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Apple iPhone 5 Review

Apple iPhone 5

Posted: , by John V.


Call Quality:

Apple iPhone 5 Review
Whoa! Talk about impressive noise-cancellation with the iPhone 5! Overall, calling quality is glorious in many ways. For starters, the earpiece emits ample tones to make it very easy for us to listen to our caller’s clear and distinctive voice. However, there’s only a small hint of distortion with voices when switching over to use the speakerphone. Thanks to the aid of its three microphones and a complex system known as beamforming, our callers are treated to one heck of an exquisite experience on their end. Already, voices are natural in tone on their end of the line, but the most impressive part about the iPhone 5’s calling quality is its superior noise-cancellation. At first, our callers pick up some wind noise in the background as we drive with the windows down, but in no time at all, it’s cancelled out with a strong emphasis on our voice.

Using Sprint’s version of the iPhone 5, we didn’t experience any dropped calls during our usage – though, we do notice a slightly weaker signal strength when compared to other Sprint devices on hand with us.


So here’s the thing, Apple has mentioned that battery life with the iPhone 5 has been improved over the iPhone 4S, but surely enough, there’s the matter of 4G LTE connectivity this time around. Well, with our Sprint iPhone 5, we’re only able to test it out relying on 3G connectivity, and in our experience, it’s pretty much unchanged from the iPhone 4S. Then again, it’s nice that it offers enough juice to get us by through a solid work day, but with 4G LTE connectivity, it’s almost certain to be a huge battery drain.

Battery life

We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.

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Apple iPhone 5
4h 22 min (Poor)
Samsung Galaxy S III
4h 8 min (Poor)
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Undeniably, the iPhone 5 is the most highly anticipated smartphone of the year – rightfully so considering that this sixth-generation sees one major design overhaul! For some time now, the competition has been leaping over the iPhone 4S’ specs sheet, but with the introduction of the iPhone 5, Apple has seemingly addressed many of the desires and wants of iPhone owners. Upgraded for the modern world, we appreciate the change to a larger 4-inch Retina Display, but even more impressive, is the reality that its overall footprint is still easy on the hands – as opposed to the overimposing stature of some of its rivals. And with that, the iPhone 5 continues to stand tall and proudly as being one of the classiest looking devices on the market – aided by its impeccable construction and quality choice of materials. In fact, it’s treated more like a piece of jewelry than anything else! Additionally, it’s nice to see that 4G LTE connectivity is now on board with the iPhone, which again brings it up to the modern world.

As a whole though, it’s not a game-changing device per se, like the original iPhone back in 2007, but to be honest, it excels in the areas that are most vital to any smartphone owner. Obviously, it has the design to capture the attention of people far and wide, but when we look beyond the aesthetics, we find an iPhone that continues to improve with its performance – like its photo taking quality and wickedly fast processing power. Indeed, the platform experience is still lacking the depth of customization features of its rivals, but again, it’s simplicity that Apple decides to focus on more than anything else.

So the obvious question that remains is whether the iPhone 5 is worth a buy? For $200, you’re getting one of the few devices on the market that has the rich blend of performance and features to soundly satisfy a broad range of needs and wants. Even though we’re still yearning for an updated platform experience with iOS, the iPhone 5 hits a grand slam homerun out of the park with its svelte design, sharp looking display, raw processing power, and detailed photo capturing quality to clear the bases entirely. It works, runs fast, and it’s a looker as well! What more can you ask out of a phone when it wins in those key categories?

Software version of the review unit: 6.0 (10A405)


  • Svelte and luxurious design
  • Larger Retina Display
  • Snaps gorgeous photos
  • Exquisite noise cancellation & calling quality


  • Limited features with its Maps app
  • No major improvements in the platform experience
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posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:32 73

1. dr_fajardo12 (Posts: 118; Member since: 26 Aug 2012)


posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:53 16

102. Connie.Linghus (banned) (Posts: 32; Member since: 14 Aug 2012)

No worries, the review is just biAsed iCaca.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 13:28

292. PAPINYC (banned) (Posts: 2315; Member since: 30 Jul 2011)

That's right Miss-A-Linghus, you tell em'!

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 17:30 1

321. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

Hear me out folks. According to PA's measurements:-

Volume of iPhone 4S:- 62.78 cc
Volume of iPhone 5 :- 55.14 cc

Even though I hate Apple(due to their lawsuits), I have to commend them for this improvement.

posted on 26 Feb 2013, 07:08

347. Jigar99 (Posts: 2; Member since: 26 Feb 2013)

I have a white iphone 5. I want this iphone wallpaper please......

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 23:43 23

219. Kevin0988 (Posts: 12; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

iPhone had aluminium design much better than galaxy s3 plastic.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:09 11

264. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

this is not a big advantage buddy! Satisfaction talks : 9.3 against 9. it means Apple sucks!!

