Apple iPhone 5 User Reviews
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Build quality8.5/10Text input8.2/10Everyday usage8.3/10UI speed8.9/10Camera8.5/10Multimedia8.2/10Internet8.5/10Call quality8.9/10Battery7.6/10Reception8.8/10Display8.7/10
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posted on 13 Jun 2015, 07:29 (Posts: 0; Member since: 13 Jun 2015)
Iphone 5- It's OK, certainly better out there for the same price
curtis28 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I have experienced this phone previously to owning my current phone (Samsung galaxy s4). Personally I think the galaxy is 1000x's better than the Iphone, and because of it I will never change back. I also know that I am not the only one who believes android is better than ios, in fact every person I know who has switched does not regret it. I strongly recommend that if you are considering a phone of this type you look elsewhere because there is a high chance you may save some money and end up with a more likable phone.Build quality 4/10Reception 8/10Call quality 8/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 4/10Camera 6/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 8/10Display 7/10Battery 4/10
- Feels good in the hand
- Fast and easy to use UI
- Poor build quality
- OS is very limited
- Not many cool features
- Overheats easily
- Sudden glitches
- Expensive for what you get
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posted on 10 Apr 2015, 10:01 (Posts: 326; Member since: 20 Oct 2014)
Just an ordinary phone nothing special
iLovesarcasm has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
It looks good and that's it. It is good enough smart phone and nothing special. The screen is not responsive to touch specially on sides. They say Apple devices don't lag and freeze but it does. It has no match againts othe midrange smart phone but it bring social status they say.Build quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 5/10Camera 8/10UI speed 8/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 6/10Display 6/10Battery 7/10
- Exellent battery at stanby and it makes it a good back up phone
- Good call quality
- Not very much responsive to touch.
- Too small screen size
- Poor screen color
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posted on 17 Feb 2015, 06:24 (Posts: 0; Member since: 17 Feb 2015)
I loved it but I'm disappointed
earlgrey has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I had a lots of type smartphones and other gsm. I tried BB, Samsung, Huawei, Nokia, Lenovo. I hands on my phone as business phone. I talking 2 hours a day + emails, calendars. I had an iPad also. My opinion is the IOS the best opsys currently. iPhones and iPad hardware is weak to apply everyday. I f you wan to use it as your tool to connect others or organise your life is the construction is nice but weak. Expensive or not possible to repaire. My iPad also the second what I have to buy because of the screen. I had a cover to protect it (pierre carden leather) but it was not enough to lost my glass screen. Sometimes when I use it in my car and talk, it was very warm and i had to cooling with my cars aircondition. Summary my experience is worst and I'm disappointed. Price/ value ratio is lass than Lenovo forexample. I have no offer warmly.Build quality 2/10Reception 6/10Call quality 8/10Internet 7/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 6/10UI speed 5/10Everyday usage 5/10Text input 6/10Display 9/10Battery 4/10
- fingerprint sensor
- Sensitive brokable glass
- No repairement
- media uses warm it up
- long call warm it up
- Nav+Call heat it up
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posted on 08 Feb 2015, 07:18 (Posts: 0; Member since: 23 Dec 2014)
2 years of usage
EdwinBe has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
I'm using it for two years now and the only reason why I'm thinking of buying a new phone is a broken screen. It survived many fallings on different surfaces and the last one was just a bad luck. Even with the battle wounds it provides me all that Apple can: user-friendly interface, perfect phone camera, perfect music quality, perfect screen quality, reliability and etc.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- Build quality
- Useful dedicated 'ring/silent' button
- Useful physical 'home button'
- Beautiful design
- Perfect size
- Relative security
- iCloud and other backup copying abilities to make sure you don't lose all your files
- iTunes store with an ability to download purchased music at any time if connected to the internet
- iOS; it's my favourite OS but it has some downsides, which I explain further in the Cons list
- You can only have .mp4/.m4v downloaded from iTunes
- General dependence on a single particular computer
- Impossibility of free bluetooth sharing (AirDrop doesn't count since it's only iPhone to iPhone)
- Impossibility to use some languages (like Armenian, Lithuanian and others) as a Phone language
- Absence of some languages in keyboard settings
- Geeks will call you gay and a slave of a consumer society for buying an iPhone
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posted on 06 Sep 2014, 06:09 (Posts: 0; Member since: 30 Aug 2014)
Best Gadget i've so far
chr1stm1 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I'm very satisfied to have this gadget, is very friendly, simple and fas no lag user experience
The display is one of the best, vibrant and accurate colour dan very good design, very love it
just one bad is batery life is not enaough for me, at least give a 1800 mah and its rock!!!!!!Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 9/10
- battery life
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posted on 21 Aug 2014, 11:33 (Posts: 0; Member since: 12 Aug 2014)
WORST CELL PHONE OUT THERE - SERVICE INCOMPETENT
bjandassoc has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
he iPhone is horrible. They have incompetent service personnel, their executive department has no authority to do anything and EVERY update creates problems the phone did not previously have, yet never fixes the KNOWN problems they acknowledge.
