Reviewed by ThatGuyForehead (Currently owns)
Beautiful design, breakneck performance, endless innovation, beautiful software. Thos are the four things that strike me whenever I pick up my iPhone 5s. It is largely just an improvement on last year's iPhone 5, as is the trend now with Apple and their new products. So let's start with what's new:
Touch ID is probably the most talked about of the new feature, allowing you access to the phone only if you have registered your fingerprint to the phone. This is a really cool feature and is NOT a gimmick - it works every time for me.
64-bit architecture is something that you find in computers, and is one of the three things Apple is keen to boast about. Their new A7 chip is coupled with an M7 motion coprocessor, to deliver outstanding speed and benchmark scores. This enables the iPhone 5s to be faster than the majority of other smartphones currently on the market.
Apple has also improved the camera for the 5s, but it still remains at 8 megapixels. They have, however, changed the aperture, to f2.2 from f2.4, added burst mode and Slo-Mo video recording (a really cool feature which allows video to be shot at 120fps) which is one of my favourite only-5s features. There is also the new dual flash, which matches the colours in the flashes with the colours on the faces of people. Stills are fantastic, too, and are still extremely crisp even when zoomed in on on an iPad.
The majority of what remains about the iPhone 5s is slightly improved (or the same) as on the 5s's predecessor, including the design, screen size and resolution, and so on - just as we've seen with previous 's' updates from Apple.
Some of my only quibbles about the new iPhone 5s, are the battery life and the software - iOS 7. The battery life on my iPhone unit, has been less than amazing, as on a good day, I have only been getting 6.5 hours - way short of the 10 that Apple promises. This may just be my unit, but it is the only major chink in the iPhone's armour for me. iOS 7 is the best version of iOS yet, with the stunning redesign being one of the highlights - it looks just amazing on the beautiful 4 inch Retina display. The only problems for me, are the existing ones in Apple's Maps app, and the lack of customisability. Overall, the iPhone 5s is a fantastic phone, restoring Apple to it's former glory and former levels of innovation. There are only a few areas in which it stumbles, but it excels in almost every other aspect. I would wholly recommend this phone to the majority of people, but for those who want long battery life, I suggest to look no further than the 5s's sibling, the 5c.
- Design 9
- Display 10
- Camera(s) 10
- Reception / call quality 9
- Performance 9
- Software 9
- Battery life 5
- Ecosystem 10