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  • Reception and call quality After making a number of calls I found every call to be crisp and clear at both ends, also the background noise cancellation feature seems to work fairly well great!
  • Display Same great hi resolution display but increased to 4 inches. Doesn't feel too big or too small i think they got it just right. great!
  • Battery life Seems to last about 8 hours as advertised even when using LTE which is great no complaints here. great!
  • Camera Front facing camera is MUCH better, much needed upgrade to HD. Rear is same as 4s but seems like the low light photos are a little better. great!
  • Ease of use iOS 6 has nice little improvements all over. Every little touch adds to the already great ease of use, like Bluetooth is now at the top of the settings menu :) great!
  • Design and form factor Absolutely gorgeous from head to toe. You cant really appreciate it from pictures or videos but once you hold it and use it, you will love it great!
  • Portability (size / weight) Thinner and lighter with just the right screen size cant do much better, it feels well balanced all around. great!
  • Media support Video looks great on the new screen great!
  • Durability Feels solid and less fragile then the 4s or other phones. iPhones are built to last, that is one of the reasons why they hold there value so well great!
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.) New app store redesign will take some getting used to but is a welcome change from the old one great!
Detailed review
It looks and feels great in your hand. The phone is noticeably lighter and the new screen size isn't that dramatic but having a extra row of icons is nice. The colors in the screen seem more vibrant and the camera is good as usual but a little quicker then 4s. Cant relay see a big difference in overall speed since the 4s was already snappy, but it seems like it handled the big games and apps more smoothly with no lag. Overall its mainly a cosmetic upgrade everything is great about it I have no complaints but theirs nothing i couldn't live without either. I would defiantly upgrade a from a 4 or lower, might not worth it from a 4s but if you got money to blow its nice phone bling.
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2012-09-21
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