Apple iPhone 5 (GSM)

Verge Review

Ah, to review the iPhone 5; what a blessing, and what a curse. It's actually funny to think that there was a time not that long ago that the iPhone wasn't even a thing, let alone an iconic part of pop culture. A time when an Apple-made phone was just a fantasy; a blogger's fever-dream; a secret glimmer in the eye of Steve Jobs and his team of engineers and designers. But the iPhone has become very real. In fact, it's grown up, moved out, and taken over the world. Well, half the world anyhow....

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Basic Specs

Thickness 0.3 inches
Weight 0.25 pounds
Form factor Slab
Screen size (diagonal) 4 inches
Carriers AT&T
Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 6.0

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Tech Specs

Hardware

Height 4.87 inches
Width 2.31 inches
Thickness 0.3 inches
Weight 0.25 pounds
Form factor Slab
Color White / Silver, Black / Gray
Loudspeaker Mono
Noise cancellation Hardware (multi-mic)

Display

Screen size (diagonal) 4 inches
Technology IPS LCD
Pixel arrangement RGB
Resolution (Y) 1136 px
Resolution (X) 640 px
PPI 326
Touchscreen type Capacitive

Connectivity

Carriers AT&T
GSM Yes
GSM frequencies supported 1900, 900, 850
UMTS / HSPA Yes
UMTS frequencies supported 900, 2100, 1900, 850
LTE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi support 802.11n, 802.11g, 802.11b, 802.11a
802.11n frequencies 5GHz, 2.4GHz
GPS Yes
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth version Bluetooth 4.0
Tethering / mobile hotspot Yes
Media streaming AirPlay

Processor

Manufacturer Apple
Model A6
Clock speed 1 GHz
Number of cores 2

Memory

RAM size 1 GB

Storage

Internal size 64 GB, 32 GB, 16 GB
External No

Front Camera

Resolution 1.2 megapixels
Video resolution 720p

Rear Camera

Resolution 8 megapixels
Flash LED
Focus type Autofocus
Video resolution 1080p
Video framerate 30

Software

Operating system iOS
Launch OS version 6.0

Interface

Video out Yes
Headphone jack 3.5mm
Other ports Lightning

Sensors

Sensors Compass (Magnetometer), Proximity, Ambient light, Gyroscope, Accelerometer

Battery

Removable No

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Pin-Apple (Currently owns)

    WAY the best Smartphone yet. The thinnest smartphone.....(the oppo does';t have a jack )...very light -great materials...perfect screen size with superior colors saturation ...LTE is great and the new camera lens makes the difference,...A6 chip is a miracle!!...very very economical!..Drawbacks...well ...i was waiting more in iOs6 ...but now with Johnny Ive i believe iOs 7 will be superior. Battery life is being improved but not...great...and it is expensive...but it's still the best phone out there.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Armuel9000 (Currently owns)

    The most amazing phone ever. Its so freaking awesome and I love it so freaking much. I love everything about it. There is absolutely nothing wrong with it (Apple fixed maps) and its freaking brilliant. If you do not want to buy this phone you are freaking crazy. Buy it and suck it android.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by pjdfender (Currently owns)

    The iPhone has both many haters and many lovers. This is what keeps Apple going and creating new products. Although it is not a Galaxy S III in size it is so much more on the inside. There is something about the ability to hold something in your hand that just works and this is true about the iPhone 5. Even the maps app has improved and using in around where I live has yielded no problems. I strongly recommend getting one. You will not be upset with your purchase it is perfect for everything from email, to pictures, to amazing apps.

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  • 8.0
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    Reviewed by 2sixty2 (Currently owns)

    Camera- great. Eco-system- unbeatable. Performance- rapid. But this iphone definitely feels like a less complete package than previous generations.

    The lack of a decent maps app isn't just a chink in the armour, it's like turning up to battle without a sword. In London having got used to the excellent public transport directions in iOS5 swapping my 3GS to an iphone5 feels like a bizarre step backwards in my autonomy. Travelling seamlessly between the city's multiple transport networks is now a fond memory; replaced by clumsy fumbling through a series of 3rd party apps trying to find the most appropriate one for each specific journey.

    The design ticks all the right boxes:- Thin. Light. Premium feel. But the new aluminium body is so easily scratched it is impossible to use this phone without a case. One day of this phone in the pocket without a case yielded a small dent and several scratches. What's the point of a premium finish if to be in any way functional it needs to be hidden behind a comparatively bulky, and tacky cover?

    I appreciate iteration and innovation both have their place in advancing technology, but stepping backwards is unacceptable. A great phone, but Apple can do better.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by jrasero23 (Currently owns)

    LTE Finally!, 4" is it enough for you?, lighter, thinner, faster. iOS getting long in the tooth. Maps are bad. Beautiful slate and black look. poor quality control and durability questions.

    I came from Galaxy Nexus and while I will miss the openess and customization of Android, I will not miss having second tier apps or waiting for good apps. Also apps just perform better on Apple.

    4" is a big upgrade but coming from a Galaxy it seems small. The biggest disappointment is the Maps (which do suck) but the quality control. I along my antenna there is discoloration which I didn't notice in the store, also it came with 2-3 minor nicks. I will be returning but just sad to see scuffgate is true!

    Case up and enjoy

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Drummertist (Currently owns)

    I've never had a better smartphone than my iPhone 5. It really is incredible. The thinness and lightness will throw you for a loop and it's uniform thickness make it one of the thinnest phone on the market. The battery is kill: I can go through a whole day of heavy use and have 60% battery left.

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  • 2.0
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    Reviewed by designerfx (Currently owns)

    If there is a reason to buy an iphone, there is only 1 : you are already stuck in their ecosystem (which is not a boon), and are somehow forced into buying.

    There is no logical reason to buy a phone which is a marginal hardware bump (with plenty of losses such as camera and battery life), aside from essentially supporting apple suing samsung. Other apple devices may be competitive, and the 4s was a big improvement - but this is not.

    Veridct: skip until next iphone model if you have a 4s.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by sam1234567890 (Currently owns)

    One week on Verizon LTE model, coming from iPhone 4 (and before the 3G and the original) on AT&T.

    Positive surprises: User experience even faster than I expected. Feels light and expensive, awesome in hand. Better battery life than expected. Maps and nav have worked great (in SF Bay Area at least). Many 30-pin accessories work with 30pin-Lightning adapter (like Wahoo Ant+ dongle). Siri is actually very useful. Lot of apps already optimized for larger screen.

    Negative surprises: Verizon coverage worse than AT&T where I work and live. Home button click is louder than earlier models.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by iMosa3da (Currently owns)

    Frankly, I don't have this phone, not because I hate it, that's because I'm in UAE, and Apple didn't officially launch it here. Anyway, I loved this phone, I'm dreaming about the day Apple will launch it here in the UAE, reasons to get this phone are basically, iOS, the cameras, it's screen, it's size, it's amazing design...

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Marrvelous (Currently owns)

    Been using my iPhone 5 for a few weeks now, undoubted the best iPhone yet and by far the best build quality for a smart phone on the market. Its super fast and lag free, making the experience seamless. The only issue is IOS is getting to the point that its been left behind by its competitors, if IOS 7 has all the areas like improved maps, and possibly live tiles which is much needed then it will bring Apple back to the top. In Conclusion a fantastic phone.

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