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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149. Siandlor

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

Why is that most comments on reviews for the iPhone 5S are really bias. They are either the Apple fan kids going on about how amazing it is or Apple haters who do not appreciate any of the engineering and looking for everything bad. It makes it hard as a consumer to make an informed decision. I appreciate that PA has tried to make it as unbiased as possible. Ultimately the person writing the review is going to have their own preference. The big objection I keep seeing time and time again is that the screen is not as big as other phones. I LIKE this fact, I think smartphones are too big now, if you want to use your phone to watch lengthy videos or movies, get a tablet or use a laptop as even watching something to long on a 5" screen can't be good for the eyes. Being that big I feel like I am going to drop the phone as don’t have a firm comfortable grip on the device with one hand so to do anything I have to use both hands.. I think the iPhone has its strong points and also points where it is not as good as other phones and that the other brands will most likely leave the iPhone behind in ALL specs departments in next 6 months but that is the same as all flagship phones and the reason why they get updated so regularly.

163. miket247

Posts: 81; Member since: Apr 16, 2013

PhonaArena reviews are not that good! 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 overlooking a phones 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! The 5S got a good review, and the 5C did not! Go and read and you can make an informed decison, about what you should get! PERIOD!

168. steodoreben

Posts: 379; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

THINGS I HATE ABOUT iPhone 5S: 1. iPhone 5S Space Gray is ugly. I prefer the Gold and Silver/White. 2. iOS 7's icons, like Camera, Compass, Settings and Stocks 3. Network signal status icon WHAT I LOVE: 1. Performance 2. Siri, personal assistant. 3. Improved fingerprint scanner 4. Smartphone's physical design (looks better in Gold and Silver color)

175. peet10

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 07, 2013

HTC Butterfly S or iPhone 5S? Please help me guys!

176. alenawilson

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

hmmmm..... i am heartily wait for the day when I got the chance to use the new mode;ls of Apple iphone 5s smartphone.........

177. tehcaucasianasian

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

So, this device has parts specifically made to run its OS. Even though the parts are garbage and two years old, it isn't criticized at all unless the device is running Android? Also, you keep using that excuse of small dimensions as a Pro. Seriously? A light gust of wind can break that phone, its size doesn't help. The screen resolution is also listed as a Pro, not even 720p HD. The ppi of 326 is also for some reason seen as amazing, when an LG G2 packs about 100 more ppi, along with other devices. This phone brags about 64 bit architecture, but seriously? Not even any Apple programs utilize this function! This gimmick was used so long ago by SEGA to sell a gaming console, and the console was total bull. This device is missing so much that is expected of in an Android, no wonder the logo is missing part of the Apple

178. theaztech unregistered

why is it that on other high end smartphones in there respective pages you have PROS: lots of ram, hd screen, quad core processor and in the iphone 5s you have PROS: dual core processor, high resolution (not high definition) Shouldnt those be cons considering that thyere out dated?? Not to point out that you dont even mention its ram which is only 1gb.

179. hamoody24

Posts: 3; Member since: May 24, 2012

"From a specs standpoint, we can argue that all those aforementioned smartphones would most certainly manhandle the iPhone 5s multiple times over." Then why in every review comparison whether it be the Note 3, Galaxy S4, Nexus 5 and many other smartphone powerhouses do you say that they still pale in comparison to the 64-bit architecture dual core technology of the iPhone 5S. PhoneArena even released a smartphone benchmark review for all the top phones and the iPhone 5S was at the top by far, beating all the quad-core beasts. Not arguing that the iPhone 5S isn't a fast, or maybe even the fastest, phone but stop changing your story.

182. crouchy0485

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

I have a 5s, a Mac, an iPad and an Apple TV. I can tell you right now that google products can't sniff working in the perfect harmony that Apple products do when it comes to everything clouding together to perfection in home sharing. Also, it took your boys at google almost 7 years longer then apple to create anything close to what an Apple TV can do with your pathetic chromecast. That thing is terrible, can't even do a third of what Apple TV can do. Just answer me one question, what exactly can a droid actually do that an iphone can't , that actually is ground breaking and will convince apple users to switch ? Every time I see my boys playing with their galaxy s4s, they are always lagging and can't browse a third as fast on the LTE service in this area. So other then a massive screen which I don't want, expandable memory which is pointless (I store all my old pictures and videos on an external hard drive), and a removable battery which I don't need, I go two days without charging my phone. The 5s benchmarks twice as fast in almost every benchmark test and the resale value on iPhones are 40% higher then any other phone, clearly showing their more valuable. Droids are great products but the apple ecosystem is irreplaceable.

