First iPhone 5S/5C reviews solid, iOS 7 opinions largely positive


Reviewers find much to like about the iPhone 5S (AAPL +1.5%) and 5C's hardware, and generally give a thumbs-up to iOS 7 along the way.

The NYT's David Pogue praises the performance of the 5S' A7 CPU (scored well in AnandTech benchmarks), the improved color balance yielded by its dual-LED flash, and the convenience of its fingerprint sensor. "The best part is that [the sensor] actually works — every single time, in my tests."

Pogue also praises iOS 7's revamped UI and plethora of new features (e.g. new apps, improved multitasking, iTunes Radio), while granting not everyone will love the former. "I think you should install it. The structure, layout and features represent some of Apple’s best work. The look of iOS 7 — well, that judgment is up to you."

Walt Mossberg: "If you are an iPhone fan with any model older than the iPhone 5, the new 5s will be a big step up ... There are too many new features in iOS 7 to list here, but it’s a big improvement."

In his 5S review, Engadget's Myriam Joire states Apple "took a good product and made it better through hardware upgrades, new features and a completely revamped [OS]." But he adds "a 4-inch display likely won't cut it" for "anyone who needs copious amounts of screen space."

Joire on the 5C: "We're happy with the iPhone 5C in terms of performance and battery life, but we're longing for a better camera and a larger screen ...  We think most buyers will pick the iPhone 5C for the price and color choices alone, while the iPhone 5S will appeal to power users and gamers."

The iPhone 5 debuted to very good reviews a year ago. However, only a handful of those reviews criticized Apple Maps, which ignited a firestorm after it was released.

Earlier: MS thinks Q3 iPhone sales are tracking above expectations

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  • User7766461
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    There used to be a street named Carl Icahn, but it was changed, because nobody crosses Carl Icahn and lives.
    18 Sep 2013, 12:37 PM Reply Like
  • Justin Jaynes
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    Chuck Norris could put a stop sign on Icahn Street.
    18 Sep 2013, 03:07 PM Reply Like
  • Jack Baker
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    Iphone 5s. Best smart phone in the world says the reviewers. Now lets see the others play catch-up.
    18 Sep 2013, 12:47 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    catch up? More like catch up for AAPL. They finally released 4G last year, and they still haven't offered a large screen phone to the market.
    18 Sep 2013, 02:02 PM Reply Like
  • lildimsum7
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    use a tablet. problem solved.
    18 Sep 2013, 02:38 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    "use a tablet. problem solved."

     

    That's been the AAPL leadership MO. Keep sticking your head in the sand while your market share and margins erode, especially overseas :-)
    18 Sep 2013, 04:47 PM Reply Like
  • lildimsum7
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    Yup. If you want a bigger screen, might as well use a tablet!

     

    $100+ per share & growing in excess cash, ~$40 annual FCF, high customer retention, still a largely untapped market in Asia: Apple's doing fine :)
    18 Sep 2013, 05:15 PM Reply Like
  • murusmaximus
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    I used a galaxy note 2 for about a year and recently went back to the iPhone 5. Even at 5.5 inches, I still felt the screen was too small to enjoy browsing and videos. I learned a phone is mostly a mobile communication device and a tablet better suited for content creation/consumption. I also got tired of waiting for updates on android. Also, while android is highly customizable, I often found myself wasting time tweaking settings on the phone. I just want a phone that is powerful, but also convenient and easy to use.
    19 Sep 2013, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • murusmaximus
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    I used a galaxy note 2 for about a year and recently went back to the iPhone 5. Even at 5.5 inches, I still felt the screen was too small to enjoy browsing and videos. I learned a phone is mostly a mobile communication device and a tablet better suited for content creation/consumption. I also got tired of waiting for updates on android. Also, while android is highly customizable, I often found myself wasting time tweaking settings on the phone. I just want a phone that is powerful, but also convenient and easy to use.
    19 Sep 2013, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • murusmaximus
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    I used a galaxy note 2 for about a year and recently went back to the iPhone 5. Even at 5.5 inches, I still felt the screen was too small to enjoy browsing and videos. I learned a phone is mostly a mobile communication device and a tablet better suited for content creation/consumption. I also got tired of waiting for updates on android. Also, while android is highly customizable, I often found myself wasting time tweaking settings on the phone. I just want a phone that is powerful, but also convenient and easy to use.
    19 Sep 2013, 09:58 AM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    "I used a galaxy note 2 for about a year and recently went back to the iPhone 5. Even at 5.5 inches, I still felt the screen was too small to enjoy browsing and videos. I learned a phone is mostly a mobile communication device and a tablet better suited for content creation/consumption. I also got tired of waiting for updates on android. Also, while android is highly customizable, I often found myself wasting time tweaking settings on the phone. I just want a phone that is powerful, but also convenient and easy to use."

