iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c reviews: 3 months later

iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c reviews: 3 months later

Three months ago Apple, for the first time ever, released not one but two new iPhones in the same year - the forward thinking iPhone 5s and the fun and friendly iPhone 5c. Both were variants on last year's iPhone 5. The 5s kept the same design but added a monstrous new 64-bit Apple A7 chipset, Apple M7 motion coprocessor, an even better iSight camera, and the Touch ID fingerprint identity scanner. The 5c kept most of the same internals but switched to brightly colored plastic backs.

It was a smart, if often misunderstood play. The iPhone 5s was meant to continue to be the big fall blockbuster, with huge opening-day lineups, a massive spike in sales, and then a steady decline until the next model. The 5c was meant to be different. It was meant to be popular-as-in-pop-art. Less movie and more TV show, it would sit on shelves, enticing shoppers throughout the year. Easier to manufacture than the 5 or 5s, and appealing to a slightly different audience, it let Apple test the waters not only of their addressable market, but of an expanded production run.

It's a little early to determine just how successful Apple's strategy will be over the course of the year, but having used the new phones for 90 days, it's absolutely long enough to see how both phones are doing for us the consumers. Often lost among the endless marketshare, profit share, and usage share metrics are what matters most to us, the people that buy and live with the phones - how well they work for us not just on launch day, but every day.

Previously on iMore...

Chart of all iPhone models, including their specs

Ally Kazmucha

I picked up both an iPhone 5s and an iPhone 5c on launch day. My daily driver since then has been the iPhone 5s, but I’ve spent some time with both. I personally don’t see a significant speed increase in the iPhone 5s over its predecessor but I don’t think we were meant to. The 64-bit processor seems to me as a way of Apple future proofing more than anything. And that’s okay. The iPhone 5s is still blazingly fast. Touch ID works great for me and it irritates me to have to type in a passcode on my iPad Air.

As for the iPhone 5c, I was very surprised by the build quality. It isn’t cheap at all and feels great in your hand. I almost actually prefer the feel of holding it to the iPhone 5s. I’ve recommended it to anyone who is new to iPhone who doesn’t need the latest and greatest and they’ve all loved it.

Both the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c are great phones. The only thing I was somewhat disappointed with was the flash on the iPhone 5s. I had high hopes that nighttime photography would be improved with the new flash. It hasn’t been and I still avoid using the flash whenever possible.

Other than that, I have no complaints and feel the iPhone 5s is exactly what I expected it to be. For me, Apple’s headliner this year was the iPad Air, not the iPhone 5s.

Peter Cohen

The iPhone 5s doesn't look remarkably different than the iPhone 5 that replaced it, but differences become apparent when I run apps on it - games, especially real bleeding-edge stuff like Infinity Blade III, run with incredible graphics quality. I've also been really impressed by the iPhone 5s's camera; much better in low light conditions, dramatically improved flash and really cool slow-motion capture. It's the first iPhone I've used that doesn't make me feel like I'm fighting to get a good picture. Also, Touch ID on the iPhone 5s has been an absolute game changer for me. Now I get frustrated using iOS devices that don't automatically unlock when I hold my thumb over the home button - so much so that Touch ID is one thing that's keeping me from pulling the trigger on a new iPad, as much as I want one.

Richard Devine

The best thing I can say about moving from the iPhone 5 to the iPhone 5s is that there's nothing that would make me want to go back. Battery life is at least as good, since rarely do I struggle to get through a day on a single charge, the camera is a distinct upgrade, and arguably I'd say it holds a better data signal where I live. The last point is something I often struggled with on my old iPhone 5, so it's pleasing that things seem to be better.

It really has been the complete package. TouchID continues to amaze me, it only fails when I fail (make sure you wash your hands after eating a burger!) and my only issues are related to software. That I can live with, because Apple can fix software issues relatively easily. I said it before and I'll say it again; the iPhone 5s is still the best phone I've used this year.

Derek Kessler

I, with about 500 of my closest friends, lined up three months ago at the Cincinnati Apple Store to purchase a brand new iPhone 5s. While the process of acquiring and activating the 5s was something of a debacle for me (Hi, Verizon!), within a week everything got sorted and I walked out of the store with a new iPhone.

