92
Engadget
Score
92

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iPhone 5 review

Summary

Apple's iPhone 5 is an amazing performer with great battery life wrapped in a delicious shell. It's a top-shelf device.

Pros
  • Beautiful, sophisticated design
  • Thinner, lighter
  • Larger screen, still easy to hold
  • Great performance
  • Impressive battery life
Cons
  • Lightning connector incompatibilities
iPhone 5 review

Thinner. Lighter. Faster. Simpler. The moment the iPhone 5 was unveiled we knew that it was checking off all the right boxes, folding in all the improvements and refinements people have been demanding over the past year -- yet plenty of folks still went to their respective social networks to type out their bitter disappointment. iPhone upgrade ennui seemed to be sweeping the nation, a sentiment that appeared to quickly dissipate when it came time for people to vote with their wallets.

The iPhone 5 is here -- or will be soon, anyway -- and it's every bit the device that people were asking for when the iPhone 4S came out. Its new design has less mass yet leaves room for a larger display and LTE wireless, all while increasing battery life. In nearly every respect, this is an upgrade over the 4S that came before, though it arrives almost a year later than many had hoped. Is it too late to keep pace with the rapidly iterating Android offerings, or is it so good it was worth waiting for? The answer lies below.

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Scores

Engadget

92
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
8.5
Display
9.1
Battery life
8.4
Camera
9.0
Ease of use
8.8
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Specs

iPhone

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

iPhone

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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