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iPhone 5s Review Roundup

For those of you still limping along with an iPhone 4, this may be the upgrade for you!

Below I have compiled a few snippets from a few popular journalists and their thoughts on the iPhone 5s.

Walt Mossburg from AllThingsD weighs in on the iPhone 5s:

The Touch ID fingerprint sensor is built into the iPhone’s familiar, round Home button. To use it, you must first set up a passcode as a backup and then go through a brief training session for each finger you want to use. There have been laptops and at least one other phone with fingerprint sensors, but they have generally been unreliable and people tended to stop using them. Apple is using a different technology that turns the Homebutton (which still performs its usual functions) into a rapid, accurate finger scanner.

…Overall, however, the new iPhone 5s is a delight. Its hardware and software make it the best smartphoneon the market.

Darrel Etherington over at Tech Crunch got his hands on the iPhone 5s and had this to say:

Apple’s iPhone 5s still feels great in the hand, with a screen size that doesn’t preclude single-handed use for people with average- to large-sized mitts, but the small change from a concave home button to a flat one definitely affects the overall impression of using the device. It’s a small change, and not necessarily better or worse, but it does feel somewhat strange after six years of a curved button.

With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available. The hardware may resemble its predecessor in many key ways, as with the 4-inch Retina display, but it improves dramatically in areas like the camera where it makes the most difference to every day users, and in the addition of the fingerprint sensor, which is already a feature I miss when I switch back to older generation devices or the iPhone 5c. And thanks to the 64-bit A7 processor, this phone, more than any iPhone before it, is likely to be the device that grows more appealing as the software ecosystem catches up, which is great news for buyers looking for something that isn’t so easily replaced by the next big thing that comes along.

Jim Dalrymple from The Loop tells it like it is on the iPhone 5s:

A fingerprint sensor could be one of those cool features that everyone talks about, but nobody ends up using in their day-to-day lives because it’s too much of a hassle. I’ll be honest, heading into the event, I was wondering if Apple’s implementation of the sensor would be good enough to actually make it useful. Not just for a demo to make people gasp and clap, but could I use it every day.

The answer is unequivocally yes.

The iPhone 5s is a brilliant phone with some great new features that help you in work and play. The fingerprint sensor, camera, and improved speed and architecture, make the 5s my favorite iPhone to date.

And last but not least, John Gruber of Daring Fireball fame shows us his thoughts on the iPhone 5s:

This is what innovation, real innovation, looks like. It’s like the Thomas Edison quote, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Innovation is missed by most people because it is so often incremental.

With the A7 they’ve doubled CPU performance in exactly one year, at no apparent cost to battery life. They’ve potentially obviated the need for standalone motion trackers like Fitbits and Nike Fuelbands. And they’ve started a transition to platform-wide 64-bit computing years ahead of their competition.

With Touch ID they’ve eliminated the need to enter a passcode to unlock your phone and a (one hopes) complex password to download apps and media from the iTunes Store. Mere conveniences, yes, but very nice ones indeed. They’ve also potentially set the stage for numerous future conveniences. Imagine Touch ID integrated with the upcoming iCloud Keychains.

So there you have the brightest and luckiest journalists around playing with Apple’s flagship products before anyone else can.

Once Moe get’s his hands on his iPhone 5s, I know we will have a more in depth review here on Macdaily. Stay tuned.

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