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Discussion in 'iPhone' started by StevesJob, Sep 26, 2013.
Is the iPhone 5S good?
I switched from an HTC One. A few things I miss, but overall it's a beautiful phone and OS. Fast, well constructed, and a joy to use.
Go to Android Central or someplace like that and ask the same question if you want some balance. You'll mostly get raves here.
What do you miss if you don't mind me asking?
It's good, but right now, before we have any real apps utilizing the hardware, it's basically a 5, with some different colors, and a cool party trick (fingerprint scanner).
I say that, but I rather like the fingerprint scanner. It's pretty handy, and much more convenient than typing in a passcode. That said, I don't feel it a worthy upgrade to the 5 right now, from an end user perspective. By the time we see the hardware truly being utilized, the next phone will be just around the corner. And that's fine. Not a knock on Apple at all. It has much better hardware, it's just that we can't take advantage of it (yet).
This is a great question and I am subscribing to this thread.
Before it goes to the wasteland.
The screen. It's absolutely gorgeous. At 4.7 and 1920 x 1080 resolution it's beautiful and can show much more info at once. The 5s screen is lovely, but feels cramped in comparison.
BlinkFeed: Surprisingly nice aggregator mixing news stories with social network activity
Zoes/Highlights: Zoes are mini videos and when you spend some time taking a series of photos and/or Zoes at a particular time or place it creates Highlights, which stitch together pictures plus Zoes and you can choose themes, e.g. quiet music with slow transitions or more energetic music with faster/jumpier transition. Very nicely done way to review memories from a particular day's activities.
Widgets: Being able to mix app icons with folders with things like lists of recent e-mails or tweets or music app controls all together at one level is very flexible and the HTC One is fast enough to run them without hitching
Customizable keyboards: Swype and/or SwiftKey are both excellent, and while the iPhone's keyboard is quite nice, losing that flexibility is tough.
*Great* speakers for a cell phone
iPhone 5S advantages:
Camera takes better pictures and slow-mo is fun & implemented well
The HTC One is a smooth/fast phone, but the 5s is noticeably smoother and faster
Fingerprint sensor works well and is a nicer feature than I anticipated
Music sounds better on headphones
Multitasking is done better on iOS 7
Google Now may be getting creepy smart, but I have more fun with Siri
I prefer Safari to Chrome or HTC browser on the One
HTC One is a lovely design, but the iPhone is still a notch above IMO
I'm sure I could come up with more in both categories with a bit more thought, but those are what spring to mind first. Both are beautiful phones and delightful to use in many ways.