With the long-anticipated release of the iPhone 5, expectations are both exceeded and unfulfilled. We understand that you, as a CIO, don't have time to read through the thousands of iPhone 5 reviews, news items and unboxings, so we've gathered together the best of the iPhone 5 coverage from the independent blogosphere. Whether you braved the lines Friday morning or are still on the purchasing fence, we've got the iPhone 5 reviews to get you up to speed on the latest offerings from Cupertino.
While Apple is reporting a whopping 5 million iPhone 5 smartphones sold in the first three days on the market, insiders report that the release had disappointing sales overall.
An alarming number of problems have been reported with the new iPhone 5. Bloggers are indicating that the display finish on the phone is easily scratched and chipped. Many new owners are reporting that there were scuffs and scratches on their new phones before they even got a chance to fire them up -- that's right, more than a third of the users on a MacRumors forum poll are reporting that their iPhone 5 was scuffed straight out of the box. Also alarming is the iPhone 5 coverage detailing light leaks between the smartphone's glass display and the outer case/antennae. And not to pile on, but users are also reporting that the iPhone 5 battery life isn't matching that of its previous incarnations.
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Not all iPhone 5 coverage is knocking the new Apple smartphone, however. Chris Voss compares and benchmarks the iPhone 5 to another AT&T phone, the Samsung Galaxy S3, in an interesting video blog review. Lamarr Wilson offers a more humorous take on iPhone 5 reviews with this unboxing. Meanwhile, tech blogger Scott Kelby shares his personal reflections, reporting that the speed is "insane" and the smartphone feels much lighter and thinner than he expected.
Still not sure if you should upgrade to the new iPhone 5? Ed Hardy lays it all out for you in what we consider one of the best preliminary iPhone 5 reviews.