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The Apple iPhone 5S is the upgrade to the iPhone 5. The 5S has the same measurements as its predecessor, but is equipped with a finger print sensor and a new camera. The phone's processor is now 64 bit and is accompanied by a processor made just for localisation. Launched in 2013 with iOS 7. Close
The Apple iPhone 5S is the upgrade to the iPhone 5. The 5S has the same measurements as its predecessor, but is equipped with a finger print sensor and a new camera. The phone's p... Read more
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  • iPhone 5S

    Plus

    • Touch ID works perfectly
    • Excellent performance
    • Great all-round camera
    • Very light and comfortable in one hand

    Minus

    • Battery life could be better
    • 4-inch screen too small for some
    • Extra storage cost

    3 months ago
  • iPhone 5S review

    Plus

    • Powerful 64-bit core
    • Touch ID is a real step up
    • Excellent camera

    Minus

    • No longer the latest iPhone
    • No screen tech change
    • Battery life could be longer

    Conclusion
    The iPhone 5S was, predictably, the best iPhone ever from Apple, but what's intriguing is just how much I enjoyed using this evolutionary device.There's always a degree of apathy towards any kind of 'S' device from Apple, as it's historically just the same thing made a little bit better. But while it's true that the advances on the iPhone 5S are few, the ones that are there are very impressive indeed.64-bit apps are now standard, and the A7 processor is clearly capable of some very heavy lifting.Although we're over two years since launch and there still aren't that many high-power apps available to take advantage of this chip – which makes sense given there's not really enough RAM to support it.The camera is improved impressively, taking some excellent shots with minimal backlift needed from the user, and the Touch ID sensor is the first real step into biometrics on a smartphone, and one that Apple has succeeded in implementing.The new iOS 9 has helped things a great deal, adding features here and there, fixing bugs, and opening up possibilities for Touch ID and the M7 co-processor.It's no longer the best iPhone on the market – that would have to be the iPhone 7 and even larger iPhone 7 Plus – but the iPhone 5S still has a place in the Apple ecosystem. For fans of smaller phones this is still the best option Apple has to offer, although as it ages, its place in that ecosystem will become ever more perilous.The combination of iOS 10 to freshen things up with a powerful core and great camera mean this phone should be considered on its own considerable merits, and while the relatively high price will continue to put many off, anyone already wedded to the iPhone bandwagon, or even just on the fence, will find much to enjoy in a phone that's a lot more than an iterative update.First reviewed: September 2013

    12 months ago
  • iPhone 5S

    Plus

    • Touch ID works perfectly
    • Excellent performance
    • Great all-round camera
    • Very light and comfortable in one hand

    Minus

    • Battery life could be better
    • 4-inch screen too small for some
    • Extra storage cost

    Score Details

    • Battery Life: 7/10
    • Calls & Sound: 9/10
    • Camera: 9/10
    • Design: 8/10
    • Performance: 9/10
    • Screen Quality: 9/10
    • Software: 9/10
    • Value: 8/10

    3 years ago
  • iPhone 5s review

    Conclusion OUR VERDICT The iPhone 5s has proven to be a popular smartphone, and according to a research report published in early April, it has been the world's most popular smartphone ever since it launched in September 2013. Counterpoint research's worldwide smartphone survey showed that the iPhone 5s has maintained its position as best selling smartphone worldwide. In second place is the iPhone 5c and the iPhone 4s is in fifth position behind the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the Samsung Note 3. We think that the iPhone's position as the top selling smartphone is well deserved, despite the smaller screen and apparent higher price (while in practice there is little difference in price when you choose to buy your smartphone on contract). There will be competition from the Samsung S5 and the HTC One M8 over the next few months, and it's good competition, but we don't think it's enough to really concern Apple. If you are upgrading from the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4s the iPhone 5s is a no-brainer. If you have an iPhone 5 you may have less to gain from the iPhone 5s, but the speed improvements are still a bonus, as is Touch ID, and particularly for UK customers, the iPhone 5s will work with more 4G networks than the iPhone 5 does. The real competition is from the rumoured iPhone 6 said to be on the horizon. With the new model expected to launch in September 2014 we expect that many will hold off purchasing a new iPhone with a view to buying an iPhone 6 at launch. However with many networks offering deals where you can sign up for an iPhone 5s now, and then upgrade to the iPhone 6 before the contract is up, it may not be the case that buying an iPhone 5s now means you are trapped without that phone for the next two years. An alternative view is that you can always sell the iPhone 5s on eBay and buy an iPhone 6 when that phone launches. Of course, we have no idea what to expect from the iPhone 6 and it may well be that the iPhone 5s will suit your needs better. As we explained above, the 64-bit operating system and other features of the phone will stand it in good stead for the future, so you can be sure that if you buy an iPhone 5s it will still be an excellent phone in a few years from now.

