Thursday, January 10, 2013

iPhone 5 finishes worst among the best: Consumer Reports

We don't expect any iDevice fans to read anything from Consumer Reports with glee, and certainly not a report the firm released on Monday. It may, however, make both Google and Android fans crow.

In a report looking at the best smartphones across the nation's Big Four wireless carriers (Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile USA), Consumer Reports found a number of Android handsets superior to the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5 didn't finish in the no. 1 position at any of the carriers, and didn't even crack the top three at Verizon.

The top three at each carrier, along with a numeric rating, is:

T-Mobile (notably, does not yet carry the iPhone):
  • Samsung Galaxy S III, 78
  • HTC One S, 77
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II, 76
  • Droid RAZR HD, 79
  • Droid RAZR Maxx HD, 77
  • Samsung Galaxy III, 76
  • LG Optimus G, 79
  • Samsung Galaxy S III, 78
  • iPhone 5, 77
  • LG Optimus G, 77
  • Samsung Galaxy S III, 76
  • iPhone 5, 75
There are quite a few -- mostly Apple fanboys -- who have accused Consumer Reports of being biased against Apple products. Much of that venom stems from CR's coverage of "Antennagate."

What's interesting is that the firm loved the iPhone 5 when it was first released, calling it the "best iPhone ever." The following is an excerpt of its coverage when the iPhone 5 was introduced:
By boosting screen size, thinning its profile, and adding 4G LTE access, among other features, his newest iPhone shows every sign of being the most compelling yet. And even its biggest drawback, its beta-like Maps app, is likely to improve over time.

The new phone is a worthy upgrade for owners of older iPhones who want a bigger screen and faster data access. Otherwise, iPhone owners might note that a number of the phone’s improvements, including the panoramic camera mode and the ability for the Siri voice assistant to control apps, are available by upgrading your iPhone 4S to the new iOS 6 software.

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