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Apple has once again blown us away with its latest iPhone, producing a phone that stands head and shoulders above the competition when it comes to industrial design. It’s slimmer, lighter and better looking than before, and yet it packs in a larger screen and faster processor. The new panorama mode on the camera is also superb and the new Earpods are a nice improvement. If you’re not one for tinkering or chasing the latest technologies, and if you can afford it, the iPhone 5 is the phone to get. That said, with NFC missing, an iffy maps experience, and only minor software additions, its premium price does seem a bit galling. In fact, we’d go so far as to say that unless you only need a 16GB model you’d be mad not to seriously consider the competition. What’s more, if you are looking for something that pushes boundaries in terms of features you’ll be disappointed. No single hardware or software feature here stands out from the crowd aside from that design and build.

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