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Android squashes iPhone 5 in latest Consumer Reports ratings: iPhone ranked lowest among top phones

iPhone 5 Consumer Reports Rating

Consumer Reports has a history of being tough on Apple products. After dragging the iPhone 4 through the mud a few years ago, the non-profit buyer’s guide warmed up to the iPhone 4S when Apple (AAPL) resolved its famous “Antennagate” issues. When the iPhone 5 was released, Consumer Reports gushed over the device and called it “the best iPhone yet.” Apparently the best iPhone yet still isn’t as good as top Android smartphones, however, as the magazine’s new ratings place the iPhone behind several Google (GOOG)-powered handsets.

As picked up by Business Insider, Apple’s iPhone 5 has been ranked the worst top smartphone at each of the three U.S. carriers that sell the device.

At both AT&T (T) and Sprint (S), the iPhone was ranked third behind the LG Optimus G and the Samsung Galaxy S III. Even worse for the Cupertino-based company, the iPhone 5 didn’t even crack the top-three at Verizon Wireless (VZ) as the Motorola RAZR MAXX HD, the Motorola RAZR HD and the Galaxy S III claimed top honors at the nation’s leading carrier.

Android’s market share lead continues to pull away from the iPhone as Samsung (005930) gains momentum and as low-cost handsets continue to flood emerging markets. Beyond market share, however, Apple’s often heralded lead where quality and user experience are concerned is taking a hit as well according to Consumer Reports.

Apple’s next-generation iPhone could launch as soon as this summer and the company has some ground to make up if it hopes to regain Consumer Reports’ smartphone crown.

Zach Epstein

Zach Epstein has been the Executive Editor at BGR for more than 10 years. He manages BGR’s editorial team and ensures that best practices are adhered to. He also oversees the Ecommerce team and directs the daily flow of all content.

Zach first joined BGR in 2007 as a Staff Writer covering business, technology, and entertainment. His work has been quoted by countless top news organizations, and he was recently named one of the world's top 10 “power mobile influencers” by Forbes. Prior to BGR, Zach worked as an executive in marketing and business development with two private telcos.