Apple iPhone 5s: The TechSpot Review

The oft predictable Apple mixed things up a bit this year by releasing not one, but two handsets: the iPhone 5s and the 5c. As an incremental update, the flagship 5s borrows heavily from its predecessor which in theory would encourage many to play the waiting game for one more year to see what sort of new design Cupertino comes up with for the iPhone 6.

You wouldn’t know it’s an incremental update based on early sales figures, however. Apple managed to move more than nine million iPhones during launch weekend a few weeks ago and early reports suggest the 5s was the top-selling phone at all four major US carriers in September -- surprisingly, it's the cheaper 5c that is not doing as well. That said, there is some new technology inside the 5s that is partly responsible for its early success, namely the all-new 64-bit A7 processor and the Touch ID fingerprint reader built into the phone's Home button.

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Why fingerprint reader? Current authintication methods are bad?

It is obvious that fingerprints will be send to NSA.

My brother bought a iPhone 4S yesterday for US $350, been playing with it all morning, seriously, if you have either a 4S, 5 or 5S, you can be more than satisfied, it does everything you need really. Of course, I wouldn't mind if the screen was a bit bigger, the 5/5s screen is a bit too narrow, hopefully the 6 will make up for that. Overall, its a nice brand, the construction, feel in your hand, the retina graphics, the iPhone is top class. A work colleague has a early Galaxy model which is just nice too, fluid and fast. Any top of the line Smartphone these days you can't loose.

Apple iPhone 5s Sensors Are Jacked
may have a problem on its hands. No, I take that back. Apple definitely has a problem. The only questions are how hard will it be to address, and how much will it cost Apple-in money and reputation?

I saw a report yesterday from VentureBeat claiming that the iPhone 5s sensors are jacked. That article cites a Gizmodo investigation, which includes a number of test scenarios demonstrating how the iPhone 5s is off a few degrees.

If you weren't an iPhone fan to begin with, nothing about the 5S is a game changer for that (most likely). But as an upgrade for someone already considering an iOS device, its a nice phone.

I don't really understand why the reviewer was expecting a speed increase. There'e never been a lag problem and you aren't going to magically get faster internet browsing. I just upgraded from the 4S and there isn't exactly any speed differences in normal usage, but that's to be expected. The "S" revision never has been and never will be a dramatic change from the previous year, so people really need to get that through their heads.

Astra.Xtreme said,
I don't really understand why the reviewer was expecting a speed increase. There'e never been a lag problem and you aren't going to magically get faster internet browsing. I just upgraded from the 4S and there isn't exactly any speed differences in normal usage, but that's to be expected. The "S" revision never has been and never will be a dramatic change from the previous year, so people really need to get that through their heads.

My wife got a 5S for her birthday, and its difficult to tell any difference at all performance wise compared to my 5 because, as you said, the 4S on up is pretty damn snappy. She was coming from an iPhone 4 so it was a pretty significant improvement for her.

But I must say, the flash actually is pretty damn good. I was really impressed by the quality of the color with the new flash. It was good, and in the way that you couldn't tell the flash was even used kinda good. It still hurt my eyes though....

Hello,


Pros: Built upon iPhone 5's solid hardware foundation, the 5s adds next-gen processing chops and a totally usable fingerprint reader. iOS 7 brings Apple up to par with Android, and you get access to what's arguably still the better ecosystem.

Cons: Not enough to warrant an upgrade for current iPhone 5 users. Android flagships are just as good as the iPhone these days.

Did not expect that conclusion...

riahc3 said,
Hello,

Did not expect that conclusion...

I did to be honest. There was a time when the iPhone was fairly untouchable, certainly in the first couple of years but things have definitely changed. I used to have iPhones a few years back, and am stuck with an iPhone 4 as my work phone.. but my phone of choice is a Nexus 4 currently - almost 1/3 of the price of a current iPhone, and just absolutely brilliant.