Apple iPhone 5
Manufacturer: Apple Part number: 6260384
- 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.
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CNET editors' review
price range: $560.00
- Reviewed by: Scott Stein
- Reviewed on: 09/18/2012
- Updated on:10/04/2012
- Released on: 09/21/2012
The good: The iPhone 5 adds everything we wanted in the iPhone 4S: 4G LTE, a longer, larger screen, free turn-by-turn navigation, and a faster A6 processor. Plus, its top-to-bottom redesign is sharp, slim, and feather-light.
The bad: Apple Maps feels unfinished and buggy; Sprint and Verizon models can't use voice and data simultaneously. The smaller connector renders current accessories unusable without an adapter. There's no NFC, and the screen size pales in comparison to jumbo Android models.
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.
Simple and Classy,perfect mobile device
by sourabhcasey on November 28, 2012
Pros: powerful camera,its too fast,catchy,and simple to operate
Cons: dependency on itunes
Summary: Its completes all your demands
Summary: Its completes all your demands
The Best Iphone yet but with a serious flaw
by me2nyc on November 23, 2012
Pros: Very light
Black and slate looks awesome
Cons: Lighting port ugh
Aluminum might have been a poor choice
iOS 6 is dull
Summary: Coming from a Galaxy Nexus I realize how much faster and efficiently apps run on iOS plus there are more apps (better apps). I do miss the customization of Android ...
Summary: Coming from a Galaxy Nexus I realize how much faster and efficiently apps run on iOS plus there are more apps (better apps). I do miss the customization of Android and I did think Android finally did a great job with 4.2, but my Nexus Galaxy started to constantly loose connection to 4G and was showing signs of slowing down.I enjoyed your review since my last phone was Verizon Galaxy Nexus.
I switched to the iPhone 5 since I used my phone for my job a lot plus I enjoy iOS apps so much. It just sucks to see a cool App but have to wait until Android gets it 3-4 months later, IE Instagram or Temple Run.
I got the black and slate 16GB iPhone and I thought I was very careful inspecting it before I let the store but as soon as I got home my girlfriend said what is that spot near the antenna? There is a very noticeable discoloration by the antenna band plus 2-3 minor marks on the sides of the phone. Needless to say I will try to exchange today.
The phone is lighter, thinner, more powerful, and does have a 4" screen (finally!), but iOS is growing old in the tooth, lacking features Android has, Apps aren't configured for the 4" screen, and Apple seems to have a legitimate quality control problem.
In the end buy it but do it with caution. I hear the white doesn't show signs of wear as much, but my advice is just case up. The scuffgate issue is real and Apple should offer a free case or at least 2 cent bumper. Some people don't care about scratches but I sell my phones after a year or so.
Updated on Nov 29, 2012
I have to disagree with you on a couple things. While the materials and construction aren't perfect on the i5 they are still leagues ahead of Samsung's cheap plastic feel.
The i5 may have a purple haze issue but it's camera overall is notches above the GNEX.
The GNEX you have runs on GSM and no LTE so to compare a LTE phone with a non LTE is unfair. My GNEX on LTE and extended 2100mah battery got maybe 2 hours usage like, similar to jfoulk1981 and I was charging my phone 2-3 times a day. Also I had LTE turned off a lot with my GNEX. My i5 I have LTE on all day and get 5-6.5 hrs usage and crazy standby times.
I do agree the iPhone's "Phone" always sucked. Speaker is terrible and volume is so low. Maps are bad and GMaps still kill it, but there not as bad as everyone says.
The new 4" I think is a big deal but what is disappointing is that nothing is formatted for it at the moment
Rich man's phone.
by MrHumanAndroid on November 21, 2012
Pros: It's fast and the graphics still dominate most devices.
Works for people with small hands and if you want to use it with one hand.
Cons: No Near Field Communication (NFC).
Not much customization options.
Looks a lot like its predecessors.
Summary: The iPhone 5 is superb in many ways, yet, the reason that I can't give a perfect score is that it's just too expensive. A lot of people ...
Summary: The iPhone 5 is superb in many ways, yet, the reason that I can't give a perfect score is that it's just too expensive. A lot of people don't like the limitations set by the OS and the lack of customization.
Also look at the international Samsung Galaxy S3, HTC One X, LG Optimus G and the new LG Nexus 4.
Overall, it' an Apple product. It is a great product.
by jeffolsen81 on November 20, 2012
Pros: Screen fantastic; apps fantastic; battery life improved; slimmer form; LTE on Verizon is lightning fast (no carrier in the US can compare); improved SIRI (hard to tell but there is some improvement)
Cons: Google maps not present; new cables needed (minor).
Summary: I had an iPhone 4S that isn't up for a new contract with Verizon until October 2013. I didn't need to get the new iPhone 5 but I ...
