The iPhone 5s hit our shelves on September 20th, and no-one’s been able to stop talking about it since.
Here are just 5 of our top things about the iPhone 5s which make it one of the best phones of this year…
OK, so we might have heard a lot of bad press about the iPhone 5s’ fingerprint scanner due to security issues, but at the end of the day, there’s no denying that the scanner built into the phone’s home button is just cool.
The iPhone 5s allows you to save up to 5 fingerprints on your phone, meaning the whole family can have a go on the same device, while at the same time keeping away any small-time criminals, petty thieves and hackers (in theory, anyway!).
The fingerprint scanner on the iPhone 5s demonstrates Apple’s focus on improving the security of its devices, a feature which we are already seeing other manufacturers looking into (read: HTC One Max rumours). And if you ask any Joe Blogs on the street, they’ll tell you the same: the best thing about the iPhone 5s is the fingerprint scanner!
Another thing that I really like about the iPhone 5s is the choice of colours that Apple is offering. Although they are slightly less vibrant than the iPhone 5c- which isn’t difficult- Apple has strayed away from the usual two colour options: black and white.
Instead, you can pick up the iPhone 5s in either ‘space grey’, champagne and silver, which gives the device even more of a premium feel than ever before.
Perhaps the most notable thing about the iPhone 5s (after you’ve got over the fingerprint scanner and colour variations!) is its operating system. This year Apple launched iOS 7, a complete overhaul of iOS 6 which is different in both style and function, and really transforms the iPhone.
The interface of iOS 7 is vibrant and fun, with more colourful and 3D-looking icons than before. The updated OS also offers a variety of new features, such as the control panel which you can access by swiping up from the bottom of the screen. Much like Androids, this control panel houses some of the most-used settings functions, as well as displaying your notifications.
By double tapping the home button on the iPhone 5s, you can also view your last-opened apps, allowing you to flit between apps with minimal effort.
When the iPhone 5s was unveiled, I do remember wondering why Apple included a Slo-mo video recording option on the iPhone 5s.
However, after having a go on the device itself, I discovered that hours of entertainment could be had within this feature. I recorded a whole range of seemingly normal activities; people walking down the street, cats running across the car park etc. which were transformed on playback by the slo-mo feature on the iPhone 5s. If you or anyone you know has got an iPhone 5s, try it for yourself!
Oh, and it’s probably worth mentioning that the iPhone 5s has a pretty impressive normal camera as well. With 8 megapixels, the lens produces even better photos than the iPhone 5, partly down to its True Tone Flash, which alters the flash according to the primary colour in the photo’s background.
Last but not least is AirDrop. AirDrop is a common feature on Mac computers, but the iPhone 5s and 5c were the first devices to come with the feature installed.
AirDrop essentially allows you to share numerous photos, files and screenshots within seconds, much like you would with Bluetooth. Simply search for other iPhones near you and click ‘share’, and within moments your files will transfer to the other device.
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