What's this? Overall score is based mainly on Ease of use, Messaging, Web browsing, Display quality, Voice quality, Phoning, Battery life, Camera Image and Video quality, and Portability. Music and Camera features are also considered. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Phones are listed in performance order, within carriers. Due to test upgrades, and phone firmware updates, results may vary from past Ratings.
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The Apple iPhone 5 (16 GB) is a smart phone designed for use on the AT&T network, including its HSPA+ and LTE "4G" network. It runs on the iOS operating system. This model has a 4.0-inch touch-screen display, an 8.0-megapixel camera, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
The Apple iPhone 5 (16 GB) is a smart phone designed for use on the AT&T network, including its HSPA+ and LTE "4G" network. It can also be used internationally.
It has a 4.0-inch touch-screen display, measures 4.9 by 2.3 by 0.3 inches and weighs 4.0 ounces. It runs on the iOS operating system.
The iPhone 5 (16 GB) has an 8.0-megapixel camera that can record high-definition video, a front-facing camera, and a music player. It also features a virtual QWERTY keyboard that's useful for messaging and Web searches. This phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for wireless hands-free communication, and GPS navigation capability. Web browsing, e-mail, and texting capabilities are also included. It can act as a mobile hotspot for Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
This Apple phone has a standard 3.5mm jack. It has 16GB of built-in memory.
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The iPhones complement their sleek designs and intuitively simple operation with top-notch displays, cameras, and music players. They also provide superb ease of use via a highly interactive multi-touch screen and a customizable icon-driven interface. Newer iPhone models have a fascinating, built-in voice-activated "assistant" called Siri that's fairly good at following complex orders. The newest iPhones, the 5s and 5c, have 4-inch displays and support for fast 4G LTE data networks. The flagship 5s is the first phone we've seen with a 64-bit processor and a fingerprint reader, which is built into the Home button. The 5c models have colorful outer shells. Consumer Reports has recommended every iPhone model except the iPhone 4, which had a signal-reception problem confirmed during testing.
Features & Specs - Apple iPhone 5 (16GB) (AT&T)
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Camera (megapixels) Specifies, in megapixels, the maximum resolution of the built-in camera. A camera with a 0.3 megapixel value is also referred to as VGA.
Camera recording resolution The maximum recording resolution of the phone's primary video camera: 1080p, 720p, or SD (Standard Definition).
Camera recording resolution
Memory card Many phones have slots that accept memory cards, typically microSD, to expand storage capacity by as much as 64GB. The removable cards can also serve as an easy way to shuttle files between your phone and other devices--provided that the phone's maker didn't bury the card slot behind the battery cover.
Touch screen Full touch-sensitive displays respond to light contact with a stylus, finger, or both. They provide an alternate, and sometimes more direct, method to input data and launch phone features and controls. But they often require two hands to operate, and they smudge more frequently than their non-touch counterparts.
QWERTY keyboard Keyboards make composing and editing text and e-mail messages much easier than a keypad does. Some phones have keyboards that try to save space by having some letters, numbers, and symbols share a key. Those "condensed" keyboards, though still more convenient than a keypad, are not quite as easy to handle as full QWERTY keyboards.
Document editing All smart phones, and some conventional cell phones, allow you to review documents. Some models add the convenience of creating, deleting, and editing them out of the box.
Music player Indicates the phone has a built-in MP3 player. Most players have full capabilities, allowing you to sort or view tracks according to genre, album or artist, playlists, etc. They also typically have more than one playback option, such as repeat and shuffle. The small number of phones that lack these convenient features are rather cumbersome to use.
Voice command This feature allows you dial numbers from your phone book by speaking the name, without the usual training. You can also dial numbers by pronouncing the digits.
GPS navigation All phones have some type of location-based technology to help emergency responders find you when you dial 911. Many phones support GPS Navigation, services which integrate GPS with maps and search engines to give you real-time, spoken, turn-by-turn directions to an entered address, or to help you find nearby businesses by name or category, such as Joe's Pizzeria or hospitals. We indicate which phones have GPS navigation capability as reported by the carrier and manufacturer. Some phones lack automatic rerouting, spoken turn-by-turn directions, and other advanced capabilities, which limit their usefulness while driving. We don't consider obscure third-party applications or hardware attachments.
4G broadband data Indicates which models are considered "4G" based on the definitions from the carriers. Check with your carrier to see which broadband data networks are available in your area.
Use it for work and home.<br /><br />The camera is great. There are apps for almost everything.<br /><br />Battery can improve though.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Senior Citizen Dislikes Apple
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Awful Phone Awful Company
Bad customer relations
Danger Of Overheating
I had it for 8 months when I reached into my purse and burned my hand on it. It was so hot that it left a burn mark on the inside of my bag. Took it to Apple Store. They opened it up; examined it; found it in pristine condition. Offered me a REFURBISHED USED one in exchange for my immaculately maintained but dangerous one. I called Apple Care. As soon as I mentioned dangerously hot I was transferred to a supervisor. He told me to power it off and not to use it. This suggests that I am not the only person to experience this problem.<br />Again the lousy offer of a replacement USED REFURBISHED phone with only the remaining 4 months of my original phone's warrantee.<br />This is a company that rides on nothing more than its reputation. The phone cannot do anything that Samsung's can't. In addition its dangerous. I am a senior citizen and do not write these reviews for fun. And offering me a used exchange instead of a new one under these circumstances is the icing on the cake.<br />Just awful. Stay away.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Nicholasville, KY
My wife and I purchased our iPhone 5 about one month after release. She has had absolutely no problems with hers. <br /><br />I'm currently on my 4th iPhone 5. All for the same reason. I keep losing my sound. They even sent me to an Apple specialist. After working with me three times, Richard B. stopped returning my calls. I guess the problem was over his head. I thought the problem might have been my MacBook Air, so I backed up on my Dell PC. Same problem.<br /><br />Every Friday morning, I have to completely erase everything on my iPhone then do a restore from the Cloud. I have a lot of apps, and it takes almost a hour to complete. What a pain. Never again, will I own an iPhone!