What's this? Overall score is based mainly on Ease of use, Messaging, Web browsing, Display quality, Voice quality, Phoning, Battery life, Camera Image and Video quality, and Portability. Music, camera, and other features and capabilities are also considered. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Phones are listed in performance order, within carriers. Due to test upgrades, and phone firmware updates, results may vary from past Ratings.
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The Apple iPhone 5s (16 GB) is a smart phone designed for use on the AT&T network, including its HSPA+ and LTE "4G" network. It runs on the iOS operating system. This model has a 4.0-inch touch-screen display, an 8.0-megapixel camera, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
The Apple iPhone 5s (16 GB) is a smart phone designed for use on the AT&T network, including its HSPA+ and LTE "4G" network. It can also be used internationally.
It has a 4.0-inch touch-screen display, measures 4.9 by 2.3 by 0.3 inches and weighs 4.0 ounces. It runs on the iOS operating system.
The iPhone 5s (16 GB) has an 8.0-megapixel camera that can record high-definition video, a front-facing camera, and a music player. It also features a virtual QWERTY keyboard that's useful for messaging and Web searches. This phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for wireless hands-free communication, and GPS navigation capability. Web browsing, e-mail, and texting capabilities are also included. It can act as a mobile hotspot for Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
This Apple phone has a standard 3.5mm jack. It has 16GB of built-in memory.
The following models have the same ratings as Apple iPhone 5s (16GB) (AT&T).
Features and specs may vary
The Ratings applied to untested model Apple iPhone 5s (32GB) (AT&T) come from our tests of model Apple iPhone 5s (16GB) (AT&T), which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
The Ratings applied to untested model Apple iPhone 5s (64GB) (AT&T) come from our tests of model Apple iPhone 5s (16GB) (AT&T), which in our judgment is enough alike in its performance, features, and specs that our test results apply to both.
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Apple's smart phones have gone through years of conservative, incremental updates, but its latest models, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, catch up to device offerings from other phone makers in a serious way. The revamping includes a larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen respectively, a better battery life, enhanced messaging capabilities, and smart tweaks to their keyboard interfaces. Their Touch ID fingerprint, which promises a safe transaction while eliminating the need to type in a PIN or perform other cumbersome steps, now support the new Apple Pay-wallet service.
Features & Specs - Apple iPhone 5s (16GB) (AT&T)
Full retail price Full retail price is the cost of the phone in 2014 when purchased without a long-term contract or agreement. Models shown without a price have been discontinued from the carrier we tested the model on, though it is available in other memory capacities or for other providers.
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Consumer Cellular, Net10, Straight Talk
Camera (megapixels) Specifies, in megapixels, the maximum resolution of the rear-facing built-in camera. A camera with a 0.3 megapixel value is also referred to as VGA.
Camera recording resolution The maximum recording resolution of the phone's primary video camera: Ultra HD, 1080p, 720p, or SD (Standard Definition).
Camera recording resolution
Memory card Many phones have slots that accept memory cards, typically microSD, to expand storage capacity by as much as 128GB. The removable cards can also serve as an easy way to shuttle files between your phone and other devices--provided that the phone's maker didn't bury the card slot behind the battery cover.
Touch screen Full touch-sensitive displays respond to light contact with a stylus, finger, or both. They provide an alternate, and sometimes more direct, method to input data and launch phone features and controls. But they often require two hands to operate, and they smudge more frequently than their non-touch counterparts.
QWERTY keyboard Keyboards make composing and editing text and e-mail messages much easier than a keypad does. Some phones have keyboards that try to save space by having some letters, numbers, and symbols share a key. Those "condensed" keyboards, though still more convenient than a keypad, are not quite as easy to handle as full QWERTY keyboards.
Document editing All smart phones, and some conventional cell phones, allow you to review documents. Some models add the convenience of creating, deleting, and editing them out of the box.
Music player Indicates the phone has a built-in MP3 player. Most players have full capabilities, allowing you to sort or view tracks according to genre, album or artist, playlists, etc. They also typically have more than one playback option, such as repeat and shuffle. The small number of phones that lack these convenient features are rather cumbersome to use.
Voice command This feature allows you dial numbers from your phone book by speaking the name, without the usual training. You can also dial numbers by pronouncing the digits.
GPS navigation All phones have some type of location-based technology to help emergency responders find you when you dial 911. Many phones support GPS Navigation, services which integrate GPS with maps and search engines to give you real-time, spoken, turn-by-turn directions to an entered address, or to help you find nearby businesses by name or category, such as Joe's Pizzeria or hospitals. We indicate which phones have GPS navigation capability as reported by the carrier and manufacturer. Some phones lack automatic rerouting, spoken turn-by-turn directions, and other advanced capabilities, which limit their usefulness while driving. We don't consider obscure third-party applications or hardware attachments.
4G broadband data Indicates which models are considered "4G" based on the definitions from the carriers. Check with your carrier to see which broadband data networks are available in your area.
I had a 4s before this, and loved it. The 5s has completely spoiled me with its fingerprint scanner, is always super snappy and uncomplicated, and comes with impressive free apps. Really good camera, and nice integration with my Civic and a lot of other stereos that come iPod equipped. Air Drop is much easier to use than NFC, and you can send almost anything even to your Mac or iPad instantly. <br />I was looking at reviews for the S5 because a friend had recently been disappointed with it and went back to the iPhone, and certainly, that Mike guy who writes the review is clearly an Android fan. Consumers Reports is the most unbiased source for anything, but they have not done this phone justice. I would highly recommend this phone to technical persons like myself, or to people like my mom who can only use something this simple and intuitive.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
All that I could ask for and more!
If I were looking for a complaint, I could not find one>
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
By John the Architect
from Southern CT
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
My Workhorse Smartphone
4g Lte Is Reliable And Fa
Fast 4g Lte Data
Fine Sound Quality
Lots of apps
Lots of features
Siri Works Well
Business on the Road
This is my business lifeline, whether at my office making long distance calls or when I'm on the road, which is frequent.<br />I really like the Retina display. Despite the 4 inch screen, web surfing is not bad and sites are legible. I use this for email in a pinch where wi-fi is not available. The 4G LTE loads data super fast. I've been utilizing Siri, which works great and understands my speech commands real well. Bluetooth sync is a snap with my earpiece. I use this phone's camera to take pictures, which it does a nice job with.<br />I did have an incident, however, when I dropped the phone as I slipped on ice, and the screen broke. While the phone was operational, touching a broken screen is a bad idea. Apple turned the repair- replacement around in three business days, but charged upwards of around $294 for the replacement. My iPhone was in a case which claimed to protect the phone, but that did not help matters. On my wish list is that Apple make this phone more durable. Other than that I love my iPhone