Apple iPhone 5s: Conclusion

October 1, 2013 by NotebookReview Staff Reads (204)
Editor's Rating

Ratings Breakdown (1-10)

    • Service, Warranty & Support
    • 8
    • Ease of Use
    • 9
    • Design
    • 7
    • Performance
    • 9
    • Value
    • 8
    • Total Score:
    • 8.20
    • Rating 1 to 10, top score 10

Conclusion

Apple iPhone 5sPer usual with these “S” revisions, the iPhone 5s is an overall improvement over an already great smartphone. But with fierce competition from the HTC One, Samsung Galaxy S4, and the Nokia 1020, the iPhone is a tough sell to those looking for a bigger screen, flexible operating system, and a new design.

In fact, users that value these features should look elsewhere entirely. Even those still under contract with the iPhone 5 should be able to survive for another year and wait for the iPhone 6 to come out. The iPhone 5s is an improvement over the iPhone 5, but it’s not drastic enough to render the 5 obsolete.

For those coming in clean, the iPhone 5s brings a faster processor, better camera, and a well-executed Touch ID concept. Also, the App Store is the strongest in the mobile market, and iOS is the easiest mobile operating to use. It’s a good overall smartphone, and the best iPhone to date.

Pros:

  • Touch ID is very well executed
  • Impressive camera
  • Excellent performance
  • Still the easiest smartphone to use

Cons:

  • No real design upgrade
  • Still waiting for a bigger screen
  • iOS7 is still playing catch-up
  • No real improvement to battery life



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