iPhone 5 review: CNET first with the details

CNET is among the first to publish a full and detailed review of the new Apple iPhone, awarding Apple's efforts with an Editor's Choice award.

CNET is among the first to publish a full and detailed review of the new Apple iPhone, awarding Apple's efforts with an Editor's Choice award.

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US reviewer Scott Stein has completed testing, and the review awards the iPhone 5 an Editor's Choice award, scoring it four out of five stars.

"The iPhone 5 is the iPhone we've wanted since 2010, adding long-overdue upgrades like a larger screen and faster 4G LTE [long-term evolution] in a razor-sharp new design. This is the iPhone, rebooted," said Stein in the review.

The inclusion of 4G networking, the larger screen and Apple's A6 processor earned praise in the review, but it is the design that Stein rewarded most.

"It's hard to find a single part of the iPhone that hasn't been rewritten, redesigned, retooled. It's an impressive attention to detail, but it amounts to a rewriting or a heavy revision."

On the downside, marks are deducted for the lack of near-field communication (NFC), and for the fact that iPhone's competitors offer larger displays for those who want them. Stein also criticises the fact that users of the iPhone 5 on US networks Sprint and Verizon can't make calls and use data at the same time; though this isn't a factor that will bother Aussie iPhone owners.

Read the full US iPhone 5 review here.

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