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I finally moved to an iPhone in march 2014 and finally feel its time to write a valid review, because I've had a constant problem with phones going crazy or not working after a year.
I had huge expectations of the iPhone, having come from other brands, and owning other apple products, i expected big things from the iPhone. I chose the iPhone 5s because at the time it was the highest spec, with touch, meaning it unlocks with a thumb print. I decided to go for the 16gb model, because it was the cheaper one, and i thought it would be enough with me deciding that i would not store all my music on there, and that is where i made a large mistake. I constantly find myself having to clear out my memory because I've got too many pictures or songs on there, alongside the apps taking up a lot of space (which you need to delete and then reinstall to get rid of the excess memory taken up), because its not actually 16gb, its around 12gb that is free. I wish i had gone for 32gb because I'm fed up of deleting things all the time.
The screen of the phone is fantastic, the retina means you cant see any pixels, everything is smooth, now whenever i look at non iPhones, i really notice the difference. Alongside this, the camera is great too for a mobile. really clear photos, but the only thing i would say is there is no setting to change the default camera to macro, so it is harder to get close up shots.
There is such a diverse range of apps from the app store which is a massive bonus for the iPhone and apple in general, because they all work particularly well, and I have had no issues with the phone being slow. It just works! Even after a year, with several apps open, it has no trouble running, which is a problem i have encountered with other phones in the past
The iPhone is so simple to use.. it doesnt really come with instructions, you can look them up online, but the best thing to do is play around with it, its just so simple and really easy to operate. Although the features could now be potentially seen behind some of apple's competitors, the phone just works, and continues to do so past my expectations.
I thought going from a larger phone to the 5s would be difficult in terms of texting etc, but its been a really easy transition and its really easy to use, which autocorrect helps.
I use my phone A LOT, and I'm not particularly happy with the battery life. I can easily run it down in half a day whilst my dad sits there and brags about his sony experia lasting at least 3 days.
It seems pretty rugged so far which is always a plus!
I sincerely now would consider never using another phone brand, but on that note you do pay the price. Apple products, and in particular the phone, are incredibly expensive, but for me its worth it, and i cant wait to upgrade to the next one, but I would like something that has more space, and unfortunately, with more space, comes more price!
Having tried various phones and brands over the years Apple and the Iphone 5S is by far my favourite. It is user friendly and has a wide range of apps in the app store also to say it isn't a phone that is based solely around the camera it holds its own when taking and printing photos.
It helps everyday life with little things such as a shopping list app, maps, weather apps etc all the little things that make your day just a little easier.
Iphones in general are by far the superior phone on the market and the 5S seems as current now as it was when it was first released.
After losing my iPhone 5, I had to fork out for yet another one sadly.
I chose a 5s. I got the 16GB due tot he hefty price tag, but found that it filled up really quickly so I had to delete all my apps pretty much and delete a lot of photos once I have uploaded them to social media sites. I really like the touch ID thumbprint thing, but it only works on one of my thumbs which is a bit annoying sometimes. Also I dislike how you have to put a passcode in when you turn the phone on - defeats the point in having a thumbprint lock really if you ask me.
My battery is starting to die after just six months - definitely doesn't last as long as it used to and it often turns off before reaching 1% which is incredibly annoying (what is the point in a percentage bar if it doesn't even let you know when your phone will ACTUALLY die?).
There really is not alternative for an Apple iPhone on the market in my eyes. Sadly. I really hate how all my iPhones die and freeze all the time, but for apps and stuff there is no competition. I wish that my iPhone had a better battery and did not freeze ALL the time but there is nothing better on the market in my eyes at the moment, especially due to the fact that so many people have Apple iPhones.
All in all, an ok phone but pricey and the battery life thing is really annoying.
Here is the great instalment of Apple technology, now a little old, however it still offers everything that is useful to any consumer.
