“The iPhone 5 is a winner that should keep Apple at the front of the smartphone pack,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today.

“iPhone 5 is the first iPhone to tap into speedy 4G LTE networks, from AT&T, Verizon Wireless and Sprint in the U.S.,” Baig reports. “It was a pleasure browsing the Web on the iPhone 5’s Safari browser in the cellular fast lane. What remains to be seen, though, is how LTE performs at peak times under the strain of all the new iPhones hitting the network. Also, be mindful of data consumption on LTE; faster speeds mean you may gobble up more data.”

“The new screen, 4-inches diagonally, exploits the stunning Retina display technology that first showed up on the iPhone 4… The iPhone screen appears sharper and brighter, and the phone is easier to carry [than the Samsung Galaxy S III],” Baig reports. “I’ve been testing iPhone 5 for a week and want one, too. On the back of the device is the same anodized aluminum that Apple uses in its notebooks. My black-and-slate test unit has pigmented glass along the top and bottom. Apple is also selling a white-and-silver version that uses ceramic glass instead.”

Baig reports, “People have always had lofty expectations for the iPhone 5, especially as the competition stiffens. In delivering a fast, attractive, LTE-capable and larger-screen handset, Apple has met those expectations with a gem.”

Much more in the full review here.

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