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

103. zachattack

Posts: 621; Member since: Jul 31, 2013

Seems to me like the people on PA that rate these phones are choosing personal preference. That's why these scores are so wonky. 9.3 is too high for an apple refresh. I know apple tends to have smooth phones but really nothing was done to change this from the 5 cept that scanner. Maybe the camera also but meh. The G2 i think deserves higher than 9.4 but i guess i'll accept it. I'd say atleast 9.5-6. At any rate these scores are biased and shouldn't be taken too much to heart

155. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Go read a GSMARENA review and you will see what a real, proper and accurate 12 page article looks like. No stupid comments about how Apple makes plastic look great or no overlooking the bad points, etc... They give you the good, the bad and the ugly! They don't give you a grade, but the last section gives you a honest comment by a PRO. Its how a review should be done!

101. Gavii2000

Posts: 20; Member since: Sep 23, 2013

I like both Apple and Android. I sold my iphone 5 to upgrade to 5S, but i just did not yet! Im kind a disappointed! 5S same as the 5, same size even same weight, same screen size! Pfff iOS 7 is too Cartoonish. Its for kids! I know its not easy to come up with something WOW! But really it does not matter if the cpu A6 or A7 or 64-bit! Apple add just a little bit and all the Apple fans gonna eat the bait! Probably me too! But this time im gonna wait, S4 is sooo beautiful, HTC One is very nice, elegant device, Moto X has some good features! Look at the 5c, come on, these colors for kids also! Which one i should pick for my self as a guy! No Black, Gray, No dark colors! Maybe they gonna ad some more! Who knows! So im really confused, my contract ended and i can upgrade, but i dont know what to do! I really want the 5S, but probably im gonna go with something else! Crazy

107. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

You can't be serios when you say 5s is the same as 5 but "S4 is sooo beautiful"... Sory to say, bro, but Samsung makes the ugliest phones I have ever seen.

111. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

Clearly you've never seen an LG or a Kyroceria phone.

156. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

iPhone 5s is a great phone. Period. But its a small screen by todays standards! Wait to see if the Nexus 5 is going to be a homerun! Comes out in about two weeks. If its as good as it the rumors sound and at a awesome price, you might consider it and keep your iphone5 as a back up.

113. GeekMovement unregistered

This gunmetal/black/space gray whatever version looks ugly. I definitely think the black iPhone 5 looks a lot better than this.

115. jogootierrez

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 13, 2013

C'mon everybody!!! What you mean insulting each other points of view! Apple, Android, Windows Phone... Every new thing that comes out every day, just helps making the world better, it means advance for ALL the world... You are just bitching yourselves with your stupid fanboy-isms, just unite and make the world grow. Stop it all. Peace and love. You're welcome

120. sabres0809

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

This piece of crap gets a 9.3? I might by one to user as backup toilet paper.

121. sabres0809

Posts: 16; Member since: Dec 18, 2012

" oh my god a finger print scanner, now I don't have to slide my finger, I can just wait an extra 3 seconds!, 9.3!" Your pros are pretty much looking to keep the fan boys happy. Apple is loosing it's touch can't wait to see the company rot when it runs out of "revolutionary" ideas.

126. SilverSurfer85

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

PHONEARENA!!! if you actually read this.. where did you get that wallpaper from? what app did you use?

128. giri.1131

Posts: 22; Member since: Feb 21, 2012

The iphone 5s is not a dumb phone but at the price they charge, its really too much for too less. i admit the interface is fluid but there are far too many limitations with ios compared to the android beasts. The only reason they are not giving SD card slot is to make more money on the side with their 64gb and 32gb versions. I agree with the pros in the article but phone arena CONVENIENTLY avoids the cons. 1) Small screen size 2)Stubborn screen retina resolution 3)itunes dependent 4)lack of microsd card slot 5)SAME DESIGN FOR 4 YEARS??? Apple, u have good products but if u want to survive start bringing back the apple of jobs era back. the current apple is playing catch up and in a bad way

