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For every iPhone 5s fan there is one that hates the handset.  It’s perhaps an over simplification, but I think you get my point.  The iPhone 5s is an excellent phone and if you’re torn between it and getting a Samsung Galaxy S4, here are ten things that make the iPhone 5s an excellent handset. Read our iPhone 5s review too for more information about this phone.

1. Touch ID Sensor

Sure, the Touch ID Sensor was cracked not more than a week after the iPhone 5s release, but as shown the means to do so was hardly simple.  Nevertheless, viable.  But that aside, the Touch ID Sensor is a remarkable feat given the speed at which it works.  Moreover, it’s simple to setup.  And for the average user, who no longer wants to be pestered with punching in multiple passwords (one to access the phone and another to buy apps from the app store), it’s more than enough security.

2. Camera

Apple has touted the camera, which arguably makes it more hype than anything else.  But in this particular case, the iPhone’s camera continues to be one of the best and it’s even better, albeit marginally, than the last iPhone.  Factor in the new software with the ability to capture 10 frames per second, and it’s an even more legit camera.

3. Slow-mo

This feature is perhaps redundant to that of the one above.  But think about it: the iPhone 5s can record not just slow-mo video, but slow-mo video at 720p.  That’s HD slow-mo video in a handset.  Most stand alone cameras can’t even do that.  And best of all, you can choose, instantly mind you, where to apply the slow-mo effect after you’re done filming. Take a look at this interesting read from our review of 6 reasons why women drop their phone more than men.

4. Motion Tracking

So if you don’t already own a pedometer of some type (Nike Fuelband or a Fitbit) and/or don’t want to carry around yet another gadget, the iPhone 5s might suffice thanks to its M7 processor.  By leveraging a variety of sensors, the M7 processor can efficiently (i.e. little battery drain) keep tabs on your activity.  There are currently a handful of apps that are compatible with this feature – you can find them listed here.  Nike will finally release an M7 compatible app, that bakes in their Fuel figure, in November.

5. Dual Flash

The new iPhone 5s has a dual flash that can instantly adjust the lights temperature to best suit the scene.  The result is photos that more accurately reflect real life.  Apple calls this True Tone flash.

6. Size

Despite the iPhone 5s’s small (4-inches) screen size, it continues to be one of the most svelte handsets today.   It measures just 7.6mm thick and weighs 3.95oz.  It’s so light you’ll likely forget that it’s in your pocket, which can be a god send if you’re wearing slacks or tight pants.

7. A7 Processor

Apple’s all new A7 processor is awesomely fast.  I saw this reflected in the Basemark graphic test I ran not too long ago.  It out performs Samsung’s Galaxy S4 in FPS with regards to graphic intensive applications.  And if not for nothing, the A7 chip is 64-bit, making it a bit more future proof than any of Qualcomm’s chips of today.

8. Silence switch

This feature has long existed in the iPhone and I continue to think it’s one of the best features despite its relative simplicity.  Unlike Android devices, the iPhone 5s has a physical switch that can turn the phone’s ringer off and engage the vibrate function.  It’s vastly useful in any scenario that calls for some discretion, such as the movie theater or a wedding.

9. Noise Canceling Mic

By no means is the iPhone 5s the only handset that has a noise canceling mic.  In fact, the iPhone 5 had the same feature.  But that doesn’t mean that they’re all created equal.  And while I don’t make too many phone calls these days, when I do the iPhone 5s is one of the clearest and loudest in my experience, even compared with the Galaxy S4, and especially with the Nexus 4.

10. Speaker Phone

It may not seem like a big deal, but a good speaker phone can go a long way on a handset.  First off, the iPhone 5s’s speaker phone is located on the bottom of the handset, not the back like on Android, allowing you to make calls and listen to music even with the phone laying flat on its back.  It’s also very loud and clear.

Christen Costa

Grew up back East, got sick of the cold and headed West. Since I was small I have been pushing buttons - both electronic and human. With an insatiable need for tech I thought "why not start a blog focusing on technology, and use my dislikes and likes to post on gadgets."

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  1. Apple, Samsung or HTC
    its all boils down to a person’s preferences in options.
    But none can deny one truth… Nothing can beat the quality of Apple products!

  2. Piggybacking on #7, let’s not forget how all galaxys start to lag terribly after a few months of use. Would be interesting to run performance tests on 6 month old iphones vs galaxys.

  3. Part 2, 3, 4, 7, 9 and 10 are actually superceded by the Galaxy S4 even though it came out before the iCrap.

    Part 1 has never been a real security feature, and will be superceded on the next Nexus which will have a retina scanner feature in the camera.

  4. HTC one has beats audio that’s why they have the best sound. It sort of looks like a fake iPhone with the aluminum body at the end of the day it’s what you like and I prefer the iPhone over an android

    1. Hi Bud, I am an IPhone 5s user, but your facts related to aluminium body need little correction as entire Apple 6 series uses Unibody design which was long back introduced by HTC in M7 and currently in A9 and many others, :-)

  5. Your title is incorrect. Some of these categories have already been conquered by other phones. The HTC one has much better speakers for when it’s laying on its back and the galaxy Note 3 has a better slow-mo feature due to its top of the line sensor and processor. And as for your size category, that’s just complete opinion. If your looking for a phone that has a better size then just look at almost every other smartphone.

  6. So you’re telling me the speakerphone is better than on the HTC one?
    The HTC one speakers actually face you and are much more loud and clear.

    1. Hmmm…you have a valid point about the HTC One. But that’s outside of the pocket. In the pocket, those speakers can be easily muffled. Now, the same thing can happen to the iPhone, unless of course you have the iPhone upside down in your pocket.

      1. Would just like to say, You all have great points, I love the Apple iPhone and will always love it. I “don’t like” Samsung’s because in my opinion they are just knockoffs and if you take android of them they are completely useless. Its a personal preference for everybody buying a phone and after reading all the above I couldn’t care less about the Note having better Slow mo, or the HTC having better audio. The iPhone is for people driven by image, not some cheap knockoff or a carbon copy. iPhones are expensive but iphones don’t fall and loose their battery, sim or other parts that can be removed. The build quality is superior to any other smart phone on the market and will continue to be for a very long time. That’s all I go to say.

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