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Apple iPhone 5s

Apple iPhone 5s

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92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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.

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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
92 Engadget Score
The best in its category. We highly recommend it.
92

The best in its category. We highly recommend it.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

92
 

User Reviews

10
WeaponZero
An awful product that should be avoided. You'll be sorry. - Engadget
90
tauber
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
80
afa2109
It's good but you can sure get better camera, battery life and productivity...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
89
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
As you may have already heard, the 5s is rather similar in overall hardware to the iPhone 5, though there are a few changes in key places.
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The Telegraph
The fingerprint sensor, called Touch ID, is a thin circle around the device’s existing home button, and removes the need to enter a pin code to activate the device, but Apple did not claim it would replace the need for more advanced security features.
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SlashGear
It’s early days – both the biometrics and the camera features will take real-world use to properly assess – but it already feels like a solid upgrade over the iPhone 5.
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Wired
We're out at Apple's event and got hands-on time with the new model. In the hand it feels identical to the existing iPhone; the design, screen, weight, thickness and materials remain almost entirely unchanged.
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T3
From our early play with the iPhone 5s, we expect that the improvements in performance and features will attract the early-adopting Apple faithful as well as those finally looking to upgrade from an iPhone 4S. The refreshed iOS 7 might even tempt some Android and Windows Mobile users.
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TechCrunch
It’s not very surprising that Apple has delivered a new iPhone that seems at first glance to be among the best smartphones in the business, if not definitely the new overall king. But what is surprising is that something like a built-in fingerprint scanner can make such a difference.
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AnandTech
Brian just went hands on with Apple's new iPhone 5S, showing off its performance (courtesy of the new 64-bit A7 SoC), Touch ID fingerprint sensor and camera features. Check it all out in the video.
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CNET
It looks like Apple's using this year to refine peripheral technology around the iPhone rather than heading in a bold new direction ... but if Touch ID makes the iPhone 5S more secure, it'll be no small feature.
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The Loop
Unlocking the iPhone 5S was very slick—just rest your finger on the Home button and the phone unlocks immediately. You don’t have to press or move your finger around waiting for it to be recognized—it just worked.
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VentureBeat
The biometric features, graphics rendering for games, and new camera will have to be the big selling features for current iPhone users, but we doubt this will be enough to woo current Android/Windows users over to the dark side.

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