Summary: I had an iPhone 4S that isn't up for a new contract with Verizon until October 2013. I didn't need to get the new iPhone 5 but I decided to go for it as long as it wouldn't cost me too much money. I bought a used 32 gb iphone 5 on cellsolo.com for $580. At first it seemed expensive but after 2 weeks I sold my 32 gb 4s on cellsolo.com for $350. So after I sold my 4s, the 5 only cost me $230 which isn't too bad considering it would have cost me $199 from Verizon with a contact renewal. I have been using the iphone 5 for almost a month and it's great. At first I wasn't sure I would like a bigger phone but the thinness makes up for it. And the fact that it's not any wider helps also. I love having LTE which is way faster than 3g and is pretty much the only feature that makes the 5 way better than the 4s for me.
Phone Fantastic. Earbuds too sensitive!
by DancEsq on November 8, 2012
Pros: Ditto to other reviews. Lots of pros to this phone.
Cons: The new earbuds are way too sensitive. Every little background sound is amplified so loudly that every person I speak to complains. I have to mute the phone while they speak if I want to move or do anything.
Excellent device, bad developer response
by iPedroid on November 3, 2012
Pros: Excellent Larger Display
Inclusion of LTW
Great Selection of apps**
Better Maps Interphase**
Lighter, great design.
Cons: ** Most Apps have bars
** Maps currently buggy
Mine came with scuffs (black)
Screen occasionally unresponsive
Summary: This time around, four things I was asking for finally came to pass:
1. Turn by Turn navigation
2. A larger display
3. A more durable design
4. 4g ...
Summary: This time around, four things I was asking for finally came to pass:Oh hasty typing, LTE not LTW..... Second line of pros... Hello there troll... please dont eat me...
1. Turn by Turn navigation
2. A larger display
3. A more durable design
4. 4g LTE
Had this features all been executed with typical Apple precision, the iPhone 5 would have perhaps been my favorite phone of all time. However a couple of these points have been found wanting.
First the Good... LTE.
It'saboutdangtime Apple. We can rejoice for the iPhone has finally caught up to other high end phones in this regard. We have our iconic design, impecable app inventory and overall iPhone goodness packed into the world of 4G LTE. YES.
Also this iPhone is widescreen. Simply put watch vids with no bars (theoritically). But herein lies the problem, youtube has failed to update for the iPhone 5, (darn you GOOGLE!!) and therefore most videos I watch in addition to the traditional top and bottom letterboxing now face an addition of sidebars. Yuck.
This cannot be blamed on Apple, nor can the incombatability of the other 50 apps I use, but, the whole thing feels half baked.
Call me spoiled but I have come to expect a seamless, premium experience from the iPhone, but this year its more like a 50 something cougar. She looked great from behind but now that I have her close up I can't help but be dissapointed.
I don't want to say much about the maps, lets face it, Apple done goofed up, Apple is gonna fix the app, and by my standards it is a step in the right direction, not having to look to my Garmin for directions is ALWAYS progress. (Sorry Garmin)
Now for the bottom line:
This is a good product. It just didn't feel ready yet and it's not a GREAT product.
I feel a little bit cheated but am willing for Apple to nurse this phone back to life, and I hope to goodness that DEVELOPERS CAN GET OFF OF THEIR lazy boys and fix the bars on that screen (GOOGLE im looking at you, fix youtube now!)
Apple made some good decisions and some bad decisions, heres hoping that next year they blow our minds.
Updated on Nov 3, 2012
by arch2727 on November 1, 2012
Pros: good price, speed, design, light weight n LTE network .
Cons: none for me
Best Smartphone on the market.
by soumifalaki on October 30, 2012
Pros: 1. Light in weight with smooth feel.
2. Bigger screen with 16:9 resolution for videos
3. LTE support
4. Lightning Connector is easy to use
5. Cool new iOS 6 features
Cons: Maps could have been much better. I am hoping for a Google Maps iOS app soon.
Summary: The iPhone 5 smokes the competition.
Summary: The iPhone 5 smokes the competition.
From Blackberry world to Apple eco-system
by sanheiser on October 27, 2012
Cons: no expandable memory
Summary: It was upgrade time and I was coming from Blackberry world, so had my choice between Android and Apple. Weighting the choice was the fact I have an iPad, which ...
