Stuart Miles of Pocket-lint gave the 5c four stars out of five, but still managed to give the device a less-than-glowing summation:
[I]f you are looking to upgrade from the 4 or the 4S, want to stick with Apple, but can't justify the 5S and its price, then this colourful option is could to be perfect for you.
The iPhone 5s: Basically, the best phone out there
"The new iPhone 5s is a delight," Walt Mossberg at AllThingsD declared. "Its hardware and software make it the best smartphone on the market." Regarding Apple's revolutionary touch ID technology built into the Home button, he states:
In my scores of tests, with three fingers, the reader never failed me and none of the 20 or so people I asked to test it was able to unlock the phone.
TechCrunch's Darrell Etherington says, "With the iPhone 5s, Apple once again wins the right to claim the title of best smartphone available."
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.
David Pogue at the New York Times notes that the 5s offers a noticeable speed upgrade over the previous generation:
Apple says the 5S's chip is twice as fast as before. Nobody was exactly complaining about the iPhone's speed before, but, sure, it's plenty quick.
Vincent Nguyen of SlashGear did not let the "s" in the title, damper his enthusiasm:
We've come to expect evolution not revolution from the "S" update to Apple's iPhone range, but the iPhone 5s could be enough to buck that trend.
Scott Stein at CNet sees "big potential" in the iPhone 5s and rated it four-out-of-five stars.
The iPhone 5S is not a required upgrade, but it's easily the fastest and most advanced Apple smartphone to date.
The Loop's Jim Dalrymple loved the Touch ID fingerprint sensor.
It was almost immediate. It's much quicker than entering in the passcode manually and all I have to do is rest my thumb on the Home button...
For his 5s review, Anand Lal Shimpi found the phone to be a slight upgrade from the iPhone 5 with most of the evolution happening inside the phone.
The iPhone 5s design remains one of the most compact flagship smartphones available. The move to a 4-inch display last year was very necessary, but some will undoubtedly be disappointed by the lack of any further progress on the screen dimension front.
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