Consumer Reports on the iPhone 5: “Another Winning Smart Phone from Apple”


Consumer Reports has published (via AppleInsider) their initial review of the iPhone 5, and so far they called it a positive upgrade:

By boosting screen size, thinning its profile, and adding 4G LTE access, among other features, his newest iPhone shows every sign of being the most compelling yet. And even its biggest drawback, its beta-like Maps app, is likely to improve over time.

The new phone is a worthy upgrade for owners of older iPhones who want a bigger screen and faster data access. Otherwise, iPhone owners might note that a number of the phone’s improvements, including the panoramic camera mode and the ability for the Siri voice assistant to control apps, are available by upgrading your iPhone 4S to the new iOS 6 software.

The only downside noted by Consumer Reports was the unpolished Apple Maps application in iOS 6. Users have voiced mixed reviews of Apple’s new maps, a change from the former Google Maps.

In the past, Consumer Reports reported they could not recommend purchasing the iPhone 4 (based on antenna issues) which caused some controversy, but did praise the iPhone 4S. How happy are you with your iPhone 5 right now?


  • FragilityG4

    I love my 5 … I held on to the 3GS for three years so an upgrade was mandatory!

  • Husein S.

    Same here – it’s like night and day!

  • Skylar

    I also love my 5. The only problem I have is that it won’t automatically connect to a known wifi network when it is in range. I have to do it manually each time. I called Apple and they are not even sure what the problem is.

  • if you can, just go to the nearest store, they will just swap it out

  • Keiferz

    Disconnect from the wifi source and use safari while on 3G. The phone should prompt to available wifi networks. Click one and add password. That should allow it to connect automatically.

  • The kid

    Love the new 5. Blows my 3GS outing the water. So fast.

  • Farids

    I love my iPhone 5. Aside from performance and new goodies, the battery charge is incredible. Over 70-80% better than 4S!!

  • Davinci Jeremie

    My IPhone 5 Sucks both My wife and my phone’s battery life is so bad we have to cary around a portable charger. I have notice the media is licking Apple’s butt so they can get free stuff or ads from them.

  • Haha…yes, I am surprised we didn’t get the confusing ‘best phone on the market but can’t recommend it’ messaging from Consumer Reports this year.

    Anyway, I will admit, I was skeptical of the iPhone 5 and questioned whether or not the upgrade from a 4 would be worthwhile. But, the 5 is a great piece of hardware. I was pulling for far better battery life – and while not far better, there is an improvement in my experience. I have seen others reporting poor battery life though. I did set mine up as a new iPhone as opposed to restoring from my backup of my old one. That also forced me to do an app cleanup for my own benefit. I’m thinking those two activities may have helped me out battery-wise. Extra screen real estate is nice but the biggest win so far is the LTE. If you’re in an LTE capable area, you will love it. If not, then the 5 may be a bit more of an enthusiast’s upgrade from the 4 or 4s (unless you really dig Siri…)

  • It just came out a few days ago. Get Apple to swap them or simply return them if you are that unsatisfied.