The answer: Android (like Blackberry, Apple will not be able t sustain itself)..Build quality 2/10Reception 1/10Call quality 3/10Internet 1/10Multimedia 1/10Camera 6/10UI speed 1/10Everyday usage 1/10Text input 2/10Display 1/10Battery 2/10
- NICE DESIGN
- UPDATES CAUSE MORE PROBLEMS THAN THEY FIX
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posted on 05 Apr 2014, 23:08 (Posts: 0; Member since: 01 Jan 2014)
Nice but overpriced
Katd1234 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This phone is nice, but the battery dies quite quickly,it doesnt do well with more than a few open apps. It crashes sometimes and it freezes sometimes. I love the app store and how easy it is to delete and download apps. Its nice but has its flaw, definitely overpriced, but its nice. Lots of cute cases for it also. Cracks easily like the rest of the iphones.Build quality 6/10Reception 8/10Call quality 9/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 7/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 7/10Display 8/10Battery 1/10
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posted on 03 Apr 2014, 16:31 (Posts: 0; Member since: 03 Apr 2014)
mojad313 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The build quality is the biggest dissapointment. The lock and volume buttons are the issue regarding that. feels too loose...alarm app has no increasing ring and volume cant be set to stay. fingerprint lock is just awsome.. overall good phoneBuild quality 7/10Reception 8/10Call quality 7/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 10/10Battery 7/10
- build quality - loose components
- steel rim scratches easily
- alarm app
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posted on 27 Mar 2014, 20:42 (Posts: 0; Member since: 27 Mar 2014)
iPhone 5 my life
iPhoneLife has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
let me say this you just simply cant and wont beat apples products or phones there number 1 in world period it dosent matter what new phones come out apple will continue to dominate period hands down, the iphone 5 is kingBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- it has anything & everything you need
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posted on 10 Mar 2014, 18:24 (Posts: 0; Member since: 10 Mar 2014)
KevSanches has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
It's a great phone, the best phone i ever had tested. (and that includes Galaxy S4, Xperia Z1). It has a great performance running the system itself, and heavy games. When you talk about performance, there's nothing to worry about.
The camera isn't great, but nothing awful.
The screen is beautiful, and you only can see pixels there if you got really closer to the phone. The colors are beautiful, and has an excellent brightness...
When you talk about design, the iPhone 5 is gorgeous.
But, 2 things really desappointed me: The Screen size, and the temperature when it's charging.
But, in all other ways you can look at, it's a great SmartPhone.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 9/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 8/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 9/10Text input 8/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
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posted on 25 Feb 2014, 03:05 (Posts: 0; Member since: 25 Feb 2014)
The Best phone I ever had .
Anaselsherbini has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
simple , fast , awesome touch , nice colors , very good OS :) I Love it :) ♥
The build quality is amazing and I expect iOS 7 to take it to an entirely different level .
It is totally awesome! When it comes to social networking, it even beats the Blackberrys with its fast loading time and fast typing experience. When it comes to camera, all my friends say WOW. The sound, the video, the graphics are all perfect eventhough its not a FullHD one. But with the Retina Display, you'll see things like real!Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 10/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
- 4G nice .
- long life battery
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posted on 14 Feb 2014, 10:14 (Posts: 0; Member since: 14 Feb 2014)
imranmajeed9 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The world's best smart phone. Its fast, its powerfull, its smart etc. Shame on all other mobile phone making companies who have more experience then Apple and can't make the mobile like that and congratulation to Apple he achieve the target within minimum period.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
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posted on 04 Feb 2014, 09:48 (Posts: 25; Member since: 27 Jan 2014)
Iphone 5 review
tim123 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
The iPhone 5 is mostly outstanding due to it IOS and nice metallic finish but it is full of disappointment. The everyday needs are often lower then what is offered from other OS like Android or WP, especially if you are in a business where you need to more a lot, the phone couldn't take the heavy use even fro 8hours without a charge and is limited with the small screen and under average camera.Build quality 5/10Reception 6/10Call quality 8/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 3/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 5/10Text input 4/10Display 5/10Battery 4/10
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posted on 26 Dec 2013, 14:57 (Posts: 0; Member since: 26 Dec 2013)
Stable perfomance and easy to operate with 1 hand.
