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The First iPhone 5 Reviews Are In

Sam Radford

Here are a selection of snippets from the tech pundits who received early iPhone 5 handsets for review.

John Gruber, Daring Fireball →

Really great review. Thoughtful, relevant, and doesn't shy away from the potential negatives. 

Is it worth devoting the first 750 or so words of this piece to the iPhone 5’s surface appeal? I don’t know how else to convey the niceness of this thing. This iPhone 5 review unit is the single nicest object in my possession. I own things that cost and remain worth more (e.g. my car). But I own nothing this nice. It sounds hyperbolic to put it that way, but I offer this observation with no exaggeration.

Charles Arthur, The Guardian →

Very positive review. And he practically raves about the improvements to Siri. 

Like statisticians poring over Olympic outcomes, they declared too that it didn't break any records – not the biggest screen, not the world's thinnest phone, not packing the most features. But as anyone who watched the Games would tell you, it's not the record-breaking that matters; it's the experience.

MG Siegler, TechCrunch →

No surprises to discover that MG is a fan.

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.

David Pogue, New York Times →

He likes the updates, is impressed with the camera, but thinks Apple may have shot themselves in the foot by changing the dock connector.

The camera is among the best ever put into a phone. Its lowlight shots blow away the same efforts from an iPhone 4S. Its shot-to-shot times have been improved by 40 percent. And you can take stills even while recording video (1080p hi-def, of course).

Walt Mossberg, Wall Street Journal →

Walt says Apple has taken an already great product and made it better, overall.

The world’s most popular smartphone becomes significantly faster, thinner and lighter this week, while gaining a larger, 4-inch screen—all without giving up battery life, comfort in the hand and high-quality construction.

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