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iPhone 5s Review Roundup
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:16 AM EST
Posted by: Staff

We just posted a roundup of early reviews for the new iPhone 5c. Now it's time to do the same for the new iPhone 5s, which also launches from Apple on Friday, September 20th. This roundup includes reviews from Engadget, AnandTech, CNET, AllThingsD, TechCrunch, The Loop, The New York Times, USA Today, T3, and Pocket-Lint. Down below are some excerpts and links to each review. So, check them out as well!

Engadget - "Is the 5s the best iPhone ever made? Yes, though that shouldn't come as a surprise. Apple took a good product and made it better through hardware upgrades, new features and a completely revamped software. 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.," writes Myriam Joire.

AnandTech - "The biggest changes to the iPhone 5s are beneath the aluminum and glass exterior. The 5s' flagship feature? Apple's new A7 SoC. The A7 is the world's first 64-bit smartphone SoC, and the first 64-bit mobile SoC shipping in a product (Intelís Bay Trail is 64-bit but it won't ship as such, and has yet to ship regardless). In addition to the new 64-bit SoC Apple upgraded both cameras in the iPhone 5s and added a brand new fingerprint sensor called Touch ID. Of course the iPhone 5s is one of the first new iPhones to ship with iOS 7 from the factory," writes Anand Lal Shimpi.

CNET - "The iPhone 5S feels like a pro phone more than ever, the iPhone equivalent of the MacBook Pro. Its features don't feel as immediately consumer-understandable. For many, the iPhone 5C will do just fine. The biggest wished-for features -- a MacBook Air-level battery life improvement and an even larger screen -- aren't on either new iPhone yet," writes Scott Stein.

AllThingsD - "The new iPhone 5s is a delight. Its hardware and software make it the best smartphone on the market," writes Walt Mossberg.

TechCrunch - "With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available. The hardware may resemble its predecessor in many key ways, as with the 4-inch Retina display, but it improves dramatically in areas like the camera where it makes the most difference to every day users, and in the addition of the fingerprint sensor, which is already a feature I miss when I switch back to older generation devices or the iPhone 5c. And thanks to the 64-bit A7 processor, this phone, more than any iPhone before it, is likely to be the device that grows more appealing as the software ecosystem catches up, which is great news for buyers looking for something that isnít so easily replaced by the next big thing that comes along," writes Darrell Etherington.

The Loop - "The iPhone 5s is a brilliant phone with some great new features that help you in work and play. The fingerprint sensor, camera, and improved speed and architecture, make the 5s my favorite iPhone to date," writes Jim Dalrymple.

The New York Times - "The most heavily promoted feature is the 5S's fingerprint sensor, which, ingeniously, is built into the Home button. You push the Home button to wake the phone, leave your finger there another half second, and boom: you've unlocked a phone that nobody else can unlock, without the hassle of inputting the password," writes David Pogue.

USA Today - "The iPhone 5s makes the best smartphone even better. Consumers may not see much immediate benefit out of the 64-bit processing power in the 5s, the first mainstream smartphone to achieve that computing milestone. But the phone is faster, and you'll likely see improvements playing certain games, or when you're processing images," writes Edward C. Baig.

T3 - "Apple is clearly looking to future-proof its handset while offering developers the opportunity to take advantages of its 64-bit architecture, A7 chip and M7 Coprocessor. Right now, you won't really experience what this phone is capable of. Give it six months and we'd expect some truly groundbreaking apps to appear," writes Luke Peters.

Pocket-Lint - "The iPhone 5S is without gimmicks and it's a nod to the future. There's a lot to admire about that," writes Stuart Miles.

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