Best Improvement in the iPhone 5

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The reviews are in on Apple’s new iPhone 5, which becomes available Friday starting at $199 on contract.

iPhone 5
iPhone 5

One of the most notable achievements of the phone is its faster Internet speeds over 4G LTE while maintaining a long battery life.

As Bloomberg wrote, “Over the last year and a half, Samsung, and Motorola, among others, have already come out with LTE handsets running Google’s Android operating system. But many had a secret weakness: power consumption….By contrast, the iPhone 5 on LTE actually exceeds the battery life of the iPhone 4S on 3G.”

The Wall Street Journal tests found the phone delivered download and upload speeds  10X faster than on the iPhone 4S, while the battery life on the iPhone 5 lasted between 9 and 12 hours in mixed use.

Reviewers said the phone feels noticeably lighter and thinner, praised the Panoramic view in the camera and complained about the need for an adapter to work with current accessories.

The Wall Street Journal called it the best smartphone to date.

See reviews in:

Engadget 

The Wall Street Journal (subscription required)

Bloomberg News 

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