Coming from an iPhone 5, the 5s hasn’t proven to be an Earth-shattering update for me. The fingerprint scanner has added a new level of security to my life, for as much as I always advocated for securing devices and using strong passwords, I never ever put a PIN lock on my iPhone. But Touch ID made it too damn easy to not. It took a while to fully reprogram my brain, but now I instinctively expect all iPads and iPhones to unlock with a pause of my thumb.

The 5s camera is obviously better, especially in low-light situations. I’m not sure if it’s the fault of software or hardware or if I’m just getting old and creaky, but it seems harder for me to capture a photo without shake-induced blur than before. I’m aware of the rapid-fire auto-select option, but I tend to forget (even if I use a similar tool by default on my proper dedicated camera).

Apart from that, not much has changed from my iPhone 5 experience. The iPhone 5s is still fast, it’s still lightweight, and on most days I throw it on the charger with more than enough juice left over. Just the other day I upgraded my parents from their old 4S units to 5s iPhones (Merry Christmas!) and they were blown away by the difference in all regards (especially weight and the addition of LTE to their lives, even if it is on Sprint’s limited network).

Like the iPhone 3GS was to the 3G and the iPhone 4S was to the 4, the iPhone 5s isn’t a revolution compared to the previous generation 5. Nobody should have expected it to be such. This is how Apple works - iterating to faster, better, stronger, lighter devices. They do it across their line-up. You can trace the design lineage of a current generation MacBook Pro all the way to the old titanium-shelled PowerBook G4 of 2001. The iPhone’s lineage isn’t quite as deep, but it still exemplifies Apple’s modus operandi: iterate iterate iterate.

Joe Keller

Three months in, I'm still doing more on my iPhone 5s than I did on my 4s. These are things that I used to do on my iPad, like catch up on Twitter after a long time away or reading news. Everything is still rock-solid, and apps still open quickly, and run smoothly. Games especially run better than they did on my 4s. I'm still getting good performance out of my battery, even after a day of heavy use.

Touch ID is still a standout feature for me, and I use it every day. Even if you don't want to lock your phone with it, I would still suggest turning it on for iTunes purchasing alone. In the past three months, I've adopted a new, very complicated iTunes password, and between 1Password and Touch ID, I don't have to worry about forgetting it. The only times I'm prompted to re-enter my iTunes password now are following a complete shutdown and restart of my phone, which I do rarely. And yes, I do sometimes try to unlock my iPad by putting my thumb on the Home button, always without success.

Kevin Michaluk

Things I'm loving:

  1. I like GOLDDDD!!! Seriously, I do like the champagne gold color. The color can really change depending on the light. If the sun catches it the right way, it becomes a beautiful shade of sparkling rose gold that's almost mesmerizing.
  2. Touch ID. Really this is the #1 thing I love about the iPhone 5s. It angers me that my iPad Air doesn't have Touch ID. It's already habitual, so nearly every time I pick up my iPad I forget it doesn't have to have it. One thing I have noticed recently though is that it doesn't seem to work as fast or as well in cold weather (we're talking Winnipeg cold weather). I'm not sure if it's just me, or maybe this is a thing - could be when I'm trying to use the phone with frozen hands my fingerprints look different. Either way, it just doesn't seem quite as responsive in the cold.
  3. The camera. It really rocks, not just for the quality of the photo but for the camera app's speed of use. Compared to other phones I'm using these days (Z30, Galaxy S4, Note 3, Lumia 920), I just find the camera focuses so much faster than on other phones. The new UI in the camera is app is really efficient and I love that square photos are now there. Also loving slo-mo. I really wish there was a countdown timer built into the app though. I get that I could just record video and do a screen grab, but sometimes you just need a quick countdown for the perfect arms-fully-extended selfie!
  4. The eye candy. I'm a big fan of "moments of charm" and iOS 7 full of them. I like the particle engine UI stuff going on. And possibly the coolest and creepiest is when you go into FaceTime and the camera puts a blurry you as the background. Not quite as original, but I always like the blizzard animations in the weather app too - lord knows I see that screen often enough.
  5. iOS 7 efficiency. For years I've said that BlackBerry is for people who have sh!t to do and need to get things done, while iOS is for people who have time to kill and are looking for things to do. With iOS 7, I'm finding a lot more efficiency finally coming into the OS. It almost feels like Apple has some ex-BlackBerry engineers working for them these days. Two examples: when I'm first sending a single photo as an attachment, I love that I can scroll through and select more right there; the Collections view in the photo app is not only fun, it's fast! I'd still rank BB much higher in terms of pure get it done efficiency (and multi-tasking on iOS is still too slow), but it's a big step in the right direction for iOS. I can at least use iOS 7 without wanting to throw it out a window.

