By Alexandra Burlacu | Oct 06, 2012 10:50 AM EDT
Consumer Reports compared the top smartphones on the market, assessing each handset's features and capabilities. Due to considerable improvements over the iPhone 4S, the new iPhone 5 has moved up in Consumer Reports' ratings, and is now among the top-rated phones along with the Samsung Galaxy S3 and the Motorola Razr. How does the iPhone 5 stack up against Android rivals?
Smartphones with larger screens have popped up on the market, and most consumers want a big display to watch movies, play games, and use apps. The iPhone 5's 4-inch display is the biggest screen Apple has ever packed on an iPhone, but it is still smaller than the displays on most Android smartphones. In this category, Android has a leading edge.
Android smartphones offer decent voice control capabilities, but according to Consumer Reports' Mike Gikas "they're no match for Siri." Apple's sassy virtual assistant can understand and execute more complex commands, so the iPhone emerges as the winner in this aspect.
Android phones offer more detailed maps, more accurate traffic information, and more customization. Apple, meanwhile, has faced a firestorm of criticism lately over its glitchy mapping application in iOS 6. Until Apple fixes those issues, Android leads the way.
Both the iPhone and some Android smartphones have the ability to capture panoramic photos, but Consumer Reports found that the iPhone 5 outperforms Android in terms of photo and video quality.
All 4G mobile phones allow users to talk on the phone and connect to the Internet over your cellular network at the same time, but the iPhone 5 on Verizon or Sprint cannot. In this category, Android appears more capable.
In conclusion, the iPhone 5 offers many useful features and is a clear improvement over its predecessor. Many of the top-rated Android smartphones, however, over similar features, so it ultimately comes down to personal preference.
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