As the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C go up on sale in the US, American technology websites have started posting their reviews for both the devices. The reviews are pretty predictable and basically reinforce the notion that both the iPhones are great devices.
The reviews talk about iOS 7 being the bigger deal and for iPhone 5 users, the iPhone 5S is not a big deal unless the user is hellbent on having the Touch ID functionality.
All Things D’s Walt Mossberg wrote “After a week of testing the iPhone 5s, I like it and can recommend it for anyone looking for a premium, advanced smartphone. If you are an iPhone fan with any model older than the iPhone 5, the new 5s will be a big step up. If you own an iPhone 5, there’s less of a case for upgrading, unless you want the fingerprint reader and improved camera.”
Anand Tech says the iPhone 5S is the biggest S update seen by the iPhone yet, “The iPhone 5s is quite possibly the biggest S-update we’ve ever seen from Apple. … At the end of the day, if you prefer iOS for your smartphone – the iPhone 5s won’t disappoint. In many ways it’s an evolutionary improvement over the iPhone 5, but in others it is a significant step forward. What Apple’s silicon teams have been doing for these past couple of years has really started to pay off. From a CPU and GPU standpoint, the 5s is probably the most futureproof of any iPhone ever launched. As much as it pains me to use the word futureproof, if you are one of those people who likes to hold onto their device for a while — the 5s is as good a starting point as any.”
David Pogue of the New York Times was of the opinion that Apple does not have its lead in terms of industrial design because competitors have caught up. He says “Apple still believes in superb design and tremendous polish. The iPhone is no longer the only smartphone that will keep you delighted for the length of your two-year contract — but it’s still among the few that will.”
Anand Lal Shimpy of Anand Tech believes that the iPhone 5C is a low-cost replacement for the iPhone 5, but it’s still a great smartphone. He says “The iPhone 5c is a well built device. For all intents and purposes it is a perfect replacement for the iPhone 5. If you were planning on buying a cost reduced iPhone 5 once the 5s came out, the iPhone 5c should have no problems filling that role. Its performance, battery life and camera quality are all on par with the 5.”
As for the iPhone 5C Myriam Joire of Engadget believes “It’s easy to be cynical and dismiss this handset as just an iPhone 5 in a colorful plastic shell, but that’s missing the point. … It inherits tried-and-true features from the iPhone 5 and also gains a few new ones, like the improved 1.2MP front-facing camera. Still, that’s only half the story. It’s iOS 7 that truly sets the 5c (and the iPhone 5s) apart, thanks to a delightful redesign and a dash of new functionality. With the 5c, Apple achieves an unprecedented level of synergy between hardware and software.”
Scott Stein of CNET believed that with the 5C Apple was closer at gaining its market share thanks to its low cost. He wrote, “Apple may not have set the global smartphone world on fire, but the 5c is another small step toward a more affordable iPhone. And if I were to pick an iPhone that wasn’t cutting-edge but still had everything most people needed to do everything they wanted, the iPhone 5c is it.”