As an owner of this device for the past year, I feel I’ve had quite the opportunity to unveil its strengths and weaknesses. In my opinion this phone is brilliant and there is no need to upgrade to any other iPhone because this is compatible with all updates and the only other reasonable changes that apply with the newer models, are the: Camera Quality, Storage Capacity, Processor Speed and Shape of the actual phone.
To address these:
Camera Quality - The camera quality on this phone is satisfactory and if you really wanted to take some brilliant pictures then you would buy a dedicated camera.
Storage Capacity - If 16GB isn’t enough for you then you can easily purchase this same model phone with the other capacities of either 32GB and 64GB.
Processor Speed - This phone is pretty fast in itself and the only way it will start to struggle if you have 101 things going on in the background that you aren’t even using, so just use your phone smartly.
Shape of the phone - Woopy Doo?! I’m sure most people don’t care about the shape of their phone as long as its comfy in the hands and pocket and not too small or too big. The iPhone 5S does not meet any of those disadvantages.
In my opinion, this is a must buy for anyone who is looking for a new Smart Phone that’ll do everything they want/need. An even more important point is that these phones are now very cheap! Take a look at my Specific Criteria ratings for a deeper understanding of my personal thoughts of the iPhone 5S’ functionality.
The only thing I have to say bad about this phone is:
Fingerprint Technology - Really? This can’t be a realistically defining feature, its just a fingerprint scanner that adds security, which is pretty much pointless because you still have the passcode lock function available to anyone who wanted to get into your device. If you agree with this then I suggest that you buy the Apple iPhone 5 model (previous model) instead of this one.
This iphone is made by Apple so you know you will get a quality piece of tech , they have a reputation of making simple quality products that give you a premium feel. The iPhone 5s has a flawless design that is very easy on the eyes and a joy to use and show off. It has hundreds of thousands of apps that are all great quality and all add to the premium feel of the iphone. It has a nice feature in Touch ID which worked extremely well but took a long time to respond now it just dosent respond. It works better than android phones because it seems like it was designed for this specific phone while in android it is all messed up and just not perfect like in ios. It has a 8 mega pixel camera and 64 bit processor which both in turn make your phone handle heavier and more powerful stuff and the camera performs much better than other cameras with 8 mega pixel shutters even better than the samsung galaxy s5 camera. It has a 4 inch screen which is little on the small size but it is great for people with smaller hands or pockets. It is still decent as not everyone likes big phones. It isn't as easy to brake as previous iPhones but it can still break really easily and get scratched from the smallest things . You can buy a brand new iphone 5s from amazon for £420 or you could wait a month or so for the new iphone that is going to come out soon or wait till then to get this iphone for a much reduced price.i would definately recommend it as it is a great phone.
The latest Iphone model from Apple is inarguably one of the fastest and most reliable handsets on the market today. It has everything you would expect from previous Iphone models and a lot more. It handles Apple’s newer operating system (IOS7) perfectly though some have been disappointed with its complete new design and layout, whereas others have welcomed it with much Joy.
Compared to most Android operating handsets, the 5S does not slow or lag once you start building up a collection of downloaded apps. This is something that gives it an advantage over Android, which is usually a direct competitor to IOS phones. Now with even multitasking functions built in Apple have worked hard to match many features that historically drew potential purchasers to away to its Andoid competitors.
The screen size of 4 inches is seen as a downgrade from previous models though myself personally, I have not missed the extra inch or noticed any downgrade in quality or user experience.
The battery has been improved and compared to previous models it is good, but not amazing. If you are a heavy user (like many iphone owners are) you will still find yourself running for charger points as you continuously watch your remaining battery power dwindle.
The camera itself is hailed as amazing at 8 megapixels. However pixels are not everything; processing capability itself plays a big part in camera quality and compared to the Galaxy S4 the Iphone 5S cannot produce the level of detail to compete; it is good though I myself have found that the Galaxy rival handset produces much more detail in the picture.
