While it's definitely the best iPhone to date in most respects, a number of small issues hold it back from being the undisputed dominant phone this year.

- Jeffrey Van Camp , Digital Trends 

The iPhone 5 improves upon a great smartphone in every way while offering a shockingly thin and light design.

- Mark Spoonauer , Laptop Magazine 

Reviews summary

8.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 63 reviews

What's good  

  • Sharp 4-inch retina display
  • iOS 6 brings 200 new features to the iPhone including improvements to Siri and Facebook integration
  • Computing and graphics processing tasks are handled much better with the new Apple A6 SoC processor
  • Faster mobile data is available with support for both HSDPA and LTE networks

What's bad  

  • Lacks NFC wireless technology for currently developing mobile payment systems
  • Comes with a new dock connector called Lightning that makes old docks and other accessories obsolete

Apple is out to rule the world smartphone market once again with the release of the latest iPhone, dubbed simply the iPhone 5. Unlike some of the previous models that were released by Apple in the past few years, this new one actually brings several major changes to the table, including a larger screen, a more powerful processor, and faster wireless technology. It also comes in a body that’s made with anodized aluminum, making it a full 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. People from all over the world have been itching to get their hands on a proper iPhone 5 for a long time now. Was it worth the wait?

The biggest change in the 5 that can be seen with the naked eye is the use of a 4-inch panel on its touchscreen display. The iPhone has always had a 3.5-inch screen since the release of the original back in 2007. But with the new model, the screen has been stretched vertically, resulting in a taller display that offers 16:9 viewing with higher native resolution and higher pixel density—1136x640 pixels and 326 ppi, to be exact. This new 4-inch Retina display has room for one extra row of apps on the home screen but otherwise, it works in the exact same way as its 3.5-inch counterpart.

Its also faster all around, thanks to a new dual-core Apple A6 CPU that’s said to offer double the speed and graphics performance of the chip in the previous-generation model, as well as a single-radio LTE solution that gives faster mobile data connections than ever before. In the absence of LTE networks, it also supports HSDPA data. And of course, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both still onboard.

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Other noteworthy hardware changes include a slimmer 8MP iSight camera with Panorama mode and improved video stabilization, a better microphone setup for higher quality voice during phone calls, and a new dock connector called Lightning. This new dock solution has already earned the ire of many current iPhone users because it renders hundreds of fully-functional iPhone docks and other accessories obsolete. Apple could have gone with USB to replace the older dock connector for convenience, but users only get Lightning. Those who want to use accessories that are now incompatible need a $30 adapter that’s sold by Apple separately.

There are a couple of missing features on this year’s new iPhone. These are microSD card support and NFC wireless technology. Lack of the former means that user-available storage space is limited to just what’s on the device itself, and the lack of the latter makes the new iPhone incompatible with new mobile payment systems that are quickly gaining traction.

The base configuration of the phone offers 16GB of storage, which should be more than enough for most users. Those needing more can upgrade to a 32GB or 64GB model.

In the iPhone 5, an old expression rings true: the more things change, the more they stay the same. It brings a number of hardware and software changes, some more welcome than others, and the price for each model still varies mostly based only on the amount of internal storage. It’s an attractive handheld computing solution in more ways than one, especially with the introduction of iOS 6. But users of the iPhone 4 or 4S may find that it’s not worth recycling their current handsets just yet.


Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Apple iPhone 5's screen is 4 inches with 1136 x 640 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a ARM v7 Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 6 (Update Available: 9) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1400mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10.5 days standby time, 600 minutes (2G), 480 minutes (3G), 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

8.6/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 63 reviews

What's good  

  • Sharp 4-inch retina display
  • iOS 6 brings 200 new features to the iPhone including improvements to Siri and Facebook integration
  • Computing and graphics processing tasks are handled much better with the new Apple A6 SoC processor
  • Faster mobile data is available with support for both HSDPA and LTE networks

What's bad  

  • Lacks NFC wireless technology for currently developing mobile payment systems
  • Comes with a new dock connector called Lightning that makes old docks and other accessories obsolete

Apple is out to rule the world smartphone market once again with the release of the latest iPhone, dubbed simply the iPhone 5. Unlike some of the previous models that were released by Apple in the past few years, this new one actually brings several major changes to the table, including a larger screen, a more powerful processor, and faster wireless technology. It also comes in a body that’s made with anodized aluminum, making it a full 18% thinner and 20% lighter than the iPhone 4S. People from all over the world have been itching to get their hands on a proper iPhone 5 for a long time now. Was it worth the wait?

