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CNET Top 5: iPhone 5 wish list

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CNET Top 5: iPhone 5 wish list

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The new features we most want in the iPhone 5.

Apple�s opinion aside, the iPhone 4 isn�t perfect. There are lots of tasty features found in other phones you can�t get in an iPhone. I�m B.C, with CNET�s Top 5 iPhone 5 features wish list ranked in order of important, drawn from the full list of 20 features curated by CNET editor David Carnoy . #5: A bigger screen. Folks rave about how good the iPhone 4 screen is, but never about how BIG it is. It�s 3.5� while many competitors are 4.0 � 4.3�. It makes a huge difference in a small device. iPhone is at real risk for looking cramped, but bigger tends to sacrifice stylish. So we lay the odds on a bigger display at 50/50. #4 Better battery life. When a phone doesn�t have a user replaceable battery like the iPhone doesn�t , it better have great battery life. Luckily, iPhones tend to march that direction each rev and the battery industry is busily making big advances, so we give this one at 90% chance. #3 Better call quality. iPhone is a strange name for a device that does everything well except make phone calls. The addition of Verizon offers carrier choice � that helps -- and iPhone 5 will be the first phone designed from the ground up with Verizon in mind. Plus there are anecdotal reports that AT&T is getting better as defectors move to Verizon. Whatever it takes. But we give this fuzzy goal a 45% chance. #2 iOS 5. OK, this is a given, 100%: iPhone 5 will have iOS5. The key is how well iOS5 can stave off the onslaught of Android, which has the hottest sales growth in the phone biz today and is projected to be the most popular smartphone in user�s pockets by end of 2012. Before we get to the #1 iPhone 5 feature on the CNET wish list, here�s a look at the Top 5 that are just wishful thinking! These are not going to happen! Most because of Apple�s focus on clean, slim design�and one just because they hate Abode: The #1 thing on our iPhone 5 wish list is something thing a lot of folks mistakenly think iPhone 4 already does: 4G. 4G networks are the single hottest new thing in phones beyond smartphones themselves. The iPhone is going to look yesterday real fast if its not on them. But hold on: 4G is in its early days now, not on in every market, different on every carrier, hard on battery life and just inelegant. Apple hates in elegant. So they may wait until iPhone 6 to do 4G, after everyone else has gotten a black eye rolling out early. Odds here: 50/50. If you want to see the full 20 items we think are in play for iPhone 5, check our Carnoy�s piece at CNET.com and of course stay on top of iPhone 5 at CNET�s iPhone center. For more Top 5�s like this head on over to top5.cnet.com. I am Brian Cooley

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