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 and Camera features 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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The iPhones complement their sleek designs and intuitively simple operation with top-notch displays, cameras, and music players. They also provide superb ease of use via a highly interactive multi-touch screen and a customizable icon-driven interface. Newer iPhone models have a fascinating, built-in voice-activated "assistant" called Siri that's fairly good at following complex orders. The newest iPhones, the 5s and 5c, have 4-inch displays and support for fast 4G LTE data networks. The flagship 5s is the first phone we've seen with a 64-bit processor and a fingerprint reader, which is built into the Home button. The 5c models have colorful outer shells.
Features & Specs - Apple iPhone 5s (16GB) (AT&T)
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Other providers The performances or features of these related phones may differ from provider to provider.
Consumer Cellular, Net10, Straight Talk
Camera (megapixels) Specifies, in megapixels, the maximum resolution of the 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: 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 64GB. 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.
The 64 bit 5s (iOS 7.1) is absolutely wicked <br /><br />92% of the laptops are PCs and they are all but dead due to relentless hacker attacks. Ask a College student what their laptop is and its going to be a super thin OS X Mac Book Air. When combined with their iPhone5s, a Mac Book and the iCloud represent a very powerful tool. My wicked designation is based on productivity and the fact that today's student needs to budget their time or else. Its all about problem solving, research, file sharing and partial on-line classes. Business people are no different. Is their smart phone secure and does it lend itself to productivity. Parents who pay a couple of thousand bucks for a retinia Macbook Pro running Mavericks know exactly what their doing. Same for the iPhone 5s that talks to the MacBook. Its all about cost vs effective value.
How long have you owned it:
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Midland, TX
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Limited ability from Apple. Lots of apps, but cost is higher for music and apps. I have owned three iPhones and all three ended up with broken power button. Doesn't play well syncing with Windows computers.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Leesburg, VA
(11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)
Premier Smartphone for iOS Users
Comfortable Size Weight
Very Fast Processor
Display Size Not Optimal
Disabled Users Siri
Physically Disabled - Sir
Pocket Camera Users
Point Shoot Camera User
• This model, and other new iPhone purchases get free iLife App downloads that include: Word Processing, Spreadsheet and Presentation programs (previously $10/each) once the device is registered.<br />• The App store has something for everyone, really - everyone; most Apps are free and many others are $2 or less.<br />• The improvements to Siri and other commonly used interfaces with iOS version 7 enable even better, easier and more intuitive access to most functions.<br />• The YouTube App is a free download, as are many other entertainment, news, social and productivity apps.<br />• The iPhone's battery can be replaced by a skilled user with minimal tools - assuming the owner is willing to assume some risk.<br />• Users seeking a display larger than 4 (myself included) will have to wait for next year's iPhone 6.