Things that irk me:

  1. The short power cord. Would it really kill Apple to include a longer power cord? I haven't measured it up to every other cable that comes with every other phone I own, but I'm pretty sure the iPhone cord is foot shorter than most, if not more. I mean, if they're going to go with proprietary tech (lighting rather than microUSB), at least put some length on the cable.
  2. The small screen. I know this is personal preference (everybody has their own smartphone hierarchy of needs), but the iPhone's display is really, really, really feeling small these days. If you only use the iPhone and no nothing else it's fine. But if you start using a phone with a bigger display and pick up an iPhone after that, it feels like it's made for toddlers. Too dang small. Having a small screen is good for one handed typing, but after having used all sizes of phones I'm at the point where I think it's just too small now for me. I'd definitely prefer an iPhone with a bigger display.
  3. The case conundrum. I'm never quite comfortable with the iPhone 5s. If I don't put a case on it, I find it incredibly slippery and I drop it and have dropped it several times now (it just flies out of my hands). It feels good in the Apple leather case that I bought for it, but then I get ticked off at night when I go to put it on the charging dock I bought from Apple which doesn't work a case inserted. And that case is a pain in the butt to take off. Of course, the Apple employee I bought it from didn't warn me that the case wouldn't work with the dock when I bought both at the same time. You'd think a company like Apple would give more thought to how their OEM accessories worked together in harmony. Instead, it's like they worked hard to figure out how to make them infuriate me.
  4. Multitasking (aka switching between apps FAST). Even though it's improved on iOS 7 (at least you can close apps by swiping them away and not holding for two seconds on an app then x'ing it off), I find the whole switching between apps process to be incredibly slow. This is especially the case compared to BlackBerry 10, but just in general it's slow. iOS 7 has added a lot more gestures into the interface, but they really need to add some quicker ways to get around for power users. I get that the current system is simple and easy for people to learn. But it's just that, simple.
  5. AirDrop doesn't work with my Mac. WTF?! How the hell can AirDrop exist both on Mac and on iOS, have the same name, but the iOS versions don't talk to the Mac versions. And how the heck is the average user supposed to know that?
  6. It takes way too long to organize the homescreen (and why only 9 apps in a folder?!). I don't understand why Apple hasn't solved this problem yet. People install tons of apps on their iPhone, but then it gets soo messy - you just can't find things. So you organize into folders. But the process of doing this takes soo long. I dread it. I just install things. I finally bit the bullet while on a recent overseas flight and spent 3 hours getting all my apps moved around and into folders. There really should be some sort of desktop utility for this. And once I do it, it should remember it for ever and ever and ever.
  7. Notifications drop down. I find it really useless. Just as I praised iOS 7 above for getting more efficient, implementations like this make me think they don't have a great philosphy and are just throwing things at iOS 7 like a bandaid to make sure it feels current. It's quicker to just jump into apps than to swipe down and keep scrolling and tapping through all of the Today/notifications content. And not having a clear all in the All section is dumb. I have scroll and tap the X and scroll and tap the X again to clear out notifications for each app. Dumb dumb dumb dumb dumb.

I definitely think this is the best iPhone yet and for a lot of people it will be the best smartphone for them. It's simple enough to pick up learn how to use, and the iOS 7 eye candy makes it fun to use. Just don't take that to mean it's the best smartphone full stop. There is still a lot of room for improvement.

