Consumer Reports Praises the iPhone 5 as a 'Winner'

The influential magazine adds that Apple's latest smartphone is "the best iPhone yet."

The iPhone 5 has won high praise from reviewers at Consumer Reports. In the past, the magazine has given Apple's smartphones less-than-stellar ratings, but not this time.

In its official review, Consumer Reports wrote, "The Apple iPhone 5 is among the best smart phones in our Ratings and the best iPhone yet, our completed tests confirm. They also conclude that despite the widespread criticism it has received, Apple's new Maps app, available on the iPhone 5 and other iPhones, is competent enough, even if it falls short of what's available for free on many other phones."

TGDaily quoted Consumer Reports spokesperson Mike Gikas as saying, "A larger, 4-inch display; a thinner and lighter profile; 4G LTE access; and a host of innovative features all helped the iPhone 5 move up in the ranks, surpassing not only the previous iPhone 4S but also a number of other new Android-based smart phones."

"However," Business Insider's Steve Kovach writes, " the Consumer Reports doesn't say the iPhone 5 is the best smartphone you can buy, but it is among the best."

And Chenda Ngak with CBSNews notes that consumers seem to love the phone: "Despite early criticism over Apple Maps, the iPhone 5 was a hit with consumers. On the Monday following its Friday launch, Apple's chief executive officer Tim Cook announced that the phone was sold out."

Tags: Apple, smartphone, Consumer Reports, iPhone 5

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