I must confess that the last time I used an iPhone was three or four years ago. While I’ve followed the hardware changes from generation to generation, I’ve never really been able to write about the iPhone or iOS in detail. While objective data is great to work with, a great deal of evaluation relies on subjective experience. To fix this gap in knowledge, I received an iPhone 5s. After a month, I’ve really come to have a much more nuanced view of how Android and iOS compare, along with how Apple’s iPhone compares to the rest of the smartphone market. To find out how it compares, read on for the full article.

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14 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Manveer Wasson on 1/14/2012

Sumitomo Electric's Thunderbolt Cable

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13 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 1/13/2012

Apple releases iOS 5.1 Beta 3 - Updates Baseband Again, 3G Toggle is Back

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13 by Brian Klug on 1/9/2012

Apple Acquires Anobit: Bringing NAND Endurance Technology In-House

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30 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 12/21/2011

Apple Seeds iOS 5.1 Beta to Developers

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13 by Brian Klug on 11/28/2011

Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro (Late 2011) Review

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106 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/17/2011

iTunes Match Goes Live

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13 by Kristian Vättö on 11/14/2011

iOS 5.0.1 Released to Fix Battery Life Issues

Apple today released the final version of iOS 5.0.1, its first update to iOS 5, after a brief beta period last week. The patch's main focus is a battery...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 11/10/2011

OWC Mercury Aura Pro Express 6G Review: A Fast MacBook Air SSD Upgrade

I've written previously about the SSD lottery you play when you buy a new MacBook Air. As with many commodity components, Apple sources its SSDs from two sources. For...

40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/9/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (240GB SSD) Review

A week ago we published our review of the first sub-$1000 Thunderbolt drive enclosure: LaCie's Little Big Disk. Armed with a pair of 2.5" hard drives, the Little Big...

24 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 11/8/2011

Apple Confirms Battery Life Bug in iOS 5 - Releases iOS 5.0.1 Beta

Since the launch of iOS 5, a number of users have begun reporting decreased battery life on their iDevices, and alongside it have been reports of battery life issues...

26 by Brian Klug on 11/2/2011

Apple iPhone 4S: Thoroughly Reviewed

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201 by Anand Lal Shimpi & Brian Klug on 10/31/2011

LaCie Little Big Disk (2TB) Review: More Affordable Thunderbolt Storage

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40 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/31/2011

Siri Gets Hacked: Running on iPhone 4 and iPod Touch 4G

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33 by Kristian Vättö on 10/30/2011

EFI Update Brings Lion Recovery to iMacs

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10 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/27/2011

MacBook Pro CPU, GPU, Hard Drive Specs Bumped

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62 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/24/2011

Apple iOS 5 Review

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91 by Vivek Gowri, Andrew Cunningham, Saumitra Bhagwat & Brian Klug on 10/18/2011

iCloud on the Desktop: A Look at OS X 10.7.2 and iCloud for Windows

iCloud is Apple's latest attempt at a cloud computing service and a replacement for MobileMe. We talk about how it works for iPhones, iPods and iPads in our review...

16 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/18/2011

iFixit iPhone 4S Teardown Confirms 512MB LPDDR2, MDM6610

The folks over at iFixit are hard at work dissecting the newly announced/soon-to-be-available iPhone 4S. We've already gone over performance expectations as well as provided a high level hardware...

35 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 10/13/2011

iCloud, iOS 5, iTunes 10.5, and OS X 10.7.2 Released

In accordance with last week's keynote, Apple users have some downloading to do: iOS 5, iTunes 10.5, and Mac OS X 10.7.2 have all been released. These updates collectively...

18 by Andrew Cunningham on 10/12/2011

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