The biggest change in the 5 that can be seen with the naked eye is the use of a 4-inch panel on its touchscreen display. The iPhone has always had a 3.5-inch screen since the release of the original back in 2007. But with the new model, the screen has been stretched vertically, resulting in a taller display that offers 16:9 viewing with higher native resolution and higher pixel density—1136x640 pixels and 326 ppi, to be exact. This new 4-inch Retina display has room for one extra row of apps on the home screen but otherwise, it works in the exact same way as its 3.5-inch counterpart.

Its also faster all around, thanks to a new dual-core Apple A6 CPU that’s said to offer double the speed and graphics performance of the chip in the previous-generation model, as well as a single-radio LTE solution that gives faster mobile data connections than ever before. In the absence of LTE networks, it also supports HSDPA data. And of course, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are both still onboard.

Show more

Other noteworthy hardware changes include a slimmer 8MP iSight camera with Panorama mode and improved video stabilization, a better microphone setup for higher quality voice during phone calls, and a new dock connector called Lightning. This new dock solution has already earned the ire of many current iPhone users because it renders hundreds of fully-functional iPhone docks and other accessories obsolete. Apple could have gone with USB to replace the older dock connector for convenience, but users only get Lightning. Those who want to use accessories that are now incompatible need a $30 adapter that’s sold by Apple separately.

There are a couple of missing features on this year’s new iPhone. These are microSD card support and NFC wireless technology. Lack of the former means that user-available storage space is limited to just what’s on the device itself, and the lack of the latter makes the new iPhone incompatible with new mobile payment systems that are quickly gaining traction.

The base configuration of the phone offers 16GB of storage, which should be more than enough for most users. Those needing more can upgrade to a 32GB or 64GB model.

In the iPhone 5, an old expression rings true: the more things change, the more they stay the same. It brings a number of hardware and software changes, some more welcome than others, and the price for each model still varies mostly based only on the amount of internal storage. It’s an attractive handheld computing solution in more ways than one, especially with the introduction of iOS 6. But users of the iPhone 4 or 4S may find that it’s not worth recycling their current handsets just yet.

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Extremely fast and the user interface extremely fluid

from GottaBeMobile (2 years ago)

The iPhone 5 remains a solid smartphone. The camera, software, and the quality of the Retina Display still offer me enough to keep it as my daily driver and in my opinion, they are enough warrant a look from consumers in search of a new device. The iPhone 5 should also get at least one more update,... More

The iPhone 5 remains a solid smartphone. The camera, software, and the quality of the Retina Display still offer me enough to keep it as my daily driver and in my opinion, they are enough warrant a look from consumers in search of a new device. The iPhone 5 should also get at least one more update, probably two, which means that the device still has a lot left in the tank.

My biggest complaint is one that I didn’t see coming. After using larger screens for years, I consider myself to be one of those who hope that Apple introduces a display in the realm of 4.5-inches. Nothing massive but just a little more real estate. It would make content consumption so much better.

The key thing here is that I still feel like the iPhone 5 belongs and I certainly recommend it to to those that don’t want to pay top dollar for an iPhone 5s and don’t like the plastic design of the iPhone 5c. It’s the best smartphone I’ve ever owned. 

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Underwhelms in terms of specs, but packages it all together in a way that works

from TechRadar (3 years ago)

The iPhone 5 is the phone that's the minimum users would want in terms of an upgrade, and finding the balance there is something Apple is more adept at than ever. It's a very, very good phone, but there are plenty of other equivalent devices out there that will suck much less cash from your bank acc... More

The iPhone 5 is the phone that's the minimum users would want in terms of an upgrade, and finding the balance there is something Apple is more adept at than ever. It's a very, very good phone, but there are plenty of other equivalent devices out there that will suck much less cash from your bank account each month that we think you should check out too.

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9/10

The call quality of the iPhone 5 on the T-Mobile network is superb

from iMore (3 years ago)

The biggest thing you have to consider when choosing a carrier for your iPhone is what the coverage is like in the areas you are most of the time. My results may not be equivalent to your hometown, so do your research. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and coworkers who have T-Mobile. For people in m... More

The biggest thing you have to consider when choosing a carrier for your iPhone is what the coverage is like in the areas you are most of the time. My results may not be equivalent to your hometown, so do your research. Talk to your friends, neighbors, and coworkers who have T-Mobile. For people in my area and in San Jose, I would recommend T-Mobile to those looking to save a few bucks and who aren't concerned about having the absolutely fastest speed; though, In San Jose, LTE speeds are actually faster than AT&T, albeit, a bit spotty.