BlueSteel has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Overall a pleasent experience to own this phone. iOS is a pretty stable operating system and the apps for iOS have rarely crashed. The phone feels great in the hand, it feels solid. But i rated build quality 7 since it scratches too easily. Its a shame such a nice looking phone begs for a cover.Build quality 7/10Reception 7/10Call quality 9/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 9/10Battery 8/10
- Easy 1 hand operation.
- Will stay updated for at least 2 years.
- A lot of accessories for it
- Scratches easily
- No drag and drop files, everything needs to go through iTunes
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posted on 15 Dec 2013, 06:37 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 Dec 2013)
sayed. has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
its the best cellphone ever i am so glade that i am using it but i am not satisfied with the new iphone which is 5s its disgusting actually they want to fool us with their fingerprint technology which is nothing more than a crap.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 10/10
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posted on 08 Dec 2013, 23:44 (Posts: 0; Member since: 08 Dec 2013)
Not so good
1aa2aa has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The Apple UI is so hard to use, and the battery drains like there's no tomorrow, even on full charge. The only thing that's good is the aesthetics. They probably made the phone so thin, they couldn't fit in 1 gb of ram, and a decent processor. You can't even expand the memory.
At least you can get better processors, more RAM, more storage space and expadability/connectivity options with Android phones.
Build quality 5/10Reception 6/10Call quality 6/10Internet 5/10Multimedia 6/10Camera 3/10UI speed 2/10Everyday usage 1/10Text input 3/10Display 1/10Battery 2/10
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posted on 01 Nov 2013, 19:07 (Posts: 0; Member since: 01 Nov 2013)
Android is for teenagers
anonamouse123 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
I've had Android phones and Windows phones, they are toys compared to Apple's iPhones. The call quality was subpar on the Samsung phone, the build quality felt cheap, and the OS was a joke, more appealing to kids than adults. Adults justt want something that works well not to play with out of boredom. The Windows phone, the Nokia Lumia was not the phone the iPhone is, but rather a plastic toy that wasn't easy to use. It was not even as good as the Samsung phone in any area. Samsung has now been fined for rewarding people to give their phones good reviews, and other phones bad reviews. What does that tell you? All my iPhones have been very sturdy, compared to Samsung phones that will crack if you breathe on them wrong.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Great build quality
- Great looks!
- Intuitive OS
- Fairly priced
- Sturdy and can take a drop
- Great camera
- Original, not a Korean copy
- Great resale
- Apple innovation
- removable battery and sd card would be nice
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posted on 20 Oct 2013, 05:22 (Posts: 151; Member since: 20 Oct 2013)
superduper has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
I moved from Android to iPhone in 2012, and I haven't looked back. My old Android phone was prone to crashing; battery life was poor; the system would grow increasingly slow until I restarted it. Overall, I was not enjoying the Android experience. The phone's dependability became a problem, and it grew very frustrating to use.
The iPhone took all those reliability issues away. Yes, it's expensive. But it works as promised. Battery life is good, though it could always be better. It takes great photos. It has a great App Store. Software updates are fast. Even Apple Maps works quite well, and I've used it successfully for directions a few times now, although it still needs more data in order to match the richness of Google's Maps app. After almost a year of use I have found the iPhone to be reliable and consistent.
Overall, I'm happy with my purchase, and I would recommend this phone (or its 5S and 5C replacements) to others.Build quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
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posted on 13 Oct 2013, 06:02 (Posts: 5; Member since: 13 Oct 2013)
Apple needs to step up its game
askarian has owned it for more than one year before publishing this review
Great phone otherwise but the screen seems a little small as per today's standards. Specs are 2011 and the new iOS7 just doesnt cut it anymore. Not to mention that extremely thin text that comes with this OS. I've experienced wifi and call signal strengths mostly.Build quality 10/10Reception 7/10Call quality 7/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 8/10Display 9/10Battery 7/10
- Solid Built Quality
- Weak Battery Life
- Very Itunes Dependant
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posted on 24 Sep 2013, 21:05 (Posts: 5; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)
No longer the undisputed king, but still a great phone
Cato619 has owned it for less than 3 months before publishing this review
The iPhone is no longer the best smartphone money can buy, but it has definite merit. Because I had previously owned an iPod touch and was heavily invested in iOS, I decided to buy the 5. I knew that the 5S would be out, but, as I expected, there was nothing compelling enough to wait for.
I cannot say enough good things about the build quality. It feels like a premium product, and feels great and compact in the hand. It's known to be tough, but I still have a case to help it stay looking new.
