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Monday, September 30, 2013

Apple iPhone 5S Review

We’ve also noticed that when placed side by side the iPhone 5C, the 5S gets a slightly weaker signal and there were even times it could not find an LTE signal when the 5C just beside it hooks up to the network just fine.

As for connectivity, it’s got everything you’d expect for a flagship phone except for NFC. LTE speed is also great and we’re getting results in the north of 15Mbps downlink and 6Mbps uplink.

As for battery life, we’re still a bit disappointed that Apple didn’t improve it on the iPhone 5S.


The iPhone 5S is sill a solid phone but this is mostly because of the advantages derived from the simplicity and robustness of the OS. Apple no longer has monopoly over good design or even impressive hardware.

With the updates introduced to the iPhone 5S, it seems line Apple is ignoring the big strides a lot of the Android handset makers are doing — bigger and better hardware, more computing power, better displays and longer battery life. The iPhone 5S seems to be lagging behind.

It will, no doubt, sell really well. But once you see people willing to pay twice the price for a gold color, then it’s all about status symbol and blind loyalty; not excellent craftsmanship and superiority.

The Apple iPhone 5S is not yet officially released in the Philippines but the schedule has been set sometime in December of 2013. No official price has been set although regional stores in Singapore and Hong Kong puts the starting price at around Php32,000 and above.

Apple iPhone 5S specs:
4.0-inch IPS LCD display @ 640×1136 pixels, 326ppi
Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Apple A7 1.3GHz dual-core processor
PowerVR SGX544MP4 quad-core graphics
16GB, 32GB, 64GB internal storage
DC-HSDPA 42Mbps, LTE 100Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth 4.0
8MP iSight camera, LED flash
1080p video recording
1.2MP HD front-facing camera, 720p @ 30fps
GPS w/ aGPS support, GLONASS
iOS 7.0.2
112 grams (weight)
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm (dimensions)

What we liked about it:
* Great performance
* Impressive camera
* LTE support

What we did not like:
* Very expensive
* Same old design
* Gimmicky Touch ID
* Same poor battery life
* Small screen and low resolution
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