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This review is from: Apple iPhone 5S UNLOCKED Space Grey/Gold/Silver 16/32/64GB SIM FREE (16GB, Space Grey) (Wireless Phone Accessory)
After owning an iPhone 3GS a couple of years ago and deciding to make the switch to Android and then Windows phone, it was a big decision to go back to ios. I was impressed with the look of the iphone 5 last year, but not so much with the specification. This year the release of iphone 5s piqued my interest for a number of reasons, namely that it looked like the 5, but more importantly it was the shift to ios 7 and the improved 64 bit machine within it that really got me to think seriously about making the change back. Announcements like the biometric fingerprint scanner wasn't really of any interest to me, that's just gimmickry; right?
The experience out of the box is as I have come to expect from Apple. The phone and all it's components just feel so well crafted that it's just a cut above everything else out there (even the HTC one which was my previous favourite handset design). I have an iPad mini so the set up was seamless. I just entered my ICloud ID and away I went. Speaking of the set up process, the iCloud has really made this simple, all of my apps transferred straight over, as did my purchased music. I was slightly disappointed that the safari bookmarks I had set up on the iPad mini didn't transfer over but that's not a huge deal.
Then I, somewhat reluctantly, set up the fingerprint scanner. As stated above, I thought this was rather pointless but in actuality It was very simple to set up, and most importantly it really does work. My right thumb now let's me immediately into my phone (rather than a pass key - which can be used as a fail safe) and in almost a week of constant use it has never not worked for me first time. Even more impressive than this is that I have set up the print scan to purchase apps and music from the Istore. I've really been taken in by this feature after being initially skeptical so it seems Apple are onto a winner here.
The new ios features have been well covered, but my first impressions are that Apple have taken some useful features of Andriod (task manager), jail break (blocking numbers from calls and text) and their own innovations (control centre, photo organisation and the overall look and depth) and really made improvements to the operating system. It's early days of course but there is noticeable differences in using ios7 on the iphone 5s compared to the mini. These are mainly related to the smoothness and speed and this is where the 64 bit infrastructure cones into its own.
The battery life is ok; nothing great but it's certainly no worse than the nokia lumia 920 which had a bigger battery. It's not much to write home about but it's never not lasted me a full day and in almost a week has only gone down to the 20% remaining notification once. The addition of the control centre features means that it's now very easy to turn off wifi, Bluetooth and other battery draining features which makes the battery use considerably more efficient.
I was somewhat disappointed that the entry model didn't come with a 32GB memory. This is an area where Apple could have added value, especially given the increase in cost compared to the 5, which would in turn have increased the top end model to an impressive 128GB of storage.
Going for the white and silver model was a choice I'm happy with, though the black and space grey looks equally as impressive. Both versions look stylish and again, are set aside from the previous versions.
All in all I am very happy with the iphone and my decision to go back to ios on my mobile phone. Having a tablet and mobile with the same operating system is much more useful and adds an extra dimension when coming from my previous ios/windows combo. The use ability coupled with the really impressive design means that this is definitely the right phone for me. If you're on the fence about switching (back) to ios, I cannot imagine that this would leave anyone disappointed.