Richi Jennings

iPhone 5S and 5C review roundup

September 18, 2013 6:29 AM EDT

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iPhone 5C

Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is kindly allowing reviewers to now publish their iPhone 5S and 5C reviews. That was nice gesture by the Cupertino company. So are the new iPhones any good? Let's find out.

In IT Blogwatch, your humble blogwatcher curates all you need to know.

 
He's Walt Mossberg (shutup):

[The] iPhone 5s has a potentially game-changing hardware feature and a radically new operating system. ... Touch ID...sounds like a gimmick, but it’s a real advance, the biggest step ever in biometric authentication. ... Then there’s the new operating system on this phone, called iOS 7. ...the biggest overhaul to the iPhone’s core software since the original model launched in 2007.
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If you own an iPhone 5, there’s less of a case for upgrading, unless you want the fingerprint reader and improved camera. ... My biggest disappointment is that there have been only minor improvements to the keyboard. ... Apple still bars you from substituting third-party keyboards. ... Overall, however, the new iPhone 5s is...the best smartphone on the market.  MORE


 
Arch-rival David Pogue learns lessons:

The budget model, the new iPhone 5C, comes in five colors. ... It’s essentially identical to last year’s iPhone 5, except that its back and sides are...plastic...polycarbonate, lacquered like a glossy piano. ... It will sell like hot cakes...Friday. But [it] isn’t a stunning advance.
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iOS 7...looks nothing like the old iOS. ...it completely abandons Apple’s formerly favorite design principle, skeuomorphism. ... You might love this design, and you might loathe it.
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Apple still believes in superb design and tremendous polish. The iPhone is no longer the only smartphone that will keep you delighted...but it’s still among the few.  MORE


 
What about enterprise use? Antone Gonsalves says "Forget about it":

The new security features in iOS 7 has made the iPhone a better choice [than] Android. ... But the battle for business customers is far from over. ... Apple's advantage will be short-lived.
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In the PC market, Microsoft clobbered Apple by providing developers with an "open" platform. ... As a result, far more innovative business software was built for Windows. ... A similar fate awaits Apple in the smartphone market. ...software vendors have built [Android] products that Apple would never allow on iOS. ... That trend will continue. ... Many more business apps will be available on Android, and...enterprise-class security options. ... A similar fate awaits Apple in the tablet market.
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[The] iOS 7...enterprise-class security will soon be just the baseline for all smartphones.  MORE


 
John Gruber digs deeper:

[The] iPhone 5C [is] an iPhone 5 [but] now supports more LTE bands and faster LTE speeds, and the front...camera is better. ... It simply is not interesting in terms of tech specs. [It] is purely an emotional play. ...in marketing, what looks new is new. ... Apple may well have created...the most popular smartphone in the world, based almost entirely on year-old technology [but] sold at premium prices.
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The iPhone 5S shows that there remains much room for refinement. ... There are serious performance gains by going 64-bit. ... ARMv7, the 32-bit platform upon which Apple’s previous generation A6 CPU was built [had]an amalgamation of cruft, some of it dating back decades. ... ARMv8, the architecture upon which Apple’s new A7 is designed, is a clean break. ... ARMv8’s improved instruction set alone has resulted in 15-20 percent performance gains while...using less power.  MORE


 
In response to Mossberg's "game-changing" comment, Heidi N. Moore quips:

So was smallpox.  MORE


 
To which, Leslie Bialler replies, sarcastically:

You don't get it, H. Apple is good. Apple is benevolent. Just check out their ads [and] forget they're made by Chinese wage slaves.  MORE


 

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