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The presentation of the phone, with its exquisite Zen-like packaging, builds the anticipation, until finally the waiting's over and there it is: looking and feeling like a bar of gold or precious metal, its solidity and weight are somehow reassuring. The harmony in the architectonics is a triumph of aesthetics, and that's without even switching it on. But before you do that, you'll be required to fit your nano sim card. Using the pin supplied, this requires the dexterity and sensitivity of a concert pianist matched with the optical facility of an eagle, but once done you're ready to fire it up.
If you already have other Apple devices you'll find your phone exchanging data straightaway, with your contacts, photos etc being ported over the airwaves. There's relatively little to do in the way of set-up as most of it appears to happen automatically. You can then personalise the phone even further, first with the famous finger-print. This involves (as does so much from now on) in going into Settings. Choose Touch ID and after rolling your digit around on the Home button, the sensor registers your details, and from then on opening up the screen is quick and easy, plus you can use it in the ITunes store. If you can't decide whether you'll be using your finger or your thumb then why not register both, and if you want to allow anyone else access to the phone then they can add their fingerprint too. An extra precaution of a numerical passcode is required to access your credit card information. Once set, this also transfers to other devices, meaning you never have to manually fill in an internet payment form again.
I have the 16GB model, and possibly some juggling might be required in deleting and later re-loading apps/photos/downloaded songs on Spotify, but that doesn't look as though it'll be a problem for some time, as at the moment there's 11GB free. What might be an issue however is data allowance from your provider; I seem to have got through 100MB already, and that's only in a couple of days. It might be best then to choose a contract with an unlimited data allowance if you are going to want to make the most of the iPhone's entertainment value.
Navigating around the phone is intuitive enough, the Home button being the key to changing between apps. Double-click this and it will bring up all of your open applications, which is often a clearer way of orienting yourself. A swipe upwards reveals the torch (which is very powerful), the calculator, the timer and camera, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Do Not Disturb shortcuts, plus your music player. A downward swipe within an app displays your schedule. A downward swipe on the Homescreen brings up the search facility, which can be used with confidence. Siri, the slightly surreal footman character can be activated by bringing the phone up to your ear. Using its mystifying powers, Siri can then find the way to the nearest Tandoori or be grilled for the sum of 4.3339 + 2.7, its seemingly inexhaustible knowledge providing hours of amusement. If Siri can't solve your problem directly it'll find references on the web which should provide you with an answer.
YouTube and iPlayer are rendered in a crystalline clarity and the dimensions of the 5s give a panoramic quality to the theatre. The sound is remarkably full, and the earphones supplied seem excellent. Photos are catalogued in Years, drilling down to Collections and then Moments which sounds overly complicated but is actually coherent in use and quick to comprehend. The quality as you'd expect, is uniformly excellent and the new flash arrangement leads to an enhanced quality in poor light.
From then on the sky really does seem to be the limit, with apps for just about every conceivable occasion. In short, the iPhone is a device which you possibly never knew you needed, but once you've lived with it for a few hours, it's hard to imagine life without.
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.
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