The iPhone 5S sports the same dimensions (123.8×58.6×7.6mm) and weight (112g) as the iPhone 5, and the same aluminium chassis, glass panel and chamfered edges. Apple has introduced two new colours though, namely, iPhone 5s Space Gray, that replaces the Black and Slate colour variant, and a new Champagne Gold variant. We got a iPhone 5S Silver and White model, the third colour variant of the phone, as our review unit. It’s been said that the Space Gray variant is less prone to wear compared to the Slate and Black model.
The front of the New iPhone 5S is dominated by the same 4 inch Retina display seen on the iPhone 5, sporting a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels with a pixel density of 326ppi. We feel the display is still the best in its class offering excellent brightness, wide viewing angles, and under-sun legibility. Images and text look crisp and sharp, and if you’re happy with the screen size, you don’t really have much to complain about.
The Home button, which is the only key on the front, is located just below the display, but sports a silver ring around it. It’s one of the few visible changes that you’d see in the cheapest iPhone 5S. Its purpose is much more than being a cosmetic enhancement. It is part of the Touch ID fingerprint sensor which is integrated with the Home button and offers an alternative way of securing the phone.
Like the iPhone 5, the Mute switch and the Volume rocker key sit at the left top edge, while the Power/ Screen lock key sits on the top. The 3.5mm headset port and the lightning connector is located at the bottom edge along with the speaker grill, and the nano-sim tray is placed at the right edge.
The back features the same Silver coated aluminium plate and White glass strips, with the upper strip featuring the camera and the new pill-shaped dual-LED Trutone flash, the other visible change.
In terms of the build and look and feel, the cheapest unlocked iPhone 5S has not undergone any visible change, but going by the past, ‘S’ iterations of the iPhone don’t really get a makeover in looks.
The cheap iPhone 5S unlocked 32gb is the first widely available smartphone to be powered by a chip that features 64-bit architecture. Apple also claims that its A7 chip delivers CPU and graphics performance up to two times faster than its predecessor. We’d like to clarify that the speed bump is not related to the processor being 64-bit. Though it lays the foundation of the future; the 64-bit architecture will help in better memory management and will work in tandem with apps optimized for it as they’re made available. It also supports OpenGL ES 3.0 standard for enhanced graphics performance especially while playing 3D games.
In terms of performance, the iPhone 5S uk outperforms the iPhone 5 and matches the levels of flagship Android phones. Games like Infinity Blade II and even the newly-launched Angry Birds Go! run without any frame drops or stutters. Launching apps and navigating through menus was also a pain-free experience, though we did not notice a major improvement compared to the iPhone 5.
The cheap iPhone 5S also features the M7 co-processor which dedicatedly handles the task of measuring data from motion sensors like the accelerometer, gyroscope and compass without involving the main processor, leading to better battery life. It also has the ability to recognize different kinds of motion through this data. The data is more accurate and can be used by fitness tracking apps and health apps such as pedometer apps.
Apple promises improved battery backup with the unlocked iPhone 5S cheap new 32gb. While the standby time delivered is indeed better than the iPhone 5, the phone will still last you less than a day with moderate to heavy usage on a 3G network. After full charge, the battery lasted around nine hours with moderate to heavy use.
The first usable fingerprint sensor
The iPhone 5S sports a biometric fingerprint sensor that Apple likes to call Touch ID in line with its primary function of acting as an additional security layer. The Touch ID is integrated with the iPhone 5S Home button through a scratch resistant sapphire glass, which is undoubtedly the gateway to access the phone, along with its touch panel. While Apple already offers a 4 digit passcode lock to protect the iPhone 5S 32GB Unlocked, the Touch ID offers a simple, yet effective way to authenticate the phone for unlocking it, or while purchasing content from the App Store and iTunes Store.