Paring Apple's Lead

The iPhone 5 rocks, but rivals are improving

Apple

When Apple's iPhone redefined the handset category forever in 2007, other makers responded in a way that seemed logical at the time: they tried to build models that were an awful lot like the iPhone. That didn't work out so well. Many of those iPhonies were mediocre but still similar enough for Apple to file patent lawsuits, including the one that left Samsung owing Apple $1.05 billion.

Flash forward to 2012. The iPhone 5 (from $199 for the 16GB to $399 for the 64GB), which hits the Apple Store and other retailers on Sept. 21, is a product evolution, not revolution....

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