In the end, there's no doubt that the iPhone 5s continues Apple's legacy for creating high-end devices, of which there should be plenty of attention geared towards. However, Apple continues its trend to making the bi-yearly upgrade questionably necessary for the regular market. Even for those who do...

- Evan Selleck , Phonedog 

The iPhone 5S is a phone that takes everything Apple has learned in this space over the last six and a half years and put it together in an incredibly cohesive manner.

- Gareth Beavis , TechRadar 

Reviews summary

8.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 51 reviews

What's good  

  • Speedy performance
  • Beautiful display
  • Great camera
  • Flexible LTE support
  • Decent battery life
  • Solid design

What's bad  

  • Lack of NFC support
  • Mid-sized screen
  • Lack of memory expansion
  • High off-contract price

The iPhone 5s is the latest flagship device to lead the iPhone dynasty. With a redesigned processor, fingerprint scanner, improved camera, a bounty of new camera features and iOS 7, the phone is receiving rave reviews from virtually every reviewer around. Whether you are looking for your first smartphone or simply upgrading your existing phone, there are few devices with which the 5s cannot compete. TechCrunch’s Darrel Etherington claims “With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available.”

One of most talked-about features of the 5s it the new 64-bit A7 chipset powering the device. This is the first example of a mobile device using 64-bit computing. This fact, combined with numerous other optimizations, place the 5s at the top of benchmark tests in virtually every category in Anandtech’s latest testings. Although many users will not notice a major performance gap between the 5s and other bleeding edge technologies, the ability for the phone to age gracefully is all but ensured by this upgrade.

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Another major upgrade is the camera. The True Tone dual-LED flash shows markable difference from previous iPhone releases. The new camera software included with iOS 7 also adds a number of new features, including 10FPS burst mode and 720p slow-motion capture. Round this all off with the fingerprint scanner, support for 13 different bands of LTE coverage and the sleek aluminum case design and you have a premium phone that is deserving of the praise that is has received.

When searching for flaws in the iPhone 5s, most are minor issues instead of glaring. Lack of memory card support could pose a problem for media users, lack of NFC support limits sharing options and, while gorgeous, the 4-inch display on the device is a fair bit smaller than many of its competitors. However, most of this is compensated for by the build quality and performance of the device. Engadget’s Myriam Joire sums up the device well when she says “In what would otherwise be considered a mundane update to the iPhone 5, Apple somehow managed to appeal to both the geek (64-bit support, M7 coprocessor, Touch ID) and the average Joe (a fresh, colorful iOS 7), all while laying the groundwork for the company's future.”


Specs summary

Screen
4"

The Apple iPhone 5s's screen is 4 inches with 640 x 1136 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3GHz

There is a Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 7 (Update Available: 9.3) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP
You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera. There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.
Storage
16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1570mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1570 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 10.4 days standby time, 600 minutes (2G), 600 minutes (3G), 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.


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Reviews summary

8.7/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 51 reviews

What's good  

  • Speedy performance
  • Beautiful display
  • Great camera
  • Flexible LTE support
  • Decent battery life
  • Solid design

What's bad  

  • Lack of NFC support
  • Mid-sized screen
  • Lack of memory expansion
  • High off-contract price

The iPhone 5s is the latest flagship device to lead the iPhone dynasty. With a redesigned processor, fingerprint scanner, improved camera, a bounty of new camera features and iOS 7, the phone is receiving rave reviews from virtually every reviewer around. Whether you are looking for your first smartphone or simply upgrading your existing phone, there are few devices with which the 5s cannot compete. TechCrunch’s Darrel Etherington claims “With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available.”

One of most talked-about features of the 5s it the new 64-bit A7 chipset powering the device. This is the first example of a mobile device using 64-bit computing. This fact, combined with numerous other optimizations, place the 5s at the top of benchmark tests in virtually every category in Anandtech’s latest testings. Although many users will not notice a major performance gap between the 5s and other bleeding edge technologies, the ability for the phone to age gracefully is all but ensured by this upgrade.

Show more

Another major upgrade is the camera. The True Tone dual-LED flash shows markable difference from previous iPhone releases. The new camera software included with iOS 7 also adds a number of new features, including 10FPS burst mode and 720p slow-motion capture. Round this all off with the fingerprint scanner, support for 13 different bands of LTE coverage and the sleek aluminum case design and you have a premium phone that is deserving of the praise that is has received.

When searching for flaws in the iPhone 5s, most are minor issues instead of glaring. Lack of memory card support could pose a problem for media users, lack of NFC support limits sharing options and, while gorgeous, the 4-inch display on the device is a fair bit smaller than many of its competitors. However, most of this is compensated for by the build quality and performance of the device. Engadget’s Myriam Joire sums up the device well when she says “In what would otherwise be considered a mundane update to the iPhone 5, Apple somehow managed to appeal to both the geek (64-bit support, M7 coprocessor, Touch ID) and the average Joe (a fresh, colorful iOS 7), all while laying the groundwork for the company's future.”

