Apple iPhone 5 put to the test against Android phones

Consumer Reports conducted test

Consumer Reports put Apple's newest edition of the iPhone to the test to see how it compares to some popular Android phones.

With 4G, the iPhone 5 is now as fast as the fastest Android phones, but there are still plenty of differences in terms of features and options.

When it comes to display, many prefer a big screen to watch movies, play games and use apps. While the iPhone 5's 4-inch screen is Apple's biggest yet, it can't compare with the screens on many Android phones.

Voice-control is another area measured by Consumer Reports, and testers found while the Android capabilities are quite good, they're no match for Apple's Siri, which can understand and execute more complex commands.

Android phones offer more detailed maps, better traffic info and more customization when it comes to navigation. Apple has a few glitches, and until those are worked out, Android carries the day.

With everyone using their phone to take pictures, how do the cameras affect a consumer's Apple or Android choice? The iPhone and some Android phones have the ability to take panoramic photos, Consumer Reports found that when it comes to photo and video quality, the iPhone 5 outperforms Androids.

For those who talk on the phone and connect to the Internet over the cellular network at the same time, all 4G phones can do that, but not the iPhone 5 on Verizon or Sprint.

Consumer Reports concluded though the iPhone 5 gets many things right, a lot of the top-rated Android phones do as well, making them worth consideration.

Due to significant improvements over the iPhone 4S, the new iPhone 5 is now among the top-rated phones, along with the Samsung Galaxy S-3 and the Motorola Razr.

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