Apple iPhone 5 (GSM)

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Reviewed by Jimbo99 (Previously owned)

I took 3 points right off the bat for software, Apple's iOS had a lead on Android, but Apple maps was a total fail that was 2 of the 3 points. Siri, well the Siri demo and what it really does in the real world one comes away with totally different impressions from the keynote and real world experience. I kept wanting to really give Apple a 4 or less for the fails of maps & the rigged Siri demo. If iOS wasn't as good as it is, I'd have no problems going lower than 7. Anyway, the apps also keep the software from going below a 7. Apple owes it's 3rd party developers a big thanks for that. Although I fail to see anything much better for Apple than I do for Android these days.

Any of my ratings of products is really intended for what I was able to compare product for product rather than whether the product was a true 10. Let's face it if the two finalists of a beauty pageant are a 4 and a 5 on a scale of 1-10, the 5 is going to get 9's & 10's, and the 4 will get 8's & 9's. The new HTC One and the Samsung S4 are simply better hardware today. The software's base systems and for the most part the apps are a push at this point. Apple edges Android for Siri, Google voice search isn't quite the same. Android edges iOS with google maps vs Apple maps. Yeah, I know Apple finally was able to get google maps, but that was google bailing Apple out in the end because Apple wasn't going to admit they were trying to get rid of google. To be honest, I would've let Apple eat that one, but google has an implied obligation to support even Apple users.

That's what skews these scores I guess, the difference in reviews dates. My iPhone5 review is 7 months after introduction, 7 months ago the Apple was probably 9's & 10's, but things change in 7 months and Apple even knows it.

Anyway, the new champion is the HTC One aluminum, The S4 is around the corner, but Apple made sure they made it harder on Samsung by suing them so often.

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