Is iPhone 5 One of the Worst?

Consumer Reports thinks so, apparently. Do you agree that Apple is slipping behind its rivals in the smartphone market?

A recent issue of Consumer Reports that ranked the top smartphones in the U.S. placed the iPhone 5 behind its rivals among many carriers; the trendy phone didn't even crack the top three for Verizon. 

Business Insider picked up on the magazine's story and speculated that while the iPhone has been a "mind-boggling" success for the past five years, other smartphone makers are starting to catch up, pointing to the success of the Samsung Galaxy S3 among others. 

The worry is that Apple will soon be eclipsed as the already hyper-competitive and ridiculously lucrative smartphone market continues to heat up. Of course, slipping from complete dominance to near-dominance isn't entirely bad, plus rumors are already swirling that the software giant is prepping to have the iPhone 6 shipped by summer. 

How do you think the iPhone 5 stacks up to its competitors? What does Apple need to do to make restore the iPhone to unquestioned preeminance among smartphones? Tell us in the comments section below!

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Milan January 10, 2013 at 02:24 PM
Yea its nt dt gud wt v wre expctng...dre s nt mch dfrnce btwn 4s n 5..so y should i pay fr more whc s bit dfrnt frm d chpr one...
hscriber January 10, 2013 at 03:05 PM
How about an iOS update that does more than steal the best navigation app on the market from users and replace it with deformed roads and broken bridges? As an android user, the thing that disappoints me most about the iPhone is iOS. Yes, it works, it's easy to use, and it's smooth. But that's it. Want a widget? Most iPhone users don't even know what that is. Want to hide useless apps but not uninstall them? Want customizable themes, effects, and icons for your home screen, messaging app, and lock screen? You're just out of luck if you use iOS, where as all androids do those things out of the box. iOS gets boring quick. It's aimed at technologically inept people who want to "use" a smart phone. Not only can I make calls, text, browse the internet, and use numerous apps, I can write my own app to send commands to a micro-controller I programmed, and then do various things within my apartment with it. Android just has overall more options, customization, and wow to it. And, with the instalment of Jelly Bean, the stability is getting far better. I started on Gingerbread, and thought it was awesome. It crashed every now and then if I over loaded it, but good none the less. Then At&t rolled out ICS for the Galaxy S II. I was fascinated. Then, I ventured to rooting my phone. Hello custom Jelly Bean ROM. Limitless customization. Just my opinion.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 10, 2013 at 05:28 PM
The iPhone has become more of an accessory, more status quo. I know teenagers who should have been overjoyed when they received their first smartphone, but instead were devastated that it wasn't an iPhone because they would be an outcast.
Ash Leigh January 10, 2013 at 05:56 PM
I'm not sure if this is a joke or not? Please, this is a forum, not a text message to one of your friends.
Cathy Gumina Odom January 10, 2013 at 06:25 PM
Just upgraded from my 2nd iPhone to the 5. Got a software issue. When I make a call it flickers and I can't click on the keypad and speakers. It flicks off. Same issue on old and new clean phone. Yes I've wiped out the 3 and tried again. Brand new 5. I can try a clean wipe. Could be OS, an app, or bad data. ideas?
DavidG January 10, 2013 at 09:17 PM
Consumers Reports has had a problem w/ IPhones for years. They do cost more than they should, but then they have access to a million cheap or free apps which let you customize the phone to meet your personal needs/tastes. And SIRI on an IPhone is amazing. Nothing on Android phones is even remotely as good as SIRI. My big gripe: IPhone battery life is too short, and I sometimes have to carry a little 'extra' battery pack.
Unfiltered Steve Simoneau January 11, 2013 at 01:47 AM
SIRI is amazing only to people too lazy to look up stuff themselves. As you rely more and more on SIRI your brain becomes oatmeal.
Harold Edwards January 11, 2013 at 11:35 AM
Why don't all of you call your self collect.But who would except the charges,from the Twilight Zone!
Cathy Gumina Odom January 18, 2013 at 12:00 AM
Steve Jobs? Steve@apple.com? I have 3 iPhones, 2007-current. Have my original iPod, white, big click wheel, ran after a FedEx truck to get it on 12/24 when it shipped here from Singapore or Shanghai or something. Don't have my original Mac SE from 1980's ran out of room so recycled like last year or two. I'm a big fan. We need u here.
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 12:12 AM
I don't think Steve is making the decisions at Apple any more, Cathy. Although anything's possible.
MICHAEL P WILSON "Independent Kid" January 18, 2013 at 12:39 AM
LH dont you know Steve left behind years, of future instructions. All created in the 1980s and left on floppy disk.
Cathy Gumina Odom January 18, 2013 at 02:59 AM
His email does not appear to bounce? Try it out, send him a message about Napa
Paul Hubbard January 18, 2013 at 05:17 AM
No out of office auto response?
Cathy Gumina Odom January 18, 2013 at 04:56 PM
Louisa Hufstader (Editor) January 18, 2013 at 05:04 PM
Likely it's getting forwarded to someone at Apple who isn't dead.
Paul Hubbard January 18, 2013 at 06:15 PM
HaHa... That would be the expectation here


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