8.7/10
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The Apple iPhone 5s currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 51 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

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.

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.”


OS
No
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


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.

- Evan Kypreos , TrustedReviews
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.

- James Pikover, Gadget Review
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, f...

- David Ludlow, Expert Reviews
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 har...

- Dhruv Bhutani, Fone Arena
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 do...

- Evan Selleck, Phonedog


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Common Questions


Apple released the iPhone 5s on September 20, 2013.


Apple iPhone 5s prices will vary depending on retailer, age, special offers and whether or not it's purchased with a service plan. If purchased with a 2 year service contract for example, you would likely pay much less for the phone itself up front. Apple's suggested retail price is $549.00. You can compare iPhone 5s prices from around the web here on The Informr.


We've got you covered! Download a free PDF copy of the Apple iPhone 5s user manual here.


Apple backs up the iPhone 5s with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your iPhone 5s has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Apple support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Apple's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
4"

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

Processor
1.3 GHz

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

OS
No

The phone runs on the iOS 7 (Update Available: 11) 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, Unknown Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 5s Specs

Overview
Release date September 20, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, UK, India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
CDMA:
800/1700/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/700/2100/800 /850/900/1800 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO Rev. A, EV-DO Rev. B, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System 7 (Update Available: 11)
Processor Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 16/32/64 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1570 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 600 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 cm (4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 112 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TIFF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
More
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple A1457, A1533, A1543

Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button

Variations:

Model A1457
GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
Model A1533
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Model A1453
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26)
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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

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.

Read full review

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.

Read full review

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Gadget Review

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.

Read full 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.

Read full review

Less

Expert Reviews

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, fits neatly into a pocket, has a great camera and still the best, fastest mobile OS...

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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Fone Arena

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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Phonedog

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.

Read full review

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IntoMobile

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 the new hotness, by doing things better than its predecessor...

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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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ZDNet

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 make...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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GottaBeMobile

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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Pocket Gamer

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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Pocket Gamer

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.

Read full review

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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User Reviews


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

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...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. Less

hanna thanks for this informative article

Hanna. You say "we recommend it." Are you with a blog or review group? If so you can contact us to be considered in our sources for expert reviews. As for the 5s, have you tested the video on the 5s vs. the 5. Curious your experience there if any. Thanks for your review.
starettie

Not impressed

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 a...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. Less

Still a good phone

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.
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. Less

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