It was the year of 2007 when we saw the first ever so-called “Smartphone”. Previously, there were only phones that just looked like boxes having poor specs but Apple changed all of this. It revolutionised the Tech industry and has been following its legacy till now. Despite of a very premium cost, the iPhone brand has made itself to the top. The latest device in this brand was launched in September 2013, namely the iPhone 5S, and we bring to you the review of it. Is it valuable to buy that golden phone? Is it a good upgrade?…..etc…etc. For all of your answers, check out our review below.
Packed in a premium aluminium casing, the device is very lightweight and slim. The 4.0-inch scren perfectly fits in the hands and the retina display is very responsive, although nowadays 5-inch phones are trending.
The sturdy build of the iPhone 5S makes it look like a perfect device although the screen is a fingerprint magnet. You also might have to consider of buying a case, however it is not that much necessary. If you are switching from an Android or Windows phone, then you will see that this is one of the lightest and the slimmest phone yet.
Due to a number of restrictions in the iOS, many DIYers might get annoyed. The speaker grills at the bottom sound very good, however the speakers get blocked by hands while playing games on it in the landscape mode.
The iPhones 5S comes packed with the iOS 7.0.4 and the minimal UI of the new OS looks great on the 4-inch display. However, due to an elongated screen and a very colorful OS, it might not be liked by some. Unlike the Android, Apple really doesn’t offer any customization (even to the keyboards!) and you’re stuck with the same UI everyday. However, you can make changes to the software by jailbreaking your iPhone, but beware of the consequences!
The new multitasking could have been better and easy to use. What we really like is the provision of a separate notification center and a control center. This makes it relatively easy to take a glance of your notifications and to control bluetooth, volume etc. side by side.
The animations are very cool. The keyboard supports a vareity of languages and even emojis! The placing of the letters on the keyboard is perfect, but the auto-correct feature could have been better.
Apple has done a great job in giving the users a better camera. There is dual-flash and an 8-megapixels camera at the back. On the front, there is a 1.2-megapixels front-facing snapper. Apple has also provided a Backside illumination sensor which makes the iPhone 5S a great camera for low-light photography. Other features include 1080p HD videos, Squared photos, Panaromas and Burst shots. Now, it is interesting to see that you can also record slow motion videos. You simply have to select the Slo-Mo video option and volla! the iPhone will start recording videos at 120fps. We really liked HDR photography on it and the true tone flash works well. For professionals and photo fanatics, the camera has a f/2.2 aperture and a vareity of on-picture effects.
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Performance and Connectivity
As the iPhone 5S is packed by an A7 dual-core 64-bit SOC, you will have the best gaming experience on it. The graphics run butterly and the tasking is very fast. However, it still has only 1GB RAM.
We tested the device in the Antutu Benchmark and it scored an impressive 29461 points. It comes with a plethora of sensors and has multi-touch support.
On the connectivity front, the iPhone 5S comes with Bluetooth, WiFi, 4G LTE, 3G, 2G and AirDrop. However, the iPhone does not connects easily to a Mac via Bluetooth. The call quality is excellent but their is a lot of distortion and echo during the loudspeaker mode. The internet works flawless and the 3G connectivity is hassle-free.
Going on to the battery, a single charge lasts unto 9-10 hours after constantly using the internet and playing a very minimal amount of games. Using from an average consumer’s view, the iPhone lasts for around 12 hours. There are some heating issues after very extensive gaming, but that too in very rare cases.
One of the coolest things on the iPhone 5S is the Touch ID scanner which is easy and fast as compared to a PIN or password. The Touch ID fingerprint scanner takes about 10 seconds to learn and store a fingerprint, and the learning process is as simple as touching different parts of your finger to the home button repeatedly until the scanner has saved enough surface area to account for the majority of your print. After that, you are ready to unlock your iPhone with a scanner and you can store upto 10 fingerprints at a time.
If you are one of those persons who constantly check their phones, then you will get frustrated with the Touch ID.
The iPhone 5S still provides the best overall user experience of any smartphone on the market right now. The 64-bit A7 processor has the potential to really blur the line between conventional PCs and mobile devices, the M7 motion co-processor adds another piece to Apple’s wearable puzzle, and the Touch ID fingerprint scanner might not be very useful right now, but it will likely open the door for exciting new Apple products in the future. Overall, it is the best premium smartphones out there, but the prices shouldn’t have been too high.
Bottomline is that if you are new to smartphones or want a relatively cheap phone, then you should check out the iPhone 5C, but if you are a hard-core gamer or a camera fanatic or wish to spend a hefty amount of money, then the iPhone 5S is the one.
Hardware – 9/10
Software – 8.5/10
Camera – 9.5/10
Performance – 9/10
Value For Money – 8/10
Overall – 9/10