The latest Android phones put the iPhone 5 in the shade, according to a hugely respected US consumer magazine.
In what seems to be pretty informal ratings of the latest smartphones on US carriers, Consumer Reports damningly deemed the iPhone 5 a worse choice of phone than the LG Optimus G and Samsung Galaxy S3 on AT&T and Sprint.
Apple’s handset was also bottom of the pile on Verizon Wireless, where it was adjudged less impressive than the Motorola RAZR HD and the ubiquitous Galaxy S3. That means it failed to get anywhere near the top spot on all three major iPhone carriers across the Pond.
The disappointing showing comes after strong criticism for Apple’s decision to ditch Google Maps as the iPhone 5’s default mapping solution in favour of an inferior proprietary version dubbed Apple Maps, the shortcomings of which saw it named among 2012's worst tech fails by a host of tech sites.
Criticism of the phone has also focussed on the perceived lack of innovation in the design department, which Apple seemingly content to apply what some regard as only minor tweaks to its time-honoured template.