The Iphone also introduces TouchID which many have seen as a fantastic and revolutionary advancement. Though at present it has been riddled with problems, security fears and has already been proven to be easily overridden leaving your phone wide open, should it fall into the wrong hands. For this reason I have opted to rely more on the more traditional pin lock method.
Memory storage can be an issue; as like the battery, memory is built in and there is no functionality for boosting this with SD cards. It is true that handsets can come with different storage capacities. But use that up and you will soon find your phone clogged up.
When considering all of these state of the art features and new innovations built into the phone, many my find the price still hard to swallow at £549.00. If you want to go for higher memory storage then you will see an additional £80.00 per ‘level’ (16g, 32g, etc.) For myself, I really like the phone and enjoy using it and utilising the majority of its functionality. However with that said, I would find it really hard to justify paying such an exuberant amount of money for something that will become outdated within 12 months.
I was excited to get my mitts on the new iPhone 5s, having had a 4s for two years. Upon receipt of the item, the usual slick Apple packaging is present,. I forgot how to put the SIM card in, so had to call for assistance! you don''t really get instructions in the box, you are expected to go online for these which could be frustrating if this is your only internet accessible device. You have to use a small and fiiddly tool to poke into the side and a little tray then emerges for you to put the SIM card in. The rest of the set up process was similar to the 4s and the phone screen walks you through the process. Looks wise, the phone is lovely, thinner than the 4s but slightly longer. Screen is glass so best to buy a screen protector for safety. Functionality again is quite similar. I have noticed performance to be less reliable as the phone crashes quite frequently., this may be down to the version of the operating system. Touch screen is very responsive and user interface the same as with all apple iPhones or iPads. It is pretty intuitive to be honest so I think even those scared of technology should find it accessible. I haven''t noticed a difference in the quality of the camera between the 4s and the 5s which has disappointed me somewhat as I use this feature regularly. The fingerprint sensor was a bit unreliable and annoyed me so I took it off and just use a pin code. Siri is a bit of a novel feature - as your personal virtual assistant but not that useful! I would recommend the phone but if there is a vast different in price, I would suggest going for the 4s as the features are not that different to warrant a huge price difference.
Now I have to admit I was always a Blackberry fan, I loved the Blackberry and I especially loved Blackberry messenger as most of my friends were on it. I used to have big heated discussions with iPhone lovers about how I would always stick to a Blackberry...well until about two years ago that is. The Blackberry was starting to die out, friends were switching over to the iPhone and they weren't bringing any spectacular new devices out, it all got a bit boring. So when it got to upgrade time I got offered a good deal on the 4s and decided to give it a go....and I fell in love and understood why so many people love the iPhones. I had been converted. Recently it was time again for an upgrade so off I went and got a brand new shiny iPhone 5s.
The Technical bit:
The iPhone 5s measures 4.87 inches by 2.31 inches, so slightly longer than my 4s but only 7.6mm in depth and weighing 112 grams so noticeably lighter. It has a retina display which basically refers to the screen having pixels that are so closely packed that the human eye won't be able to make out individual pixels which makes viewing liquid clear.
What's new with the 5s is that it has an inbuilt A7 chip that gives you CPU and graphics performance up to two times faster than the A6 chip. The A7 chips also makes the iPhone 5s the first 64 bit smartphone in the world. The 5s also has a new M7 coprocessor which is designed to measure motion data from the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass so it knows when you are walking, running or driving. The 5s new features also include a fingerprint sensor on the home button that you can set up to use when unlocking the phone or to purchase items from the Apple Store.
The camera hasn't really improved much from the 4s, it still has an 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording. The only new features are the new true tone flash, sapphire crystal lens cover, image stabilisation and burst mode and when you video there is now a 3x zoom. The front FaceTime camera has slightly improved now producing 1.2mp photos and 720p HD video recording there is also a new backlight illumination sensor.
Of course the 5s still has Siri, and with the new iOS 7 it features a redesigned interface and fades into view on top of whatever is on your screen. Its faster at answering questions and checks more sources to find what you're after. Siri takes on extra tasks, like returning calls, playing voicemail and adjusting the screen brightness.
