Apple iPhone 5 (GSM)

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Reviewed by jackmclintock (Currently owns)

Physically, this is a massive step up over the 4/4S. Having owned every iPhone since the 3G, the 5 blows away all past models when it comes to construction and build quality. The aluminium unibody construction feels solid and resilient, something which couldn't be said of the 4/4s. The new display is brilliant, and even though it is just 0.5 inches larger, it feels far bigger, and it is next to impossible to go back to any prior iPhone, with all previous iPhones feeling cramped compared to the 5. The new cameras are a solid upgrade, and while the low light performance wasn't as great as I was expecting, it is still superior to any other smartphone camera I have used. The performance of iPhone 5 is just insane. Lag and stutter is a thing of the past, with everything reacting instantly. When it comes to 3G performance, I am routinely getting 3G speeds of around 9 Mb/s. This is 3x the speed I was getting on a 4S, and it is mind-boggling to think that this isn't even LTE. iOS is, unfortunately, starting to lag in new features and updates when compared to things like Jellybean and Windows Phone 8. iOS 6 is a solid update, but things like Maps are a big step back. Apple really needs to up their software game next year. Overall, this is a great phone, unquestionably the best iPhone to date, if not the best smartphone period. While iOS 6 is a bit of a letdown, it is more than made up for by the incredible design and quality of iPhone 5.

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  • Design 10
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  • Software 7
  • Battery life 9
  • Ecosystem 9
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