183. tehcaucasianasian

Posts: 11; Member since: Aug 30, 2013

Samsung is no doubt great at causing devices to lag, but have you forgotten that not all devices running Android are made by Samsung? I have an LG Optimus G from LG, with a version of Android similar to what Samsung has on their devices, and the only time I ever lag is when I literally first unlock the phone after restarting it. Lag is nonexistent in many Android devices, the reason people have that thought us because most people's first droid is a budget phone; you know, the kind not made to perform amazingly? And honestly, coming from a gamer and spec lover like myself, who honestly cares how well the 5S benchmarks? If the phone can run smoothly then I could care less about a 64-bit CPU, though I'm not a fan of it being only dual-core. I need my 4 cores, because one of the defining Android features that could convince you to swap over is intense multitasking. I frequently listen to my music, have games running in the background, and use my phone's Qslide feature to have my calculator running on half of the screen while the other half is the Google Drive report I'm typing. Can an iPhone even do that? No. The answer is no, it can't and it probably never will. iPhone resale value is only high because of how overpriced the stupid things are. If they were fairly priced then Android's resale value could match it easily.

185. Leo_MC

Posts: 7432; Member since: Dec 02, 2011

No, an iPhone user is doing all that on a laptop because he's not that dumb as to do fuk up his eyes on a small phone/phablet/small tablet screen.

184. crouchy0485

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

Apple products are "overpriced" because of their longevity. Let's be honest here, Android devices are not popular for being products that last. I know this because I went through 4 droid Xs in a single year. I will admit android has came a long way since the X, but they can't compare to apple when it comes to a products life span. My parents still have the first ipad and it runs just as smooth as the day it came out of the box. As far as multi-tasking goes I can browse the internet, check my email and listen to music at the same time. Do I need it all on the same screen ? Lol the answer is no. The only reason apple doesn't offer that is because of their screen size. This is not a feature that will convince iphone users to switch. Apple's phablet phone coming out next year will most likely offer this, but again I could care less. The typical user isn't going to care of their calculator and web browser are up at the same time. You can easily swipe the control panel up while in the browser screen to use the calculator. Of course were just convinced fans in opposite sides arguing about which is better like everyone else. We both make valid points and both use excellent products. Preference is all that matters in making a decision.

189. voador

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 06, 2014

After using iPhone 5s and Galaxy S4 back to back I prefer the iPhone. From the beginning I didn't like the plastic feel of the Galaxy. The other thing that I disliked is I needed to charge the Galaxy S4 twice per day and the iPhone would get two days with the same use. That was even after disabling several features of the Galaxy S4, enabling battery save mode and reducing the screen brightness. The Galaxy came loaded with bloatware and t-mobile garbage that couldn't be de-installed without voiding the warranty and thus left me with 9.7GB usable of 16 GB base storage. What I do like about the iPhone and IOS 7 is it is very easy to configure and use. I didn't need to search the internet on installing and configuring each app or software. The iPhone fits better in my hand and pocket and feels solid and high quality. I'm irritated by the lack of micro sd, but even with 16GB I still have plenty of space available.

190. Rajiv86

Posts: 2; Member since: Jun 04, 2014

I want to buy iPhone 5S 16GB any friend told me its wright decisions. If any other phone please tolde me.

200. crouchy0485

Posts: 6; Member since: Sep 26, 2013

iPhone 5s is still the number one selling phone, almost a year after release. That's all I have to say. Not to mention fandroids, your days of complaining about screen size and resolution is about to change. Android phones only advantage is about to come to an end, then what ?

202. gaming64 unregistered

It still is a best-seller.

201. gaming64 unregistered

Hello people. I am from 2015. Do not worry, the iPhone 5S is brilliant and still loved by droids and iFans alike. BTW, things are messed up in the feature.

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