The hottest smartphones of the holiday season were the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus. But Apple still sells the smaller iPhone 5s (and iPhone 5c), and if you’re after a smartphone with a smaller display than the company’s most recent option this is your best option –– it has TouchID, a 64-bit CPU, the M7 coprocessor and a very decent camera.
Both models of the iPhone 6 not only have a higher screen resolution than the iPhone 5s, they also feature advanced display technology like dual-domain pixels, which give you wider viewing angles and (almost) 40% better contrast ratio. However, given the iPhone 5s has less screen real estate (whether or not that is a good thing is entirely subjective) it’s arguable that any user without the sharpest eye wouldn’t notice a difference.
But just because the iPhone 5s has a lot going for it still doesn’t mean it’s not showing its age. My biggest beef with it is its level of storage, or lack thereof. When the iPhone 5s originally came out it was available in 16, 32, and 64 GB sizes. However, in typical Apple fashion, the company cut the then-high-end 64GB model when it relegated the 5s to second class citizen with the release of the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus (which now come in 16, 64, and 128 GB sizes). That means if you want an iPhone 5s, you are limited to the almost-useless 16 GB storage option or the bare-minimum-for-usefulness 32GB size. By 2015 standards, that’s not a lot.
The iPhone 5s’ battery isn’t great. It will do a full day with careful management but anything remotely resembling heavy usage will require a decent top up at some point in the afternoon to see you through until bedtime. This has always been the case with iPhones, and it’s a similar tale for the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5c. But Apple attempted to fix this with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus –– and to a large extent it succeeded.