    3 years ago
  • Apple iPhone 5S review

    A staggeringly fast processor, excellent build quality and a great operating system, what's not to like?

    3 years ago
  • Review Apple iPhone 5S Smartphone

    Great performance, 64-bit architecture
    Bright, colorful, naturally looking Retina display
    Long battery life
    Superb build quality, premium materials
    Good EarPods (included)
    Surprisingly precise GPS module
    Low emission and power consumption levels
    Poor black levels, poor contrast ratio
    Resolution could be better, screen size could be larger
    Non-extendable internal storage
    Expensive

    4 years ago
  • iPhone 5s

    Conclusion:
    I confess that I use Android smartphones more than the iPhone, but every year when a new iPhone comes out, I get giddy with excitement. There is a simple magic to iOS devices, with a bevy of complex engineering, brilliant software design and killer marketing behind that simplicity. Even more interesting, iOS 7 is the first major overhaul in years, and the new UI is refreshing (even if I don't love the icons) and it addresses points where Android and other mobile operating systems had pulled ahead: notifications, central quick control of settings and multi-tasking. Siri is out of beta and she's as sassy as ever. In fact Siri can now be a "he" if you wish. Apple Maps is now quite workable and there's still Google Maps for fallback. Obviously you can get iOS 7's improvements on any late model iOS device, but the iPhone 5s' improved camera, easy to use Touch ID system and faster CPU will likely be enough to keep iPhone fans loyal. Will the iPhone 5s lure Android users? With the help of iOS 7, it might. But I suspect that Android users will be more tempted if and when Apple releases a big screen iPhone with a full HD display.

    4 years ago
  • Apple iPhone 5S

    Plus

    • Fantastic fit and finish
    • Excellent sound quality
    • Good picture
    • iOS 7 is impressive

    Minus

    • Picture can be bettered by some larger, higher-res screens

    Conclusion
    Once again, the new iPhone confounds expectations. The iPhone 5s beats the LG G2 for sound quality and produces a perfectly good picture despite the smaller screen, while iOS7 is both beautifully designed and bursting with long-awaited functions.

    4 years ago
  • Apple iPhone 5S

    The good:
    The iPhone 5S delivers an improved camera, a nifty fingerprint sensor, and a next-gen CPU and motion-tracking chip. Apple throws in the iWork app suite for free. iOS 7 adds some nice step-ups, too, including AirDrop file transfers and the Android-like Control Center.

    The bad:
    External design is identical to that of the iPhone 5, including a 4-inch screen that looks downright tiny next to Android competitors. For now, the fingerprint sensor only works with Apple apps. The 64-bit A7 processor and M7 motion-tracking chip don't have killer apps yet. iOS 7 differences are potentially jarring for longtime iPhone users.

    The bottom line:
    The iPhone 5S is not a required upgrade, but it's easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.

    4 years ago
  • Apple iPhone 5S review

    Conclusion The iPhone 5S is still a decent phone, but our current advice is to go for the iPhone SE if you can afford it. Although it doesn't have an upgraded screen compared to the iPhone SE, the huge leap in performance and camera quality makes it a much better - not to mention more future-proof - choice.

