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in my eyes i don''t see why apple has such a big brand name as i feel as if some of the items they produce are not up to scratch. for example the apple iPhone 5s is my first victim to scrutinize. the iPhone 5s is a good phone but a massive price tag on it makes me think how can i afford this? the apple company have tons of money and there products must be perfect if they are to charge that much for just one phone. also apple have said that the 5s is meant to be the new generation smartphone. what about the iPhone 5c? The 5s is claimed to be different but to be honest i feel as if they are all the same. but i have to admit there are some good factors about the iPhone that attract me to it. for example it is the best looking phone i have ever seen. with a massive core processor the iPhone is insanely quick apart from when it seems to crash on you... also the iPhone is easy to use. new users of apple products or the iPhone can get to grips with the product really easily like i did. also with siri it can help you with any request that you need even if the voice recognition system takes you to London pies instead of London eye one every few tries. the fingerprint recognition is smart and it is a great idea to attract people to the phone. so overall i give the iPhone 5s a big 3/5 overall
I have had the iphone 5s 16gb in gold for nearly a year now, the design is great, the gold is very subtle which makes the phone look expensive, also with the gold edge detailing. The screen is longer then the iPhone 4S, and the new finger print technology is fantastic takes the pain away of having to constantly enter pass codes and App Store passwords. The iphone 5s is not much different from the 4s and 5 technology wise other than the home button, however the iPhones are such easy phones to use and manage everything is touch screen and straight forward, I wouldn't have any other phone. There are soo many apps to choose from in the App Store, from games to recipe apps to workout apps, and with iTunes such an extensive library of music. The iphone 5s is at the more expensive end of the spectrum for mobiles but they are worth every penny in my eyes
Prior to purchasing the iPhone 5s, I had a HTC phone. I thought this phone was brilliant, and had nothing bad to say about it...................until my upgrade was due!
I upgraded to the iPhone 5s, and wow, what a machine it is!! It makes my old phone look like something from the 1970's!!
Since the moment I bought it (back in December) I have constantly been playing around on it. It is faster than a lot of computers!! In fact I prefer to use my phone for internet, rather than my laptop, as it is a lot quicker!!
It is also very easy to navigate around all the different settings etc...
The presentation on screen is excellent, and the list of apps to choose from is endless!!
I have never had an apple phone before, but now i simply cannot imagine not having one!!
I cannot recommend this phone highly enough!!
Very very impressive!!
The Apple iPhone 5S is quite simply brilliant! Let's be honest for the price you pay you'd expect nothing less!
I'll start with the positives as there's so many, so I will narrow it down to the 3 most important!
I'll begin with the touchscreen display which to be honest is quite frankly brilliant. The touchscreen is very quick and responsive as it has always been with the iPhone range. It is not overly sensitive to the point where you touch your screen the faintest amount and you find yourself on the wrong screen, and it's not a screen you'll have to hit 5 times in order to get to where you want to go! The size of the display and the quality is great, you will have no problem trying to view things.
The phones operating system runs brilliantly and responds instantly, you may come across a random issue when updating software through iTunes etc, but this isn't an issue that can't be fixed quickly. Apple are excellent when it comes to replacing products, especially if it is a software error, usually because its their fault!
There's an endless amount of apps for you to try out, the fun never stops. With games that can keep you occupied for weeks, to utilities that can help enhance the performance of your phone.
Now on to the negatives, well the one negative point!
There's really not much I can say that's bad about this phone. Perhaps the price is quite hefty, considering the iPhone 5 wasn't released to long ago and is a very good phone that can do almost everything the 5S can!
That pretty much covers negatives. It really is a brilliant phone.
After being with the iPhone brand since the 3GS, the iPhone 5S is where I call it quits. I'm not quite sure where to start with this one, the phone is practically just an iPhone 5, which is basically an iPhone 4, only with a few extras.
The interface. This would generally be the most obvious change from the older iPhone models, which are still able to receive the latest update. Whilst it may add a new flashy sense to the phone, all of the functions are just the same as they were before, only with a new skin. In general I'm personally not a big fan of the new look, it looks a little too much like android for my liking. The icons are too cartoony and the overlay on apps such as 'Photos' and 'Music', as well as most stock Apple apps, are ultra bright white, far too bright for your average user. The ridiculous whiteness all over has been the most common complaint I've seen amongst fellow owners in regards to the interface.
The Fingerprint scanner. Oh, don't get me started on it. This is merely an attempt from Apple to look futuristic and advance. The scanner does normally work, but it's troublesome and really pointless. In my experience I haven't found it to be any faster than entering my passcode, which only takes a few seconds. The scanner is just a gimmick, providing no real benefits for the phone. I guess if you want to feel like Agent K you may like it.