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 13:05 4

290. furious00 (Posts: 2; Member since: 23 Sep 2012)

Ummm...both The Verge and Engadget have the iPhone 5 scoring higher. So suck on that.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:13 15

265. amir1975 (Posts: 22; Member since: 18 Aug 2012)

Yes it's a truth! you have paid MUCH more than any other phone, but you've got LESS.
it's APPLE !!

posted on 24 Sep 2012, 15:21 6

310. efdalemre (Posts: 1; Member since: 24 Sep 2012)

more like Half an Apple :)

posted on 05 Oct 2012, 03:01 1

327. Miley_3d (Posts: 16; Member since: 02 Oct 2012)

i agree with U.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:33 1

285. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

They just have to change the design, software UI and maps and PA will give it a 10. No offence but if other phones are getting so low scores (like Optimus G, International One X, Lumia 920) this is what I have to say.

According to me they only need to change the Design of the Phone, Change the software UI, replace Apple Maps with Google Maps, Make the UI more customizable and they will have a real winner on their hands.

Plus also add a microSD slot and a universal USB connector instead of that dopey proprietary connector.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 11:39

287. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

I did not mean the Optimus G(it hasn't been reviewed yet). And I meant Lumia 900.

posted on 25 Sep 2012, 23:29

322. AppleHateBoy (unregistered)

I just thought of something.
Moto RAZR MAXX => Apple iPhone 5 MAXX with a bigger battery and 8.6 mm thickness.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:35 22

2. satanrules (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

The best iPhone yet. However you wanna look at it.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:40 17

9. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)

Like we were expecting it to be the worst?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:42 18

12. XPERIA-KNIGHT (unregistered)

o we know its worse....

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:40 16

10. PhoneArenaUser (Posts: 5498; Member since: 05 Aug 2011)

I agree, this one is better than 4 or 4S.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:26 7

71. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

I would hope so.

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 04:06 3

253. Retro-touch (Posts: 279; Member since: 24 Oct 2011)

Award for the most obvious comment!!!!
But not the best phone in the world, I still think the SGS2 is better than SGS3 (cheap plastic) and if the 3 looked like the HTC One X with the features and specs it has it would be the ultimate phone, removable battery and sdcard of course

posted on 23 Sep 2012, 08:52 7

268. satanrules (Posts: 19; Member since: 22 Sep 2012)

Isn't there always something missing?

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:35 2

3. Carlitos (Posts: 558; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

Wow, i was really expecting some solid news for the battery and it does not seem good. If the battery is just the same as the 4s on 3g, 4g LTE is going to take its hit. Its going to be rather ironic, that up to a year or so ago, iphones had pretty solid battery performance compared to many android and it now seems to be switching places.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 17:57 4

26. binerry (Posts: 99; Member since: 16 Mar 2012)

Engadget tested with an LTE looped video, with wifi and Bluetooth on, and it got 10 minutes less than the Droid Razr Maxx.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:05 1

35. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

what are you talking about? you're gonna have to link us to that one.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:12 5

44. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

It's true


"On our standard battery rundown test, in which we loop a video with LTE and WiFi enabled and social accounts pinging at regular intervals, the iPhone 5 managed a hugely impressive 11 hours and 15 minutes. That's just 10 minutes shy of the Motorola Droid RAZR Maxx."

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:31 1

77. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

wow, and this has what? a pair of 32nm cores? is there any word on what the mAh-age is? imagine how good the MAXX HD is going to be...good googly moogly, it's simply mouth watering.

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 18:39 1

92. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

A pair of 32nm cores at 1 GHz and a tri-core GPU; the battery is 1,440 mAh if I'm not mistaken.

I haven't seen you around here lately King, and I just mentioned you in a comment not too long ago!

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:07 1

120. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

only 1,440mAh? there must be some special sauce at work here. yeah, i saw that article. it's believed to be a PowerVR SGX543(MP3) if i'm not mistaken. i didn't even know there was such a thing... xD

i've been here and there. i don't really participate in a lot of the over active articles surrounding the iPhone but i do like to give my 2 cents in the articles like this that really matter.

oh yeah? i think we think a lot alike Bezerk. c:

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:17 6

127. Berzerk000 (Posts: 4275; Member since: 26 Jun 2011)

Apple advertised in their announcement that they made some special software optimizations to improve battery life, they didn't exactly specify, but it sure did work whatever it was.

Neither do I, I actually tend to stay away from PA when there's an Apple product release, to bypass the iDevice flood. But this time around I decided to stick around and straighten some people up where I can. A mans work is never done...

posted on 22 Sep 2012, 19:31 4

140. KingKurogiii (Posts: 5713; Member since: 23 Oct 2011)

true dat, this site needs more people like you.

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Camera8 megapixels
Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz, Apple Swift processor
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