Apple iPhone 5 (GSM)

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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 angel841 (Currently owns)

    The phone is exellent. If you love iphones this is the one to get. Super thin and light. The design is superior to anythin else. My only complain about the design is that my phone came with a dent out of the box, it is small, but noticeable. The 4" screen is beautiful, though I still like the 3.5" of the iPhone 4 and 4S. The games takes advantages of the bigger screen. Battery last all day. iOS is getting old, but if you have an iPad and a mac, the ecosystem beats any advantages that android customizability or "openess" that it offers. Messages, facetime, apps and iCloud all work flawlessly between devices, no other ecosystem offer anything near that. Great phone and great ecosystem. Thats all.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by JRX16 (Currently owns)

    Aluminum unibody is more beautiful and rugged, but also makes the phone more slippery (needs a case). Camera exhibits more chromatic aberration than previous iPhone. Display still not as great as the HTC One X. iOS showing its age. Beyond those few minor complaints, this is best and most beautiful cellphone I've ever owned. Battery life is fantastic, performance is unmatched. It's a shame to hide it away in a case because of it's gorgeous craftsmanship, but it's scary not to as the phone is slippery and the black anodized one especially will chip if it hits the pavement. 9/10, best iPhone to date, best smartphone I've owned (I've owned 4 iPhones and 3 Androids).

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by sigitp (Currently owns)

    I have used Galaxy S3 for 2 months and iPhone 5 for almost 3 weeks. I am not a fanboy of any platform, but I choose the iPhone 5 as my daily driver, mainly because of its simplicity and amazing battery life. Also its very light, I don't feel like carrying a phone in my jeans. I hope more and more apps updated to support the 4 inches screen soon.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by hardmelon17 (Currently owns)

    really love it from its design, HD display, performance and software. I definitely recommend buying this phone although its price is a little bit high. but it needs some improve like bigger screen and battery life. Apple should make big changes in next version of iPhone because it doesn't really show significant changes from the older version.


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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Jabman. (Currently owns)

    All in all the new iPhone 5 is a great phone with great hardware by the hardware nerds at apple HQ that is being held back by the software nerds who work for apple. In a perfect world, had the iPhone 5's software improved as much as it's hardware this new device could have been the first 10/10 in my books.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by tobyadams (Currently owns)

    This is a great phone and most certainly the best I have ever used. All other phones are judged on how they compare to this and therefor sets a benchmark in the tech industry. Why do these reviews have to be 50 words? Who reads them / cares for more than the ratings these days!?

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Mightybrawler (Currently owns)

    A great phone overall, and terrific for general usage. Mainly, my transition from Android has been smooth so far, making the iPhone 5 a great addition to my tech family. Without getting into specifics, iOS is what works for me, and technically speaking, the device hits almost all of the right marks. However, my full review will be coming up soon, posted within the "Apple Core" Forums. Stay Tuned!

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by maxspeed (Currently owns)

    With so many perceived problems, how could you give it a 10 ?

    1. Maps.app ---> Previous maps did not have navigation or vector based graphics. It was recently found that the google maps.app actually used more data than the current version. Living in Ontario, I havent found any issues with directions. I owned a GS3 before the iphone 5 and can say the navigation is definitely better on android.

    2. Browsing --> On the iPhone 5 with LTE service, Safari renders pages faster than any other device Ive ever owned. As well, downloads are very quick. I was able to download a 60 meg podcast in 15 sec in downtown Toronto. The touchscreen on the browser on android is not as forgiving, it has to be hit in a certain way which takes away from the experience of using the browser on android. iPhone on LTE has the best browsing experience overall.

    3. Camera --> I previously loved the camera on the 4S. It would capture some great moments. With the GS3, I struggled to get a good steady shot as the plastic rounded back were more difficult to hold. I found the pictures not to be as sharp. The big difference with the iphone 5 is the speed of the shutter and how fast it can render the panorama. Its almost instant. The low light performance is decent as well, not DSLR quality, but it edges out the 4s. The HDR mode is much more subtle as well.

    4. Broad based applications --> This is where iOS shines, android / windows phone 8 / blackberry do not have a ecosystem which can compare to the level and depth of apps like garageband and iphoto.

    5. Battery life is slightly worse than the 4s. This could do with the fact that LTE is not available everywhere and the phone keeps searching for an LTE signal. This is where android has the edge, with a widget that you can quickly enable/disable bluetooth,wifi, LTE.

    Overall, it is a fantastic product and you cannot go wrong if you pick the iphone 5. Also, with warranty issues, you can take it to the apple store and swap out for a new one the same day. This cannot be said for android phones.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by TheWaveable (Currently owns)

    The iPhone 5 is one terrific smartphone. Ignore the naysayers — even without any awesome technological breakthroughs, it’s a sizable improvement over the iPhone 4S in nearly every regard, and in those areas that didn't see an upgrade over its predecessor -- camera, storage capacity -- one could make a strong case that the iPhone 4S was already ahead of the curve. Every area, that is, except for the OS. If anything, it's the operating system here that's beginning to feel a bit dated and beginning to show its age.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by tillman (Currently owns)

    With all the negative hype surrounding this product, I was skeptical about it when I received it. And man, I was not let down by Apple.
    Speed:
    This is one of the fastest phone I have ever used. My previous phone - HTC One X was plenty fast but, occasionally it would stutter and slow down until an app would crash. With iPhone 5; it was very hard to crash any apps. For example: on an iphone 4, if the app is already opened once it reopens fast until you've cleared it from the app tray. On iPhone 5, it doesn't matter where it is opening for the first time or has been cached. This is most visible in 'Settings' app.
    Screen:
    The screen is gorgeous. It easily surpasses HOX, SGS3, GS Captivate, iPad 2 and iPhone 4. And, it is bright enough for use in direct sunlight.

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