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The first reviews of the iPhone 5s and 5c hit the Web

Evan Dashevsky | Sept. 19, 2013
The press embargo has lifted, the press is now free to publish their first takes on Apple's latest devices.

In his glowing review, David Phelan at The Independent said of the 5s:

I've been impressed at how much faster everything — everything — moves.

Myriam Joire at Engadget described the 5s as "an evolution of the iPhone 5," but not "a must-have." Still, her tests found a noticeable jump in performance over the iPhone 5:

The iPhone 5 may be fast enough for some, but the 5s is significantly faster. In a few tests, the 5s performed more than three times better, while in others, it was closer to a 50 percent increase.

The Telegraph's Matt Warman gave the 5s 4.5-out-of-five stars in his review.

This is a device that adds features that make the existing iPhone even easier to use, more powerful and turn it into a better camera, all in a package that remains the classiest on the market.

Simply put, John Gruber says, "The iPhone 5S is fast." And his benchmark tests back it up:

The iPhone 5S is, in some measures, computationally superior to the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro from just five years ago. In your [expletive] pocket.

Edward C. Baig at USA Todaysays "the iPhone 5s makes the best smartphone even better." Despite some quibbles with the new iOS 7, Baig enjoyed the reinvented environment.

For all the chatter about what Apple has or hasn't included in its latest phones, the most radical alterations arrive with iOS 7. Fonts have been redrawn (not to everyone's liking, I'm sure). Apple scrapped the "skeuomorphic" design long associated with iOS in favor of a more modern translucent experience. I think most people will come to embrace it

Stuart Miles at Pocket-lint gave the 5s five-out-of-five stars, declaring "If you want a phone that just works, then the iPhone 5S is a very good place to start." In particular, he loved the new suite of camera features:

Ultimately Apple has created a cracking camera that requires you to have zero knowledge of how to take pictures - and we love that.


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