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First hands-on impressions of new iPhones

John Cox | Sept. 12, 2013
iPhone 5C and 5S get good grades in quick tests by bloggers.

"It was fast launching apps and didn't have any problems handling a preloaded photo gallery, taking pictures using the new iOS7 camera app or anything else I did with it," says Martyn Williams, IDG News Service. "In short, it felt zippy."

Apple apparently paid a lot of attention to making the plastic body "feel premium."

"It's not a cheap-feeling phone, but it doesn't have the same premium finish as the 5S," says Slashgear's Chris Davies. "There's something a little toy-like about it, though not in a bad way; it's solid and dense, and creak-free, and the weight is evenly balanced along the length."

AnandTech's Brian Klug says he's "impressed with how the 5C ends up feeling in the hand."

"What's interesting about the 5C is really the way its rounded corners all seem to have the same radius, which gives it a very unified feeling in the hand," he says. "The front, edge, and sides all share that same rounded profile. It still retains the same overall profile as the iPhone 5 as well. Buttons on the 5C are clicky and responsive, and also have that same hard coated feeling without feeling cheap. That's really the important thing about the 5C: it had to be solid while still being made out of polymer, something OEMs in the Android space still haven't quite nailed down."

iPhone 5S: the new flagship
The iPhone 5S incorporates the industry's first 64-bit processor for a smartphone, an improved main camera and software, and integrated fingerprint scanner in the home button. It's also available in two new anodized aluminum colors: gold, and something variously described as black, graphite and space gray.

"In the hand the iPhone 5S feels much like the iPhone 5, with the 7.6mm depth and 112g weight giving a lightweight yet premium experience," says Luke Peters, writing for The Mirror. "Button and hardware placements also replicate that of the iPhone 5, with the only change being an improved flash on the back and the Touch ID [fingerprint] sensor that's built into the home screen.

Setup for the fingerprint scan was "very straightforward." The new camera "seemed to take noticeably crisper pictures than the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C," Peters says.

The performance is stellar. "The new processor is blazing fast, apps open in an instant, video content is free from judder, image-processing (we tried processing shots in the photo app) is perceptibly faster than the iPhone 5," he says. "Content just zips along in iOS7 and anyone making the jump from an iPhone 4S to the iPhone 5S will notice a huge difference in speed and power."

He viewed a demo of the new Infinity Blade III video game "and the graphics looked simply outrageous."


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