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.
The Apple iPhone 5 (32 GB) (AT&T) is a smart phone available from
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models like the iPhone 5 (32 GB) (AT&T).
Requires data service:
These phones require a plan for browsing the Web or accessing e-mail and other media services and sites.
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.
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.
The Ratings of Apple iPhone 5 (16 GB) (AT&T) were applied to untested model Apple iPhone 5 (32 GB) (AT&T), which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
There's only one product line to choose from, and only one new model is introduced each year. These models complement their sleek, trend-setting designs and intuitively simple operation with top-notch displays, cameras, and music players. They also provide superb ease of use via a highly interactive multitouch 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. iPhone 5, the first iPhone with a 4-inch display and support for fast 4G LTE data networks, is the best one yet. 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 (32 GB) (AT&T)
Requires data service These phones require a plan for browsing the Web or accessing e-mail and other media services and sites.
Requires data service
Requires messaging service These phones require a plan for sending and receiving text, picture, or video messages.
Requires messaging service
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.
4G broadband data
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
Bluetooth Voice indicates the phone works with wireless Bluetooth headsets and most hands-free car systems; stereo means it supports stereo Bluetooth headsets for music and other multimedia; data indicates the phone can wirelessly exchange pictures, contacts, and other files with other compatible Bluetooth devices, such as a computer, cell phone, or PDA.
Wi-Fi Cell-phone data networks--even those designated as "3G broadband"--are much slower than the broadband Internet connections many people have at home. But a rising number of phones have a built-in Wi-Fi radio that allows them faster Internet and e-mail access via home networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. On some phones, the Wi-Fi is just for Web browsing; on others, you can use the connection to make calls using Voice Over Internet Protocol. Others support data via the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA) standard. This lets the phone connect via WI-Fi to share content with other compatible certified devices such as a TV, printer, and computer.
Memory card Many phones have slots that accept memory cards, typically microSD, to expand storage capacity by as much as 32GB. 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.
World phone Indicates the phone supports international GSM frequency bands for coverage abroad.
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.
I love the iPhone 5. I've owned every model iPhone and this one was the biggest step forward. Battery life and speed exceptional. Screen blows away other smartphones. The camera takes better pictures than my digital camers. Love the iCloud syncing with my work & home computers... too many people I know don't take full advantage of this feature. I hope to be a life-long iPhone owner - i.e. keep on innovating Apple.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By Dave...Telling It Like It Is
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
A few things better - A few things worse
better screen resolution
Noise Cancellation Featur
I had the iPhone 4 for 2 years before I got the iPhone 5 and before that I had many differnt android OS phones. After getting my first iPhone and learning all the features on it...I was hooked. It was way better than all the android phones I had before. The biggest advantage of iPhones are that it is way more user friendly than the android OS and overall way better built. <br />The iPhone 5 had some hits and misses compared to my iPhone 4. They improved on the screen resolution and the camera is heads above any other phone out there. The processor is faster but if you use 4G instead of 3G you can expect about half the battery life. The new noise cancellation on the iPhone 5 is a bust in my opinion. they designed it so it would cut out background noise but it also cuts out your voice and the voice on the other end if the background noise is loud enough. I operate heavy equipment so this effects me more than I like. The other pitfall is the maps. They opted not to use Google maps anymore and go with their own and I would not want to count on it to get me where I wanted to go. Google maps were the best but i'm sure it was a money dispute that kept them off the iPhone 5. Overall if you want a phone that you can enjoy using with ease and for the most part out performs all the other smart phones out there...iPhone would be a wise choice! Try it once and You'll be hooked also.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
By the new i-man on the iphone
from Brighton, MI
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Scratches On Exterior
My first iphone ever and I use it for everyday life! i get up, i check my phone and email. I then have my phone on me all day for internet use and of course communicating. The battery life is amazing! I had an android and I would charge it twice a day and still worry about my battery at the end of the night. the iphone can go 2 days with 1 charge. Do not believe consumer reports when they say the galaxy has better battery life. ! Best battery life I have ever seen on a phone is with apple! hands down<br /><br />I dont not care for the fact that I can use an android device as an external hard drive but I cannot do that with an iphone. It was extremely simple to drag and drop videos, office documents, and apps via a usb cable with an android phone. I can not do that with an iphone and I'm hoping I can find an application that will let me do so. Also, the phone gets scratched incredibly fast! Literally 2 days after purchasing the phone the paint was coming off the aluminum and I treated it like a baby. Get a case for the phone before you even take it out of the box! no joke!