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After owning an iPhone 3GS and a samsung galaxy that i have now swapped for this Iphone 5s. I was impressed with the look of the iphone 5 last year, but not so much with the specification. This year the release of iphone 5s had my interest for a number of reasons, namely that it looked like the 5, but more importantly it was the shift to ios 7 and the improved 64 bit machine within it that really got me to think seriously about making the change back. Announcements like the biometric fingerprint scanner wasn''t really of any interest to me, that''s just gimmicky right? The experience out of the box is as I have come to expect from Apple. The phone and all it''s components just feel so well crafted that it''s just a cut above everything else out there even though i liked my samsung galaxy s3 up until now and thought it was a lot better than the Iphone. As i have an iPad mini the set up was seamless. I just entered my ICloud ID and away I went. Speaking of the set up process, the iCloud has really made this simple, all of my apps transferred straight over, as did my purchased music. Then i set up the fingerprint scanner. As stated above, I thought this was rather pointless but in actuality It was very simple to set up, and most importantly it really does work. My right thumb now let''s me immediately into my phone (rather than a pass key - which can be used as a fail safe) and in almost a week of constant use it has never not worked for me first time. Even more impressive than this is that I have set up the print scan to purchase apps and music from the Istore. I''ve really been taken in by this feature after being initially skeptical so it seems Apple are onto a winner here. This Iphone is the most technically advanced from all the Iphones invented so far and even though i thought i''d never change my mind about my previously owned Samsung galaxy i would recommend this now above other phones.
After having an IPhone 4 for the past two years, I recently came to the end of my contract and faced having to decide what my upgrade would be. There were plenty of smartphones out there and some really good deals, but I knew straight away that I wanted to stay with Apple. My choice was whether to make the slight upgrade to a 4S at no extra charge, or to take out a completely new contract and take the plunge on a 5S. I had just been paid and was feeling rather flush, so I made the choice of a 5S. How glad I was that I did. The first thing that strikes you is how aesthetically pleasing it is. Its much lighter and thinner than the 4, but equally feels a lot stronger and more solidly built; the metal back gets a lot of thanks for this. Its definitely designed with ergonomics in mind, as it feels almost instinctive to use. The thumb recognition security is fantastic and feels like something out of 'Back to the Future.' In terms of size, I've gone for a 32GB processor as opposed to the 16GB of my IPhone 4. What a difference it has made! The graphics are incredible, and the new IOS7 software looks smooth, sleek and is lightning fast. The camera feels like such an upgrade, and delivers pictures that are just as sharp and clear as any I take on my specialised camera. Hardware wise, the new, updated earphones are such a step up from the normal bog standard ones you got with the IPhone 4. They're not quite on par with my specialist headphones, but they do the trick when I'm running and stay in place much better. Price wise, there are so many different deals it can be a little confusing. I shopped around a bit, and it seemed like O2 offered the best deal, albeit with so many variables. After I had decided on the make, model, colour and processor size, I was left with a choice of payment plans. The first was whether to go for a usage limit of 1GB, 2GB or 4GB. I think the total price difference between 1 and 4GB was £10 per month, with 2GB somewhere in the middle. I'm never sure how much internet I'm using, but as I'm on my phone pretty often with work I went for 4GB to be on the safe side. I'm told that unless I'm refreshing Facebook every 1.5 seconds, there is no chance of me exceeding that. Reassuring I know, but I do wonder how they test these things! The total price for this was £27.00 per month. The second choice was the payment plan for the phone. There were varying options, which involved certain amounts being paid up front with the rest being paid on a monthly basis. The more you could afford to pay up front, the less you would be paying for the phone in the long run. I think the package started with around an £80 downpayment, with a monthly contract of £25 per month, all the way through to paying £700 in cash and walking away with no monthly bill. As much as that sounded nice on the face of it, I couldn't afford to pay so much outright, so settled on a programme that was somewhere in the middle. £259.00 up front, and a monthly payment of £15.00. When you add up the total cost of the contract, it really is a very expensive toy. Despite all the great new features on the phone, paying £259.00 up front and then a total of £42.00 per month over 2 years, means that O2 will be getting over £1200 out of me before the end of 2015. It's a lot of money, and is what makes a potentially 5 star review a 4 star one.