First iPhone 5 Reviews

With just over two days to go for the iPhone 5 launch, Apple has lifted the embargo on reviews for the 6th generation iPhone and we’ve started seeing some of the well known tech writers and critics publishing reviews of the new iPhone.

Here’s what some of them had to say about Apple’s iPhone 5:

Tim Stevens of Engadget:

The iPhone 5 is a significant improvement over the iPhone 4S in nearly every regard, and in those areas that didn’t see an upgrade over its predecessor — camera, storage capacity — one could make a strong case that the iPhone 4S was already ahead of the curve. Every area, that is, except for the OS. If anything, it’s the operating system here that’s beginning to feel a bit dated and beginning to show its age.

Still, the iPhone 5 absolutely shines. Pick your benchmark and you’ll find Apple’s thin new weapon sitting at or near the top. Will it convince you to give up your Android or Windows Phone ways and join the iOS side? Maybe, maybe not. Will it wow you? Hold it in your hand — you might be surprised. For the iOS faithful this is a no-brainer upgrade. This is without a doubt the best iPhone yet. This is a hallmark of design. This is the one you’ve been waiting for.

John Gruber of Daring Fireball:

The question everyone who hasn’t yet pre-ordered wants answered: Should you upgrade? My answer is simple. If you can afford it, yes.

There’s a reason why, just as with all five of its predecessors, it just says “iPhone” on the back. The iPhone 5 is all new technically, but it’s the exact same thing as an idea. Apple is simply improving upon that idea year after year in infinitely finer detail, like a fractal. It’s nice.

Jim Dalrymple of 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.

MG Siegler of TechCrunch:

If you’ve been debating getting the iPhone 5 — and it seems like many of you haven’t debated it too much, with 2 million pre-orders — I suggest you make the jump. Even from the iPhone 4S, the iPhone 5 is a big, noticeable improvement. (Though of course I understand that carrier contract commitments may come into play there as well.) If you have an iPhone 4 or, heaven forbid, an iPhone 3GS, get the iPhone 5 as soon as you can.

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 all that bluster actually is. The iPhone 5 is the culmination of Apple doing what Apple does best. This is the smartphone nearly perfected.

Walt Mossberg of AllThingsD:

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.

Now that the iPhone 5 reviews are in (in case you were waiting for them), let us know what you plan to do. Planning to stand in line to get one on the day of the launch? Pre-ordering one now? Planning to wait for the next generation iPhone?

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  • http://twitter.com/chalabi_one Yazan S. Alchalabi

    Boaaaaaring

  • STEVEjobs

    Ok. Where’s the negative ones? LOL Or do you go one sided?

    • officialgadgets

      Look at yourself. Haha. Then you’ll find.

  • neo1111

    can’t wait … I loved my iPhone 4, but can’t wait to hand it over to the wife now…

  • hack

    im sorry, i cant hear them…again please!!!

  • http://twitter.com/chalabi_one Yazan S. Alchalabi

    well kido s , ive got macbook pro , 2 ipads , ipod and imac and all the accessories too iam agreat phan for apple for that i just want more from them

    • James

      Your a lame

      • officialgadgets

        @james you are lame most.

  • http://twitter.com/chalabi_one Yazan S. Alchalabi

    boaaaring

  • http://twitter.com/chalabi_one Yazan S. Alchalabi

    so for u gus with multiple ios devices like why dont we try something else like samsung SIII , kind of tough love to apple , may next time they get us better device :P

  • Thiago

    I have a iPhone 4 and I pre-ordered an iPhone 5 and it should be delivered on 21/9, I can’t wait to see it. :D

    • CODE4POWER

      price?

  • Necter Beau

    Yup!! I’m an Apple user however, I’m moved by a review that has no cons. This is more or less “Praises” for iPhone 5, like one finds in newly published books. Well, I’d place my hands on it once it lands in Apple store shelves. Then I’d provide here a proper review.

  • Kyle

    I’ll wait until iPhone 6, the iPhone 5 looks like a prototype, I don’t care what a bunch of nerds said.

  • Jimmy Mackey

    I plan on getting the new iPhone 5, and although some of the
    improvements are minor, I like the fact that it is lighter, and the connection
    is all digital now rather than the old 30 pin analog interface. That way, I can connect to a TV and watch
    movies at hotels and my friend’s house. I’m
    also looking forward to a bigger screen for watching my shows and movies with
    the DISH Remote Access app. I like watching
    on the go better because I get more TV watching done in my day, and all I need
    is internet and my Sling Adapter at home.