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by Derek Kessler Thu, 27 Sep 2012 5:43 pm EDT

iPhone 5 reviewed by iMore

Thinner. Bigger. Faster. It seems to describe every iteration of smartphones these days, and our friends at iMore got their turn at the ubiquitous dance this year with the release of the iPhone 5. The new Apple smartphone is, as expected, thinner and faster, though it packs a larger 4-inch screen, breaking for the first time in five years the 3.5-inch standard set by the original iPhone. Though nowadays it seems that four inches is considered small in the smartphone space. I say this while using a 3.58-inch HP Pre3. It also is the first iPhone to include LTE, and while many Android manufacturers have packed in the 4G radio tech for over a year, in typical fashion Apple took their time and waited until they could do so without having a significant impact on battery life.

So what does our pal Rene think of the latest iPhone? In his own words:

"Taller, thinner, faster, lighter, brighter; the iPhone 5 represents nothing more nor less than the latest, relentless iteration on the Platonic ideal Apple has been striving towards for almost a decade. Redesigned in every way but shape, compromised but true to its purpose, the iPhone 5 is once again the best iPhone Apple has ever made, and one of the best phones ever made. Period."

Of course, there's still the issue with it running iOS. The latest version of iOS - 6 - is as always fast and stable and simple. But that simplicity comes at the cost of capability. Where the competition like Android and Windows Phone used to lag behind, the iterative evolution of iOS has lead to Apple's mobile operating system being the one that's behind in some aspects. And we have to question some of the decisions Apple made with iOS 6, like kicking out Google Maps in favor of their own Apple solution; the flaws and shortcoming of Apple's maps have gotten their fair share of press, we don't need to bore you with all that here.

The iPhone 5 is out and in the wild now and plenty are giving it their attention, though few as indepthly as Rene. It's the best iPhone yet, but is it the best smartphone out there? That's actually debatable now, and that's a good thing.

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"is it the best smartphone?"

That's inherently subjective. It will vary wildly depending on the users desires.

What, no [the competition] in the headline?  Still doesn't belong on webOS Nation though!!

+1

thinking back a few post to "what would you want in a new webos phone" this is basically it. I honestly feel that if we took an iphone with iOS6 and paired it against one that we magically we able to load open webos on; openwebOS would dominate the iPhone hands down.

don't get me wrong we are talking about magic here, but lets all be real one thing that we have over iOS users is how smoothly webOS works and it's able to handle running lots of apps at one time.

the other nail in the coffin was how leo decided to tout all our awesome hardware then tell everybody to hurry up and wait, while apple has always manage to say here it is and it's available next week.

Why is this here? I don't really care wtf apple is doing. There are forums out there for those who do.

WE DO NOT WANT ANY APPLE NEWS POSTED ON THIS SITE UNLESS IT IS RELATED TO WEBOS IN ANY WAY !!!!!!!

THANK YOU!

well I think its ok iphone 5 another one for the Iphone sheep lol

stupid hp

The hardware is good (Which is what Palm lacked a lot of), but the software is just so ho-hum, it's laughable. I have trouble on my 2gen iPod touch vs my Pre- with webos personally