92
Engadget
Score
92

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iPhone 5s review

Summary

The iPhone 5s is an evolution of the iPhone 5, and isn't necessarily a must-have. It ushers in new technologies that will soon be standard on all of Apple's devices. While most consumers will be happy with the 5c, the 5s is better-suited for gamers and power users.

Pros
  • A7 chip offers fast performance and 64-bit support
  • Touch ID works as advertised
  • Global LTE support
  • Improved camera
Cons
  • Last year's design
  • Touch ID needs third-party support
iPhone 5s review

Forward-thinking. It's ironic that Apple's marketing slogan for the iPhone 5s invites us to look ahead to the future when, from the outside, the device looks like a carbon copy of last year's model, the iPhone 5. But just like any other odd-year iPhone -- the "S" version, if you will -- the 5s plays the Transformers card by offering more than meets the eye, with a few key improvements on the inside.

Though it's easy to dismiss this handset as iterative, the 5s is the first smartphone with full 64-bit support and a capacitive fingerprint sensor, and it also ships with a fresh, revamped version of iOS. This might not matter to folks who were content with the status quo, but it matters a lot to Apple -- and to the company's future as well -- especially if the company wants to fend off an increasingly fierce pack of competitors. But is a "forward-thinking" phone worth the investment today?

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Scores

Engadget

92
 

Breakdown

Reception and call quality
9.0
Display
9.0
Battery life
8.1
Camera
9.3
Ease of use
8.7
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Specs

iPhone

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4 inches
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Specs

iPhone

Type
Smartphone (iOS)
Talk time
3G
Camera
yes
Internal memory
16 GB
Screen size
4 inches
View Full Specs
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