Apple iPhone 5s (T-Mobile)

Expert Review

Apple once embraced the philosophy that users should be able to use their devices one-handed. However, with the introduction of the iPhone 6 series (the iPhones 6/6S and the Plus variants), the company now embraces the "bigger is better" dogma of other cell phone manufacturers. It’s helped the company gain new market share, but many users who actually want a phone they can put in their pocket were not that happy. So, what are their options?

For right now, the iPhone 5S, the last phone with a four inch screen. While it’s currently the oldest phone in Apple’s lineup, the 5S holds up surprisingly well against its larger and newer cousins.The biggest concern of buying any phone that’s two years old is app compatibility and with the iPhone 5S, it has a fair amount of life as it uses Apple’s A7 chip which is 64 bit like the 6 and 6s. The phone is compatible with iOS 9, Apple’s latest version of its mobile operating system and it also shares Touch ID, the biometric security device that allows users to unlock their phones with a fingerprint.

The phone also uses the 8 megapixel sensor that Apple’s used for awhile for many shots that many users have used for years; it also shoots in 1080p. Data storage only comes in 16 and 32GB, which may be a problem for users with large media or app libraries.Wifi is compatible with the 802.11a/b/g/n standard but not the newer, and faster, ac standard. Overall, the 5S may be long in the tooth, but it’s a very viable phone for phone those who have to balance features with budget.
Rating: 4/5

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