aside from that the design is quite nice and the internals are great. People expecting much more than they got were deluding themselves.
But the size of the display is disappointing and I played with apple maps today and it sucks. I mean really sucks. I searched for a store in Toronto and all sorts of unrelated hits came up on the map. 16 hits came up with all sorts of variations of the spelling I actually entered, all completely unrelated to what I was looking for except the 1 in 15 that was correct, but that I couldn't find except by clicking each pin individually. This is aside from the rendering issues, misplacement of entire cities, bad directions, etc.
The thing is, I use my phone less in its capacity as a phone and more for just about everything else in which the bigger the screen, the better, within reason (the Galaxy note is too big). I think most people are the same and that's why large displays have become so popular. They're better for gaming, better for reading, better for browsing, better for email, and better for navigation. They might not feel quite as nice as an iphone 5 in your pant pockets, but as long as they're not so bulky as to be difficult to put in your pocket, I don't think it's an issue except for the crowd wearing skinny jeans. If you have properly fitted pants (unlikely for SW&D folks), you'll probably be fine with a gs3 or whatever.
And to be honest, a wider phone actually fits better in the interior pocket of a sportsjacket where my phone frequently resides. I can't be the only one SFer that gets really annoyed when his iphone falls sideways in the inside pocket of my jacket, creating discomfort and an unsightly bulge in my perfectly fitted borrelli jackets. I'm always putting it back up to its vertical orientation. Annoying! (ya ya, first world problems) A slightly bigger phone should actually avoid that issue.
Edited by GQgeek - 9/24/12 at 6:58pm