Rene Ritchie

Up until September the only phone my mom wanted was the free Samsung flip offered her by Rogers. Then she saw "Better Together", the Apple commercial that showed how iOS 7 and the iPhone 5c looked and worked as one. Her eyes lit up. It was Warhol. She wanted one immediately. She's been using the iPhone 5c for the last 3 months and loving it. Where previously she never - not ever - texted, now she sends iMessages replete with Emoji every day. Where previously she kept her phone off except for cases of emergency, now she uses it to read iBooks - synced with her iPad - and to find things out on the web, and to take and share photos of the miraculous things she's so adapt at finding in the world around her. In short, she loves it, and as she discovers new things she can do with it, she loves it more. In that regard, it gave Apple the new audience they wanted, but it gave my mom something more - the first phone she wanted, and a device that extended her connection not only to the internet, but to her family. 3 months later, and she's not only happy with the performance, durability, and capability of the iPhone 5c, she's enamored with it.

As for me, I've been enjoying the hell out of the iPhone 5s. The A7 processor is ridiculously over powered but as I play around in 64-bit djay2 or go full on OpenGL eS 3.0 with Infinity Blade 3, I have to stop and do a reality check and remind myself it's a phone I'm holding in my hands. The new camera manages to capture even more great shots in an even wider range of circumstances, and Slo-Mo especially has been a hit with family and friends. Touch ID, as I've said before, is identity rather than security, but is so good at what it does I want it on my house. I could easily imagine myself with a 4.3-4.7-inch iPhone next year. But for this year, everything else is so good, from hardware to software to apps, I'm still reaching for my 5s exponentially more than my Nexus 5 or Lumia 1020.

iOS 7 deserves separate mention though. It's still hauntingly beautiful in some places, totally unfinished in others, and bewildering in far too many. It improves the experience in a vast array of ways, but gums it up in some really frustrating ways. It was the shortest development cycle and the most radical design change in iOS history, too factors which do not play nicely together. There's so much good here, both in concept and execution, that I"m happy to extend Apple some grace in getting it finished, but they need to move faster. It's the end of 2013 as I write this and iOS 7.1 is only in its second beta. Maybe, like the OS itself, the way in which it's updated and released needs to evolve to better match the capabilities of the digitally native world as well?

Your 3-month later review?

As always, yours is the most important voice here. If you've been using an iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, let us know how it's been working for you. Day in, day out, month after month, what have you loved, what have you liked, and what, if anything, has let you down?

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More general about iOS 7 than the 5s or 5c. I completely agree with Kevin Michaluk's "things that irk me" #7. Notification center really is useless. I barely ever use it. I see all the notifications on my lock screen. When I unlock the phone I either unlock directly into one of the apps with a notification. Or I just tap the icon with a badge on it to see what's there. IMO notification center is in the way and a extra step between me and the apps.

And Kevin your irk #6 is incorrect, you can put more than 9 apps in a folder. You can scroll side ways to view more apps in folders.

I just bought my mom a 5c and was really suprised on the build quality. Why can apple make a good plastic phone while everyone else's plastic phones feel cheap and easily breakable?

I finally bought the 5s and am very happy I upgraded from the 5. Love the new home button/touch ID. The camera is way better as well, not just the slo mo feature. Only complaint is after a whole I have to re-do the fingerprint, seems to "forget" after a lot of use.

As for notification center, I love the flashlight, wifi/Bluetooth toggle and airdrop. However, we should have the option to +/- what we want in there. Not everyone uses the items in there and being able to put what we want in there would make it 10 times better.

That's actually control center you are talking about. Notification you swipe down from the top of phone. I don't use notification center much either. But it is not distracting. I'm now a strict iOS user for two years so I have no other systems to compare it too. It is all personal really. When I used Android I didn't like widgets too much.

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Wow, I can't believe I typed notification center. I don't use it either, all my notifications po up on the screen either when I'm using it or on the lock screen,.

