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iPhone 5 and other new smartphones reviewed

Published: Thursday, Sept. 5 2013 2:30 p.m. MDT

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IPHONE 5, APPLE INC

The iPhone 5 is the biggest overhaul to the line since the release of the 3G in 2008. Compared with other high-end smartphones, however, it's more of a catch-up move. The 4-inch screen is larger than previous iPhones, but smaller than many Android devices. The iPhone now works with 4G LTE cellular networks, something many Android devices already did. The iPhone 5 doesn't break much new ground, but it supports the things that really set the iPhone apart: the slick, reliable operating system and the multitude of high-quality, third-party applications. Released in September, the iPhone 5 is getting old. An announcement on new models is expected on Tuesday. A software update, iOS 7, is also expected for free soon.



— Peter Svensson, AP Technology Writer

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Lowell Steele
Farmington, UT

These are all cool phones, but the Blackberry Z10 really deserves a second look. I have never owned a Blackberry phone, but just happened to notice it was getting 5 stars by nearly everyone who reviewed it on the AT&T website. About two thirds of the reviewers had never used a Blackberry before, but after using the Z10 swore they'd never go back to Android or the iPhone. Much of the other third were former Blackberry users who'd wandered away and were lured back by the Z10. A few were Blackberry faithful who never left the fold. With almost no exceptions they were blown away by the groundbreaking features of Blackberry's BB10 operating system, and the Z10's amazing virtual keyboard.

After using the Z10 for a couple of months, I wholeheartedly agree: Blackberry has reinvented the smartphone! The keyboard learns my writing patterns so the more I use it the better it is at predicting what word I'll type next. It hovers 6-8 likely candidates over the next letter I would type for that word. If it's the word I want, I just flick it up into my sentence. Amazingly productive, and faster than my computer keyboard!

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