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  • Reception and call quality The 3 microphones and improved speakers have improved call quality over the 4S. I heard little to no distortion in my tests. great!
  • Display Still best in class. Super dense at 326 ppi. Increased height is great, and adds a surprising amount to the experience. Colors are vibrant and realistic. great!
  • Battery life Gets me through the day pretty easily, even when using LTE constantly. great!
  • Camera The front camera is greatly improved, the back camera is improved from the (still fantastic) 4S camera great!
  • Ease of use iOS hasn't changed much - still just as familiar and easy to navigate great!
  • Design and form factor Refined to near perfection. Beautiful to look at. great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Feels a lot lighter which is great when holding it, the taller screen doesn't make reaching to the top of the screen that much more difficult great!
  • Media support Lots of content on iTunes and the App Store, you still need an app from the app store to play most formats, such as mkv and avi. good
  • Durability Seems fairly good so far, definitely improved from the glass back on the 4S good
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) There's TV shows, movies, hundreds of thousands of high quality apps, podcasts, books, and more. iCloud is really useful and works well great!
Detailed review
Coming from the 4S, this was a big upgrade. The taller screen is great for viewing more content at once. I love the design, it fits well into Apple's product line and feels designed down to the very smallest details. A lot better than the plastic, slightly ugly GSIII. The software feels a little dated but it's easy to navigate, and does most of what I want from a smartphone. LTE speeds are faster than my home wi-fi, I just wish AT&T had an unlimited plan, seen as I get through my data in just a few days. No complaints about speed, the phone never lags and everything loads extremely quickly. In terms of the hardware itself, I see little reason for those with an Android phone to criticize, but at the moment if they're happy with their current phone and don't mind a less well designed phone, Android 4.0/4.1 is a great OS that, at the moment, offers more than iOS. But for me, coming from the previous generation iPhone, I'm really happy with the iPhone 5.
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Can we please get some real review with comments

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