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Apple iPhone 5

Apple iPhone 5
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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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Apple iPhone 4S - 16GB - black (Verizon Wireless)

Apple iPhone 4S - 16GB - black (Verizon Wireless)
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Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD (Verizon)

Motorola Droid Razr Maxx HD (Verizon)
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Price $419 at 1 store $49 at 1 store $180 to $599 at 2 stores
CNET editors' rating
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)
Editors' choice 4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
4.0 stars Excellent
    Overall score: 8.3 (4.0 stars)
Average user rating 3.5 stars out of 193 reviews 3.0 stars out of 130 reviews 3.5 stars out of 29 reviews 2.5 stars out of 33 reviews
Release date September 21, 2012 June 21, 2012 October 14, 2011 September 04, 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. 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. 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. Motorola's fast, stylish Droid Razr Maxx HD offers outstanding battery life, but its camera captures unimpressive images.

Basic specs

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Cellular technology Info unavailable GSM / HSDPA
CDMA2000 1X / GSM / WCDMA (UMTS)
LTE
Specific absorption rate (SAR) 1.18
0.43 W/Kg
Info unavailable 0.46 W/Kg
Weight 3.95 oz
4.7 oz
4.9 oz
5.54 oz
Talk time Info unavailable Info unavailable 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
Info unavailable Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11b/g/n
NFC
LTE
Bluetooth 4.0
IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Service Provider AT&T
T-Mobile
Verizon Wireless
Verizon Wireless
Band / mode WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
Info unavailable WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900 / CDMA2000 1X 1900/800
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