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Apple iPhone 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 15957 reviews of Apple iPhone 5. The average rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones for all reviews. Opinions about the screen and design are on the whole positive. The portability and performance are also mentioned favorably. Some have doubts about the reception and reliability. The social networking functionality and connectivity get mixed comments.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Cell phones the Apple iPhone 5 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 90/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review (amazon.co.uk)

Amazon.co.uk review summary for Apple iPhone 5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 1070 user reviews of Apple iPhone 5 from Amazon.co.uk. The average user rating for this product is 4.0/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.co.uk. People are impressed by the design and portability. The price and performance are also mentioned favorably, but reviews about the connectivity and reliability are different.

usability, performance, price, portability, design

79% of the reviews on Amazon.co.uk give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 5, White, 16GBApple iPhone 5, White, 16GB

Aug, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.com)

Amazon.com review summary for Apple iPhone 5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 6189 user reviews of Apple iPhone 5 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.8/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.com. Reviewers are impressed by the design and portability. The usability and price also get good feedback. There are some less positive comments about the social networking functionality and connectivity.

performance, price, usability, portability, design

battery, reliability, reception, connectivity, social network

72% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 5 16GB (White) - UnlockedApple iPhone 5 16GB (White) - Unlocked

Aug, 2018

Consumer review (amazon.ca)

Amazon.ca review summary for Apple iPhone 5

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 26 user reviews of Apple iPhone 5 from Amazon.ca. The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 3.9/5 for other Cell phones on Amazon.ca. People really like the performance and price.

portability, price, performance

96% of the reviews on Amazon.ca give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple Iphone 5 32Gb (Black) - UnlockedApple Iphone 5 32Gb (Black) - Unlocked

Aug, 2018

Expert review by : GSMArena team (gsmarena.com)

Apple iPhone 5 review: Laws of attraction

 

The iPhone 5. As in five million units sold over the course of a … weekend. Can't say no to that. This is the latest installment in the smartphone series that changed the mobile phone industry and we can understand people couldn't wait. Now, what is it...

Quad-band GSM and quad-band 3G support with 14.4 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA ; LTE support where carriers support it and CDMA support when sold by CDMA carriers ; 4" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 1136px resolution ;...

Aluminum body looks cool but is easy to scratch ; Proprietary connector, incompatible with previous-gen accessories (needs adapter) ; The new display is not proportionally bigger, but only taller ; Unadapted apps run letterboxed due to the unusual...

There are many sides to the Apple iPhone 5's story. You can, for example, look at the progress it makes and compare it to the last major Apple release, the iPhone 4. That one was truly revolutionary - or, as the saying went back then, resolutionary. It...

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Tim Stevens (engadget.com)

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

Beautiful, sophisticated design ; Thinner, lighter ; Larger screen, still easy to hold ; Great performance ; Impressive battery life

Lightning connector incompatibilities

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

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 5 (T-Mobile)

 

Finally, T-Mobile brings you an iPhone 5. And it's fast with great voice quality, as long as you're in a solid coverage area.

Relatively inexpensive. Speedy. Supports HD Voice.

Limited network coverage in some parts of the U.S.

Conclusions Apple's iPhone line is more consistent across carriers than any other kind of phone. T-Mobile adds one major feature, HD Voice, and another compelling benefit, a low price. If you're shopping for an iPhone and T-Mobile's network runs well...

Apr, 2013

Editor's Choice!

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 5 (Sprint)

 

The Apple iPhone 5 for Sprint ($199 and up) is the same physical model as is sold on Verizon Wireless. Like Verizon's phone, it takes the iPhone's traditional advantages, including a well-designed consistent interface, amazing apps, and robust retail...

Beautifully built. Sharp screen. Easy to use. Lots of great apps

Poor LTE coverage on Sprint. Maps app has some problems. No talking while surfing

Apple's elegant smartphone continues to be a winner, but Sprint needs to step up its 4G rollout.

Oct, 2012

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 5 (AT&T)

 

AT&T's iPhone 5 takes a speedy, elegant, yet familiar phone and puts it on a LTE network that's super fast?if you can get it.

Elegantly built. Incredibly light. Terrific apps. Simultaneous voice and data.

New Maps app needs a lot of work. AT&T LTE coverage not quite up to Verizon's levels.

This model of the iPhone can also do simultaneous voice and data, unlike the Verizon and Sprint devices. When you're on a call, the iPhone drops back to AT&T's 3G network, and I got download speeds of 1-2Mbps while on a call—not super-speedy, but fine...

Oct, 2012

Expert review by : Christina Bonnington (wired.com)

Review: Apple iPhone 5

 

My iPhone 5 didn't go through any extra inspection processes. It wasn't pampered or given any special treatment. I've tested exactly the same hardware you...

Elongated display provides easy access to more apps, and makes for pleasant, un-letterboxed widescreen viewing. Lots of iPhone 5-ready apps to choose from already. Apple-engineered A6 processor is wicked-fast. Cameras, both rear- and front-facing, are...

