iPhone 5s - Underwhelmed or Overwhelmed?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by noobinator, Sep 10, 2013.


What do you think of the iPhone 5s

  1. Underwhelmed?

    231 vote(s)
  2. I suppose it is ok

    206 vote(s)
  3. Overwhelmed?

    69 vote(s)
  1. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    What do you think of the iPhone 5s now that we know everything?
  2. dumastudetto macrumors 68030

    Aug 28, 2013
    I feared I would be disappointed but I'm overwhelmed by the announcements tbh. The new camera technology is just incredible. I also love the fact we can authenticate store purchases using a fingerprint. The 64 bit performance will be utterly ridiculous.
  3. codysanborn macrumors newbie

    Aug 3, 2013
    Explain the 64bit performance to me please? Dont know that much about it.?
  4. jlblodgett macrumors 6502a

    Apr 18, 2008
    Coming from an iPhone 4S - definitely an amazing upgrade.
  5. iBreatheApple macrumors 68030


    Sep 3, 2011
    I'd have liked another "cool factor." Honestly my main excitement is slo-mo recording at 120fps. The Touch ID Sensor is a bit cooler than I imagined. Other than that, eh... I guess I'll be purchasing it, though. Mainly because, for the first time ever, I'm having to juggle space and pick and chose things to delete so a 32GB is a must now.
  6. Jimmy James macrumors 68040

    Jimmy James

    Oct 26, 2008
    Apple knocked it out of the park with the camera. Real, meaningful changes that actually make a difference.
  7. amdmaxx, Sep 10, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 10, 2013

    amdmaxx macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2011
    nothing special. I'll pass

    Looking forward to IP6 with wish list below:
    - 802.11 ac wifi
    - NFC
    - larger screen
    - Better resolution screen (1080p+)
    - 12+ megapixels +iSight
    - 128 GB
    - LTE Advanced & VoLTE (can talk and browse internet on Verizon network simultaneously)
    - 1080p recording (maybe even 4k!)
    - Larger and longer lasting battery
  8. Robster3 macrumors 68000

    Dec 13, 2012
    I think $1129 for a 64gb in Australia is over the top, a $129 increase on 5.
  9. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Why do you need more megapixels?
  10. MeUnix macrumors 6502

    Aug 21, 2013
    San Francisco
    I was impressed by the new features introduced with the iPhone 5S, especially the new camera technology and new 64-bit processor :D

    I know what phone I'll be buying when I upgrade :apple:
  11. boomhower macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2011
    I voted underwhelmed but depending on how the FP reader works that judgement could change. Sticking with 16GB is really getting old.
  12. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    Because people have been led to believe by the Samsung's and the Nokia's that more megapixels automatically means a better shot. Which is almost entirely wrong, but my camera has a bigger number then yours therefore i'm better.
  13. richardbb85 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 9, 2009
    iphone 5 is fast already, an average usuer won't notice the difference 5s v 5 speed.
  14. AppleFan91 macrumors 65816


    Sep 11, 2012
    Indy, US
    that is from CNET my good friend and it appears that unlike Motorola and so many PC manufacturers, Apple may have gotten it right.
  15. ABC5S Suspended


    Sep 10, 2013
    1. Camera

    2. A7 64 bit

    3. FingerPrint Sensor

    4. Captures video at a staggering 120 frames per second instead of the usual 30fps

    Not overwhelmed, but a nice upgrade would have been a choice as well OP.
  16. EdMan macrumors 6502


    Oct 17, 2011
    I think it's ok. I mean c'mon guys and gals. We've been hearing this stuff for weeks/months? Nothing more or less really. Everyone expecting revolutionary might need to look elsewhere. The iPhone was revolutionary when it came out. Now it's mature and it's just refinement. I'm one of those who is pretty happy with the iPhone as far as hardware. If anything I'm a bit bored with iOS so changes there are more likely to get me excited.
  17. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Even though I'm not really interested, Apple has always done a good job with S model upgrades. I think the iP6 will have same design with 4.8 screen and make a lot of people happy.
  18. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    Anyone who knows how to read can't possibly have learned anything new today. Every single element of the iPhone 5S was known in advance of today's announcement. I'm not over or underwhelmed. It is what I thought it would be. Honestly the biggest surprise to me would be that they won't be offering a black/ slate iPhone this time around.
  19. Tsepz macrumors 68020


    Jan 24, 2013
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    I'd also like to know, people keep saying "great new 64-bit chip" but what exactly is the benefit???

    Better efficiency?
    More power?

    AFAIK, unless the 5S had 4GB RAM there isn't any obvious benefit of a 64-bit at the moment, but maybe I'm missing something?

    Anyway, I'm underwhelmed, I'll keep my GS4 and get either a Note 3 or wait for GS5.

    WRT the Camera, I'm glad it got a bigger sensor, but exactly how big? Is it anywhere near as large as the sensors found in the Xperia Z1 and Lumia 1020? Both these are NOT just about megapixel, they are all about sampling, with huge sensors.
  20. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    I think we need to wait until there are camera comparison tests before we decide if the new iPhone one is great or meh. I'm particularly interested in its low light performance as I almost always have the flash turned off.
  21. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    The 5S is rated 2X as fast as the 5. The 5 was rated 2X as fast as the 4S.

    Everyone said that the 5 was a huge speed upgrade over the 4S. So that means that everyone should feel the 5S is a huge speed upgrade over the 5. Unless iPhone 5 owners were simply lying about the speed increase over the 4S (I personally didn't think the 5 was that much faster than the 4S, for the record)

    Or there is a double standard going on...

    Good news for me, if I get rid of my 4S and upgrade, my phone will be 4X as fast. Upgrading every 2 years, for the win.
  22. RichardC300 macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2012
    Chapel Hill, NC
    Easily overwhelmed. The dual flash and improved camera will make pictures needing look so much better. That metal ring around a blank home button looks snazzy, too. Plus, it has a faster processor! Don't forget the fingerprint sensor and the motion processor, too!


    And those new colors are HOT!
  23. jbachandouris macrumors 601


    Aug 18, 2009
    Upstate NY

    I want, but not worth the family argument. Besides, Apple just replaced my phone 3 weeks ago, so no point.
  24. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

    Dave Felix

    Apr 9, 2011
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    I agree. I love the apps for iOS and the phone itself, but give me a break. It released a plastic phone and not a big and small one?

    I would love if the iPhone was released as iPhone 5S and iPhone 5L. L for large, and giving us a 4.4 (which is the average in the US for cellphones). Just my opinion.

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