iPhone 5s, first impressions

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by runebinder, Sep 20, 2013.

  1. runebinder macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    Nottingham, UK
    So after 2 years with Android I've come back to the iPhone and got a 32GB Space Grey 5s. To put into context my previous iPhone experience I had a 3Gs before it got upgraded for a Galaxy SII.

    Well impressed with the screen but as most people here have probably been used to retina displays the last couple of years that probably comes as no surprise. Thought a move down from a 4.3" to 4" screen would have been more of a system shock but thankfully adjusted pretty much instantly.

    I did keep hold of the 3Gs (updated to 6.1.4), and had been using it as an iPod touch until last week when I lent it to a mate. The 5s feels like it's on steroids compared to the 3Gs and SII. Everything is just smooth and fast, I'm quite happy with the animations etc in iOS 7, feel like they add to the experience rather than slow things down to me. Just bought Infinity Blade 3 as from the Keynote it looks like the current killer game to show the phone off properly, very impressed with the level of graphics and effects from my quick go on it.

    Touch ID: Sometimes non passcode/word based security options can sound great but be to much of an inconvenience in practice. When Android first brought out face unlock I couldn't wait to try it,, but with use it turned out to be very hit and miss as to whether it did work, and when it did it took longer to unlock the phone than do a pattern so I ended up tapping the x to bypass it and go straight to pattern unlock, and then ended up turning it off.

    I was wondering if Touch ID would be a similar experience, but thankfully finding it the opposite so far. It is certainly a lot faster than code or pattern unlocking, and so much more convenient then having to type a password when purchasing apps. Have not had it fail on me yet either so massive kudos to Apple for making what has been redundant tech in consumer electronics effortless and unobtrusive.

    I haven't had time to test the camera out yet, photography is certainly a hobby of mine and looking to see how it fairs in low light and how the new flash works out.

    My time with Android proved the grass isn't always greener on the other side, fragmentation of updates (My SII stopped receiving them a year and a half into my 2 year contract which is extremely poor), and the experience depending on the Manufacturer. Touchwiz is awful and I ended up rooting the handset and using custom ROMs quite early on. I remember being unimpressed with the new look in iOS 7 when I first saw it, however having used it, the OS is now growing on me. This is most noticeable when opening apps which haven't been updated yet and still use the old keyboard etc, they look quite dated.

    I'm sort of glad I did go to Android though because otherwise I'd probably have been upgrading from a 4s and wouldn't be appreciating the 5s as much. Yes Android has much more in the way of customisation, but to get the most of it you have to go down the custom ROM route, and in my experience that brings a whole host of problems like negative impact on stability and battery life.

    I'm delighted with the 5s and definitely glad to be back with a handset I know will receive regular updates through it's lifetime and far better syncing with my Mac.

    Sorry if this has been a bit rambling, I just wanted to write my thoughts down. Here's some photos of my new gadget :D



  2. yanki01 macrumors 68040


    Feb 28, 2009
    I didn't read through it all but how do you like the case?
  3. gsilver macrumors member

    Jul 6, 2010
  4. richpuer macrumors 6502

    Nov 15, 2010
  5. lienhart macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2013
    My sister is also coming from Android back to Apple, she's gonna love the 5S! Glad you enjoy your new phone :) Update with how you like the camera if you can! I do love photography mself. :p
  6. phillytim macrumors 65816


    Aug 12, 2011
    Philadelphia, PA
    Welcome back to Apple-land!!!

    Glad your switch back went well!!!
  7. MonkeySee.... macrumors 68040


    Sep 24, 2010
    Great post. I did take the time to read it.

    I played with the 5C today and really enjoyed it. I will be moving to the 5S at some point and I can't wait.
  8. Godzilla71 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 16, 2009
    WA state
    I would also like to know this I was planning on getting a black one. Thanks for the first impressions review! I read it as well. :D
  9. thegrants82 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2013
    Right here
    I am actually amazed at how fast my 5s is. I thought that my 5 was fast and didn't even realize the lag until this morning. Everything is totally instantaneous on the 5s. Amazing.
  10. mightygitis macrumors 6502


    Feb 3, 2011
    Hampton Roads
    I love it. I was hoping to start reading some comparisons to Android. Guy behind me in line this morning had an S3 and was there for a 5S. I hope he's liking it.
  11. stiltwalker macrumors newbie

    Sep 16, 2013
    It IS super fast. But I upgraded from a 4s so that may be the big change I see. Otherwise, I like the fact that its so lightweight. I also bought the beige leather case, it looks very sleek but I still don't think its worth $39. But I need more time to get a hold of the phone and all of the features. Right now going to bed since I waited in line all morning for my new toy. Cheers!
  12. Atrin1 macrumors regular

    Oct 4, 2012
    Glad to hear this. I used to think the 5 was so fast until they gave me a 4S for work. Can't wait to get one, but i'll be waiting just a couple of months.

    Nice review OP
  13. Rocko1 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2011
    You spent all that time writing this and you didn't even Try the camera? :rolleyes:
  14. thegrants82 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2013
    Right here
    From the few that I have taken the camera is awesome but it was also awesome with the 5 for me. I'm at work right now but can post a few low light shots later tonight. Not too crazy about the IOS 7 camera app. I used it all the way from Beta 1 but never got a warm and fuzzy from it.

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