Anodized aluminum rear plate, particularly in black, has a reported propensity for scratches. Video recording picks up a surprising amount of audio interference, even in a quiet room. Updates, while all worthwhile and technologically impressive, won’t...

Sep, 2012

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Sascha Segan (pcmag.com)

Apple iPhone 5 (Verizon Wireless)

 

With a sublime but familiar design inside and out, a speedy new processor, fast LTE, and the best apps in the business, the new iPhone is like the old iPhone, just much better.

Elegantly built. Incredibly light. Bigger, better screen. Fast, fast, fast. Awesome content ecosystem.

No simultaneous talk and data connection. New Maps app needs a lot of work. Many third-party apps are not designed for the new screen yet.

3G talk time was even better than Apple promised, at nine hours, 44 minutes. That's not quite as long as the Galaxy S III's 10 hours, 43 minutes, but it's still impressive.

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : Joshua Topolsky (theverge.com)

iPhone 5 review

 

Ah, to review the iPhone 5; what a blessing, and what a curse. It's actually funny to think that there was a time not that long ago that the iPhone wasn't even a thing, let alone an iconic part of...

Incredible industrial design ; Gorgeous display ; Blazing fast LTE service ; Solid battery life

New Maps app a step backwards ; Bigger screen size not utilized at all ; iOS 6 a retread of familiar territory

Apple has crafted a beast of a phone

Sep, 2012

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Scott Stein (cnet.com)

Apple iPhone 5 review

 

The iPhone 5 is the iPhone we've wanted since 2010, adding long-overdue upgrades like a larger screen and faster 4G LTE in a razor-sharp new design. This is the iPhone, rebooted.

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.

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...

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.

Sep, 2012

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Apple iPhone 5 (T-Mobile)

 

It's finally here. To the delight of many subscribers, T-Mobile has debuted the iPhone 5 on its network. At a relatively affordable $149 up front, this device boasts a bigger 4-inch screen than its predecessor in a ridiculously thin and light design,...

Jun, 2013

Product Specifications

Battery

Battery Technology:Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Browsing time:10 / 19
Browsing time (3G):8
Browsing time (4G):10 / 8
Browsing time (Wi-Fi):10
Continuous audio playback time:40
Continuous video playback time:10
Standby time (2G):225 / 8
Standby time (3G):225 / 250
Talk time (3G):10 / 225 / 7 / 8

Call Management

Call divert: Yes
Call hold:Y / Yes
Call timer:Y / Yes
Call waiting:Y / Yes
Caller ID:Y / Yes
Conference call:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Speakerphone:Y / Yes
Speed dialing: Yes
Vibrating alert:Y / Yes
Voice dialing:Y / Yes

Camera

Auto focus:Y / Yes
Built-in camera: Yes
Built-in flash:Y / Yes
Digital Zoom:3
Face detection:Y / Yes
Flash Type:LED
Front Camera:Y
Front camera resolution (numeric):1.2
Geotagging:Y / Yes
Image Stabilizer: Yes
Main camera resolution (numeric):8
Maximum frame rate:30
Rear camera resolution (numeric):8
Rear camera type:Single camera
Second camera: Yes
Second camera resolution:1.2
Sensor Type:CMOS
Smile detection: Yes
Video capture resolution (max):1920 x 1080
Video recording:Y / Yes
Video recording modes:1080p / 1080p, 720p
Video stabilizer:Y / Yes

Certificates

Body SAR:0.95 / 1.12
Body SAR (EU):0.95 / 1 / 1.12
Head SAR:0.9 / 1.18
Head SAR (EU):0.9 / 0.96 / 1.18

Design

Color of product:Black / Blue / Silver, White / White
Fingerprint reader:Y / Yes
Form Factor:Bar

Display

Aspect Ratio:16:9
Contrast ratio (typical):800:1
Display brightness:500
Display Diagonal:4
Display Resolution:1136 x 640
Display Type:LED
Orientation sensor:Y / Yes
Pixel density:326
Screen shape:Flat
Second display:N
Second LCD screen: No
Touch screen: Yes
Touch screen type:Capacitive
Touch technology:Multi-Touch
Touchscreen:Y
Touchscreen type:Capacitive

Ergonomics

Accelerometer:Y / Yes
Ambient light sensor:Y / Yes
Gyroscope:Y
Proximity sensor:Y / Yes

Messaging

Chat:Y / Yes
E-mail:Y
Instant messaging (IM):Y / Yes
MMS (Multimedia Messaging Service):Y / Yes
Short Message Service (SMS):Y / Yes
Text prediction system:T9