  • iPhone 5S review

    Plus

      Touch ID fingerprint scanner, improved camera features, M7 coprocessor

    Minus

      Expensive, similar to previous iPhones

    ConclusionThe iPhone 5S is another winner from Apple, with its Touch ID fingerprint scanner for security, improved camera features and in-built motion coprocessor. However, those impressed by the current crop of large-screen smartphones or looking for an overhaul of the Apple smartphone rather than a few handy tweaks might not rush out to buy the 5S.

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    GSM Arena

    For half a decade Apple made just one iPhone a year and each was at least in the running for the best phone of the season. This year is different but at one point it seemed so for the wrong reasons. For a moment there, we thought Apple may have ended up with no potential winner out of two runners in the race.Never mind the 5c, it's an old phone in new clothes, but yes, we were that skeptical about the 5s at first. It has got to be the smallest update a new iPhone has brought since the...

    4 years ago
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    Apple iPhone 5s smartphone

    Plus

    • Quad-band GSM and quad-band or penta-band 3G support with 21 Mbps HSDPA, 42 Mbps DC-HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
    • LTE support on all models and CDMA support when sold by CDMA carriers
    • 4" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 1136px resolution, 326 ppi
    • Corning Gorilla Glass, fingerprint-resistant coating
    • 1.3 GHz dual-core ARMv8 64-bit CPU, PowerVR G6430 GPU, 1GB of RAM, Apple A7 SoC
    • iOS 7 and iCloud integration
    • 8 MP autofocus camera, 1/3'' sensor size, 1.5µm pixel size, True Tone dual-LED flash, touch focus, digital image stabilization
    • 1080p video recording at 30fps, 720p@120fps slow motion videos
    • 1.2MP secondary front-facing camera, 720p video recording
    • Touch ID fingerprint scanner embedded into home button
    • Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
    • GPS with A-GPS connectivity, GLONASS support; digital compass
    • 16/32/64GB storage options
    • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and a three-axis gyro sensor
    • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated secondary microphone, dedicated third microphone for Siri
    • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack, stereo Bluetooth v4.0
    • Apple Maps with free voice-guided navigation in 50-odd countries
    • iTunes Radio
    • AirDrop file transfer
    • Voice recognition, Siri virtual assistant
    • Supports HD Voice (needs carrier support too)
    • FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi and cellular
    • Impressively slim and light

    Minus

    • Screen feels small by 2013 standards
    • Very expensive without carrier subsidies
    • No USB Mass Storage mode, iTunes required for data transfer
    • No FM radio
    • No expandable storage, sealed-in battery
    • No NFC connectivity
    • 1080p@30fps video recording is low by current flagship status
    • Mono audio recording in videos

    4 years ago
  • No grade
    iPhone 5s

    Good

    • A7 chip offers fast performance and 64-bit support
    • Touch ID works as advertised
    • Global LTE support
    • Improved camera

    Bad

    • Last year's design
    • Touch ID needs third-party support

    Bottom Line
    The iPhone 5s is an evolution of the iPhone 5, and isn't necessarily a must-have. It ushers in new technologies that will soon be standard on all of Apple's devices. While most consumers will be happy with the 5c, the 5s is better-suited for gamers and power users.

    4 years ago
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    Apple iPhone 5S review

    Plus

    • Touch ID fingerprint sensor
    • A7 processor
    • M7 processor
    • Better camera
    • Universal 4G support
    • IOS 7 makes it a cleaner user experience
    • It just works

    Minus

    • Screen still feels small
    • Screen res remains average
    • No NFC
    • ICloud still a mess
    • Day one and the 5S feels no different from iPhone 5
    • Optional cases grate with the 5S concept