Try Nokia. My daily driver phone is a Lumia 820. It's as solid as a rock, just like the 5C. I like it so much that when it comes upgrade time, I'll be going with whatever iPhone C is available at the time. I love the smooth plastic feel!

And your point?

It operates exceptionally well, offers me a quality experience with a creative, intuitive UI (attractive or not can be argued) and the hardware offers me wonderful features. Wireless Qi charging, NFC (even if I've still to find a use for it) and an excellent display.

And it isn't frakking Google, which is a huge plus. For me, the only options are Apple and Microsoft, so meh. I'm glad it runs Windows Phone. Helluva better than Android.

Android: It sucks more than just your data.

I've had a Windows Phone, a Blackberry, a Galaxy SIII Android, and my newest phone, a 5C. No way in hell would I recommend a Windows Phone! The only advantage it has is that of them all, it works the best with Windows. It is NOT better than Android, it has worse apps, fewer apps, and a horrible store for music.

We'll agree to disagree on this. I hate Android with a passion. It's all the crap I hate about Windows XP, plus Google hoovering up personal information at an alarming rate. The software in my experience is ridiculously subpar, looking like it was developed in '08 or so and never touched since. On the other hand I find everything I need in the Windows Phone Store, and find it all top quality.

Okay, not all. But everything I use.

Windows Phone is the only other mobile platform I'd use other than iOS. If Droid works for you, then keep on enjoying it! In the end that's all that matters!

I agree with Kevin's #7, would (to # 3) that the Incipio cases in the iMore store have a very good soft & non-slip feel to them, and my personal biggest two software irks are Resprings happening at least once a day (usually doing something in the Music app) and iTunes Radio being very, very repetitive in personal lists and branching out too much (even when a person has entered over 150 "play more like this" entries and 50 "never play this song" entries, they still hear the same 20 songs over and over again, sometimes back-to-back!!!).

I really like the 5s overall but I'm not too fond of it crashing at least once everyday. Yeah the black page with the white Apple logo always looks nice but I don't need to see it when I'm zooming into a page in Safari among the many things that seem to befuddle the phone into crashing. I'm not sure if this is software or hardware issue or a combination. I also have decided that Apple has no idea what to do with notifications and notification center and whatever ideas they have out forward are steps backward or in the wrong direction. Don't get me wrong, there is much about iOS 7 I love and the 5s still is the best phone I have owned yet although I have to admit to having a deeper appreciation of my old Palm Pre and webOS than the 5s and ios7. Three months in and I'm still enjoying using this device. I'm though both excited and nervous about where Apple is going to take iOS.

I agree with Kevin about multitasking: Apple still hasn't nailed it and, coming from webOS before I jumped ship in 2011 for the 4S, I'm spoiled--webOS was the best at it. I've never liked the home button, but I DO enjoy Touch ID!

I actually prefer the screen and phone size because it fits so well in the hand and makes one-handed tasks a breeze. Plus, the iPad mini is great if you need a bigger screen (and who needs a bigger screen just for phone calls?!).

By the way, somebody tell Kevin that he CAN put more than 9 APPS in a folder--I'm guessing he's not aware you swipe the 1st folder page to get to the next page of apps in that folder, something I really appreciate as it's greatly reduced my folders and, thus, the amount of screen pages.

I'm absolutely loving my iPhone 5S and so glad I came back last year from using Android for two years. TouchID is amazing and like Peter I won't pull the trigger on an iPad till it's implemented.

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I Hayve been using my
5s for slightly more than a month now, and I think it's a great phone. It's fast, tactilely very nice with the new home button and the contrast between the alluminium and glass, and of course, Touch-ID is fantastic. I never used to have a PIN on my phone before, but now security is a breeze.
When it comes to iOS7, I feel there is much there I like, but it still needs work. Control center is great as it is, but it will be even better when Apple lets us customise it.
There are still a few bugs in there that need to be taken out, but I'm hopeful they will be addressed in 7.1.
Overall, I'm happy I upgraded when I did, and think I will be keeping my 5s for a good while.