The battery life has slightly improved with up to 10 hours talk time on 3G and standby time is up to 250 hours.
What's in the box?
* iPhone 5s with iOS 7
* Apple EarPods with Remote and Mic
* Lightning to USB Cable
* USB Power Adapter
I quite like the 5s, when I first picked it up it felt lighter and looked a little more impressive than my previous 4s and as with all new phones I wanted to make sure it didn't get scratched or broken so went out and brought a case and it still looks nice and smart even in the case. Although the phone has scratch resistant sapphire glass to prevent small scratches, if you are keeping it in a bag or pocket with keys and coins it could still scratch the screen also buying a case or bumper will help if you accidently drop it. After all, the phone is worth around £500 so best to protect it as much as you can!
I like the new operating system, iOS7, its looks more colourful and the control centre which you get by swiping your finger up from the bottom of the screen, is really handy as you can access the flashlight, timer, calculator and camera easily as well as AirDrop which allows you to quickly share photos etc from any apps with a share button and whatever you share is encrypted so its secure. I have used this feature once and found it very handy instead of having to go through messaging or email services. The control centre can be used when your phone is locked or when you are on other apps and want to access one of the features quickly. I have to say, the control centre has been the most useful thing for me on iOS7. It was also easy to navigate around the screen and you can make your own folders to store different types of apps which is helpful.
Although the camera is still 8 megapixels I have found pictures come out slightly better than the 4s although the flash blinds people a bit! FaceTime is clearer too, before it looked quite low quality but now you can tell there has been an improvement and it has resulted in a clearer image.
I found it easy to set up the iPhone 5s, I had already backed my 4s up on the iCloud. When you first receive the phone it already has some charge which is handy and then you go through the step by step set up instructions which is simple enough. If you have backed up information from an older model there is an option to restore this. Once restored all my information and apps were there I just needed to sign into the apps again. I'd never used the iCloud before this but found it very simple and a great feature.
The only slightly annoying thing is that the cable has changed from my 4s so these are now redundant and I will need to purchase the new cables for the car and work. No big deal though. All in all I really like the 5s, whilst not too much of an improvement from my previous 4s, it looks great, works well and is easy to use.
Now before you read I have to admit that I am an apple addict. I look forward to the latest releases with much anticipation and I will be the first to admit that Apple can probably do no wrong in my eyes. This is where a big 'but' should come in but to be honest I can't find any faults in the latest iphone. I have had this phone since November and still love it. The colour is really nice, not very strong but I think that is a bonus as it could look tacky otherwise. I have dropped it a couple of times since I have had it (I don't have a case) and there are a few small marks on the phone but I think they are what you would expect from dropping it!
The battery life isn't great if you use your phone a lot, sometimes I can end up charging my phone most days but I do use it quite a lot (5 hours a day sometimes). The finger sensor is great! I think it's such an added bonus and a nice easy way to unlock your phone! Sometimes I do have to move my thumb a few times for it to recognise my finger print but this is rare.
I won't go into details about the features because they are just the same as all the other iPhones, or at least I haven't noticed much difference!
A lot of people expressed disappointment when the new iPhone was revealed. It was hardly any advance over the previous iteration, they claimed. The main difference was the new operating system - iOS7 - also available for earlier iPhones.
It's true that many of the improvements are incremental, so that the 5S is evolutionary, rather than revolutionary; but where changes have been made, they are generally for the better. Since I upgraded from an elderly 3GS straight to a 5S (bypassing the fourth generation altogether), perhaps the improvements were more obvious to me. Either way, the 5S is still a great phone.
The size of the device - already fairly compact - has been further improved, so that the new iPhone looks even better than its predecessors. It's slightly taller than my old 3GS (approaching 5 inches), but that space has been used to good effect to incorporate a slightly larger screen. This is also of a higher quality, making the display even more vibrant and apps more usable.
