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Apple iPhone 5

alaTest has collected and analyzed 3516 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviewers really like the portability and responsiveness. The screen and design also get good feedback, but the GPS navigation and reliability get mixed reviews. Some have doubts about the reception and features.

usability, design, screen, responsiveness, portability

value for money, features, reception

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 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review by: review summary for Apple iPhone 5


alaTest has collected and analysed 393 user reviews of Apple iPhone 5 from The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Mobile Phones on

usability, screen, design, camera, responsiveness

value for money

73% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 5, White, 16GBApple 32GB Sim Free iPhone 5 - WhiteApple iPhone 5 - 16GB Black - SIM Free

Consumer review by: review summary for Apple iPhone 5


alaTest has collected and analyzed 1013 user reviews of Apple iPhone 5 from 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

design, responsiveness, usability, portability, screen

value for money, features

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

This summary is based on the products: Apple iPhone 5 16GB (White) - UnlockedApple iPhone 5 16GB (Black) - UnlockedApple iPhone 5 32GB (Black) - Unlocked

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Review Apple iPhone 5 Smartphone


It's a... smartphone. With the iPhone 5, Apple has introduced the

High quality auminum body; Appealing design; Thickness and overall weight; Slim Lightning Connector; iOS 6: fast (improved) operatin system; Up-to-date wireless technology; Good performance of the integrated cameras; Applications and games performance;...

Battery and memory fixed; Older cables and docks require adapter; Maps software full of errors; LTE only available with T-Mobile; Only 12 months manufacturer warranty; EarPods (Headset) mediocre; Hefty price tag, starting at 679 Euros

The different flagship models running Google's Android operating system. The list certainly includes the HTC One X, the Galaxy S3 from Samsung's lineup, or the Galaxy Nexus, which enjoys the best prospect of software upgrades. On the other hand, the...


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Apple iPhone 5 Review


It's not like Apple has reinvented the wheel completely with the new iPhone. The sophistication and elegance that embodies the device is every bit as evident as the previous additions. But the overall finesse has definitely been taken up a notch or two...

Built-in apps like FaceTime (with HD support now), a voice recorder, Find my iPhone, News Stand and all new Passbook app are thrown in. The Passbook app is a location and time-based app that provides quick access to details like boarding passes for...

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iPhone 5 Review


This comprehensive and independent iPhone 5 review was written using a retail unit. Don't get an iPhone 5 before reading this.

Saying that the iPhone 5 is “the best iPhone yet” is technically true, it is also horribly unhelpful. It is obvious that a newly introduced product will be better than the one released last year.

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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

The iPhone 5 has finally come to T-Mobile, and if you're in the market for a smartphone from Apple, pay attention. T-Mobile's iPhone is the same iPhone 5 that you've seen elsewhere, with better voice quality at a lower price. That's a terrific...

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Apple iPhone 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy S III: All rise


When we review phones we try to put them in context, and tie everything up with a snapshot of the market and the closest alternatives. Now, we usually keep droids and iPhones separate because honestly they just don't mix. But every now and then, they...

Those hoping for an X-is-better-than-Y-period-! answer will be disappointed. The way the crowd at a boxing match will feel about a win on points instead of a knockout. Like someone running for office wins debates to lose an election.

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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.

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The iPhone 5 Review


The last significant redesign of the iPhone platform came in 2010 with the iPhone 4. It was an update that literally touched all aspects of the device, from SoC to display to baseband and of course, chassis. Last month's launch of the iPhone 5 is no...

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Apple iPhone 5 (AT&T)


AT&T was Apple's first love. Thanks to the now-famous five-year exclusivity agreement, AT&T built up a huge population of fans who may now be interested in trading up to the iPhone 5 ($199/16GB, $299/32GB, $399/64GB with contract; $649-$849 without...

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

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.

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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...

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High Five


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 would get, straight out of the box. And let me tell you, it's a gem.

Product Specifications


Autofocus: Yes
Built-in Camera:Double Camera
Built-in Flash: Yes
Video Resolution in Pixel:HD1080p


Audio Playback: Yes
GPS Receiver:Built-in
Integrated Radio: No
Integrated TV Tuner: No
Java: No
Push to Talk: No
Realtone: Yes
User Interface for Text:Touchscreen
Video Client: Yes


A2DP: Yes
Bluetooth: Yes
Memory Card Slot: No
Multi SIM Card: No
Near Field Communication: No
USB:No / Yes
WiFi Data Exchange: Yes

Data Transfer

Technology:4.X LTE / WCDMA (UMTS)


Display Technology:Retina / TFT Display
Number of Display Colours:16 Millions
Number of Displays:1

General Features

Operating System:Apple iOS
Operator:3 / EE / O2 / Orange / Sim Free / T-MOBILE / Tesco MB / Virgin / Vodafone
Product Type:Smartphone
Way of Buying:Contract / Prepay Pack / Sim Free


E-Mail Functionality: Yes
Instant Messaging:No / Yes
Push email: Yes