Apple iPhone 5s Review

As history has shown us, we’re in one of those years where Apple decides to retain the styling and design of its previous iPhone, and simply spices things up in the specs department, as well as throwing in some other new goodies into the mix. In this particular case, the iPhone 5s brings forth a fancy schmancy new fingerprint scanner called Touch ID, a first of a kind 64-bit based Apple A7 mobile processor, and an updated iSight camera with larger sized pixels. Beyond the hardware goodness in tow with the iPhone 5s, it’s also sporting Apple’s biggest undertaking yet, iOS 7, which has been a long time coming...
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201 Comments

10. CX3NT3_713

Posts: 2350; Member since: Apr 18, 2011

SMH... PA, will give good score, to phones that, arent even great, and low scores , to good phones

30. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

UMADBRO?

102. AAABall unregistered

Why no mention of non proprietary lightning cable, or the lack of lack of memory expansion? This is a con on every other phone PA reviews?

198. bob_monkeywarts unregistered

Yeah, I think Apple might be paying PA to give the iPhone good reviews, like how the battery life was so awesome in the review but crappy in real life... And how the heck is that screen good? it's tiny, and the iPhone would be microscopic if it didn't have those 2" bezels.

105. Dr.Tom

Posts: 47; Member since: May 11, 2013

The screen isn't even 720p! But it is the brightest screen in the market! Too bad its soo SMALL. PA doesnt like to talk about the size or resolution or the fact that 326PPI is only average by flagship standards. Instead they use all these technical terms to try and hide the truth! With flagship phones pushing 441PPI, retina display is now a thrid class quality!

188. rohitknhs

Posts: 1; Member since: Mar 21, 2014

Screen size is a preference,so shut up! Even Samsung phones have almost same design,but no one complains because they are fanboys.

3. chunky1x

Posts: 270; Member since: Mar 28, 2010

I don't see something special to this phone. This looks and feel the same.

119. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Thats why its the 5Same!

129. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

The only thing that I see special to this phone is the 64-bit processor, but again, something that is of little to no use for the average consumers. That's the only groundbreaking thing about the 5S. Otherwise, better save money for the 5 with the same iOS 7 experience.

4. wicpromd

Posts: 266; Member since: Aug 20, 2013

9.3?? bias No full HD same old MP with just a little bit of increase in Pixel size 1.5 mic. same old screen size same old ram marketing gimmick 64 architecture same old battery totally biased PA

16. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Maybe you go and read the ultimate real talk tech site, AnandTech's review and come back with a little more knowledge.

172. saffant

Posts: 274; Member since: Jul 04, 2011

Spec bump doesn't warrant a 9.3 rating, fanboy. Note 3 crushes the Note 2 in benchmarks too, where's its 9.3 rating? or heck more since it actually changes the design (improves rather) a bit too.

36. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

1. Find me one android phone from the big manufacturers that has a 4" full hd phone. Nope they are all 720p. Its a small screen and 720p looks like full hd cause its a small screen. 5" needs 1080p cause the 720p wouldn't look that amazing on it. 2. Better optics, better image sensor, bigger image sensor, 720p 120fps video recording, burst mode(5 didnt have it so its also an upgrade) 3. OLD screen size? So 4" is old and 5" is new? Did humans somehow increase fingers size in few years time? You are so uneducated my friend. MANY people think 5" S4 is huge. 4. Old ram? iOS runs perfectly with 512mb, with 1gb its also future prood. It isnt FREAKING android who needs 3gb of ram in now days. Dont compare apples with oranges please. 5. True it is a little bit of gimmick, but it also means in two years the iPhone 5S will run 64bit apps/games so its kinda future proof. 6. Also kinda true but it got improved by few hours which isnt bad at all. 7. Totally biased? I have found 6-7 top review sites and they all gave iphone 9+ in terms of score. MAYBE you are the biased one.

44. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You need a Snickers bar dude.

68. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

More like a KitKat bar.... Objectively, there are better offerings elsewhere than in Apple-land (G2 and L1020 come to mind). The only problem is that the L1020 is limited by its carrier exclusive. The 5S is a life cycle refresh. Nothing more. 9.3 is on the charitable side. 9.1 would have been more objective.

93. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

hey man, i totally respect your preferences and opinions, but just disagree about the screen size. "Did humans somehow increase fingers size in few years time?" if screen sizes were only about fingers'size, everybody would have to buy a specially made screen sized phone. Again, if that was the point, Apple didnt change it this time, but last time did it. Why? cuz fingers got bigger?? Dont think so. 5" looks bigger, as so 4.3" looked huge when HTC released the HD model, not sure what model was, then it became a standard size. 5" is BECOMING standard, not yet, in regular smartphones. Bigger screens are more enjoyable to read and watch... nowadays, we read more, write more on the phone that some years ago....as long as the phone still pocketable, doesnt matter what size the finger is, at least for me...the "only problem"i see is that you'll need two hands to operate the phone...i dont see that as an issue though. Just a matter to get used to. Even Apple customers were requesting a bigger screen. Thats the "only problem" they saw on the iphone. Apple should've made two sized phones instead of two "nich maket" phones. Again, i respect your opinion and preferences.

110. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You are absolutely right but 21-23" screen, not tiny 5". If you want a bigger mobile screen, get a 10" tablet (or, better yet, a 13" laptop) a 7" tablet is as pocketable as a 5-6" small tablet. Sales says Apple customers don't necessary want a bigger screen.