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Got my 5s a couple of days back and loving it so far. The touch id is an absolute winner for me

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"It takes way too long to organize the homescreen (and why only 9 apps in a folder?!)."

You can have more than 9 apps in a folder Kevin.
TouchID, for me, has been very hit or miss, mostly miss.

I'm in love with my 5s. That rose gold color in the sun light is breathtaking. Touch ID is amazing. One of you said it perfectly it only fails when I fail. The camera is wonderful and I continue to be awed at how blazing fast it is ! Best phone I've ever had. Won't upgrade again until 6s

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I have been pleased with both the 5s and the 5c hardware; very well done Apple. iO7, on the other hand, has done nothing to advance the iOS cause, and I don't appreciate having to go re-learn yet another unnecessary UI change. I still wish Apple would spend more cycles fixing well-known problems than trying to advance software to the "next great thing."

Kudos to Rene and the great iMore team, happy holidays all!

Of the two, the 5C is most compelling. I'm not the kind of Apple fan that tends to be considered an Apple fan (I get used and refurb boxes, am not a fan of notebooks, and only replace my stuff when I need to. I still use my dual 500 G4 from 13 years ago) and the nice price + more attractive design of the 5C appeals to me.

I like the austere and clean design of the iPads, and the older iPhones. Not a fan of the "metal ring" design since the 4. So the one piece back on the 5C is most like the 3GS I used for so long. It's where I'll go next.

Look at Kevin's review.... So deep and thorough. This guy doesn't just love blackberry, he loves and worships mobile tech.

As Rene said, big screen iphone needs to come. But Rene, I honestly think we need to have at least a 5 inch or bigger model. Many folks (including me) hate to carry an iPhone and iPad. If other companies can pull it off, then apple can too!!

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I'm enjoying the touch ID and the camera. Love iOS 7 layout and design. I like everything about how it looks. So glad they moved the phone and design forward.

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Had an iPhone 5 and sold it! Bought a nexus 5 to wait for the golden comes back in stock! Then I remember on Thursday I saw it arriving in the apple store and I bought it 64GB gold! Never regret my decision and still happy to hold in my hands

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There is nothing bad about the iPhone 5s that's for sure! Small screen is still one of the best thing for me because it just feels awesome for me

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5s. I'm loving it. I agree it's a bit slippery so I use the leather case. I really like using my iPad Air with the Smart Cover - that Space Grey back looks, and feels great - so perhaps when I'm feeling more confident, I'll lose the leather case.

My recent smart phone history is iPhone 3G->iPhone 4->Samsung Galaxy S3->iPhone 5s. I'm not looking back. Apart from just now... Overall, it's the best phone I've owned.

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I enjoy my 5S, but some of Kevin's and Rene's comments fit with my train of thought well. First, I really want a bigger screen. I don't need a Galaxy Note 3, but the screen of the iPhone is just way too small in my opinion. I also don't care for the 16:9 layout; feels more like I am looking at a long receipt as opposed to a smartphone. The old 4:3 seems to just work better for web browsing and much like an iPad, feels more natural. Apple's argument that it is easier to use with one hand is a poor argument for a bad decision to go with a 4 inch screen with the 5/5S.

I do like the A7 processor and find that the speed is much quicker than my iPhone 5. I have to disagree with Ally, it is noticeable especially when it comes to animations on iOS7. When Apple announced that they had 64-bit processing in mind when they developed iOS7, it is clear that the 5S, Air, and rMini definitely benefit from the A7. I also find the camera to be a huge upgrade over the iPhone 5, but I do agree with Ally that it is still not the best for flash photography (then again, is any phone really that great at flash photography?).

Kevin's comments on the case and dock connector are definitely right on and I agree with his thoughts as well on the whole frustration with iOS7. For example, what is the point of the Missed column on Notification Center. As much as I appreciate Jony and Craig's vision, they definitely made some critical errors on some key aspects to the OS; the new calendar app is simply awful, Pages, Numbers, and Keynote have been stripped, Notification Center is not nearly as good as it was on iOS6, and some of the new hieroglyphics make absolutely no sense (i.e. sharing button etc.).