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Performance is superb and its camera performs very well

from TrustedReviews ( )

The iPhone 5S may look like an iPhone 5, but it's better in all the right ways. If you are very comfortable with a bigger screen you might want to look elsewhere, but the iPhone 5S is a consummate performer that puts very few steps wrong.

The iPhone 5S may look like an iPhone 5, but it's better in all the right ways. If you are very comfortable with a bigger screen you might want to look elsewhere, but the iPhone 5S is a consummate performer that puts very few steps wrong.

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9/10

The iPhone 5s is between good and great

from Gadget Review ( )

For those set on getting a 5s, it’s not a bad decision by any means. But it is flawed, and you may want to skip some of the cooler features like the fingerprint reader just to keep the usability the same. After returning to the iPhone 5, I rarely feel like I’m missing anything.

For those set on getting a 5s, it’s not a bad decision by any means. But it is flawed, and you may want to skip some of the cooler features like the fingerprint reader just to keep the usability the same. After returning to the iPhone 5, I rarely feel like I’m missing anything.

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A staggeringly fast processor, excellent build quality and a great operating system

from Expert Reviews ( )

At first, Apple's decision to stick with the same case and screen size may have seemed like it wasn't moving forwards, but after using the phone extensively we couldn't disagree more. It's incredibly fast, beating its quad-core rivals hands down, has plenty of resolution for web browsing and apps... More

At first, Apple's decision to stick with the same case and screen size may have seemed like it wasn't moving forwards, but after using the phone extensively we couldn't disagree more. It's incredibly fast, beating its quad-core rivals hands down, has plenty of resolution for web browsing and apps, fits neatly into a pocket, has a great camera and still the best, fastest mobile OS.

If you've got an iPhone 5 there's probably not quite enough here to make you upgrade, particularly when you can get iOS 7 as a free upgrade. For other iPhone users or people that want a fast pocket-friendly handset with a great mobile OS, there's nowhere else to look. 

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A substantial upgrade with much faster internals and a brand new interface

from Fone Arena ( )

As you’d expect, the iPhone 5s is the best iPhone yet. Apple has delivered a measured but meaningful update to what remains one of the most popular smartphones out there. The forward looking 64 bit processor, M7 motion coprocessor and Touch ID all combine to give a significant boost to the... More

As you’d expect, the iPhone 5s is the best iPhone yet. Apple has delivered a measured but meaningful update to what remains one of the most popular smartphones out there. The forward looking 64 bit processor, M7 motion coprocessor and Touch ID all combine to give a significant boost to the hardware platform. On the software front, iOS7 brings a wealth of APIs that will allow developers to make use of the new hardware and deliver compelling use case scenarios and this really is where the iPhone’s strengths lie. 

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Top-level camera, added security, and the newest software and new internals

from Phonedog ( )

In the end, there's no doubt that the iPhone 5s continues Apple's legacy for creating high-end devices, of which there should be plenty of attention geared towards. However, Apple continues its trend to making the bi-yearly upgrade questionably necessary for the regular market. Even for those who... More

In the end, there's no doubt that the iPhone 5s continues Apple's legacy for creating high-end devices, of which there should be plenty of attention geared towards. However, Apple continues its trend to making the bi-yearly upgrade questionably necessary for the regular market. Even for those who do like to upgrade every year. However, if you want a top-level camera, added security, and the newest software and new internals, the iPhone 5s won't steer you wrong.

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The best gets better

from ZDNet ( )

The iPhone 5s looks like last year's iPhone 5 and even works with most all of those accessories. However, the improved internal processor, Touch ID implementation, and improvements to the camera make it a device to consider even if you already have an iPhone 5.

It's an easy upgrade to... More

The iPhone 5s looks like last year's iPhone 5 and even works with most all of those accessories. However, the improved internal processor, Touch ID implementation, and improvements to the camera make it a device to consider even if you already have an iPhone 5.

It's an easy upgrade to make for 4s and earlier owners and may even bring over some Android users. I purchased one in large part because I am tired of seeing cools apps and services launching first on iOS and then not being able to test them until they come to Android. Android still doesn't have consistent radios and standards so many of them won't be getting support for services like Pebble or Fitbit.

The smaller display bothers me a bit, but Apple's hardware is stunning and the trade-off for apps and functionality is worth it to me. If the iPhone 5s had a 4.3 to 4.7 display, an IR port for remote control capability, and Qi wireless charging then I would have given it a 10 out of 10.

