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. Due to test upgrades, and phone firmware updates, results may vary from past Ratings.
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The Apple iPhone 5s is a smartphone that runs on the iOS operating system. It has a 4-inch touch-screen display, an 8.0-megapixel camera, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
The Apple iPhone 5s is a smartphone that runs on the iOS operating system. It has a 4-inch touch-screen display, measures 4.9 by 2.3 by 0.3 inches and weighs 4.0 ounces.
The iPhone 5s has an 8-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 16, 32, or 64GB of built-in memory.
About This Brand
Apple's smartphones 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
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Total storage provided (GB) Total storage (gigabytes) provided, both internal and external, for the operating system, apps, content, and etc. Availability for models with multiple memory storage capacities are subject to change.
Total storage provided (GB)
16, 32, 64
Camera (megapixels) Specifies, in megapixels, the maximum resolution of the rear-facing camera.
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
Touch screen These multi-touch display screens typically allow you to zoom in and out of Web pages or photos by pinching or spreading your fingers, which gives you optimal control. Some models let you write on the screen with your finger (or stylus) to jot down notes, draw, some even on images, Web pages, etc, which can be easily shared with others. Some displays have the added convenience of being sensitive enough to work while you’re wearing gloves.
QWERTY keyboard Smartphones have touch screens with virtual keyboards, though there are a few on the market with physical QWERTY keyboards. Some users may prefer the feedback and feel of the raised keys on a physical keyboard, qualities that make it easier to type without looking. But phones with physical QWERTY keyboards tend to be on the thick side, and the keyboards themselves may not be much better--or even as good--as the virtual keyboards on some of the latest phones. Virtual keyboards often let you customize their layouts, change input options, and keep features such as predictive text at your fingertips to help you type quickly and accurately. One downside to virtual keyboards is that they block a good portion of your phone’s display. Regardless of which keyboard you go with--real or virtual--make sure it has all the keys you’ll need, and that they are well spaced and easy to read under different lighting conditions.
Document editing Smartphones allow you to review documents, spreadsheets, and more. 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. Phones that support GPS Navigation services conveniently 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. The service for nearly all models doesn’t cost extra, but on some models it can cost extra.
LTE Indicates the phone supports a 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) data network.
Wi-Fi These phones have built-in Wi-Fi that gives them fast Internet and e-mail access through home networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. Phones can use the connection to share content, or make calls using Voice over Internet Protocol, though the latter may not be available from all providers.
I use this product mainly for communication and note-taking in a variety of environments. For this reason I thoroughly appreciate the display size (6.7 square inches) touchscreen with easily adjustable lighting and the fact that it is comfortable held sideways for qwerty based typing. The battery life lasts me well over a full day with constant use, and the processor allows for rapid internet access -- perfect for instant gratification. The iPhone quirks too are easy to learn--this coming from someone whose iPhone 5s was the first Apple phone they used, having previously owned a Droid. The only complaint I have concerns an Apple upgrade with the texting screen. An option to record your voice and send it to other iPhone users is available via a small microphone icon. This icon is easily accidentally hit while using the touch screen, and--without installing a couple additional updates--will not prompt you, asking for confirmation, before sending the sound bit. However, my one complaint aside, this phone's efficiency is so great that its successor, the iPhone 6, is not even worth getting. The iPhone 6 has a slightly upgraded processor and slightly--again--increased screen size and battery life. This iPhone 5S can not only keep pace with its successor, but now that the iPhone 6 is out, the 5s costs significantly less now as well.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
from Gaithersburg, Maryland
Battery life is a nightmare
Battery Life Power Cord
poor phone reception
too many dropped calls
I have the constant urge to throw out the cell phone. But I am a subscriber for two years. Numerous dropped calls and yet my monthly bill is about $180.00 for two phones. Battery lasts only half hour, despite charging overnight. Power cord connection wore out. I have to tape the cord to the phone so that the gadget will fully charge. Some emails are delivered garbled. Cannot view Adobe file attachments. Everything else works fine. Video and pics are of great quality. Good storage capacity. But I would not purchase another iphone, ever.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
from Hazleton, PA
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
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.