     

    It's funny you say that because a contractor I was working with just saw my Note 2 and said he'd much prefer it over his IPhone 5 precisely because of the screen. It's not always possible to carry a tablet whereever you go, and quite frankly, the 5-6" phone is going to continue to have a bigger market IMO for people who just need one device to fill both roles.

     

    The updates on android outside of the nexus line can be slow I agree
    19 Sep 2013, 10:34 AM Reply Like
  • sa_member_756157
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    Where are those comments great? Seems not much new, and smaller screen size, leaves folks talking about "color".
    18 Sep 2013, 12:50 PM Reply Like
  • rheimerl
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    a processer that is twice as fast as the 5 seems to get lost in all the "noise"
    18 Sep 2013, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • redponydoc
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    "Best smartphone in the world".

     

    "Top of the heap".

     

    (technology review: USA Today; Wall Street Journal)

     

    ...AAPL is the best, as always. And it's always a surprise.
    18 Sep 2013, 01:00 PM Reply Like
  • rocback
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    Both the Wall St Journals tech guru Mr. Mossberg and the USA Today tech Guru, Mr. Baig called the 5S the "best smartphone on the planet". Wow. first time that has happened
    18 Sep 2013, 12:52 PM Reply Like
  • MajorDude
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    Sales prove all.
    18 Sep 2013, 01:03 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    Today YELP announced some big lawsuits vs positive reviews; about time. When you see page after page of positive reviews for an item that came out day before in some cases isn't even out yet.......red flag People who post reviews on consumer goods should be required to use that good for at least 2 weeks non stop before they post em. Not saying anything about new iPhone, just in general.
    18 Sep 2013, 01:10 PM Reply Like
  • jakexb
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    Journalists have had access to review models of the phones since the announcement. Do you really think David Pogue is going to write a fake review for Apple?
    18 Sep 2013, 01:48 PM Reply Like
  • june1234
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    What I think. A site like Yelp makes its living from readers expecting credible reviews and they would not waste big $$ going after positive reviews unless they had considered the consequences . One "journalist" posted some glowing reviews on I phone which turned out to be nothing more than cut and paste from Apple release(I checked) = they probably never used the phone they reviewed.
    18 Sep 2013, 02:20 PM Reply Like
  • flux8
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    You're reading iPhone 5S reviews on Yelp (I've never seen product reviews on Yelp) and expected them to be credible? Someone claimed to be a journalist there and you believed it?

     

    Really?
    18 Sep 2013, 11:41 PM Reply Like
  • kimboslice
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    iPhone 5s rocks.
    Anyone who complains about the screen size is wrong.
    Screen resolution matters, not size.
    I can make phone calls on my 7" Hisense Sero7 pro, but I don't want to carry it in my pocket.
    Apple rocks.
    18 Sep 2013, 01:14 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    Ah yes, there are no screen sizes between 4" and 7"

     

    LOL
    18 Sep 2013, 02:03 PM Reply Like
  • pman6
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    I dunno. Consumers get it. Wall street doesn't.

     

    Soon people will be saying 4.5" is not big enough.

     

    Whoever invents the stretchable screen which stretches from 4" to 8" will be rich as fok
    18 Sep 2013, 02:13 PM Reply Like
  • Pat C
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    Just tried to update to ios 7 and says "software update unavailable" "Software Update is not available at this time. Try again later."
    18 Sep 2013, 02:42 PM Reply Like
  • jetlagjohn
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    Hardly anyone uses iOS7 - always too busy to download.

     

    (Tongue in cheek & thanks, Yogi,)
    19 Sep 2013, 03:00 PM Reply Like
  • scott trader
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    As hard as they have tried they can't find anything wrong with it. Must be good
    18 Sep 2013, 07:43 PM Reply Like
  • what do I know
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    Is there any apology from Mr. Gene Munster Yet about his forecast!
    26 Sep 2013, 01:43 PM Reply Like
  • chopchop0
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    It's been a year, and AAPL STILL can't get maps right

     

    http://fxn.ws/174TdJy
    26 Sep 2013, 02:14 PM Reply Like
  • lildimsum7
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    haha, that sucks! i'll still with google. they spent way more years to develop their maps
    26 Sep 2013, 02:48 PM Reply Like
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