Apple iPhone 5 (GSM)

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Reviewed by alldaysays (Currently owns)

Design is amazing, as it always is with Apple and Jony Ive. However, battery life is not enough to get me through a day, (I'm a medium user) but close. The aluminum back is beautiful, but too sensitive to use without some form of case or bumper. The thinness of the phone compared to iPhones of old is second to none. It does have a tendency to feel cheap because it is so light, but one can get past that. In the iPhone 4 and 4S, the home button did not have a "click" sound and feel. This sounds petty, but hear me out. In the iPhone 4, the button went down cleanly and did not resist much. The home button in the iPhone 5 seems to be a downgrade. I hope that makes sense. A friend of mine who also has an iPhone 5, has reported lock button issues to me with her phone. Her lock button goes down and back up like normal. However, it does not do anything. So as a result, she is stuck using AssistiveTouch. As a precaution, I have begun doing the same. Overall, I would recommend the iPhone 5, but only if iOS is your thing. iOS has somewhat expired, and needs a refresh which we will hopefully see at WWDC in June.

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  • Design 9
  • Display 8
  • Camera(s) 8
  • Reception / call quality 8
  • Performance 10
  • Software 7
  • Battery life 7
  • Ecosystem 9
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