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Consumer Reports gushes over the iPhone 5, calls it ‘the best iPhone yet’

Updated Dec 19th, 2018 8:38PM EST

The general verdict on the iPhone 5 seems to be, Maps application aside, that it’s an absolutely killer product. And now Consumer Reports has added its weighty voice to this consensus by declaring that the iPhone 5 is not only one of the best smartphones it’s ever reviewed but has dubbed it “the best iPhone yet.” This is particularly noteworthy because Consumer Reports has never been a rubberstamp for Apple (AAPL) products, especially when it famously refused to recommend the iPhone 4 over the “Antennagate” flap. Happily for Apple, though, the publication has no such qualms about its latest smartphone.

In particular, Consumer Reports praised the device’s “larger, 4-inch display,” its “thinner and lighter profile” and “4G LTE access” and said that Apple had added “a host of innovative features” to make the iPhone 5 a world-class smartphone. The publication also heaped praise upon improvements to the Siri voice assistant and said that the smartphone’s 8-megapixel camera was the best it had ever seen on a smartphone outside of the 41-megapixel camera featured on Nokia’s (NOK) 808 PureView. Consumer Reports even pulls its punches on the widely-derided Maps app, calling it “competent enough, even if it falls short of what’s available for free on many other phones.”


Prior to joining BGR as News Editor, Brad Reed spent five years covering the wireless industry for Network World. His first smartphone was a BlackBerry but he has since become a loyal Android user.