“The Apple iPhone continues to be one of the most important devices of the year,” Eric Zeman writes for InformationWeek. “The iPhone’s presence reverberates throughout the industry and is responsible for helping to shape the competitive smartphone landscape.”

“The iPhone 5 is a different animal from the iPhone 4S, its immediate predecessor. When looking at the hardware, it is better than the iPhone 4S is almost every respect,” Zeman writes. “The iPhone 5 is lighter, thinner, and easier to hold and use all day long. The attention to detail of the iPhone 5’s manufacture — scuffed paint aside — is incredible. It’s a well-designed and well-built device that’s less breakable than its predecessor… LTE 4G radio, whether it be for AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon Wireless, puts the iPhone in the same class with its chief competitors in mobile broadband. It’s a significant step up in speed, especially for Sprint and Verizon customers, who’ve been limited to their carriers’ slower 3G networks. We’re talking a 10-fold increase in wireless data speeds. Yes, it’s that dramatic.”

Zeman writes, ” iOS 6 probably deserves more than a bullet point, but this much is certain: it’s an incremental update that does not make any sweeping changes to the look and feel of the operating system. iOS 6 adds more features, but doesn’t make any great leaps in usability or appearance… Apple Maps. It’s simply not as good as the alternatives. It’s not a horror, but there’s no doubt that it’s a bit sparse on detail and inaccurate in some places. It will get better. In the meantime, use it to do 3D fly-overs of Manhattan. That’s all sorts of fun.”

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