Summary: The best iPhone ever is one of the best smartphones ever, mainly because Apple has paid careful attention to the stuff people care about. A better camera, faster processor, longer-lasting battery and an invisible security layer complement an unbeatable app and media ecosystem.
Summary: The iPhone 5S is really just another iPhone, but that is not a bad thing. It is a beautiful design and it works well for what it was designed to do. There will always be a faster, better, more feature filled phone on the market, the iPhone will very likely never be the best phone available, but it is a very good phone and one that I enjoy using. I am pretty picky when it comes to what I will spend my own money on. The iPhone 5S was an easy purchase for me.
Pros: iOS 7:, TouchID:, Camera and Features:, Performance:, Design:
Cons: Battery Life:, Same Old Phone ... Size & Some Missing Features:
Excerpt: When it comes to the iPhone, every review since the 3G has exclaimed one thing: this is the best iPhone yet. And it should go without saying that enough changes and improvements have been made so that the newest models is, in fact, the best. If that didn’t happen, it would point to much more severe problems for Apple. And yet, there’s a first time for everything. Say hello to the iPhone 5s, the first iPhone that isn’t better than the previous model.
Pros: Blazing fast. Excellent hardware (camera, speaker, overall form). Solid call quality and download speeds. Gorgeous display. OS far more focused on apps.
Cons: Fingerprint scanner isn't as good as it should be. Major OS changes are often decent, more often abysmal. Battery life isn't competitive with top Android phones. Not the best phone on the market after launch.
Summary: Apple has entered the spec wars. The iPhone 5S isn’t just supposed to be “the most amazing iPhone yet.” It’s not “the thinnest and lightest iPhone ever.” No, Apple says the 5S is “the most forward-thinking iPhone yet” and “the best smartphone in the world.” But the screen didn't get bigger, and the design hasn’t changed. Apple’s mid-cycle S updates are always about the little things: faster internals, a better camera, more memory.
Pros: Beautiful design, Super fast processor, Fantastic camera
Cons: 4-inch phones are starting to feel small, iOS is far from perfect
Summary: The iPhone 5s is, quite truly, nothing like a typical "s" cycle upgrade. The new iPhone gets the processor upgrade, as well as a dedicated motion processor. The camera not only has a lot more features, but is a marked improvement over the fairly competent iPhone 5, which it succeeds. Touch ID feels at home straightaway.
Pros: Classy design, Consistently good performance, Future proof power package, Much improved camera, Touch ID feels right at home
Conclusion: . With impressive new tech and an even better camera in tow, the iPhone 5s is another superb device, but it’s a subtler upgrade than the last.
Pros: A7 processor makes for speedier navigation through iOS 7, plus enhanced graphics. Touch ID sensor is extremely cool and useful. iSight camera is even better than before. Very good battery life. Retina display and LTE quality just as strong as on iPhone 5.
Cons: Storage options haven’t changed. Small number of A7- and M7-optimized experiences at press time. Not as essential an upgrade as the last one.
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.
Conclusion: One area that often gets overlooked in a smartphone review is how the device handles calls. With the 5s, I had no problems making or receiving calls nor were there any issues with sound quality over AT&T's network. Furthermore, the loudspeaker sounded really nice when listening to music via Rhapsody or iTunes Radio. It’s about on par with your typical notebook speaker albeit not quite as loud. There was zero distortion at maximum volume which is always a plus.
Conclusion: The iPhone 5S looks and feels a bit dated compared to other flagship devices on the market: we now have 1080p displays as standard, generous screen sizes that make viewing video and gaming more immersive, and even device with pen-input that take productivity to a whole new level. But with these tradeoffs, the iPhone 5S gives you a highly pocketable device that offers terrific one-handed usability.
Pros: + Hardware is still fantastic: thin, light, and very high quality,
+ Excellent performance,
+ Still one of the best cameras,
+ Camera software enhancements–burst shot and slow-motion–are fun,
+ Speaker, now better, is still one of the loudest,
+ All-day battery life,
+ Touch ID scanner works very well, is convenient
Cons: - Feels outdated in the face of competition, You can buy an iPhone 5S on all major carriers in the US and most major carriers around the world. And of course, you can buy , direct from Apple, . The on-contract price starts at $199 for 16GB of storage, then goes to $299 for 32GB, and $399 for 64GB. The off-contract prices are up there at $649, $749, and $849, respectively.
Conclusion: The iPhone 5s may be small, but it's packed with more power than any other smartphone on the market today. It's the best bet for anyone who wants a future-proof, forward-looking phone that runs an unbeatable array of apps.
Pros: Incredibly fast processor. Excellent camera. Easy-to-use Touch ID fingerprint sensor. Unmatched app selection.
Cons: Small screen for an industry-leading smartphone.