131. Marvelous

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 24, 2013

The real iPhone 5s review score - 8.5/10. Pros Smooth operating system & user interface Access to arguably the most fully featured app store Great build quality Comfortable to hold & use with one hand Camera slightly better in low light conditions Touch ID works well iTunes 64bit architecture allows future proofing Cons Expensive - costs more than flagship rivals & will not go down in price until next year Looks virtually identical to last years model Small screen by modern standards Low storage compared to the competition especially in the base model. No NFC iTunes Only perceptible difference is Touch ID

134. SilverSurfer85

Posts: 28; Member since: Apr 12, 2013

People...People..NOT EVERY PHONE NEEDS TO BE A 4.7 or HIGHER.. The whole point of a cellphone is something that is portable, sleek and sexy... I will admit, Apple can add some more features for the price we are going to pay, or make things alittle more customizable. But I mean when you start to add all this extra stuff, the phone sometimes doesnt last half as long. Especially for those who like to Jailbreak or even Add custom roms. I am not to familiar with that stuff, but at times I hear it doesnt end to well. But I mean if you want to hold a GOLIATH of a phone, stay home and use your house phone. This is not the 80's phone's dont need to be so DaM* big.

158. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

SS85, you sound obtuse. Older people with bad eyes/shaky hands, need bigger phones. Big people like me, love bigger phones. If you play games, watch a vid, do work, it would be great to have a little larger screen! My kids and there small hands love the iPhone5. My geek friend loves to make changes to his phone, to the point that no one, but him can use it. Variety is the Spice of Life, my uneducated friend. If you don't know a lot about customization, don't comment, it makes you look really dumb. And if you don't know what your doing, about anything in life, read and learn about it, before you do it or talk about it! Before my military service, I thought I new lots about guns, but after I've learn a lifetime worth, about guns, I think that its scary that so many Idiots own a gun!

157. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

+1 Maybe you should write the reviews. You know your facts better than the so called journalist that are writing the articles. I stopped reading iPhoneArena because there reviews are TERRIBLE. Go read a GSMARENA review and you will understand what a PRO review is all about! I think the 5S is a great phone, but they failed on improving the screen size and resolution. (-1 point) The camera is great. Don't like iTunes but some do. The fact that it doesn't play all video formats is another BIG CON. (- 0.5 point) NO NFC! It should of got 8.5-8.99, but no higher than that. And that 5Cheap, plastic remake of the great iPhone5 getting a 9 is even WORSE. Its a KIDs phone priced like a primo flagship, should get a 7.99 at best, for going backsward instead of improving on the awesome 5!

137. tehcaucasianasian

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

Let me explain to you why an iPhone is even able to run relatively smooth and why you THINK these "features" are revolutionary -The parts are made specifically for their OS, so of course it's more fine tuned. This allows for cheaper, lower performing parts, but the illusion of speed that can almost compete with other phones such as a G2 or Xperia Z1 to name just a couple. It's called milking you of your paycheck, since you'll always say "They'll add this feature NEXT iPhone!" -Past technology has proven that a 64bit CPU means crap if you can't back it up. Atari made a 64bit gaming console back in the 90s that performed worse than the leading 16bit consoles. With only 1GB of RAM and still lagging with only two cores, that whole "Made custom" hides the lack of good hardware that is inside an iPhone. -The overly simple iOS just masks things even more. Android devices lag for different reasons than iProducts; there is no Android made by Android, but there is a stock version of the OS. Most companies will put their edited Android into a device, though, increasing how much memory is taken to run the necessary programs and stuff. iOS is simple ans many people like that, but what's easier to run; clean, simple sprites or intricate, dynamic animations and complicated coding? Of COURSE some Androids lag more, it's cause we HAVE more. -Apple lags behind when it comes to adding stuff that Android and Windows already has, yet do have some original things. However, there is a difference between features and gimmicks. A feature is like a camera or keyboard. A gimmick is added to draw attention. Apple uses plenty of gimmicks ie Siri or Camera filters. Nothing very important, just eye catching.

140. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Nobody cares about Android's excuses. There are 1-2-500 Android models and none of them - 4-8 cores, 2-3 GiB of ram, 4-6-7" - is able to run as smooth as iPhone; why is that?

