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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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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