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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    Reviewed by Mihail (Currently owns)

    Thinner, lighter, metal back AND a bigger display? Yes please. Twice as fast in REAL usage as the 4S which... is no slouch. And the cherry on top a HD facetime camera. Hardware wise the iPhone 5 is everything I wanted. iOS on the other hand is getting a bit left behind. Its very well polished but nothing to wow us this year.
    Overall the hardware is a big TEN for me, and iOS is an EIGHT.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by thepcguy (Previously owned)

    I would like to see live (not dull) icons, quicker access to wifi and bluetooth settings, better maps and would sacrifice thinness for better camera. Other than that... Wow, best phone ever but that's not news the iphones performance, ecosystem and app variety are unmatched by anyone, not even close...

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by looey94 (Currently owns)

    The phone is amazing, the only flaws are the native maps app, and the letter-boxed apps, and the black iPhone scratches are ugly, but most of those things will be fixed eventually. I love the camera it is among the best I have used on a smartphone, Siri is improved a whole lot.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by gjac0m (Currently owns)

    Excellent builded device with solid materials, awesome and very clear display and smoking fast performances with great battery life. Nothing else to say except that it's the best iPhone ever made and it will give solid competition to Samsung, HTC, Motorola, LG.

    Buyers will be satisfied with this excellent device.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by badjokes (Currently owns)

    Vastly better then 4s on iOS 5. maps app is absolutely 100% better then google maps, i was constantly getting lost when driving places but turn by turn is great. I only use maps for 2 things, finding places and navigation, so its perfect for me. overall speed is noticeably better. I can say now having owned 5 different smartphones since 2008, the iPhone 5 is the very first smartphone that I can truly say i am happy with as far as performance/speed goes.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by Daws001 (Currently owns)

    Physically, this phone is sublime. I love the iPhone 4/4S design so I'm glad Apple didn't sway far from it. The aluminum back is a very welcome update as I cracked the 4S' glass back twice. The larger screen is great while still being comfortable to hold and operate one-handed.

    The most surprising thing, however, is how light it is. I still haven't gotten used to but my pockets say thank you! The battery looks to be much improved over the 4S. Also, LTE! It's like night and day from the creepy crawling 3G speeds.

    The only knock I would give the phone is that I desperately want a shortcut for bluetooth, wifi, and hotspot controls. Having to go through Setting to toggle them is a hassle. Otherwise, the iPhone 5 is a worthy successor to the 4S and a great phone!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Oxygen (Currently owns)

    An overall incredible device but with some flaws that stop it from being perfect, for example, the mediocre maps app and the unfortunate removal of the YouTube app. I must say the new earpods are actually quite nice! :) The new dock connector is a bit of pain but the actual feel of it and how plugs in is very nice. I wish Apple would adopt this connector on the iPhone 4 and 4S they're currently selling to help it spread faster. But overall, an amazing - but not revolutionary - device!

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by aberaf (Currently owns)

    Solid device. Beautifully crafted and masterfully executed. iOS is solid, albeit lacking a little bit of the classic Apple finesse. The feel of the phone is impeccable. My only gripe is not having dynamic icons. Apple can pull this off. I'm not sure why they are not doing this. Could be the deal they have with Microsoft that they won't copy each other.

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by MuccaUgo (Currently owns)

    Finally upgrading from 3Gs. It's light, solid, beautifully crafted.

    This is by far the most beautiful piece of technology I ever had.

    I love Siri, and maps are better than previous here in Milan, so I have nothing to complain.

    It's amazingly fast! And the photos are really beautiful. Panorama works really easily!

    Best phone in the planet. Until next iPhone obviously.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by numberoneoppa (Currently owns)

    Let's face it, it isn't a revolutionary phone. However, nobody really expected it to be. Now I'm mostly done with the iPhone (I'm a proud GNex users on a regular basis), but I have to hand it to Apple here, they've made *probably* the closest thing to a perfect phone that's existed so far. Sans NFC, if you like iOS, then there's nothing really missing here. Good battery life, screen, hardware finish, camera, performance, app selection.

    Well done, Apple.

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