iPhone 5S provides excellent sound quality via its noise-cancelling
microphones to the person on the other side. The quality of the ear
speaker is also great with voices clear even on a windy high street or
The speakers on the iPhone 5S have also had
an upgrade, providing much clearer sound with less distortion at maximum
volume. You won't be throwing any raves and the stereo speakers on the HTC One are still in a class of their own, but the 5S speaker works perfectly for hand's free calls and watching videos.
Should I buy the iPhone 5S?
you're a convert to the plethora of phones with big screens on the
market you may initially struggle to go back to the 4-inch display of
the iPhone 5S, excellent though it is. That doesn't mean you shouldn't
try, though. The iPhone 5S is more of a phone than some of the Android
behemoths that straddle the realm of tablets, and it's a pleasure to use
Performance is superb and its camera performs very
well. iOS 7 feels fresh and vibrant and the App Store has by far the
best selection of apps you know are safe.
It is undoubtedly the best phone with a screen smaller than 4.7 inches.
But it comes at a price.
iPhone 5S starts at £549 for the 16GB model, rising up to £709 for the
64GB one with the 32GB model making the piggy in the middle at £629. If
you want it on contract you'll be looking at around £40 a month for
That's a lot of money, the same as the Sony Xperia Z1
which offers great performance, waterproofing, a solid camera and a
microSD card slot for cheap additional storage. However many will find
that too bulky.
The Galaxy S4
has fallen behind in terms of performance and is not nearly as well
formed as the iPhone 5S, but the amount of functionality and features
Samsung has managed to pack into the svelte body is impressive.
Then there's the HTC One, arguably the best looking of all. It, however, suffers from an indifferent camera and average battery life.
a tough decision but you won't go wrong with the iPhone 5S, especially
if you're thinking of upgrading from and iPhone 4 or 4S. The benefits
you will see upgrading from the iPhone 5 are fewer.
while iPhone 5S is pricey, there's another thing to consider, iPhones
retain their value very well with used 16GB 4Ss still selling for around
The iPhone 5S may look like
an iPhone 5, but it's better in all the right ways. If you are very
comfortable with a bigger screen you might want to look elsewhere, but
the iPhone 5S is a consummate performer that puts very few steps wrong.