    Conclusion The iPhone 5S fulfils the pre-determined destiny of all Apple "S" devices - it's the one that's normally met by the baying crowd as "meh". At the start of this review someone asked what we though of the iPhone 5S in two words and we replied "same as". But the more we've played with it, the more we've used it, and the more it's clear that Apple has made vast improvements here, even if we are yet to see the full realisation of those improvements.In many ways Apple has released a phone for tomorrow rather than today. That's a hard sell, but it's also the exciting part. The Touch ID scanner is yet to be fully realised, as are the A7 and M7 processors and the 64-bit support. But the potential for that power is huge - it's got more grunt than its near competitors and that makes it extra exciting.But we do still have a shopping list of wants: we would like a bigger and higher resolution screen, there is still no NFC (even though we believe iBeacons will destroy the need for that) and the software, despite looking cleaner, doesn't really move the 5S on too far from where the iPhone 5 was (indeed, plant iOS 7 on your iPhone 5 and it's a similar experience). iCloud still needs to be overhauled to be more fluid, while the social aspects of the phone such as helping you join the dots in your contacts book still need to be addressed and improved.If you want a phone that just works, then the iPhone 5S is a very good place to start. Apple has made it look effortless which is no simple task, and in doing so - by making it look almost too easy - you can sometimes miss the beauty and power in your hand. It's stunning to use, there's stacks of power, it's without gimmicks and a nod to the future. It's these simple elements that make the iPhone 5S, for us, one of the best phones on the market. There's a lot to admire about that.

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    https://www.hardwareheaven.com/2013/09/iphone-5s-review/

    Conclusion The 5S launch from Apple has been like no other, mainly due to the 5S’s little brother the 5C also debuting as a direct attempt by Apple to take a slice of the ‘budget’ smartphone market and hopefully get a foothold in China. But despite two handsets being brought through development Apple have still managed to achieve a lot with the 5S, something which was essential for their high end device. It’s difficult to fault Apple’s build quality and design, the 5S is understated and sleek. While the ethos of releasing a new design bi-annually works well on a commerical level, it does leave Apple playing catch up with the likes of Samsung and the other big mobile players. Will the 5S have iPhone 5 users flocking to trade in their handsets? No, and rightly so. The under the bonnet upgrades tick all the right boxes but there isn’t enough of a leap to consider upgrading from the 5. Where this handset does have a potential and vast market, are the millions of users on pre-iPhone 4 devices, as well as the 4 and 4S users. Apple have always been looked to for innovation, so when the ‘S’ series handsets are unveiled they receive a lot of criticism with what is essentially a spec bump, however more has been done this time around than in past ‘S’ iterations. We have the change to a 64-bit processor, introduction of the fingerprint scanner, 120fps slomo video recording and the major OS overhaul that is iOS 7. As well as a second model, the new features, we also saw the first step away from black and white for the iPhone series with a gold version. It’s difficult to know what kind of road maps Apple have, how much of an influence Tim Cook is having or whether we’re still in the Jobs era. But it has to be said Apple seem to be responding to the markets a lot more than they used to. The Retina display in use on the 5S is second to none for quality, but does suffer in overall size, now that may be a plus or a negative, in a market that’s seen the successes of the Note series by Samsung and other ‘phablet’ designs, it’s hard to imagine Apple aren’t looking to increase screen real estate next time round. Tho where exactly should the line be drawn? Hopefully the consumer will still have the choice to have a compact yet usable handset without the need for side pockets that can take a pocket buster like the Galaxy Mega. Moving to the software, iOS 7 has breathed some much needed life into the platform. It offers a slick, fresh twist on the old design and while there has been critism the overall reception seems to be positive. That said, as with their designs Apple do always seem to be playing catchup to the competitors nowadays. With a sim-free price of over £500 the 5S is right up there with the most expensive handsets so finding a contract where the handset can be found for as little as £29 is always advisable. No surprises really. Summary Apple fans will defend the 5S to the death, just as Android fans will mock it to the death, it’s the way of the world… for some reason. However the 5S is a solid handset, that is comfortable to use, has a good feature set and some of the latest technology in a smartphone and with the vast number of apps available on the iOS platform no user should be dissappointed. Where to buy… Apple.com from £549

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