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Is iPhone 5 One of Worst Smartphones?

Consumer Reports apparently thinks so. Do you agree that Apple is slipping behind its rivals in the smartphone market?

A recent issue of Consumer Reports that ranked the top smartphones in the United States placed the iPhone 5 behind its rivals among many carriers, and it didn't even crack the top three for Verizon. 

Business Insider picked up on the magazine's story and speculated that while the iPhone has been a "mind-boggling" success for the past five years, other smartphone makers are starting to catch up, pointing to the success of the Samsung Galaxy S3 among others. 

The worry is that Apple soon will be eclipsed as the already hyper-competitive and ridiculous lucrative smartphone market continues to heat up. Of course, slipping from complete dominance to near-dominance isn't entirely bad, plus rumors are already swirling that the software giant is prepping to have the iPhone 6 shipped by summer. 

How do you think the iPhone 5 stacks up to its competitors? What does Apple need to do to restore the iPhone to unquestioned preeminence among smartphones? Tell us in the comments section below!

John Haney January 14, 2013 at 03:22 PM
A few terse things to consider here: Apple has 75% of the profits from smartphones. That is dominance. Apple still has very high favorability ratings and retention ratings. Consumer Reports refused to recommend the iPhone 4 because of "antenna issues" that turned into much noise and little impact on sales. Android-based devices are and likely will continue to sell better than Apple's lineup, if only because so many companies are producing them cheaply. One clothing retailer was giving away Android phones with any purchase of a new suit over the holiday.
Alex VanDover January 14, 2013 at 04:48 PM
The iPhone was definitely a HUGE breakthrough in smartphones, but since its release, its many new versions haven't added anything new, usually just a thinner design and "sturdier" screen. Other smartphone giants (i.e. Android) continue to do something different with each phone, opening its appeal to a wider range of customers.

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