Overall I am happy with the 5S, but I do feel and hope that Apple needs to make some big improvements with iOS8 and iPhone 6 (I am still hoping for an iPhone Pro with a 4.5-5.0 inch screen!)

I have iPhone 5 but wanted to comment on the Notification swipe down from the top. It is the only place in IOS7 on iPhone that I can see my due or overdue Reminders from the Reminders App. The Reminders App doesn't provide a way to see just the Reminders that I need to see Today. They can be viewed on iPad under the Scheduled selection and even on the MacBook Pro. If anybody knows a way to separate them into Today other than the Notification swipe, let me know. I have lots of reminders and things to do scheduled out into the future so having them not sorted on the iPhone Reminders app is a pain.

I've seen mention of Fantastical which is supposed to offer better calendar and reminders but haven't tried it.

This article made me ask myself, why do I torture (sort-of) myself by reading Apple articles everyday when I don't even own an iPhone or an iPad. Then I realized the answer, it's simple, I LOVE Apple products. I might not own other Apple devices aside from my iPT5 (sad, I know) but sometimes I get to borrow other devices from friends/family members and that's enough for me for now.
Plus, after exactly a year (yup, today is my iPT5's birthday, seriously) that I've been using it, I still consider getting an iPT5, one of the best purchases I made in my life. I just love it!

I got a 5c just over a month ago and I also own a BlackBerry Z10 and I agree with most of Kevin's comments.
A few weeks ago I was trying to email a photo to a work colleague with the iPhone. The phone was asking me if I wanted to resize the photo before sending, I lost the original email in the process of trying to find out about the resizing. I just grabbed the BlackBerry and sent the photo without any fuss or bother.
The iPhone's screen is the smallest in it's class and I have added bold to the text to ehance readability. I agree with Kevin that the power cord is too short, it just reaches far enough when I leave the phone to charge on the side of my bed.
The notification and control centers seem more like bolted on extras, rather than integral parts of the OS.
Kevin is also right about multitasking. How is a combination of button pressing and swipes more intuative than a single swipe on the Z10? The Z10 is fully controlled on the screen, there is no home button. I still find myself swiping on the iPhone screen to close apps.
I bought one of the Apple "holey" cases for the 5c and it provides good protection and a more tactile feel. I would definately get a case if I had a 5s, though 2 guys I work wih are running their 5s models naked.
I like the 5c overall and everything works smoothly, apart from a couple of app freezes. It has also made me realise how good a phone the Z10 is, the iPhone really could do with a keyboard as good as the BlackBerry 10 virtual keyboard.

I went from an iPhone 5 to an iPhone 5s. I don't really play games on any iDevice. So far I personally don't feel and see the real world benefits of the having a 64-bit chip. The iPhone 5 and 5s speeds are to close. I only upgrading cause someone bought my iPhone 5. iPhone 5 camera was great. iPhone 5s camera is more of a bonus to me. Times have change improvements to the front camera will benefit more for people (girls jk) than the rear camera. Battery life has improve but not by much, still dies fast depending on user. Screen still to small, and Touch ID is more or less useless to me. I the option to type in a password after 15mins, but with Touch ID enable the option is not available.

iOS7 is new and fresh but everything from 3D effect to multi tasking still feel like were still using a Beta version of iOS7. Still needs Power Setting for Power users. iOS7 still needs lots of work specially on iPads.

Re: Kevin Michaluk and his #6 irksome issue: You can add more than nine apps to a folder, and in iTunes you can rearrange iOS home screens.
Re: Rene Ritchie: You need to switch a "too" for a "two".

Thanks for the good write up. It's nice to have the variety of experiences. With so few geeks interested in the "c" line of iPhones and Apple's ambiguous data I don't think we can ever have a proper idea of entry-level iPhone sales. Unless they kill the line, which seems unlikely.

Overall, I am happy with the 5s coming from a 5. Battery life is good, Touch ID is so convenient, Slow Mo is simply epic and it's blazingly fast. Just hate how the flash works though. Why does it take more than usual to take a photo with flash? Moments can easily pass you by this way...