Roundup: iPhone 5 Reviews Hit the Web [Updating]

Just moments ago the iPhone 5 review embargoes were lifted and numerous prominent news outlets have began posting their official reviews. Every year Apple lifts the embargo just days before official product releases. Below we have listed many sites that had to chance to grab an early review copy:

Jim Dalrymple, The Loop:

“My experience with the iPhone 5, iOS and the EarPods has been great. The iPhone is everything Apple said it would be and with iOS 6 built-in, it’s clear to me that Apple has another winner on its hands.

I can’t think of any good reason why anyone wouldn’t upgrade or purchase the iPhone 5.”

Tim Stevens, Engadget:

“The iPhone 5 is a clear evolution of the stark, industrial design introduced two years ago with the iPhone 4. That collection of square edges and raw materials was a huge contrast to everything else the company was producing and, frankly, everything else on the market.”

Walter Mossberg, The Wall Street Journal:

“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.”
 

Brent Jones, USAToday:

“People have always had lofty expectations for the iPhone 5, especially as the competition stiffens. In delivering a fast, attractive, LTE-capable and larger-screen handset, Apple has met those expectations with a gem.”

Vincent Nguyen, SlashGear:

“Does the iPhone 5 feel better in the hand than the iPhone 4S? Is it faster, and smoother running; does it have a more capable camera; can it access data more rapidly while on the move? Does the combination of iPhone hardware and iOS software feel the most holistic and balanced of any Apple smartphone to-date? The answer to all those questions is yes. Apple has addressed the bigger-screen debate with a solution that doesn’t undermine key usability promises, delivered LTE without destroying battery life, and wrapped it up in a design that’s both comfortably familiar and crisply revitalized.”

Scott Stein, CNET:

“The iPhone 5 adds everything we wanted in the iPhone 4S: 4G LTE, a longer, larger screen, and a faster A6 processor. Plus, its top-to-bottom redesign is sharp, slim, and feather-light.

The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It’s absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.”

Shane Richmond, The Telegraph:

“The iPhone 5 is a great smartphone made even better. It’s fast, lightweight and backed by the largest application store for any device. It’s also probably the most beautiful smartphone anyone has ever made.”

MG Siegler, TechCrunch:

“If you have an Android phone and have been waiting for a big iPhone update to explore or re-explore the device, now is the time. And you Windows Phone 7 users who are getting screwed in the move to Windows Phone 8, you may want to look as well. And if you’re still a Blackberry user, well, good luck with that. I think you’re beyond my help.

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 that bluster actually is. This is the smartphone nearly perfected.”

Stuart Miles, Pocket Lint:

“While the hardware and design here is cutting edge, the software plays it safer than we would like. For those of you that have already left the Apple eco-system for Samsung or HTC, for example, the iPhone 5 isn’t likely to draw you back. You might marvel at the build and design, but Apple with the iPhone 5 has created a smartphone that is too safe for you: you’ll feel too mollycoddled.

Instead Apple has created a phone that the millions of current iPhone users will want to upgrade to. iPhone owners will love it, enjoy all those new features, and appreciate all the hard work, design, and engineering that has gone into it.”

David Pogue, NYTimes:

“If you have an iPhone 4S, getting an iPhone 5 would mean breaking your two-year carrier contract and paying a painful penalty; maybe not worth it for the 5’s collection of nips and tucks. But if you’ve had the discipline to sit out a couple of iPhone generations — wow, are you in for a treat.”

Harry Mccracken, Techland:

“The iPhone 5 is one terrific smartphone. Ignore the naysayers — even without any awesome technological breakthroughs, it’s a sizable improvement on the iPhone 4S. For many upgrades, LTE alone will be worth the price of admission.”

Peter Nowak, CBCNews:

“Given the iPhone 5’s sales expectations, it’s clear that many consumers just don’t care about the pricing. It’s simply a must-have gadget.”

Rich Jaroslovsky, Bloomberg:

“One of Apple’s underappreciated abilities is its sense of timing. It often isn’t first with new technologies, waiting until it can bring something special and Apple-like to the table.With the iPhone 5, the most obvious something-special is how fast it is and how long it runs at those speeds.”

John Gruber, from Daring Fireball:

The iPhone 5 is really nice.

It feels great, looks great, has the best display I’ve seen at any size, runs noticeably faster, networks noticeably faster, is way thinner and lighter than any of its predecessors, takes better photos, and, in my six days of testing, gets totally decent iPhone-4S-level battery life.

Joshua Topolsky, The Verge:

Ah, to review the iPhone 5; what a blessing, and what a curse. It’s actually funny to think that there was a time not that long ago that the iPhone wasn’t even a thing, let alone an iconic part of pop culture. A time when an Apple-made phone was just a fantasy; a blogger’s fever-dream; a secret glimmer in the eye of Steve Jobs and his team of engineers and designers.

That’s about it for now. As more reviews are posted we will update this post with additional review excerpts and links. Let us know the comments which full reviews you will be reading.

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  • draz

    Hardware is excellent… Software not so much

  • FragilityG4

    How so?

  • I did not see anyone showing the iPhone 5?!

  • swotam

    I’ve been using iOS6 in beta for several months now and it’s a perfectly good upgrade. Not sure what you’re comparing it to.

  • draz

    It’s what some reviews pretty much said.
    The only issue I have with iOS 6 is the maps

  • xxxJDxxx

    Is it widgets?? that seems to be the one thing that fandroids point out the most.

  • Kakarot

    4S battery life was crap?

  • Brian

    Man, talk about a circle jerk. Negative reviews are probably the most useful to learn from, and yet they’re completely ignored here. Already in the comments we see people talking about lack of widgets and Maps being not-so-great, but you can’t find a single reviewer that doesn’t describe the phone as entirely sunshine and lollipops?