124. heyhi

Posts: 137; Member since: Feb 19, 2013

im saying that "the only thing" they requested was a bigger screen and thats it...so, if this was the only thing, for some, not a deal breaker, for others it is. 10" tablet is a mobile device?? 7" tablet is pocketable?? wow, you must wear very big pants...All tablets make calls?? Even with bigger screens, OEMs are capable to make a compact device reducing the bezels. Apple customers like You and others dont NECESSARY want, but im pretty sure that MOST of them would like to have a bigger screen. If Apple had 2 different sized screens, the one they use today and a bigger one, i bet the bigger one would sell more. i read a lot of articles and i remember people tried other brands just because the size of the screen and they never got back. Lets see how long "sales says..."

130. bayusuputra

Posts: 963; Member since: Feb 12, 2012

"Sales says Apple customers don't necessary want a bigger screen" that's because apple fanatics always want the latest iPhone, and if apple doesn't release one with bigger screen, obviously they will take the same screen size. Hence using sales figures is quite redundant. A poll would have been better. And most polls indicated that even iPhone fans want a bigger screen. The difference is, although they want a bigger one, they will still buy a newer model, regardless of screen size, as long as it has a half-bitten apple logo on the back.

106. Dr.Tom

Posts: 47; Member since: May 11, 2013

Sorry but 640p resolution is NOT 720p! Its certainly not 1080p. 640p is what the new iphone is, just as it has been for the last two years. That is low by todays standards. PERIOD! You can bitch and moan all you want. You can claim bigger screen phones need better resolution, but you cant hide from the facts. Its 640p and even on that small screen its only 326PPI, was is just average, at best. The HTC One has the best screen in the market right now, at 468PPI - 1080p - super IPS LCD screen! Thats 43% better than the new iphone. You cant even compare them, cause there not even in the same ballpark. Thats a cold hard fact Martin Cooper!

112. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

What's the difference between 326 and 441 ppi in human eye perception? Scientifically, please (and don't use Google, if that's possible).

123. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

1. Since when is 640p called an HD screen? 326PPI is average definition. The new level of exellence is the HTC with 468PPI. HTC One has 45% higher def., Full HD screen! No OEM Manufacturer uses such a small screen anymore because 4.5 to 5" is the new standard! Suppose you still like 26" CRT TVs compared to the new OLED 4K 50" TVs that are the best today! 2. The Nokia 1020 and the Sony Xpreria Z1 both blow the doors off the camera, optics, image sensor and pics/video of the 5S. Period. Take a look at the pics of all the three with a HiRes screen and you will understand what I'm telling. The LG G2 will also flat out beat the 5S pic for pic! Day or Night! You cant compare Real OIS images with DIS images. OIS is the best. Nokia and LG both use \OIS. Apple doesn't and it shows. But the new 5S is a minor improvement over the 5. 3. Its a TINY screen. Period. Dont know about you Girlieman, but I got a real, man sized hand and my big fingers find the 4" screen is PUNY! Your thinking is stuck in 2009 and you are so UNEDUCATED my friend. Size matters buddy, and anyone who says it doesn't sound like an idiot! Just asked your wife! She will explain it to you, you small GirlieMan! 4. Dont care about RAM, so long as the phone is fast! Moto X is fast an it has a dual core CPU with optomized Andriod OS. 5. 64 bit is a gimmick! Period! No such thing as futureproof you DumbA$$ marketing fool! No one keeps a phone longer than 2 years. And if your phone has 5 GB of RAM, only then can you use a 64bit CPU. Nobody has 5GB RAM. So its BULL$HIT! 6. Battery is the same! And thats NOT an improvement! Few hours more? Where? Use it hard, with LTE and it won't last a day! Go ahead, TRY! The Stand-by time is 10 days! Thats 9 days below the Average! Most Flagship phones last 14-15 hours usage and 20 days Stand-by time! Thats the facts and the iPhone 5 battery times ranked last out of 10 phones according to this article:http://techland.time.com/2013/09/05/the-top-10-smartphones-on-the-market There you have it GirlieMan. Its a good phone, but Great it is Not! 9.3/10 is a load of BULL! NOT WITH THAT PUNY BELOW HD SCREEN!

6. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

Haters. Haters everywhere! I don't care I love my space grey iPhone 5S!

11. kobainez

Posts: 454; Member since: Apr 13, 2012

iShip will buy anything from apple even if it has the same specs as a budget china phone. I can't type 'i' 's''h'e'e'p because PA forbide me to do it lol. What a biased apple site

15. Ninetysix

Posts: 2964; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

LOL...If this is a budget china phone, what would you call all the phones that the 5S beat in benchmarks then? hahaha http://www.anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/5http://www.anandtech.com/show/7335/the-iphone-5s-review/7

52. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 2012

The read the review it sound like an advertisement Apple would write and it's music to any IPhone user ears. I hope Apple reward them well and spread those 132 billions of loves.

59. illusionmist

Posts: 157; Member since: Jan 29, 2013

And here we see an Apple hater in denial...

125. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Some ones has to buy all those 5Cheap and 5Same phones. Buy the journalist and you sell a buck load. Thats how the marketing system works. Ever hear of Payoll. Same thing here. Have $hitty below HD screen. Call it Retina Display and get those journalists to buy into the hype! Have a small screen, call it compact and ask them if they like the build quality? Have Huge Bezels, pay them not to talk about it! Weak Battery, dont even mention it! And thats how you get 9.3/10! Thats almost perfect! This phone is NOT perfect! NOT even close! Thats Marketing BABY!

114. woodshop20

Posts: 459; Member since: Sep 14, 2013

How many times do I have to say it? You can't compare phones on different platforms. If the S4 or the Z1 was on Android 2.3 (equivalent in "lightness" to your IOS7) then it would probably smoke everything, including your beloved iPhone.

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