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.
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.
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.
Pros: Blazing fast A7 processor. Call quality is excellent, especially using FaceTime Audio. Touch ID feels like the future, and works flawlessly. Vastly improved camera, particularly the slo-mo feature, is enough to warrant an upgrade.
Cons: Apple and iOS developers have yet to dream up truly innovative features. Still waiting for Siri to reach her full potential.
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.
Conclusion: Although the iPhone 5s superficially appears to be a modest upgrade from last year’s iPhone 5, the truth is somewhat more complicated. The typical iPhone 5 user will find little to no real reason to consider buying an iPhone 5s, as Apple this year has made the individual upgrades seemingly trivial relative to last year’s features—arguably moreso than in any “S” model, at least for early adopters.
Pros: An improved sequel to the iPhone 5, which was Apple’s best iPhone to date. Retains the same 4” screen, LTE cellular support, and form factor, while offering three chassis color options and adding a fingerprint sensor. Hardware tweaks improve low light performance of both cameras, incorporate a dual-LED rear flash, increase the rear camera’s angle width and aperture; software adds tricks including slow-motion video recording and 10 frame per second burst mode for still...
Cons: Despite a larger battery, real-world battery performance too often falls below Apple’s best case estimates, with potentially major problems in cellular calling talk time, and similar drain with cellular data. LTE service remains inconsistent between neighborhoods, cities, and countries, with widely varying data speeds and availability. LTE service remains inconsistent, now with not only widely varying data speeds and availability, but also increased user saturation in...
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.
Pros: Excellent camera and flash, Lightning fast A7 processor, Fingerprint sensor works well, Solid and elegant design in new colors, Bright display
Cons: Relatively small screen, Below-average battery life, Limited camera features
Excerpt: To be honest I was never a fan of the original iPhone 5 - when it was launched last year - as I felt the iOS 6 platform at the time did not suite the new screen size/dimensions (everything looked stretched or elongated, not to mention the number of apps which had an unattractive gap).
Summary: The 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.
Pros: Touch ID fingerprint scanner, improved camera features, M7 coprocessor