iPhone review: Go with the iPhone 5s, forget the 5c

Apple's latest iPhones, the 5s and 5c, are both appealing, but only one is worth your hard-earned money.
by Richard Hall Modified: September 20, 2013 at 9:44 pm •  Published: September 21, 2013
A customer examines a new iPhone 5s at the Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha, Neb., on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, the day the new iPhone 5c and 5s models go on sale. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)
A customer examines a new iPhone 5s at the Nebraska Furniture Mart in Omaha, Neb., on Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, the day the new iPhone 5c and 5s models go on sale. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

Apple always aims to please and, for the most part, succeeds with their newest iPhones, the 5s and 5c.

The differences between the two devices are easy to notice, from the colorful plastic casing that surrounds the 5c to the way the 5s blazes past its little brother in terms of functionality.

Both sport 4-inch Retina displays, support LTE, have talk times of up to 10 hours, and come in 16GB and 32GB versions. But that's where the comparisons end.

About the 5s

The 5s boasts an A7 processor (compared to the 5c's A6) and a new-to-Apple M7 motion coprocessor. What this means is, combined with Apple's iOS 7, the 5s has the tech to match the software.

Apps and games that support the A7's 64-bit architecture will perform better than non-64-bit versions while also going easy on the device's battery. And, of course, iOS 7 was designed with the A7 in mind, so it's no shock that the OS performs ideally on the 5s, compared to older iPhones and the 5c.

One of the standout features of the 5s is the camera, which uses dual-LED flash technology called True Tone. Basically, the phone uses two different flashes — white and amber — to help the device recognize the color temperatures of the subject's setting, which then instructs the LEDs to match the temperature.

The camera's technology helps you take better photos. Though the photos won't always turn out as well as those taken with a Nokia Lumia 1020, the 5s' camera is the best ever on any Apple device.

The software wrapped around the camera is where the fun begins. Though part gimmick and part cool, the iPhone 5s' slow-motion ability is practically unrivaled in the smartphone arena. It's easy and fun to use, and captures up to 120 frames per second in 1080p resolution.

Now, enter the phone's Touch ID biometric sensor.

Apple decided it's time to put a fingerprint sensor on their flagship device, and though it's also a bit gimmicky, it will definitely find fans, which I suspect will be a majority of iUsers. It's a clever way of allowing authenticated users entrance into his or her phone, which could always benefit from that added layer of protection. It also comes in handy when purchasing apps, music and movies on iTunes, because you can use the scanner to authorize payments rather than inputting a password for every purchase.

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by Richard Hall
Newsroom Developer
Richard Hall is a newsroom developer, editor and blogger for NewsOK. He was born in Austin, Texas, spent his childhood in southern California and has lived in Norman since 1999. He graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2008.
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