iPhone 5sby Apple

  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5s
  • iPhone 5s
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
A definite buy! This is among the best in its class.
88%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • Touch ID is more reliable than was expected when Apple first announced it was putting a fingerprint sensor in its Home button.
  • When it debuted, the iPhone 5s was running iOS 7. Fast forward to today, it's running iOS 8 and on the verge of acquiring iOS 9. Software updates for the win!
  • The camera is fast and reliable, offering slow-motion and HDR features.

CONS

  • A 4-inch screen feels tiny when compared to bigger Android and iOS devices. You have to want a smaller device to be happy with this screen.
  • Battery life saw no improvement when compared to the previous year's model, the iPhone 5.
  • The iPhone 5s looks like the iPhone 5.
The iPhone 5s offers a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, which makes it easier to keep your private information secure. The back features an subtly upgraded 8MP camera, while the front boasts a 4-inch Retina display. Available in gray, silver, or gold, the iPhone 5s sits as the entry-level iPhone device for people looking to take the jump from a feature phone to a smartphone.
NameiPhone 5sLumia 1020iPhone 5cLumia 920Passport
ManufacturerAppleNokiaAppleNokiaBlackBerry
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95%

The iPhone 5s looks like last year's iPhone 5 and even works with most all of those accessories. However, the improved internal processor, T…

The iPhone 5s looks like last year's iPhone 5 and even works with most all of those accessories. However, the improved internal processor, Touch ID implementation, and improvements to the camera make it a device to consider even if you already have an iPhone 5.

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93%

Visually speaking, we’re not enamored by the iPhone 5s, rightfully so, seeing that it’s a recycled design. Despite that, though, it remains …

Visually speaking, we’re not enamored by the iPhone 5s, rightfully so, seeing that it’s a recycled design. Despite that, though, it remains to be one of the more premium looking and feeling smartphones on the market.

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92%

Sure, fingerprint scanners are cool to geeks like us, but are they really useful, or are they just a gimmick? Perhaps they're a little of bo…

Sure, fingerprint scanners are cool to geeks like us, but are they really useful, or are they just a gimmick? Perhaps they're a little of both, and besides, nobody's going to force you to use it if you prefer a standard passcode or the ol' slide-to-unlock gesture.

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90%

Even though the iPhone 5S has been out for a couple of years its performance is still excellent. We've had no problems with it slowing down …

Even though the iPhone 5S has been out for a couple of years its performance is still excellent. We've had no problems with it slowing down over time or feeling sluggish.

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90%

Thankfully the rest of the phone is built impeccably. The round volume keys are easy to hit. the switch to enable volume on or off has the s…

Thankfully the rest of the phone is built impeccably. The round volume keys are easy to hit. the switch to enable volume on or off has the same sturdy feel that I've come to enjoy, and the headphone port is still welded to the bottom of the phone.

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88%

But what the 5S may have gained in capacity it gives back in consumption, and battery life here seems to be almost exactly what we’ve seen o…

But what the 5S may have gained in capacity it gives back in consumption, and battery life here seems to be almost exactly what we’ve seen on the 5 — it’ll last you a full day, but nothing more, and often less if you have an itchy Netflix finger or get lots of email and other notifications.

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80%

But, it also has a smaller screen (4 inches) than most of its Android cousins. I love using a more compact phone, but competitors have found…

But, it also has a smaller screen (4 inches) than most of its Android cousins. I love using a more compact phone, but competitors have found a way to make larger-screened 4.7-inch phones with excellent feel, like the Moto X, which has nearly edge-to-edge screen across its face.

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80%

Indeed, shots taken on a dark, street lamp-illuminated road were brighter, less noisy, and more detailed compared to what you’d get using an…

Indeed, shots taken on a dark, street lamp-illuminated road were brighter, less noisy, and more detailed compared to what you’d get using an iPhone 5 or an HTC One.

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80%

If you're upgrading from an older iPhone the first thing you notice about the iPhone 5S is its Home button. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner…

If you're upgrading from an older iPhone the first thing you notice about the iPhone 5S is its Home button. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner lets you unlock the phone in an instant by touching it.

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Overall, Touch ID feels easy and secure. And speaking of security, your fingerprints are not stored with Apple; instead they’re locally encr…

Overall, Touch ID feels easy and secure. And speaking of security, your fingerprints are not stored with Apple; instead they’re locally encrypted at a hardware level. It's a smart move, and I applaud Apple for getting this right out of the gate.

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The iPhone 5S' camera is a subtle upgrade over the camera in the 5 and 5C. It generally captures sharper pictures with less noise, and low-l…

The iPhone 5S' camera is a subtle upgrade over the camera in the 5 and 5C. It generally captures sharper pictures with less noise, and low-light performance is improved, though it can't come near the Lumia 1020's low-light shooting. Burst Mode and Slo-Mo video are entertaining distractions, and the former enables faster HDR shooting.

