Revisiting the iPhone 5s


At the end of my iPhone 5s review I said, "It's like having a sports car, but only being able to drive up to 50 mph." After constantly thinking about it, how about if 50 mph is all I need?

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The Google Play HTC One is my primary device, but I've been compelled to use the iPhone 5s lately. Android, iOS and Windows Phone have their strengths and weaknesses, but I've set aside my minor preferences and focused on one main thing: practicality.

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Android is the most powerful mobile platform in the world, but it lacks practicality. The reason why is because it's too inconsistent, not only because of the array of devices, but because of hardware limitations. This is evident when you look at Android phone cameras. The sensors themselves are powerful, but the image processing is limited. 

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Companies such as Nokia and Apple get to control the hardware and software of their mobile devices. This results in an effortless user experience. Apple's built-in functionality for the camera makes the photo experience trump Android's. This is all done through thoughtful refinement and the harmony all of the components have with one another. 

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Having an iPhone is like having a Porsche, but the only control is the on/off switch, the car does the rest. The HTC One is good, but it takes work to get it to be this way. In spite of this, the HTC One has a crappy implementation on Android 4.4. The camera in the iPhone 5s, however, is seamlessly intuitive. 

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One major thing to note is Apple's ideology of simplicity. It's transparent with the 5s before you even use the device. To really think about it, the 5s is the best looking device I've ever seen and used so far. 

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Incidentally, iOS 7 is still ugly. I tried to overshadow my previous experience with the platforms frosted glass and 'floating' animations, but I can't. I have high hopes that Apple can fix the odd design scheme, but for now I guess I'll have to deal with it.

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Nevertheless, the main reason of re-igniting my interest with the 5s was because of the phone's practicality. Regardless about what anyone else says, you can't argue about how intuitive the 5s is.

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Smartphones have become such a fundamental thing in our daily lives. This becomes the reason why so many feel strongly about their preferred mobile platform. At the end of the day, we need to realize why phones are so crucial in our daily lives; they take a human nature (communication) and they enhance it.

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The iPhone 5s does this. And so do Android phones, yes, but what they fail to use is something that's been around for centuries - precision. You can argue that the iPhone is a car that doesn't let you open its hood, a car that doesn't let you tinker around with things and I'd agree with you, but look at it this way. It was precision that made the iPhone a car that's nearly been perfected, a car that doesn't need to be fiddled with, a car thats main purpose is to take you home.

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In the end, Android is the sports car that lets you drive over 50 mph, but where's the fun in that if you're only going 120 mph for a few seconds? I'd rather drive 50 mph and enjoy every second of it. 


Aesthetics - 9.2

Battery Life - 7.8

Image Quality - 9.5

Software - 7

Performance - 9.5