Functions. There's no denying it, the phone functions perfectly. Everything works, internet access is fast and the apps are great, not to mention the inclusion of the worlds largest app store, regardless of whether the majority of apps aren't great. Speakers are decent for a phone, but don't be expecting top of the range audio from a phone, you won't get it from any phone in the market. The speaker for phone calls is great, I can hear everyone loud and clear, same goes for them hearing me. However, this has been the case since day one. None of the functions have truly been upgraded, mainly just the same as before but a little faster.
Overall, if you have the money to waste or you're an Apple loyalist, you may as well throw down the cash for the iPhone 5S, and I warn you the phone is not cheap. If you're looking for value for money, I'd recommend looking elsewhere or opting for an older brand of iPhone, it's essentially the same thing. It's a decent phone, but not a lot better than the previous installments in the iPhone series. Go for a Nokia Lumia or an Android phone, it's the best value for money.
Having owned a 4s i thought i wouldn't need to upgrade...how wrong was i...
The immediate thing i noticed after putting this great phone through it's paces was storage, a nice 64GB to play with, just what i needed, no more worrying about running out of space.
Next i decided a battery test was in order, setting down the phone i proceeded to download music, then play for an hour of Dead Trigger 2, following by a bit of 1080p streaming then a frugal use of social networks, posting a few photos via the Facebook App and then finally i hammered it again with some more 3D gaming courtesy of the new call of duty game.
Amazingly after a full day i still had 25% battery left, so next morning i decided to check out the video recording, to see if any improvements had been made, 1080p recorded smoothly, beautiful interface as usual made it effortless recording and importantly NO lag! :) (slowing down and stuttering when recording a lot of video data)
I wont go into accessories at the moment but with the case choices getting wider and wider i'll be investing in a lovely sleek external battery case, and i've had my eye on an anamorphic widescreen lens that will let me shoot cinemascope style video right here on my iPhone.
It doesn't get better than this, combined with the pocketable size, longer battery life, great 3D graphics, wealth of connection options PLUS now extended 64GB storage it made me wonder why Apple too SOOO long to get this phone out there, buy it now!
You wont regret it! :)
First of all i recently bought the 5s after my contract expiration and i wasnt really excited about it.I love iOS 7 and generally iOS because of the quality and quantity of apps available.The screen was a big dissapointment being only 4 inches but the a7 1.3ghz SoC along with the new gpu is a beast you wont see any lag whatsoever.The build quality is awesome and also the ease of use along with the polished ui make the phone feel professional.The price is reasonable and you will surely get what you pay for.The most important con is the lack of widgets on the home screen but if you like simplicity iOS 7 will be a great experience.Unlike Android Phones Apple's ecosystem is awesome and paired with easy of use unlimited functionality and a beast processing phone it is surely the best in my opinion phone of 2013-2014.
I have always loved the iPhone, but one thing that always let me down about their new releases was they always seemed he same when I bought the new one. And with the new release of the iPhone 5S, I was still unfortunately let down again. But it doesn't mean I didn't like the phone. I loved it!
It is faster, now with a A7 chip and it has a M7 motion coprocessor which can save battery which I always found was a big issue. But the extra speed didn't matter to me as with the iPhone 5 I found no lag whatsoever, but it's nice to know it's there.
The iPhone 5S is now smaller again (not a big difference) which I felt was a step back as a bigger screen is more engaging, but it'll be able to fit into your pocket easier. It's 20 grams lighter. The camera quality is as good as ever but not a massive difference at all. Battery is the same. But now you can scan your finger on it! It has the same picture quality and on the camera a slo-mo feature which could be quite useful. Now these are most of the major changes. The question you now ask yourself is- Should I get it or wait for the next one?
Well it depends. The phone does have a few subtle changes. I do like the slo-mo feature and the fingerprint scanner is pretty cool, but is it worth all of the extra money? Well it is up to you. If you're loaded it might not matter but if you're tight at the moment, as a big Apple fan, I honestly recommend it's not something you should have a first priority...
The iPhone 5s has a "toy" added to it which is a touch screen finger print lock. Since this is extremely hard to crack unless you are willing to dust down the phone to get the persons finger print and make a replica of it.
This phone has got two high quality cameras on it unlike its predecessor which only had one good one with a lower quality one on the front. This means that it is now far easier for the people that like to upload photos of themselves to facebook or just to keep them as they can get high quality pictures without having to guess what they are taking a photo of unless they are doing it in a mirror.
The iPhone 5s is a good light weight which means that you do not feel it weighing down your arm and giving you a pain while you are holding it up to your ear during a long phone call. Due to the weight also being very light it means that it does not weight your trousers down if you have it in your pocket as well.
The processor in this phone is far more advanced than the one in the iPhone 4s and lets games have far more powerful graphics along with everything feeling like it runs smoother along with loading faster.