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For now, the biggest drawback for iPhone owners is going to be big-screen envy. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-5s-review-…

For now, the biggest drawback for iPhone owners is going to be big-screen envy. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/iphone-5s-review-2013-9#ixzz3hPy1XthP

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It may now come in three colors, but the iPhone 5s doesn't stray too far from the iPhone 5 before it. Whether you go for silver, "space gray…

It may now come in three colors, but the iPhone 5s doesn't stray too far from the iPhone 5 before it. Whether you go for silver, "space gray", or gold, each uses the same 7.6mm thick metal casing as before and the same 4-inch Retina display screen running at 1146 x 640 resolution.

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Positive Reviews
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Iphone V's Samsung Galaxy S4
I came from the Galaxy Samsung S4 phone to the iPhone 5S. I felt that the Galaxy S5 was too big and so changed to the iPhone to stay with a smaller phone. There are many apps and shortcuts to the iPhone that I like and others that I could take or leave but after all I do miss having a bigger screen therefore a bigger keyboard. I think I will switch back to Samsung soon
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My favorite iPhone thus far
It is a perfect size & perfect weight iPhone for me. I have an iPhone 6 now, but whenever I get my wife's iPhone 5s in my hands, I just dont want to put it down :)
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The Chosen One
I've owned the iPhone 5s for two years now and it's been a beast of a phone. I previously owned an iPhone 4, so it was a much welcome upgrade (for my phone and my social standing). PROS: -Arguably perfect dimensions for fitting in one’s hand to accomplish the most menial of tasks, like surreptitiously stalking on Facebook that dog walker whose business card you asked for under totally not false pretenses. -Lightning fast loading and browsing thanks to the A7 chip -LED backlit and 326ppi pixel density (translation: very bright screen and lots of crisp, bold colors, perfect for helping you find your way when you’re lost at night in the woods and stumble upon an abandoned house you would be an idiot not to go in) -8MP camera with flash, so you can take great photos of your friend facing the corner in the abandoned house and a 1.2MP self-facing camera for the perfect selfie just before you meet your doom -You can record surprisingly great HD video at 1080p/30fps, because cat videos -The iPhone 5s also has a pretty sensitive internal microphone, but you can actually connect external mics (e.g. lavalier) into the headphone jack and turn your phone into a cheap and portable audio recording solution for your indie documentary/YouTube make-up tutorial/Bar Mitzvah exit interview -Touch ID is sooooooo convenient. Many apps are utilizing this great feature to help you log in to your favorite apps without the hassle of typing your password (i.e. no more angling your phone and craning your neck on the bus like the nefarious deviant you are) -The speaker is as loud and obnoxious as you want (it) to be -It’s light, but weighs enough to feel like the hundreds of dollars you spent on it (just kidding—you’d be filthy/rich if your pile of money weighed as much as this phone) -Fantastic exercise for your thumb(s) CONS: -GET A CASE. This phone is beautiful (on the inside, but, more importantly, on the outside), so take care of it with a slim, but comprehensive case (check out Spigen’s). Otherwise, your phone will die a slow death by a thousand paper cuts/one epic glass-shattering drop on the ground while hastily rummaging your pockets for your apartment keys before your neighbor sees you with toilet paper rolls AND a blu-ray of “Lars and the Real Girl.”
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Great Transition from the Android
I transitioned from an LG smartphone to the iPhone 5, and overwhelmingly it's been a positive move for me! More storage and capability, and it syncs with my MacBook Pro. Loving it and all the fun apps and features!
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Love it... but next time I'm going big!
My needs are simple -- and pretty much everything I need is found on this user-friendly phone. Love the size for my purse and pockets, although I do find myself coveting my husband's iPhone 6 for the screen size. And for the way his photos turn out better than mine. (User issue?) Come to think of it, I think I just talked myself into upgrading to the iPhone 6 next time around.
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The tried and true phone with a speed boost, almost outstanding camera
Amazing phone and the speed boost was a welcome improvement. Up until the 5s, I owned the original iPhone and upgraded to every other model. So I enjoyed each and every "s" version. Apple took an amazing phone with the larger screen the iPhone 5, and beefed up the processor and other components. The phone feels stable and solid in your hand, very rigid yet lightweight, and offers simply a more efficient take on a tried-and-true design. The camera was renowned for being among the best available on a smartphone and the pictures were impressive, so long as the phone properly set the focus. Periodically I would end up with photos that were seriously out of focus. Battery life is acceptable or good, but certainly not outstanding.
Negative Reviews
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iPhone 5S vs iPhone 6
When I decided to upgrade from the iPhone 4 to a new phone I was choosing between the iPhone 5S and the newly released iPhone 6. The iPhone 5S had all the features I needed without being too large to fit in my pocket. Though the iPhone 6 clearly had more bells and whistles, I opted for the iPhone 5S because it was smaller and had all the great features I needed. I'd recommend it!
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Average camera, even worse battery life!
I was excited to upgrade to the iPhone 5S, and it has mostly lived upto expectations. It's so annoying though thavt the camera doesn't seem to have improved much and still takes mediocre pictures. That's when I miss having a Samsung! Battery life isn't great either. Other than those negatives, a pretty good phone overall.
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Get an iPhone 6 instead.
The battery life on the 5s is OK at best. Now that I have a 6 Plus I could never go back. On the 5s I used to leave my phone plugged in all day at work and especially in the car since the GPS would eat up so much power. With my 6 Plus the only time I ever plug in to power is at night when I sleep.

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