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great iPhone but...,
This review is from: Apple iPhone 5s 16GB Space Grey SIM-Free Smartphone (Electronics)
The new iPhone 5s is an incredible piece of kit and I thought I would share my experiences upgrading from an iPhone 5.
Firstly the two phones look very similar apart from the new finger print reader so it is not immediately obvious that you are holding the latest iPhone (if that is important to you!). This is not a bad thing as the iPhone 5 was a beautifully made phone that felt more premium than any rival. When you look at the build you do wonder what an Apple smart watch would look like because there is a time piece quality to the 5 and 5s. Unfortunately most people, including me, will cover most of the phone up with a case as soon as they purchase it.
Secondly, the increase in power isn't obvious. In fact there doesn't seem to be anything that the 5s can run that the 5 can't. Games like Infinity Blade 3 look better but the 5 version still looks great. Maybe it was my imagination but the 5s does seem a bit faster in opening apps. The 5 is fast enough and even Apple acknowledge this by releasing the 5c which a 5 with a plastic shell. As an aside, I have seen better deals on the 5 than than 5c - surely its a no brainer to get the 5?
Thirdly, the finger print reader really works and does make accessing the phone easier. I love the way it works without fuss. Instead of a scanning graphic the phone just unlocks. It make buying apps quicker as well which may be a bad thing because there is less of a barrier for those impulse buys.
Lastly, the camera is great. The main improvement is low light photography. It is not working miracles but you will get more useable photos in low light situations. A new two tone flash does, as claimed, improve the skin tones in flash photography and seems to deliver less blown out photos. I really had a lot of fun with the slo mo and burst photo feature. However the 5 is still a really good camera.
I needed to get a new phone so I got the 5s. If you already have a 5 it is difficult to justify the cost of the upgrade because the 5 is a great phone.
More generally I do wish Apple would release a bigger screen phone - mobiles phones aren't really phones anymore they are mobile computers and the extra screen space would be nice. Also, the cost of extra storage is a joke. Apple really need to be starting at 32gb not 16gb which won't last long with a few apps and some photos/videos. So as much as I really like this phone I can't give 5 stars.