Apple iPhone 5S Review
Apple iPhone 5S Hands On
Apple iPhone 5S is the successor of the flagship from 2012 of the company, the Apple iPhone 5. When the mobile giant introduced the iPhone 5 it truly achieved the goal to fascinate the mobile world with an innovative modern device that assures everything that users needed at this time, including an LTE connectivity. The high-end model became one of the most successful smartphones by Apple. The expectations towards the new flagship were sky-high. In September 2013 the company announced two big surprises for the users. It introduced new smartphones that succeed the iPhone 5. Apple iPhone 5C is the first plastic smartphone in the history of the company equipped with very similar specs to iPhone 5. It is basically a refreshed version of the model. The Apple iPhone 5S is the new star of Apple, provided with a high-resolution display, powered by the latest version of iOS 7 and working with an innovative and powerful A7 processor with 64-bit architecture. Among the key features of the new smartphone are also the fingerprint scanner TouchID and the improved iSight camera.
Design and Display
Apple iPhone 5S provides the same design and build of its predecessor. Its dimensions are 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm. The handset weighs the modest 112 grams. In tune with the iPhone line, the new model is designed from aluminum and glass. It fascinates with premium appearance and feel. The new about the model in terms of design and build is its various color options. The colors that adorn the iPhone 5S are Silver, Gold and Space Gray.
The screen of the iPhone 5S is IPS LCD with a length of the diagonal of 4-inch. It features an impressive resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels with a great pixel density for the size of the screen – 326ppi. The display relatively small, especially compared to the flagships of rival companies, like the Sony Xperia Z, the HTC One and the Samsung Galaxy S4 among others. iPhone 5S stands out with an amazing screen quality that provides an exceptional visual experience for users.
Apple iPhone 5S is the pioneer model of the company armored with the newest and most powerful chip by Apple A7. It has a 64-bit architecture and delivers an exceptional performance. The processor is faster and more powerful than the A6 chip ticking in the iPhone 5. The most noticeable benefits from the chip are in the improved performance of the camera. iPhone 5S is available in three variants depending on the internal memory – with 16GB, 32GB or 64GB.
The iPhone 5S is armored with a GPU with M7 Coprocessor that brings superior graphics and gaming experience for users. Apple reveals that is assures 6x power saving for apps that record motion Moves, Strava, Nike+. Apple iPhone 5S is powered by a battery with a capacity of 1560mAh. The company claims that the battery gives 10 hours juice to the device in talk, in 3G and 250 hours in stand-by. The capabilities of the cell are similar to the other flagships, like HTC One and Samsung Galaxy S4.
iPhone 5S arrives with a much improved camera than its predecessor. The new iSight camera is enriched with an increased 8MP sensor with 15%. It boasts individual pixels to 1.5 microns. Apple has improved the aperture of the camera module to f/2.2. This means that the phone can capture higher-quality pictures in low light (with 33% better than iPhone 5). A7 chip enriches the possibilities of the camera app. The iSight camera of iPhone 5S has a True Tone flash light that delivers a brighter background definition. The colors are more natural and vivid compared to the possibilities of the shooters of most of the devices in the same category. The camera can record a 1080p video. Among the possibilities of the camera are: panorama mode, 3x video zoom, auto image video stabilization, burst mode, slo-motion video etc.
There is a 1.2MP front-facing shooter named FaceTime HD. It stands out with an improved backside illumination sensor. The camera is great for video calls, even in low light. It can capture 720p video.
Software and Connectivity
Apple iPhone 5S has iOS 7 pre-installed on it. It is the newest update of the operating system that was presented in 2013 with flatter design and new features, apps and capabilities. The platform makes an impresion with new layouts, apps, graphical designs, ringtones etc. Among the special apps that are included in iOS 7 are the AirDrop feature for wireless charging, FaceTime audio calls, flip-up Control Panel, improved Siri and Safari and many more. Most of the ordinary apps are redesigned and refreshed, such as the Camera app and Photo app, iTunes etc. iOS 7 includes also iWork suite, Pages, Keynote and Numbers.
The special feature in the model is the fingerprint sensor located on the front panel below the screen – the Touch ID. It works with an innovative biometric technology that can recognize fingerprints of the owner of the phone. The main purpose of Touch ID is for fast unlocking of the screen and working with some apps. It improves the security of the device.
The connectivity features provided in the iPhone 5S are: 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and the very fast 4G LTE network.
Price and Availability
Apple iPhone 5S is released internationally. The price of the unlocked model varies between $541.77 and $749.99. It is available in three color versions – Silver, Gold and Space Gray.
Apple iPhone 5S is a fascinating smartphone fully packed with a rich diversity of features, high-end specs and capabilities. It brings the new iOS 7 with the powerful A7 chip and M7 GPU that provide the brilliant performance of the device. It sports an exceptional screen, although it is only 4-inch. This is relatively smaller display compared to the latest high-end smartphones. The Apple iPhone 5S supports LTE and provides a superior user experience.