Apple have pretty much dominated the smartphone market for the last five or more years since the first iPhones were released. Although companies like Nokia and Samsung have tried to compete along the way, we think everyone would agree theyâ€™ve failed miserably. People who own the alternative brands like to pretend their model is just as good as the latest iPhone, but we all know theyâ€™re fooling themselves. What makes Apple so amazing at smartphone design? We simply donâ€™t know, but thereâ€™s no denying theyâ€™re placed firmly at the top of the digital communications pile.
With that in mind, todayâ€™s review is of the new iPhone 5s. This model features a number of alterations from models previously released, and so weâ€™ll go over them in some detail in a moment. First though, itâ€™s important to point out the release price for this phone was near to Â£700 in England and Wales, which makes it one of the most expensive designs ever to find its way onto the UK market. Is it really worth all that money? Wouldnâ€™t be you be better spending that cash on a top quality laptop or reasonable quality desktop computer? Letâ€™s find outâ€¦
What About The Design?Â
Much like its predecessors, the iPhone 5s retains that familiar Apple design weâ€™ve all become so accustomed to. The only real difference is the thickness of the phone and a slight alteration to the size. This model is quite a lot thinner than the last few released, and so it should weigh your pockets down a little less. On top of this, it feels more durable than ever, and although weâ€™re not willing to throw it on the floor to test out the shock absorbing case, weâ€™re relatively confident the phone would survive this assault. So, if youâ€™re the kind of person who tends to drop their smartphone every time they stand up from the sofa, you can relax, safe in the knowledge the iPhone 5s is strong enough to handle the impact.
What About The Display?Â
With a resolution of 1136 x 640 packed onto a 4 inch screen, you can be sure this phone will display images and video in the clearest and sharpest way possible at 326 DPI. When it comes toÂ colourÂ reproduction, the iPhone 5s is absolutely fantastic, however; there are better screens out there for the money. So, whether youâ€™re the kind of person who likes to watch videos on the train, or you simply want a device capable of displaying all yourÂ favouriteÂ photographs in HD quality, you certainly wonâ€™t be disappointed by the new release from Apple.
What About The Battery?Â
If youâ€™re looking for a phone with exemplary battery life, youâ€™re going to be disappointed. Whilst the average user should have no trouble getting through the day without issue, we tried to use the device for an hour to watch video clips and browse the internet only to find the battery life was reduced by over 20%. This means within 4 Â½ hours weâ€™d need to recharge to stay safe. Of course, this issue can be solved if you simply carry a spare battery or a portable charger in your pocket or handbag. Â
Perhaps we might come back and write a more substantial review of this new smartphone in the future, but for now that should be enough to sink your teeth into. In our opinion, the iPhone 5s is a good phone that you should definitely buy if you like Apple products. However, it is far too expensive, so it might be worth waiting for the summer price drop.