The new Apple iPhone 5 might not be the revolutionary piece of magic that fans of the device wanted, but based on many reviews available so far, the iPhone 5 is not that bad, either. Mobile & Apps has rounded up key points from a few reviews of the iPhone 5 to showcase how reviewers feel about Apple's latest smartphone.
- MG Siegler from TechCruch - "Those worried about the talk of "disappointment" surrounding the iPhone 5, I suggest you simply go to an Apple Store starting on Friday and try it for yourself. My guess is you'll immediately recognize just how ridiculous all that bluster actually is. The iPhone 5 is the culmination of Apple doing what Apple does best. This is the smartphone nearly perfected."
- Walt Mossberg from AllThingsD - "Apple has taken an already great product and made it better, overall. Consumers who prefer huge screens or certain marginal features have plenty of other choices, but the iPhone 5 is an excellent choice."
- Time Stevens from Engadget - "The iPhone 5 is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4S in nearly every regard, and in those areas that didn't see an upgrade over its predecessor -- camera, storage capacity -- one could make a strong case that the iPhone 4S was already ahead of the curve. Every area, that is, except for the OS. If anything, it's the operating system here that's beginning to feel a bit dated and beginning to show its age."
- Joshua Topolsky from The Verge - "The iPhone 5 is unquestionably the best iPhone ever made, and for the mass market, it's the best smartphone, period. Between the new design, blazing fast LTE, and excellent battery life, there's little to not like here. It's a competent, confident, slick package, certainly made better by most (but not all) of the updates and changes in iOS 6. Despite the Maps issues and some questions about whether Passbook will be a viable product, there's no doubt that Apple has crafted a beast of a phone - a fine machine that is a worthy new entry in the most innovative line of products the company has ever made."
The consensus seems to be that consumers should avoid forming an opinion about the iPhone until they have tried it for themselves. Reviewers generally appear to feel that Apple has done a good job with the iPhone 5, but not enough to be the best smartphone of the year.