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9/10

The iPhone 5S doesn’t disappoint

from IntoMobile ( )

So is the iPhone 5S “the most forward-thinking iPhone yet” and “the best smartphone in the world?” I’m not sure if it’s the best smartphone in the world, but the former definitely holds true. Apple did what it always does, and that’s make the iPhone 5S th... More

So is the iPhone 5S “the most forward-thinking iPhone yet” and “the best smartphone in the world?” I’m not sure if it’s the best smartphone in the world, but the former definitely holds true. Apple did what it always does, and that’s make the iPhone 5S the new hotness, by doing things better than its predecessor.

The reality is, Apple laid the groundwork down for the future with the addition of 64-bit support, an M7 coprocessor, and Touch ID. But these are mainly features that appeal to the geeks out there who truly understand and care about these intricate things.

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9/10

The best phone for almost everyone

from GottaBeMobile ( )

The iPhone 5s is more expensive than most alternatives, but keep in mind that the upfront cost of any phone is only a tiny fraction of the total cost of ownership. One thing that you get for paying premium Apple prices is access to the best app, digital content and accessory ecosystem. Most devel... More

The iPhone 5s is more expensive than most alternatives, but keep in mind that the upfront cost of any phone is only a tiny fraction of the total cost of ownership. One thing that you get for paying premium Apple prices is access to the best app, digital content and accessory ecosystem. Most developers still put iOS users ahead of all others and I don’t see this trend changing in the near future.

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One of the lightest, slimmest, and best-looking smartphones on the market

from Pocket Gamer ( )

The iPhone 5S is a more-than-worthwhile upgrade for anyone coming to the end of a contract on anything other than an iPhone 5. You iPhone 4S owners will revel in the sleeker form factor, longer screen, vastly more powerful processor and considerably improved camera.

Meanwhile Android u... More

The iPhone 5S is a more-than-worthwhile upgrade for anyone coming to the end of a contract on anything other than an iPhone 5. You iPhone 4S owners will revel in the sleeker form factor, longer screen, vastly more powerful processor and considerably improved camera.

Meanwhile Android users fancying a change of scenery will find a slick, intuitive, pocketable smartphone with an unmatched library of games and apps. The screen might seem small, but then the entire experience (including apps) has been built seamlessly around it.

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9/10

A slick, intuitive, pocketable smartphone with an unmatched library of games and apps

from Pocket Gamer ( )

As we've come to expect from Apple's S-range, the iPhone 5S represents a subtle enhancement of the previous model. However, it's considerably more powerful than the iPhone 5, Touch ID is a genuinely worthwhile addition, and that compact design remains one of the best around.

As we've come to expect from Apple's S-range, the iPhone 5S represents a subtle enhancement of the previous model. However, it's considerably more powerful than the iPhone 5, Touch ID is a genuinely worthwhile addition, and that compact design remains one of the best around.

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9/10

It’s a great phone and a very good evolution of the iPhone line

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The iPhone 5s is a great phone. Do we recommend it? Absolutely. It’s clearly the best iPhone Apple has ever built. But if you’re an iPhone fan we need to answer whether or not it’s worth an upgrade from an older device. That depends on the device you have currently. Yes, we think there’s enough here... More

The iPhone 5s is a great phone. Do we recommend it? Absolutely. It’s clearly the best iPhone Apple has ever built. But if you’re an iPhone fan we need to answer whether or not it’s worth an upgrade from an older device. That depends on the device you have currently. Yes, we think there’s enough here to upgrade from the iPhone 4s or older, but that it’s a bit too similar feeling for anyone with an iPhone 5.

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9/10

Not impressed

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I've owned the iPhone for less than 6 months. The fingerprint technology isn't great. Often it doesn't recognize the fingerprint for so long that its faster logging in through pass ID. In recent days, the batter life drains to 30% within 3-4 hours of a full charge. This phone cost me over $900 and... More

I've owned the iPhone for less than 6 months. The fingerprint technology isn't great. Often it doesn't recognize the fingerprint for so long that its faster logging in through pass ID. In recent days, the batter life drains to 30% within 3-4 hours of a full charge. This phone cost me over $900 and I am REALLY unimpressed. My old iphone 3G was more reliable than this.

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5/10

Still a good phone

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But that's about it. Apple's innovation has been lacking for years and it is basically reselling the same product over and over with little to no improvement. iOS 7 has mixed reviews as well with its childish appearance. Still a good phone, in the way that the iPhone 4 is still a good phone, just... More

But that's about it. Apple's innovation has been lacking for years and it is basically reselling the same product over and over with little to no improvement. iOS 7 has mixed reviews as well with its childish appearance. Still a good phone, in the way that the iPhone 4 is still a good phone, just nothing special.

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4/10