Elsewhere, the phone has been shrunk further. It's just over 2 inches wide and almost impossibly thin (0.30 inches!). For such a powerful piece of kit, this makes it very light and compact to carry around. It's also comfortable to hold and use (whether as a phone or a computer) for long periods without causing your hand to ache. Buttons are placed in sensible locations so that you can easily access them
One thing you do need to watch out for is how fragile some elements of the phone are - particularly the screen. Have a look around: it's not uncommon to see iPhone's with screens that are almost completely smashed or have large cracks across them. The slimline nature of the phone does mean that it is rather susceptible to damaged when dropped. Some form of case is essential, and this can ruin the sleek, slim lines of your lovely phone.
The real difference, though, comes in the speed. The 5S is blisteringly fast, particularly when benchmarked against my old 3GS. Apps load incredibly quickly and work without any stuttering or glitches. Games look stunning and run at a lightning pace. Even when multiple apps are running (thanks to Apple's lazy implementation of multitasking), there is no noticeable slowdown. Of course, like any computer (which is effectively what the 5S is), there will be some slowdown over time but out of the box the 5S is one of the fastest phones I've ever seen.
Storage wise, the phone comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB flavours. As with all iOS devices, the 5S doesn't support any sort of external memory card, so you can't expand this, which is frustrating and making it all the more important that you select the right one for you. This will obviously depend on how you use your phone. If you download tons of music or films then you are going to eat into 16GB very quickly. Personally, I tend to be more app heavy, so experience has shown me that the 16GB model is fine.
One of the major disappointments for the 3GS was its operation as an actual phone. Call/sound quality was not always great, and could cut out mid-way through a conversation. I also used to find that reception could be seriously patchy - it was not uncommon for calls to suddenly disconnect due to loss of signal, even though you hadn't moved or to lose signal for large periods of time in places where friends on the same network had full reception.
This issue has been rectified with the 5S. Sound quality when making/receiving a call is far better with clearer speakers and sound reproduction, whilst reception has also been improved. The No Signal/Searching... message appears more infrequently, and places where I was previously unable to get any reception now yields 3 or 4 bars, making the phone much more reliable.
Battery life is still an issue (as with most smartphones). How long you get from a single charge will depend on how much you use your phone and for what (some apps are very power hungry). Even relatively light users will need to charge the phone at least once a day though; heavier users will need to do it more often. Battery life also degrades over time (again, common with most phones), so the frequency of charging will become more regular as the phone gets older.
Which brings us onto another grumble: Apple have changed the socket on the end of the charger to a mini connector, which is a real pain. I used to have to remember just one charging lead that would fit both my iPad and my iPhone. Now thanks to Apple, I have to take two. OK, so they're not exactly heavy, but it's one extra thing to have to remember and one extra lead to get tangled around other things in your bag.
Of course, the major downside for the 5S comes with the cost. To buy the 16GB version outright costs well over £500; taking a typical contract will cost £1,000+ over the lifetime of a two year contract. If you plan on keeping your phone for a while (I kept my last iPhone for 5 years), it becomes economically more justifiable, but it you have to upgrade every time a new model is released, it's going to prove very expensive.
So, yes: those people who claimed the iPhone 5S was not a massive step forward have a point. It's iOS 7 that is the real innovation behind the phone, rather than the hardware itself. If you are upgrading from a more recent phone, the improvements are important but incremental. If you own an older iPhone, the changes are more dramatic. It might be losing market share to some of its Android rivals, but the iPhone 5S shows that Apple still know how to make a great smartphone.
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I know many, many people have been iPhone aficionados for a long time now, but I was very hesitant to leave my Blackberry behind. So, bear that in mind when reading this review - I am not well placed to comment on how this version of an iPhone compares to previous ones, but rather that I might be able to give some insight from someone like me who feels increasingly pushed into making The Switch!