146. androidea

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

theres no android made by android....but but nexus line was designed by google,right? and those line is really awesooome with awesoome price....without steve jobs,i really hope apple can make a phone that can understand market,only steve jobs can make a product than market can understand,not otherwise...

153. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Android is an OS. Nexus also has lag.

159. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

My Nexus4 is lighting fast! Just as fast as my wife's iphone5. I closed programs I don't use and its butter smooth! So you should watch what you say. If you load your phone full of sh!t, Any phone will lag. Just like older computers getting slow after they have so many programs running. The Sammy S4 has a ton of programs running out of the box. Thats why its slow at times. The Google S4 is machine! Period!

164. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

Yeah, right, you have the only Android in the world that doesn't lag... pff

141. crouchy0485

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Lol You know I ready all these reviews and never once decided to leave a comment until now. iPhones are the most reliable phone on the market and all you have to do is check resale value comparisons to figure that one out. See which phones win the longevity race and you will see it's all iPhones! I turn a profit every time I upgrade! The only argument fan-droid people have is the larger screen. What possible argument will you be able to make when the iphone has a large screen option? ios is the most reliable operating system there is! There is a reason that they double their sales margin every time they release a new phone. It isn't because droids are taking over I can tell you that! If I want a massive screen bulging in my pocket I'll carry my ipad around! Give up on the large screen it's rehash!

160. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Apple makes a great phone! Period! And it is a really expensive phone to buy, so it should be one of the best phone. Thank God there are still some dumbies like you around. I'm glad you are still using your 10 year old iphone! No one keeps a phone longer than three years, before its obsolete, you door knob! 80% of the world, use a different operating system, other than Apples. Windows has made MASSIVE gains in the world market. Thats a fact! Nokia is the Number 1 phone in Northern Europe and Russia. China uses mostly Andriod, and thats a HUGE market. And Apple's world share is decreasing! Thats also a fact. There shares have dropped 30% this year, because the investors know that their products have not kept up with market requirements/demands. And when Apple actually gets around to making a bigger screen phone, if and when that happens, you might have a point! But that has not happen yet, so stopping dreaming! Most experts now say that Google's Andriod OS has moved ahead of Apple OS most ways. But Google's OS is not optimized as well as the iOS yet, but they are quickly starting to improve, as Google produces there own reference phones, the Nexus Line. So what was your original point! You must look like a real JACKA$$ walking around with a iPad in your pocket! Variety is just great, so you can keep your phone and the rest of world will do what its doing, which is buy what they can afford, which is not a iPhone! Sorry for raining on your parade, but thats life!

142. mr.popo2525

Posts: 5; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Silly fandroids.....Apple is obviously building up towards something that will forever lay you to rest in pieces....

161. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

??????? Just what are you babbling about POPO! Apple is building to what???? The market is fluid and if you stay still, you get run over. Windows is improving fast, Andriod has improved in fast forward, so whats your point. There are people that still swear by there Blackberry! You need to pull your head out of your A$$ and see that if your don't make noticable improvements, you become a dinosaur. There 30% fall in share price this year, says more than all of your babbling!!!!!!!!!!! I hope that Apple doesn't go the way of Blackberry, but......since Jobs, there shares are down more than 44%, and most experts say Apple has lost its MOJO! And thats a fact $heep!

144. crouchy0485

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Luckily fan-droid people have something to bitch about. If it were up to them we would all be stuck with google operating systems and no options! The day there isn't competition is the day were all doomed.

162. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

Crouch you knob, competition is great!.... Windows, Driods, iOS, Blackberry.....Variety is the Spice of Life, and it makes all the OS better, as each makes there own improvements to keep up with the march of progess. You still haven't taken your head out of your A$$. No one wants Apple to go, my family has a iPhone5, a Nexus4, and we just may get a Nokia next, as the best camera smartphone!

145. androidea

Posts: 3; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

actually iphone 5s would be a pretty decent phone...if only its price is three times cheaper....oh god,lets pray i phone wont end up like blackberry too soon -_-, i can see steve jobs crying behind the bushes.....poor steve :(

148. crouchy0485

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Blackberry never saw a 10th of the popularity iPhones have. Have you google people really got greedy enough to wish the only phones existent are droid products.

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