The iPhone 5 completely rebuilds the iPhone on a framework of new features and design, addressing its major previous shortcomings. It's absolutely the best iPhone to date, and it easily secures its place in the top tier of the smartphone universe.
The bottom line is that while all of Samsung’s software features on the S III aim to impress, and several display great ambition, too many of them suffer from frustratingly poor execution. Thankfully, you can just skip this stuff and enjoy the hardware. Samsung is still offering top-of-the-line performance here, and the Galaxy S III is more capable than many of the other phones on the market, even if it’s a bit clumsy.
Overall, the iPhone 5 feels like the logical next step, an extension of an ecosystem that’s already in full flight. Though it will inevitably happen, I can’t imagine Apple improving the hardware any further. Everything just feels right, from the screen to the performance to the phone’s physical presence. The only real things to complain about are the problems with iOS 6.
Does the iPhone 5 live up to expectations? Unless you expected something impossible and miraculous, I think the answer has to be yes. It’s by far the fastest iOS device ever in terms of processor and graphics, and its support for LTE networking makes it the fastest iPhone in terms of cellular data transfer speed too.