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.
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.
Excerpt: I don’t like writing iPhone reviews. Everyone gets on your case because they have a preconceived notion of what an iPhone is. It’s the industry’s saviour; it’s the industry’s most insidious conduit to conformity. In truth, the iPhone is no longer either of those things.
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Cons: - Feels outdated in the face of competition, You can buy an iPhone 5S on all major carriers in the US and most major carriers around the world.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.
Excerpt: The Good - The most advanced smartphone on the market - Cutting-edge processor and graphics performance - iOS 7 is revitalizes the iPhone experience - Slow-motion video capture and photos outstanding - Touch ID a game changer The Bad - No option for larger display - Relatively expensive off-contract - No Wi-Fi 802.11ac support - No 128GB option - No 'Swype-like' keyboard There are many calling the iPhone 5s merely an iterative update to the iPhone 5, in particular,...
Pros: - The most advanced smartphone on the market - Cutting-edge processor and graphics performance - iOS 7 is revitalizes the iPhone experience - Slow-motion video capture and photos outstanding - Touch ID a game changer
Cons: - No option for larger display - Relatively expensive off-contract - No Wi-Fi 802.11ac support - No 128GB option - No 'Swype-like' keyboard
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.
Pros: Still stunning looking, great quality, sharp and colorful display, excellent camera, a fingerprint scanner that's actually easy to use.
Cons: A 4" display on a flagship smartphone in 2013 seems so old fashioned.
Conclusion: The iPhone 5S is the most innovative iPhone we’ve seen since the invention of the App Store. It’s packed full of exciting hardware features like a fingerprint sensor, M7 motion processor, and 64-bit A7 central processor. On top of that, Apple has completely revamped its operating system with iOS 7, adding a ton of necessary features. We have some small gripes on almost every front, but anyone who thinks Apple is on a slide downhill should think again.
Pros: Fantastic design, build quality, First ever 64-bit processor, Fingerprint sensor works great, Always-on motion processor, Improved camera, iOS 7 has fresh look and features
Cons: Near-identical design to iPhone 5, Aluminum shell prone to dings, Only 16GB of storage on $200 model (no MicroSD), Notification system is terrible
Summary: Is the 5s the best iPhone ever made? Yes, though that shouldn't come as a surprise. Apple took a good product and made it better through hardware upgrades, new features and completely revamped software. In what would otherwise be considered a mundane update to the iPhone 5, Apple somehow managed to appeal to both the geek (64-bit support, M7 coprocessor, Touch ID) and the average Joe (a fresh, colorful iOS 7), all while laying the groundwork for the company's future.
Pros: A7 chip offers fast performance and 64-bit support, Touch ID works as advertised, Global LTE support, Improved camera
Cons: Last year's design, Touch ID needs third-party support