My reluctance to make the change comes from my love of the buttons... my ability to type at speed and without looking at my keypad had become invaluable to someone using her phone for work, and as a keen texter! There's no doubt about it that the iPhone keyboard is very intuitive with it's predictive text, but it is definitely harder to type. One handed typing is pretty much out of the question. So bear that in mind if you were a Blackberry multitasker!
There's a lot of things about an iPhone that are quite intuitive and a lot less convoluted than a Blackberry. Navigating through screens, bringing up apps, editing settings... a lot of it comes very naturally and is self explanatory. Another reason for wanting to make the switch is that Blackberries just no longer compete on any serious level with apps. Whilst common place apps such as Instagram always seemed to be "in the works" for Blackberries, they never seemed to actually be just around the corner. Social media integration is fantastic and simple with an iPhone.
At the time of writing this, I have had the phone for 2 weeks or so, and haven't run into any problems as yet. I use it primarily for texting, email, facebook, photos (the camera is great) and to my great shame... a new found compulsion to play Candy Crush Saga.
The phone itself is very good looking. The casing is sleek and smart - but I suspect would be prone to scratches and marks (so I invested in a cover for it), and the finger print technology is fantastic. It makes purchases from the app store and so on very swift and effortless (be careful not to get carried away).
On balance, the iPhone is far superior to the Blackberry I was using previously. I know a lot of people will likely be rolling their eyes at me stating the obvious, but it's true! And for anyone having the same worries as I was, there's no question that the typing style needed for an iPhone is very different to that on a Blackberry, but the overall user experience is vastly improved.
The 5S takes everything apple have done before and amplified it drastically, once again, to give you a phone that could easily last years to come. The 4 inch retina display is just as crisp as it always has been, the colours practically jump out and hit you in the face with their vibrancy. They make a good point about something being easy to hold in your hand. I feel phones these days are becoming too much like their tablet counterparts, samsung being a prime example with their massive Galaxy range.
The 5S is an absolute joy to hold in your hand, the now bevelled edges feel smoother in your hand and the weight difference between the 5S and the 4S is so obvious, you notice it straight away. It's hard to think that they've been able to make a phone that was already in the realms of perfect to begin with even better.
The camera is just as good as it's recent predecessors, the image quality off of it is gorgeous added with the numerous photo editing apps out there you have yourself a winning package. Apple have now added in a slow-motion feature with the 5S which is, like with their panorama feature added not too long ago, amazing. You simply touch the screen whenever you want it to slow down and release to speed it back up, couldn't be simpler.
Coming from the 4S rather than the 5 there are other features I noticed such as the fact that the headphone jack is now at the bottom as well as the charger port. Because these are both at the bottom it helps when you might be walking with headphones in as taking it out of a pocket or a bag is easier with the cables all coming from the same end of the phone. I remember with my 4S if you were charging and listening to music you were limited as to where you could put your phone because either the charger cable or the headphone cable got in the way. That problem is no more.
The battery appears to have improved once again. The battery has always come under some criticism with apple's devices as being short-lived and not good for regular use but this time round I think they've really got it right. I use my phone pretty heavily all day and can use it from about 10am to 7 or 8pm and still have 20% remaining. This is a major improvement for those wandering about with a dead phone wondering what's going on in the world and feeling disconnected.
The main innovation of the 5S shone through as being the Touch ID, a new feature apple have launched, in which one can unlock their iPhone with the touch of a finger. From using this for over a month now I have no doubt that it's a brilliant feature that should be rolled out to all of their handheld devices, iPads included. It just works, most people might still be a bit apprehensive but I must get the 'try again' message maybe once or twice in a day and I must unlock my phone well over a hundred times in any normal day. It's a brilliant feature and should definitely be a major selling point.
Even the slate grey colouring (the one I bought) is sublime. It's lighter than the 5, which I feel makes it stand out but in a subtle way, not in a 'look at me I scratch easy' kind of way. Scratch wise I've had it for a month and haven't had any trouble. The screens apple dish out now are pretty resistant to any kind of scratching, pretty wonderful really.