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A phone that should be at the top of everyone’s shopping list

from GottaBeMobile (3 years ago)

After using the iPhone 5 for five months, I can honestly say that I bought what I feel is the best phone for me. I love the battery life that the iPhone 5 offers. I thoroughly have been enjoying its 4-inch display even though I wish it had better resolution. The camera is fantastic and the industria... More

After using the iPhone 5 for five months, I can honestly say that I bought what I feel is the best phone for me. I love the battery life that the iPhone 5 offers. I thoroughly have been enjoying its 4-inch display even though I wish it had better resolution. The camera is fantastic and the industrial design is one that I feel is one of the best on the market. I also love 4G LTE and those that haven’t used it yet will know what I am talking about once you give it a whirl.

However, there are some drawbacks. I am not in love with iOS 6, the design shows visible wear and tear even without drops, and I’ve had some connectivity issues as well. For those that live and breath in the Apple ecosystem, the iPhone 5 is the best option because of its strengths. But for those that maybe aren’t in love with iOS and aren’t married to a MacBook or an iPad, there are certainly other options to take a look at. At the end of the day though, this is a phone that should be at the top of everyone’s shopping list. Whether or not you buy it, well, I leave that decision to you.

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It isn’t the best hardware, but it is the best package you can buy

from Gadget Review (3 years ago)

The iPhone 5 may not be the work of art that the iPhone 4/4S was, but it is certainly one of the best smartphones in existence. The iPhone 5 is a diagonal step forward, improving the overall quality of the phone but not at the same pace as the competition. While Apple has consistently remained ahead... More

The iPhone 5 may not be the work of art that the iPhone 4/4S was, but it is certainly one of the best smartphones in existence. The iPhone 5 is a diagonal step forward, improving the overall quality of the phone but not at the same pace as the competition. While Apple has consistently remained ahead, this year was the first time we saw a smartphone better than the iPhone 4S, and in terms of hardware and design the iPhone 5 isn’t necessarily the best smartphone in the world.

But if there’s anything that the iPhone is known for, it’s as a multi-function device, a jack-of-all-trades smartphone that does everything users need and more. Competitors like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Motorola Droid Razr HD Maxx offer similar designs — the former as a combination tablet-smartphone, the latter as a long-lasting phone for 2-3 days of use — the iPhone 5 is nearly perfect for multimedia. The new widescreen display and excellent screen are great for watching movies. The thin and light frame, as well as the vastly improved processor are excellent for playing games. And when it comes to apps, there is no competition to the iPhone.

The iPhone 5 does leave a lot to be desired, and in many ways does not improve much over last year’s iPhone 4S. As stated earlier, I’m perfectly content with the iPhone 4S running iOS 5.1. Yet the iPhone 5 is brutishly powerful and still very refined. It’s far more elegant than the massive, overly-masculine Android smartphone that come out with kevlar and are bigger and always brick-shaped. Even with it’s flaws the iPhone 5 is the most desirable smartphone in the world, one I can’t recommend enough. It’s a great device. You won’t be disappointed.

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8/10

Stunning hardware design and improved camera

from Fone Arena (3 years ago)

The iPhone 5 is a great piece of hardware accompanied by an operating system which has started to show it’s age. Apple makes it easy for consumers by launching just one new phone per year while the competition launches hundreds of devices every year.If you are using an iPhone 4S , you could give the... More

The iPhone 5 is a great piece of hardware accompanied by an operating system which has started to show it’s age. Apple makes it easy for consumers by launching just one new phone per year while the competition launches hundreds of devices every year.If you are using an iPhone 4S , you could give the iPhone 5 a pass but if you are using an iPhone 4 or any previous generation iPhone the iPhone 5 is a must have upgrade.Then again if you are one of those who love to get your hands on the best phones first , go ahead and get the iPhone 5. Good luck finding one. They are in great demand!

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With all the upgrades in the iPhone 5, especially if you’re coming from an iPhone 4 or iPhone 3GS, it feels like an über device

from iPhone Hacks (3 years ago)

I had my iPhone 4 for a couple years and the iPhone 5 for a month, before that it was a couple different Blackberries (just for perspective here) and this is the best phone I’ve had yet. It was 100% worth the cost to upgrade (early, btw, so I had a “penalty” to pay). The camera is... More

I had my iPhone 4 for a couple years and the iPhone 5 for a month, before that it was a couple different Blackberries (just for perspective here) and this is the best phone I’ve had yet. It was 100% worth the cost to upgrade (early, btw, so I had a “penalty” to pay). The camera is great. The size I think is perfect. It’s fast, responsive and the screen is (still) gorgeous.

