Specs summary


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


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


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

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.

16/32/64 GB

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


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.

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

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.

Reviews (8.6/10 Avg. rating)


Extremely fast and the user interface extremely fluid

from GottaBeMobile

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. Nothin... Full review


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

from TechRadar
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... Full review

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

from iMore
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... Full review

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

from GottaBeMobile

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 witho... Full review

Gadget Review

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

from Gadget Review

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-trade... Full review

Fone Arena

Stunning hardware design and improved camera

from Fone Arena
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!.. Full review
iPhone Hacks

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

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... Full review


Lightweight, thin and easy to hold with an unparalleled design

from GottaBeMobile

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 tha... Full review


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

from GottaBeMobile
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... Full review

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

from Wired
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... Full review


Worst phone I have ever used

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 Less

Good Christmas gift

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. Less

Works wonderfully, wears horribly

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. Less

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Full Specs

Release date September 21, 2012
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, China
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
1700/700 MHz
SIM Card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 6 (Update Available: 9)

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Processor ARM v7 Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB or 64 GB
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.25 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1400 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 600 minutes
3G Surfing Time 480 minutes
4G Surfing Time 480 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
600 minutes (2G)
480 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10.5 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Black & Slate, White & Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 cm
(4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 112 grams
(4 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 1136 x 640 pixels
Pixel Density 326 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Wallpapers
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Retina display, Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key Yes
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Multi-Touch
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical Keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad / Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browsing Type HTML
Browser Safari
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, OPP/FTP, HID, HFP, HSP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption WEP/WPA/WPA2
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
DLNA Support No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom Yes
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Image stabilization, Panorama
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
Video Recording Parameters Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera  
Resolution 1+ megapixels
Zoom No
Additional Front Camera Info No
Video Recording Parameters HD (1280 x 720 pixels), 30 fps
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Audible, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed (Siri, Passbook, FaceTime, Camera)
Included Software / Apps No
Additional Comments Shared Photo Streams
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