Apple iPhone 5 

Released September, 2012
  • iOS 10
  • 4G
  • 4"
  • Dual core 1.3 GHz
The screen quality is very good though, and HD movies in particular look sharp and detailed.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
Armed with an 8-megapixel iSight camera, it doesn’t improve upon the megapixel count of its processor, but nevertheless, the addition of an improved backside illuminated sensor combined with a retooled lens coughs up even better visuals with the iPhone 5.
by PhoneArena (Sep, 2012)
6.7 Out of 10
New: iPhone 5s (Sep, 2013)

PhoneRocket Review Our evaluation of the Apple iPhone 5

Performance

Processing power and speed

iPhone 5
7.0
Xperia Z
7.7
Galaxy S4
8.3
Passmark, Geekbench, BrowserMark and Sunspider 0.9.1

Graphics

3D and 2D graphics

iPhone 5
7.1
Xperia Z
8.3
Galaxy S4
8.7
GLBenchmark 2.5 and GLBenchmark 2.7

Battery Life

How long will the battery last

iPhone 5
5.1
Xperia Z
5.1
Galaxy S4
n.d.
Talk time (3G), Standby time and Battery capacity

Reviews

How do our trusted review sites rank these products?

iPhone 5
8.6
Xperia Z
8.4
Galaxy S4
8.7
Reviews from phonearena.com, gsmarena.com, techradar.com and mobiletechreview.com

6.7

PhoneRocket Score

Performance, Graphics, Battery Life and Reviews

iPhone 5
6.7
Xperia Z
7.2
Galaxy S4
8.5

Benchmarks Real world tests of the Apple iPhone 5

geekbench Processor and memory performance

iPhone 5
707
iPhone 5s
2,523
Galaxy S4
1,856

passmark Processor performance including multiple coresData courtesy Passmark

iPhone 5
3,467
iPhone 4s
1,483
iPhone 5s
4,904

SunSpider 0.9.1 Web browser and javascript performance

iPhone 5
915 ms
iPhone 4s
2,250 ms
Xperia Z
1,336 ms

BrowserMark How fast does the web browser load pages

iPhone 5
901
iPhone 5s
3,621

GLBenchmark 2.7 3D graphics performance

iPhone 5
6.7 fps
iPhone 5s
24.7 fps
Galaxy S4
17.2 fps

GLBenchmark 2.5 battery Battery life for 3D graphics apps

iPhone 5
126 min
Xperia Z
173 min
iPhone 4s
159 min

Reviews Word on the street for the Apple iPhone 5


9.0
While the 3.5" display on prior iPhones seemed downright old fashioned in terms of screen real estate, the 4", 1136 x 640 display feels like there's room to spread out and read web pages without chronic zooming.

9.0
Even though the megapixel count is the same as its predecessor, it’s been blessed with an improved backside-illuminated sensor and retooled lens, which are safely guarded by a durable sapphire crystal glass.

9.0
Apple has done away with layers of technology below the screen to bring the display as close to the glass as possible, something it says will bring increased brightness and sharpness to the user's eye.

Overall

8.6 Out of 10

What People Are Saying Give it to me straight

Screen

The screen improvement is a real step forward, and the overall speed of the device has been increased to a blistering speed that matches the best the opposition has to offer.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
The iPhone 5's zoom system works in two ways: double tap to make the text fit the screen or manually pinch the display to choose the level of enlargement.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
The change in aspect ratio means that the iPhone 5 display is actually just 21% bigger than the iPhone 4S LCD screen, instead of the 25% increase the difference in the diagonal suggests.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)

Carrier

The call quality on offer is much better though, with the three microphone system Apple has put together (on on the bottom, one on the back and one invisible one near the top) making call quality for the person you're phoning amazing.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
The roughness of the wall is slightly more apparent in the iPhone 5 photo and the yellow and orange colors are slightly more accurate, but you really need to be looking at 100% to spot the difference.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)
There's still no iPhone for T-Mobile, but those of you who wish to bring one over can do so: just be sure to buy the GSM model (AT&T or unlocked GSM).
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2012)

Apps

So iTunes scans yours songs and pushes them to all your other devices if they match.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)
In more general mixed usage, though, you'd be very optimistic to think your iPhone 5 will last longer than a single day on one charge, and that range will be dramatically reduced if you use battery-sucking processor-intensive apps or games, or power-sapping turn-by-turn navigation and 3G/LTE..
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
Selecting which apps to sync is pretty easy.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)

Battery

We ran our traditional battery test and the iPhone 5 achieved the amazing score of 51h, which means you'll only need to charge it once every 51 hours if you use it for an hour of talking, web browsing and video playback per day.
by GSM Arena (Sep, 2012)
Be it dropped signal, failing calls or general battery-sucking from the act of chatting wirelessly, Apple has had to deal with a lot.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
This means things like heart monitors or pressure sensors in your shoes can be used, without needing to charge them every seven seconds.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)

Network technology

What's hot: Bigger dispay, fast LTE 4G, gorgeous design and smooth experience.
by MobileTechReview (Sep, 2012)
We've already talked through the likes of 4G and the slower 3G connection speeds on offer, but there's plenty more to be impressed with too.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)
We've also checked out the iPhone 5 running at 4G speeds as well now - and it doesn't really change page loading times, as the phone is already goshdarn nimble at throwing out the 3G signal.
by TechRadar (Jul, 2013)

Specifications Full list of technical specs

screen

Type Super IPS LCD2
Size 4"
Resolution 1136 x 640
Touchscreen Capacitive
Multitouch Yes
PPI 325 ppi

sensors

Has an assisted GPS Yes

music

Supports FM radio No

software

Operating system iOS 10
Multitasking No
App store Apple App Store
Adobe flash support No
App store size 825,000 apps

connectivity

Acts as a wi-fi hotspot Yes
Supports NFC No
Bluetooth Bluetooth v4.0

form factor

Weight 112 g
Thickness 7.6 mm
Size 58.6 x 123.8 x 7.6 mm

hardware

Clock speed 1.3 GHz
Number of cores Dual core
RAM 1 GB
Internal storage 64 GB

photo & video

Camera 8 MP
Resolution 8 MP
Flash Yes
Secondary camera 1.2 MP
Video resolution 1920 x 1080 @ 30 fps

cellular

Generation 4G
Networks
  1. GSM (0.01 Mb/s)
  2. UMTS (0.38 Mb/s)
  3. CDMA (0.01 Mb/s)
  4. LTE (20 Mb/s)

battery

Talk time (3G) 480 min
Standby time 13,536 min
Capacity 1,440 mA·h
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