Despite the inconvenience of needing an adapter for my clock, a new case, and a couple things that don’t fit anymore (like my Ollo Clip and the Belkin camera grip) it’s a great phone. The iPhone 5 might not be a revolutionary as the first iPhone was or the iPhone 4, but it’s a really solid iteration of the iPhone family. If you have an iPhone 4 or older, certainly worth the upgrade. If you have a iPhone 4S, I would suggest trying an iPhone 5 out in the Apple Store (or a friend’s) when you can really play with it for a bit and see if the improvements are worth the cost of an early upgrade. The iPhone 4S is still a solid phone and if the cost of an early upgrade (assuming you didn’t pay full price for an unlocked one) doesn’t balance out with what you think you’ll gain, then holding off would be a smart move.

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Lightweight, thin and easy to hold with an unparalleled design

from GottaBeMobile (3 years ago)

To sum it all up, after two months with the iPhone 5, I’m extremely pleased with my purchase. Just about any current-generation phone would have been a major upgrade over the iPhone 3GS but the iPhone 5 truly is a phone that I feel comfortable using on a daily basis given its amenities.The 4-inch di... More

To sum it all up, after two months with the iPhone 5, I’m extremely pleased with my purchase. Just about any current-generation phone would have been a major upgrade over the iPhone 3GS but the iPhone 5 truly is a phone that I feel comfortable using on a daily basis given its amenities.

The 4-inch display is big enough where videos are easy to watch but small enough where it still feels like a phone. The processor can easily handle iOS, gaming and applications. 4G LTE is fantastic, especially on AT&T. And in my opinion, the design is unparalleled.

It’s definitely a phone that should be high up there on any smartphone shopping list with the likes of the Nexus 4, Galaxy Note 2 and Windows Phone 8.

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It handles iOS 6 extremely well and overall, it’s fast

from GottaBeMobile (3 years ago)

For me, the iPhone 5 was a solid upgrade. It handles iOS 6 extremely well and overall, it’s fast. It has quality battery life. It has a solid, durable design. The camera is stellar. And of course, it has 4G LTE data speeds. These are all things that could be found on another smartphone though. But w... More

For me, the iPhone 5 was a solid upgrade. It handles iOS 6 extremely well and overall, it’s fast. It has quality battery life. It has a solid, durable design. The camera is stellar. And of course, it has 4G LTE data speeds. These are all things that could be found on another smartphone though. But what sets this phone apart is the combination of those features with the experience and the future-proofing that comes with it.

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Larger screen, new connector, faster processor, and better headphones

from Wired (3 years ago)

I’ve had it for three weeks now and unlike when I got my first iPhone, the honeymoon with this one is pretty much over. The new features are still nice, but the newness of it all has worn off much faster than it did with my previous iPhone. If it weren’t for having everything Apple in my house, it w... More

I’ve had it for three weeks now and unlike when I got my first iPhone, the honeymoon with this one is pretty much over. The new features are still nice, but the newness of it all has worn off much faster than it did with my previous iPhone. If it weren’t for having everything Apple in my house, it wouldn’t take much for me to switch to the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Like all reviews though, you are the only one who can determine if the iPhone 5 is worth the upgrade cost. This is just one opinion in the sea of millions.

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Worst phone I have ever used

(3 years ago)

Having received this phone from work I am shocked at what I have lost moving from an older Blackberry - Call quality and reception is poor and a great selection of apps doesn't make up for pitiful email, address book, and voice dially functionality. This has all the pretty with none of the substanc... More

Having received this phone from work I am shocked at what I have lost moving from an older Blackberry - Call quality and reception is poor and a great selection of apps doesn't make up for pitiful email, address book, and voice dially functionality. This has all the pretty with none of the substance. I will be paying retail shortly for another device to use in its place

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2/10

Good Christmas gift

(3 years ago)

Very good phone. Got it today for Christmas. I am through Fido and have the 60 max plan. Very fast and works wonders. I would reccomend.

Very good phone. Got it today for Christmas. I am through Fido and have the 60 max plan. Very fast and works wonders. I would reccomend.

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9/10

Works wonderfully, wears horribly

(3 years ago)

Almost 3 months with the 5..... - Is it lighter? Quite a bit. - Is it thinner and nicer to hold? Noticeably. - Is the screen better? No question. The size makes a difference. - Is it faster than say the 4s? I can't say I notice. - Does it scratch easily? Your darn right it does. This is Applegate.... More

Almost 3 months with the 5..... - Is it lighter? Quite a bit. - Is it thinner and nicer to hold? Noticeably. - Is the screen better? No question. The size makes a difference. - Is it faster than say the 4s? I can't say I notice. - Does it scratch easily? Your darn right it does. This is Applegate. Horrible. 3 months in mine looks like it made a few laps in a gravel crusher. - Headphone Jack? Yes...its on the bottom and its annoying. Would I buy it again? No question.

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8/10