Summary: It was upgrade time and I was coming from Blackberry world, so had my choice between Android and Apple. Weighting the choice was the fact I have an iPad, which is my appointment/organizer and the ease of icloud was very appealing. But if I hadn't liked the iphone, I'd have made work-arounds. Anyway, it's a moot point because I like the phone, the HTC & Galaxy are just too big. The ergonomics of the iphone 5 are perfect for me, it being taller than the 4 seems to make it balance better, altho I never lived with the 4. I also like the defined edges of the phone and lack of buttons so I'm not inadvertently turning on the camera as was always an issue with the Blackberry Torch. And the UI? It works. I don't use a phone as an entertainment center, so don't care about music and movie capabilities. I love the ease of texting, making calls, adding contacts, making appointments, speed of web access. I also like the lightening connector, but don't have accessories with the old so didn't have the expense of an additional adapter. I get annoyed with having to have the correct side of the adapter up to plug into the ipad, and love not worrying about that with the lightening adapter - and it charges the phone FAST. I'm very happy and content with this phone!
It's the best, truly blazing fast, performs flawlessly
by blue5ft3 on October 26, 2012
Pros: Do not disturb! is great! A6 chip blazing fast LTE, Fastest and Smoothest Mobile processor Excellent battery life, iOS 6, Retina Display, Siri iCloud, Airplay Mirroring, Apps & Music Stores, New iTunes, Wideband Audio
Cons: None for me personally. I know some have problems with Maps. In my area they are accurate. The turn by turn voice is great. I don't use maps on a device regularly. We have a navigation system with voice in our Jeep.
Summary: I highly recommend this phone. I love the size and it's so nice and thin. It fits nicely into my pocket. The size is just right for one hand, ...
Summary: I highly recommend this phone. I love the size and it's so nice and thin. It fits nicely into my pocket. The size is just right for one hand, and yes I use it that way. It performs better than I was expecting it to. It's SO fast and responsive. I've owned it since the first day it was for sale, using it daily, the battery life is excellent, it's the fastest phone I've ever used. I love that it is not made of plastic. Siri is greatly improved and I've always been happy with it's performance. Using iCloud and having all of my devices connected is the best. Books, Music, Mail, Notifications all available at all times.
- Manufacturer: Apple
- Part number: 6260384
- 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.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Product Type Smartphone
- Form Factor Touch
- Resistance Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating
- Integrated Components GLONASS receiver,
- Width 2.31 in
- Depth 0.3 in
- Height 4.87 in
- Weight 3.95 oz
- Body Material Glass,
- SAR Value 0.95 W/kg (body) / 0.9 W/kg (head)
- Band WCDMA (UMTS) / GSM 850/900/1800/1900
- Mobile Broadband Generation 4G
- Service Provider AT&T
- Operating System iOS 6
- Application Software Mail,
Find My iPhone,
Find My Friends,
- Input Device(s) Touch sensitive screen (multi-touch)
Messaging & Internet
- Cellular Messaging Services MMS,
- Instant Messaging Services Yes
- Supported Social Networks and Blogs Facebook
- Messaging & Data Features Microsoft PowerPoint support,
Microsoft Excel support,
Microsoft Word support,
- Mobile Services App Store,
- Data Transmission DC-HSDPA,
- LTE Band LTE Band 5,
LTE Band 1,
LTE Band 3
- Wireless Interface IEEE 802.11a/b/g/n,
- Communication Features Internet browser,
Mobile Email client
- Phone Functions Voice control,
- Sensors Three-axis gyro sensor,
Ambient light sensor
- Additional Features Photo Stream function,
AirPrint wireless printing,
AirPlay wireless streaming
- Personal Information Management Alarm clock,
Synchronization with PC,
- Supported Digital Audio Standards Audible AAX,
- Supported Digital Video Standards MPEG-4,
- Type Apple A6
- Bult-in Memory 16 GB
- User Memory 16 GB
- Sensor Resolution 8 megapixels
- Lens Aperture F/2.4
- Focus Adjustment Automatic
- Special Effects HDR
- Camera Light Source LED light
- Video Recorder Resolutions 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
- Features Face detection,
Tap to focus,
Photo and video geotagging,
- GPS Navigation A-GPS/GLONASS receiver
- Navigation Software & Services Apple Maps
- Type Color
- Technology Retina Display
- Diagonal Size 4 in
- Display Resolution 1136 x 640 pixels
- Display Languages Slovak,
- Connector Type Headset jack - Mini-phone 3.5 mm,
- Technology Lithium ion
- Run Time Details Talk - up to 480 min,
Standby - up to 225 hour(s),
Active online usage - up to 8 hour(s),
Active online usage ( LTE ) - up to 8 hour(s),
Active online usage ( Wi-Fi ) - up to 10 hour(s),
Playback ( Video ) - up to 10 hour(s),
Playback ( Audio ) - up to 40 hour(s)
- Compliant Standards HAC(Hearing Aid Compatible)
- Included Accessories Power adapter,
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year
- Min Operating Temperature 32 °F
- Max Operating Temperature 95 °F
- Humidity Range Operating 5 - 95% (non-condensing)