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iPhone 5S review
- Powerful 64-bit core
- Touch ID is a real step up
- Excellent camera
- No longer the latest iPhone
- No screen tech change
- Battery life could be longer
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 6S – 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 9 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
- Touch ID works perfectly
- Excellent performance
- Great all-round camera
- Very light and comfortable in one hand
- Battery life could be better
- 4-inch screen too small for some
- Extra storage cost
- 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
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
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.
Apple iPhone 5S
- Fantastic fit and finish
- Excellent sound quality
- Good picture
- iOS 7 is impressive
- Picture can be bettered by some larger, higher-res screens
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.
Apple iPhone 5S
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.
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.
No gradeGSM 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...
No gradeiPhone 5s
- A7 chip offers fast performance and 64-bit support
- Touch ID works as advertised
- Global LTE support
- Improved camera
- Last year's design
- Touch ID needs third-party support
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.