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.
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.
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.
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.
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