Apple iPhone 5
Availability: September 21, 2012, for the U.S.
The outlook: Whether you love it or hate it, there's no doubt that the iPhone is the most anticipated smartphone of the fall. Preorders are open now for the featherweight iPhone 5, the main new feature of which is a bigger screen. Check out its pricing, A6 chip, improved camera, 4G LTE, and iOS 6.
- Overall score: 8.7 (4.0 stars)
CNET Editors' Rating
Average User Review
out of 190 user reviews
Starting at: $649.83
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.
September 10, 2012 9:33 AM PDT
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