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Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5
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Apple iPhone 4 - 32GB - black (AT&T)

Apple iPhone 4 - 32GB - black (AT&T)
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Apple iPhone 4S - 16GB - black (Verizon Wireless)

Apple iPhone 4S - 16GB - black (Verizon Wireless)
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Samsung Galaxy S III - 16GB - pebble blue (T-Mobile)

Samsung Galaxy S III - 16GB - pebble blue (T-Mobile)
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Price $419 at 1 store $520 at 1 store $169 to $599 at 2 stores $49 to $399 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 193 reviews 3.5 stars out of 391 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews 3.0 stars out of 130 reviews
Release date September 21, 2012 June 07, 2010 October 14, 2011 June 21, 2012
The Bottom Line The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe. With the iPhone 4, Apple again shows that it is a powerful player in the smartphone wars. It won't be for everyone, the call quality and reception vary if you don't use a case, and AT&T's network remains a sticking point, but the handset's striking design, loaded feature set, and generally agreeable performance make it the best iPhone yet. The iPhone 4S isn't the king of cell phones, but it's part of the royal family nonetheless. Even without 4G and a giant screen, this phone's smart(ass) voice assistant, Siri, the benefits of iOS 5, and its spectacular camera make it a top choice for anyone ready to upgrade. Pumped with high-performing hardware and creative software features, the Samsung Galaxy S3 is an excellent, top-end phone that's neck and neck with the HTC One X.

Basic specs

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Cellular technology Info unavailable WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM
CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
GSM / HSDPA
Specific absorption rate (SAR) 1.18
Info unavailable Info unavailable 0.43 W/Kg
Weight 3.95 oz
4.8 oz
4.9 oz
4.7 oz
Talk time Info unavailable Up to 840 min (2G)
Up to 420 min (3G)
Up to 840 min (2G)
Up to 480 min (3G)
Info unavailable
Service & support details type Limited warranty
Info unavailable Info unavailable Info unavailable
Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth 2.1 EDR
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
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Service Provider AT&T
AT&T
Verizon Wireless
T-Mobile
Band / mode WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
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