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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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by Color9 (Previously owned)

    Great Phone, i love the design, the ecosystem, i would recommend to anyone. great competition with the nexus and gs3. The performance is great. battery last a long time for me. i suggest you get it. easy to use. get a nice case for it. both colors look great, though white is my favorite.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by spanev (Currently owns)

    The best smartphone I ever had ( and still have ). The design, the display, the performance, everything works perfectly. I bought my iPhone 5 two months ago and I'm still very pleased and surprised by its power. In short I highly recommand you this smartphone which is (I think and I'm pretty sure ;-)) the best on the market ! :-)

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by mkuntsal (Currently owns)

    iPhone 5 is a solid phone, that's for sure. However, it brings to the table not much more than iPhone 4S. Even though Nexus 4 didn't come to my country officially, I looked for a Nexus 4 for weeks. (In foreign countries, black market, etc...) Still couldn't get my hands on one. Finally, in early January I gave up and bought an iPhone 5. Overall, it is a GREAT phone. But as a nerd and power user, two things bother me the most:
    - Outdated OS (the same since 2007)
    - Tiny tiny screen with a low resolution (the resolution is phenomenal for that screen size but still gives you little space for browsing and general workflow)

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  • 10.0
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    Reviewed by WT_Rudi (Currently owns)

    A really perfect phone! Awesome!

    It looks awesome, it feels awesome and it performs awesome! I´m happy with every single part of this genius phone! It does get some scratches, but that´s not such an issue - I only have 2 very tiny ones after using it since October without a case.

    All in all, the iPhone 5 is a big step forward.

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  • 7.0
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    Reviewed by Tyler Ressler (Currently owns)

    At the time of my upgrade, I was set on buying the iPhone 5. Now, three months after the purchase, I almost regret ever thinking of buying the phone. Don't get me wrong, the phone is good. But the limitation in terms of customization and the feel of time-warn software and the same old thing seen with ever other iPhone ruins my experience with the phone. The phone itself is good, but for one who finds customization a must, do not expect anything like that with the iPhone.

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  • 4.0
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    Reviewed by cheeto0 (Currently owns)

    Iphone feels really dated and limited. I used this phone for a week and changed my mind and returned it. I now have the galaxy note 2 for a few weeks and I am very happy with it. The iphone feels like a small limited toy now. As a basic smartphone it performs well but is overpriced. For a power user like myself its very limiting. I can get a lot more done on my note 2.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by marcozuma (Currently owns)

    I've thought a lot before buying it, but finally i'm satisfied!
    The thing i love the most is the amazing display and his high performance in 3d and 2d apps, and photos!
    The OS is very simple (never had before). Design is unique and the thikness only 8mm is awesome.

    Many people told me that iphone 4s is same that iphone 5...
    Just one thing: iphone 4s looks like my mother's flat iron compared to iphone 5.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by mdooley (Currently owns)

    The best phone you can buy. Agreed on all points with Joshua's Verge review. Can't wait for iOS 7, which will put this phone back on top. Truly the only thing issues are with the software. And apparently 5-inch, 1080p screens are going to be all the rage soon...I have no doubts Apple will answer the call.

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  • 1.0
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    Reviewed by mansome (Currently owns)

    I've had the original iphone, iphone 3g, iphone 4 and now iphone 5. Ive gotta say that iOS feels extremely dated. I ordered the Galaxy Note 2 a few weeks ago and I love it. I do not plan on going back to iOS. At least until they actually decide to make thimgs much more innovative.

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  • 9.0
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    Reviewed by P_Mowery (Currently owns)

    Design: As Josh mentioned, this phone feels like jewelry. The feel of the phone is incredible, especially compared to other, plastic phones. This phone is superlight, to the point where I won't even feel it in my pocket.

    Display:A very nice, but not the best, display. While it can experience discoloring at angles, it is a very functional display.

    Cameras: For some reason, I am not impressed by the rear camera. While it takes

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