Myriam Joire, Engadget: At first blush, it seems strange to call the new iPhone 5s “forward-thinking,” Joire says since it’s so physically similar to last year’s model. But further examination, she notes, turns up more differences that you may expect.
Overall, she says the iPhone 5s is probably the best iPhone Apple’s ever made, but that its innovations may not exactly be worth rushing out to the store for.
“If developers come up with clever ways to take advantage of the M7 coprocessor and the 64-bit support in iOS 7, the 5s will truly shine. If not, many people might just wait it out another year,” she concludes.
Scott Stein, CNET:
Scott Stein has loaded up his review of the iPhone 5s with photos, showing off the new camera sensor in the phone and its performance in the field. He said that blurriness, particularly in lower light, has been improved over previous models and that much-needed improvements to the flash were well-executed.
As for the iPhone 5c, Stein also says that it mostly packs last year’s tech, but that it’s a fine alternative. “[For] everyday people who aren’t following every evolutionary step of the iPhone, the 5C covers most of the important bases,” he writes. But, he adds, consumers should “make sure you set your expectations to ‘last year’s iPhone 5.’”
Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch:
Etherington, in his reviews, says that the iPhone 5s “gets the gold” and his bottom line is that the phone will only get more popular as more developers create apps that take advantage of its unique chipset.
With the 5c, he says that it is a slight improvement over last year’s model, and that he particularly likes the “color, personality and sort of ‘lightness’ of its design.”
Vincent Nguyen, Slashgear:
Slashgear reviewer Vincent Nguyen isn’t so bothered by the fact that the new iPhone 5s is an incremental upgrade either. “The iPhone 5s may be Apple’s evolutionary stage, but the combination of usable technological advances and the benefits of iOS 7 add up to a supremely compelling device,” he writes.
As for the iPhone 5c, he determines that the “c” stands for “cheerful” rather than “cheap,” thanks to the new colors, but makes clear that he would always pick the 5s over 5c if given the chance.
“The power users should look to the iPhone 5s, but for the mass market, the iPhone 5c will open doors that only a colorful, playful device can,” he said.