Apple iPhone 5 (GSM)

9.0
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Reviewed by RoboDad (Currently owns)

A year ago I moved from a Windows Phone to an iPhone 4S, in part because of the stellar reviews for it's 8MP camera, along with the rich and mature ecosystem.

Once I started using it, I did find one thing lacking - the 3.5" display. It always felt cramped. So, when the iPhone 5 details began to leak, and a new 4" screen appeared to be on the horizon, I knew that I would have the opportunity to "fix" the one glaring issue I saw in my phone. The new design, faster processor, and LTE were just icing on the cake.

Having used the phone now for a week, I can say that it is everything I had hoped it would be, except for one area. Performance is stellar, battery life is at least on par with my old 4S (which is impressive, considering the larger screen, faster processor, and thinner, lighter design). The display is a thing of beauty, and apps are getting updated to take full advantage of it at a breakneck pace.

The only real disappointment for me is the camera. As great as the 4S camera was, and although the upgrades to the camera in the 5 are noticeable, I think that Nokia has really raised the bar with the camera in the Lumia 920, and I had hoped that Apple would have made similar strides for the iPhone. For that reason, I only gave the camera a score of 8, because all things are relative.

Other than that (really minor) complaint, this is definitely the best, fastest phone I have ever seen, and it suits my needs very well.

The Breakdown

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  • Design 10
  • Display 10
  • Camera(s) 8
  • Reception / call quality 10
  • Performance 10
  • Software 9
  • Battery life 8
  • Ecosystem 10
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