First iPhone 5s and 5c reviews roll out [round-up]

As you probably know by now, Apple’s new iPhone 5s and 5c launch this coming Friday (September 20th). While that is still a couple days away, some reviewers have had their hands on the devices for a little while, and reviews are now allowed by Apple. As the reviews come in, it appears as if they are almost all fairly positive, especially when concerning some of the improvements such as the camera and even the new Touch ID fingerprint scanner in the new home button on the 5s, and many also praise the new casing for the plastic 5c.

iPhone 5s

When it comes to the new 5s, AllThingsD priases the new Touch ID system, especially when compared to previous fingerprint scanners implemented on other smart phones, such as the Motorola Atrix.

The iPhone 5s is the first digital device I’ve seen with a simple, reliable fingerprint reader — one you can confidently use, without a thought, to unlock the device instead of typing in a passcode. You can even use this fingerprint reader, called Touch ID, to authorize purchases from Apple’s App, iTunes and e-book stores.

It sounds like a gimmick, but it’s a real advance, the biggest step ever in biometric authentication for everyday devices. After using Touch ID, I found it annoying to go back to typing in passcodes on my older iPhone.

While the 5s’s new camera has been widely praised for its improved image quality, CNET is also quick to point out that other smart phone cameras have been catching up to Apple very quickly.

Touch ID may be getting all the headlines lately, but the iPhone 5S’ improved camera is probably its biggest selling point. Cameras are no longer afterthoughts on smartphones: they’re becoming the most important feature, for many, as they slowly but surely replace point-and-shoot cameras.

If you’re getting a new iPhone for its camera, get the 5S. A suite of new and useful upgrades help make the already-good iPhone 5 camera into something even better…but, in a landscape riddled with increasingly impressive phone cameras, the iPhone stands out a little less than before.

iPhone 5c

While the iPhone 5c doesn’t bring any new features to the table like the iPhone 5s does, it does bring a whole new design for Apple products, and while it isn’t made from premium materials, reviewers like Engadget still find the new design quite appealing.

We’re not going to lie. The iPhone 5c is gorgeous — we’d even argue that it’s the most beautiful iPhone since the 4 and 4s. It instantly makes the iPhone 5 and 5s look staid in comparison. Sure, we prefer materials like aluminum and glass over plastic, and we appreciate the intricate craftsmanship that goes into building the iPhone 5 and 5s, but still, we can’t help it — the 5c just triggers some reptilian part of our brains that screams, “OMG, color!” It brings a breath of fresh air to the iPhone lineup and will appeal to consumers at an emotional level. As such, we predict the 5c is going to be wildly popular this holiday season.

As with other reviewers, TechCrunch continues the trend of praising the hardware of the 5c. It also attempts to explain some of the reasoning behind Apple’s choice in plastic rather than keeping the metal design.

Arguably the iPhone 5c’s most noteworthy feature is its new design. Apple went plastic, or should I say went back to plastic, after switching to metal and glass with the iPhone 4. To date, Apple’s choice of materials has been one of its prime differentiating factors, at least from an aesthetics point of view, vs. the Android crop of competitors. So does dipping back into a polycarbonate shell threaten the image Apple has tried so hard to cultivate?

The answer is a resounding ‘No.’ Apple notes that the iPhone 5c is actually polycarbonate because it wanted to get the colors just right, and doing so in metal just wasn’t feasible. Further, it points out that there’s a steel frame (which doubles as an antenna) girding that polycarbonate shell, which results in a phone that feels sturdy in the hand, without the flex or perceived fragility of other plastic device designs.

Be sure to check out all of the reviews above, and stay tuned to Today’s iPhone for our very own opinions on the devices coming soon!  What do you think about Apple’s new devices? Do you like the changes? Sound off in the comments section and let us know what you think about the new phones!

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  • mikfaya

    Am not after them (the above phones)…! All i want to know is ,when is apple going to release their fucking iOS 7 software ..! Cus am tired of waiting …! Can anyone pls tell me ?

  • jabombardier

    @mikfaya sometime today pacific standard time.

  • DrewPage

    @mikfaya I’ve read that 10 am Pacific time is the release time.  That’s 1 pm Eastern or 6 pm British Standard Time.