Multimedia

Audio formats supported:AAC, AAC+, MP3, WAV, WMA / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, AIFF, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AAX+, HE-AAC, MP3, WAV / AAC, AAX, AIFF, HE-AAC, M4A, MP3, WAV / AAC,AAX,AAX+,AIFF,HE-AAC,M4A,MP3,WAV
Document formats supported:DOC, DOCM, HTM, HTML, Key, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTM, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLS, XLSX / DOC, DOCX, HTML, KEY, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TXT, VCF, XLSX, XLX / PDF
FM radio:No / Yes
Image formats supported:GIF, JPG, TIF / GIF,JPG,TIF / JPG, PNG, TIF / JPG, TIF
Speakers:Mono / Stereo
Supported video modes:1080p
Video compression format:3G2, 3GP, MPEG2, MPEG4, WMV / AVI, M4V, MOV, MP4 / H.264, M-JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG4 / H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / M-JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP4 / M-JPEG, M4V, MOV, MP4, MPEG
Video compression formats:H.264, M-JPEG, MPEG4 / H.264, MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4
Video formats supported:AVI,M4V,MOV,MP4 / H.264,M-JPEG,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / H.264,M-JPEG,MPEG4 / H.264,M4V,MOV,MP4,MPEG4 / M-JPEG,M4V,MOV,MP4
Voice codecs:AMR, AMR-NB, AMR-WB

Navigation

Assisted GPS (A-GPS):Y / Yes
Electronic compass:Y / Yes
GLONASS:Y
GPS:No / Yes
GPS (satellite):N / Y
GPS antenna: Yes
Position location:Y
Wi-Fi positioning:Y

Networking

2G bands (primary SIM):850,900,1800 / 850,900,1800,1900
2G standards:EDGE,GSM / GPRS,GSM / GSM
3G:Y / Yes
3G bands supported:800,900,1900,2100 / 850,900,1700,1900,2100 / 850,900,1900,2100
3G standards:DC-HSDPA,HSPA+,UMTS / HSDPA,HSPA+ / HSDPA,UMTS / HSPA+ / HSPA+,UMTS / WCDMA
4G:Y
4G standard:LTE
AirPlay:Y / Yes
Bluetooth:Y / Yes
Bluetooth profiles:A2DP
Bluetooth version:4.0
Data network:3G / 3G, 4G / 4G
SIM card capability:Single SIM
SIM card type:NanoSIM
Wi-Fi:Y / Yes
Wi-Fi standards:802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n / IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 118110.2
Operating relative humidity (H-H):5 - 95
Operating relative humidity range:5 - 95
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):0 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 45
Storage temperature range (T-T):-20 - 45

Other Features

EDGE: Yes
Mobile operating systems supported:iOS 6.0
Music player:Y / Yes
Network standard:IEEE 802.11a, IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, IEEE 802.11n
Networking standards:IEEE 802.11a,IEEE 802.11b,IEEE 802.11g,IEEE 802.11n
Ringer type:MP3
T9 text input: Yes
Video playback: Yes
Voice recording: Yes
Volume Control:Digital

Packaging Content

Bundled software:Maps, Messages, Passbook, Camera, Reminders, Notes, Phone, Videos, Weather, FaceTime, iTunes Store, Stocks, Music, Game Center, Calculator, Safari, Calendar, Voice Memos, App Store, Contacts, Mail, Newsstand
Cables included:Lightning / USB
Headset included:Y / Yes
Quick start guide:Y / Yes

Performance

Accelerometer: Yes
Ambient light sensor: Yes
Customisable video ring tones: Yes
Flight mode: Yes
Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Yes
Microphone mute:Y / Yes
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:6 / 6.0 / 7
Personal info management:Alarm clock, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personal info management (PIM):Alarm clock, Calendar, Events reminder, Notes, To-do list
Personalization:Menu, Shortcuts
Proximity sensor: Yes
Refurbished:Y
Subscription type:No subscription
Video call:Y / Yes
Windows operating systems supported:February 20, 2015 / Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes

Ports & interfaces

Docking connector:N / Yes
Headphone connectivity:3.5 mm
Lightning connector:Y
USB port:N

Processor

64-bit computing: Yes
Processor:A6
Processor cores:2
Processor family:Apple
Processor frequency:1.3
Processor model:A6

Software

Mac operating systems supported:Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard, Mac OS X 10.7 Lion, Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard,Mac OS X 10.7 Lion / Mac OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard,Mac OS X 10.7 Lion,Mac OS X 10.8 Mountain Lion,Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks / Yes
Operating system installed:iOS
Operating system version:6 / 6.0 / 7
Windows operating systems supported:Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Home Premium x64, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Professional x64, Windows 7 Starter, Windows 7 Starter x64, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Windows Vista Business, Windows Vista Business x64, Windows Vista Home Basic, Windows Vista Home Basic x64, Windows Vista Home Premium, Windows Vista Home Premium x64, Windows Vista Ultimate, Windows Vista Ultimate x64, Windows XP Home, Windows XP Home x64, Windows XP Professional, Windows XP Professional x64 / Yes

Storage

Compatible memory cards:No / Not supported
Internal storage capacity:16 / 32 / 64
USB mass storage: Yes

Subscription

Subscription type:No subscription

Technical Details

Refurbished:Y

Video

Video call: Yes

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:0.299 / 0.353 / 2.31
Height:0.299 / 4.87 / 4.88 / 4.9
Weight:3.95 / 4.66
Width:2.31 / 2.33 / 4.88