Summary: With an identical design to its predecessor, and the same software you can now get on most iPhones, the iPhone 5S doesn't really offer enough to justify upgrading from the iPhone 5. If you're on older iPhones though -- or you're looking to take your first steps into Apple's world -- its astonishing power, excellent camera and fingerprint scanner make it a great option to consider.
Pros: Extremely powerful; Sturdy, luxurious design; iOS 7 software is simple to use and has some handy new additions; Great camera; Fingerprint scanner works well.
Cons: Very expensive; Identical design to iPhone 5 might disappoint those looking to upgrade; No removable battery or expandable storage; Display remains same size and resolution.
Summary: The Apple iPhone 5s is the phone we expected, if nothing else. It’s more powerful than ever, with a better battery life, all inside the same slick design. If you’re toting an iPhone 4 at the end of its contract and a truly fantastic camera matters to you above all else, it’s a no-brainer, but if you’re tired of glass and gun metal grey and want a new experience however, the colourful 5c might be the better option.
Conclusion: The iPhone 5S is an essential purchase if you can afford it, and don’t already own the 5. Although there is a lot to differentiate the 5S from the 5, I’d hold back until the iPhone 6. For newcomers, the 5S will absolutely blow you away. There’s nothing to hate on, just lots to love.
iPhone 5S review: Same look, small screen, big potential
23 November 2013
Summary: The iPhone 5S is not a required upgrade, but it's easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.
Pros: 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.
Cons: 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.
Summary: Fall is Apple season. One year after the iPhone 5, Apple releases its direct successor, the iPhone 5s. In terms of looks, this is not much more than a mere cosmetic update - the 4-inch IPS display and the chassis remain unchanged. There is only one notable exception, as the new home button now ships with a fingerprint sensor.
Pros: 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, The superb build quality and the premium materials used. The snappy A7 SoC. The intuitive new OS.
Cons: Poor black levels, poor contrast ratio, Resolution could be better, screen size could be larger, Non-extendable internal storage, Expensive, As always, a micro SD slot and an HDMI port (the latter can only be had via an expensive adapter). An improved display resolution.
Summary: Per usual with these “S” revisions, the iPhone 5s is an overall improvement over an already great smartphone. But with fierce competition from the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Nokia 1020, the iPhone is a tough sell to those looking for a bigger screen, flexible operating system, and a new design.
In fact, users that value these features should look elsewhere entirely.
Pros: Touch ID is very well executed, Impressive camera, Excellent performance, Still the easiest smartphone to use
Cons: No real design upgrade, Still waiting for a bigger screen, iOS7 is still playing catch-up, No real improvement to battery life
Excerpt: I pull my iPhone out of my pocket, tap the home button, and let my thumb linger an extra second longer than I normally would have. The lock screen fades away and the iOS 7 home screen zooms into view, each icon landing neatly on the display. It’s an instinctive gesture iPhone owners have been doing for the better part of six years, and yet it still feels like magic: I just unlocked my phone with my thumb.
Conclusion: Since the early adopters have snapped up the entire initial inventory, you don't need to make a decision quite yet. If you don't have an iPhone 5 or another 4G LTE-capable smartphone, getting a faster data connection ought to be your prime reason for getting either the 5S or the less expensive non-fingerprint-reading 5C.
Summary: From its fast A7 processor and fingerprint scanner to its intriguing motion-sensing M7 coprocessor, the iPhone 5s is a smartphone that both users and developers can grow into. It's practically future proof. We say practically because you can't stretch the corners of this phone to enlarge the display. Some shoppers will simply pick devices like the Galaxy S4 and HTC One because they have a bigger canvas.
Excerpt: The iPhone 5s. It's such a nice phone. It's the fastest, the most beautiful, has arguably the best OS and one of the best cameras. But in some areas Apple is still playing catch-up, which is why the almost unbelievable price tag makes us think twice before fully endorsing it.