The iPhone 5s also has a very good quality microphone which makes the phone calls exceptionally clear to the person on the other end and they have absolutely zero problems hearing. The speaker on the phone is also great as I have never had any problems hearing the person on the other end along with people I know who are partially deaf.
Only bad point I can think of is that the phone can still be hacked into even with the improved security techniques.
I recently received my iPhone 5s and this was definitely my best buy in the past year after having the iPhone 4 for quit some time now.
With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available. The hardware may resemble its predecessor in many key ways, as with the 4-inch Retina display, but it improves dramatically in areas like the camera where it makes the most difference to every day users, and in the addition of the fingerprint sensor, which is already a feature I miss when I switch back to older generation devices or the iPhone 5c. And thanks to the 64-bit A7 processor, this phone, more than any iPhone before it, is likely to be the device that grows more appealing as the software ecosystem catches up, which is great news for buyers looking for something that isn't so easily replaced by the next big thing that comes along.
In general I would recommend the iPhone 5s to anyone who needs a new smartphone and likes the new trends, loves a completely new way of using a smartphone and adores a slim design with endless features. If it would be a replacement for the iPhone 5, I would be doubting to make the purchase. Yes, it has many new features and options, lots of aspects are improved, faster and better. But it's still a pretty expensive device. Is it's worth its money, just looking at it as a cellphone? I don't really know... but is it worth buying looking at it as a new mobile device? Definintely! Not only do you get a lot of phone for this amount of money, with all the upcoming updates from Apple, this smartphone won't be just a simple iPhone in a few years. It will still be THE iPhone 5s who changed the way we look at it with all the new features.
So, it was time to upgrade my contract at the start of the month, having had the iPhone 4S since it's launch. I could have upgraded to a 5 from mid July, but held off as I knew this would be along. And I'm glad I did; it's taken the iPhone to another level!
Firstly, it's so much lighter than the 4S. And thinner. Apple do this every time, but here they've achieved perfection. It's really light, but not too light that it feels like it's going to snap. The extra screen space was something I wasn't too fussed about when the 5 came out, the 4S felt like the perfect size. But now my mind is changed, the 5S is the perfect size. I'm glad it's not wider, it should feel like a phone, not a tablet (I have an iPad for that!).
The build quality is typically Apple; it's excellent. It feels built to last, and I'm glad the back isn't glass any more as it's one less thing to smash, although if you're smashing iPhones on a regular basis then I'd think that says more about the user than the phone. The metal back is wonderful, it adds even more of a premium feel to the phone.
The software is excellent. iOS 7 had been available before the 5S was announced, but it's clear Apple's engineers were making it with the 5S in mind all along. I've tried it on the 4S and it felt great, but the 5S is light years ahead. I thought the 4S was that fast that I wouldn't notice the increase. But I was wrong; going back to the 4S now feels like going back onto dial up internet. Sadly I can't get 4G up here in the highlands, but when I do, I'll update.
The hardware changes have made all the difference. 64 bit is the biggest news here, no idea what it means but if it's responsible for the massive leap in speed then I'm all for it. Graphics are fantastic; I'd say PS3/X360 rivalling! They've also included the M7 Motion CoProcessor. This is rather clever, it knows when you're in the car, or working out, or asleep, and the phone responds accordingly; for example, if it senses you haven't touched the phone for quite a while, it will assume you're asleep/resting, and as a result you don't get it dinging and ringing every two minutes. Apple have promised it'll inspire a 'new generation of fitness apps'. Strava is the main one I use right now, and it feels roughly the same, but we'll see in the future.
This is also my first chance to test the Earpod headphones, as my last iPhone, the 4S, had the truly dreadful white earbuds which are still in their packaging. I'll do a proper review of the Earpods in due course, but in a nutshell, they're a massive step forward over the aforementioned pieces of junk Apple used to give you, but being a bit of a connoisseur when it comes to headphones, I'm not completely bowled over.
In a nutshell then, the 5S is the new king. I loved my 4S, but the 5S feels like I've travelled time, it's that advanced. Only downside is the cost; this 64GB version is £700 if you don't want a contract! If you do want a contract, then in my opinion 3 have the best deals. Flat rate of £99 upfront cost for any 5S, then the monthly prices adjust for the 16, 32 and 64GB versions and the varying bundles. I went for the One Plan, which is pricey at £51 a month but includes properly unlimited data (great as I'll be using a lot in my new job!) and 5000 texts, 5000 3 to 3 minutes and 2000 any network minutes, which is more than anyone will use unless you're a 15 year old girl. I went for the 64GB, a quick word of warning for those thinking 16GB will do; I thought that when I got the 4S, then cursed myself 3 days later when I filled it.