I have never had a reason to be disappointed in the call quality; it is easily the best of any phone I've had.
The iPhone is unbeatable for its ease of use, and it covers everything I use it for: calling, texting, email, web browsing, video, music, task management, calendar, camera, and much more, very well. Despite it quickly being upstaged by the 5S, I feel that it was a very much worthwhile investment.
See below for details about specific features.Build quality 10/10Reception 8/10Call quality 10/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 8/10Battery 9/10
- Speedy processor
- Sharp display
- Decent battery life
- Excellent build quality
- iOS is very intuitive
- No expandable storage
- Smallish screen
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posted on 15 Sep 2013, 15:53 (Posts: 0; Member since: 15 Sep 2013)
Good looking phone with outdated specs and high price.
vasilenko93 has owned it for less than month before publishing this review
Being a owner of a iPhone 5, the iPhone 5 is nice. I can use the internet almost from anywhere. The Phone never crashes, and never freezes. The specs however are not good, other phones exist that are better.Build quality 10/10Reception 7/10Call quality 6/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 7/10UI speed 6/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 5/10Display 7/10Battery 7/10
- Finger print scanner
- Good interface
- Good look
- Good camera
- Made by apple
- No SD card
- Can't take off battery
- multitasking is not modern
- no widgets
- high price
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posted on 04 Sep 2013, 22:28 (Posts: 0; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)
A good phone for everyday use
robin20993 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Iphone 5, at the first glance. I have no doubt. This phone looks, feels, and performs astounding. I bought the iPhone 5 32 gb for 9 months ago. What I really appreciate from the iPhone is the way the UI works. It is smooth as silk. Also, It feels fast from browsing the internet to capturing moments with camera to playing games. Syncing iPhone with computer is seamless. As long as you have the iTunes, you'll be alright. The phone is not very big, but I rather like it. When I put my phone in my pocket, it fits perfectly, and doesn't make me uncomfortable.
This phone has problems. First, the material feels premium, but it scratches easily. It has less features than other phones. No NFC, No options for further customization, Etc, so when you compare it to other smartphones, you will feel the iPhone is so overpriced. Also, connectivity is not as simple as we expect with the new lightning connectorBuild quality 9/10Reception 10/10Call quality 8/10Internet 9/10Multimedia 8/10Camera 9/10UI speed 9/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 9/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
posted on 23 Aug 2013, 17:19 (Posts: 0; Member since: 03 Apr 2013)
It's one of a kind
chaosengine007 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
Good phone. As simple and intuitive as any phone can get. Quite delicate and unless you are extremely careful about how you use the phone, it needs a case. Smooth UI, does everything you want it to do. One of the compact premium handsets of this generation. With the existing competition and despite a few minor imperfections, one of the top picks even today.Build quality 9/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 10/10Multimedia 9/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 10/10Text input 10/10Display 10/10Battery 8/10
- Build quality
posted on 18 Aug 2013, 11:59 (Posts: 17; Member since: 06 Aug 2009)
overall great phone
ViBRATOt49 has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
i prefer maybe a 4.3-4.5 inch screen. but this phone has not failed me. pretty much iphones in general. yes its simple, but i dont need all the bells and whistles that androids have. the battery is my main thing tho, it dies pretty quickly especially having it on LTEBuild quality 10/10Reception 10/10Call quality 8/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 7/10Camera 10/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 8/10Text input 9/10Display 7/10Battery 6/10
- ease of use
- fast charge
- user friendly
- battery life
- every 13 year old has one
posted on 13 Aug 2013, 15:46 (Posts: 0; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)
A real indepth iphone 5 review
cellphonesalesguy has owned it for less than year before publishing this review
This is a very good phone, and a wonderful phone phone first time smartphone users. With that said, there are better phones on the market and it isn't appropriate to give this phone a 10 out of 10 on every review. This is a true up to date review about the phone.Build quality 8/10Reception 9/10Call quality 10/10Internet 8/10Multimedia 10/10Camera 9/10UI speed 10/10Everyday usage 7/10Text input 7/10Display 8/10Battery 5/10
- Beautiful Design, not necessarily that functional
- Beautiful Display!
- Good camera(pictures look better on the phone then they do on a different display)
- Simplistic, extremely easy to comprehend and use. great for new users.
- NO EXPANDABLE MEMORY!!!!! THERE IS NO REASON APPLE SHOULD HAVE DONE THIS
- In order to make an itunes account from the phone you need either a credit card or a itunes card, this is very annoying for new users!
- Hype is much greater than the actual device
- Not very customize-able unless jail broken
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