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Apple iPhone 5s review

8.7/10 AVG.

Informr score
The Apple iPhone 5s currently has an Informr score of 8.7 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 51 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

What's good

  • Speedy performance
  • Beautiful display
  • Great camera
  • Flexible LTE support
  • Decent battery life
  • Solid design

What's bad

  • Lack of NFC support
  • Mid-sized screen
  • Lack of memory expansion
  • High off-contract price

The iPhone 5s is the latest flagship device to lead the iPhone dynasty. With a redesigned processor, fingerprint scanner, improved camera, a bounty of new camera features and iOS 7, the phone is receiving rave reviews from virtually every reviewer around. Whether you are looking for your first smartphone or simply upgrading your existing phone, there are few devices with which the 5s cannot compete. TechCrunch’s Darrel Etherington claims “With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available.”

One of most talked-about features of the 5s it the new 64-bit A7 chipset powering the device. This is the first example of a mobile device using 64-bit computing. This fact, combined with numerous other optimizations, place the 5s at the top of benchmark tests in virtually every category in Anandtech’s latest testings. Although many users will not notice a major performance gap between the 5s and other bleeding edge technologies, the ability for the phone to age gracefully is all but ensured by this upgrade.

Another major upgrade is the camera. The True Tone dual-LED flash shows markable difference from previous iPhone releases. The new camera software included with iOS 7 also adds a number of new features, including 10FPS burst mode and 720p slow-motion capture. Round this all off with the fingerprint scanner, support for 13 different bands of LTE coverage and the sleek aluminum case design and you have a premium phone that is deserving of the praise that is has received.

When searching for flaws in the iPhone 5s, most are minor issues instead of glaring. Lack of memory card support could pose a problem for media users, lack of NFC support limits sharing options and, while gorgeous, the 4-inch display on the device is a fair bit smaller than many of its competitors. However, most of this is compensated for by the build quality and performance of the device. Engadget’s Myriam Joire sums up the device well when she says “In what would otherwise be considered a mundane update to the iPhone 5, Apple somehow managed to appeal to both the geek (64-bit support, M7 coprocessor, Touch ID) and the average Joe (a fresh, colorful iOS 7), all while laying the groundwork for the company's future.”

Operating system
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
8+ MP

What the Critics Are Saying...


The iPhone 5S may look like an iPhone 5, but it's better in all the right ways. If you are very comfortable with a bigger screen you might want to look elsewhere, but the iPhone 5S is a consummate performer that puts very few steps wrong.

- Evan Kypreos , TrustedReviews
Gadget Review

For those set on getting a 5s, it’s not a bad decision by any means. But it is flawed, and you may want to skip some of the cooler features like the fingerprint reader just to keep the usability the same. After returning to the iPhone 5, I rarely feel like I’m missing anything.

- James Pikover, Gadget Review
Expert Reviews

At first, Apple's decision to stick with the same case and screen size may have seemed like it wasn't moving forwards, but after using the phone extensively we couldn't disagree more. It's incredibly fast, beating its quad-core rivals hands down, has plenty of resolution for web browsing and apps, f...

- David Ludlow, Expert Reviews
Fone Arena

As you’d expect, the iPhone 5s is the best iPhone yet. Apple has delivered a measured but meaningful update to what remains one of the most popular smartphones out there. The forward looking 64 bit processor, M7 motion coprocessor and Touch ID all combine to give a significant boost to the har...

- Dhruv Bhutani, Fone Arena

In the end, there's no doubt that the iPhone 5s continues Apple's legacy for creating high-end devices, of which there should be plenty of attention geared towards. However, Apple continues its trend to making the bi-yearly upgrade questionably necessary for the regular market. Even for those who do...

- Evan Selleck, Phonedog

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Screen Size

The Apple iPhone 5s's screen size is 4 inches with 640 x 1136 pixels resolution.

1.3 GHz

There is a Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).


The phone runs on the iOS 7 (Update Available: 12) operating system (OS).

8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

16/32/64 GB

Internal memory is 16/32/64 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.


The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1570 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 600 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 5s Specs

Release date September 20, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
800/1700/1900 MHz
850/900/1700/1900 /2100 MHz
1900/700/2100/800 /850/900/1800 MHz
SIM card size
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 7 (Update Available: 12)

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Processor Apple A7 Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 16/32/64 GB
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.18 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1570 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Aluminium
Colors Space Gray, Gold, Silver
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 5.9 x 0.8 cm (4.9 x 2.3 x 0.3 in)
Weight 112 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor Yes
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Main Camera
8+ megapixels
Yes (Dual LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Multi-shot, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
1+ megapixels
Additional Front Camera Info
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AIFF, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, MP3, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple A1457, A1533, A1543

Fingerprint identity sensor built into the Home button


Model A1457
GSM/EDGE, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
Model A1533
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Model A1453
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25, 26)

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