Es ist jedes Jahr der gleiche Ablauf, knapp zwei Tage vor dem offiziellen Verkaufsstart für eine neue iPhone-Generation, lässt Apple das Embargo fallen und die US-Medien dürfen ihre Testberichte veröffentlichen. So auch in diesem Jahr, mit einem kleinen Unterschied, denn wir haben neben dem iPhone 5S, als offiziellen Nachfolger für das iPhone 5, auch noch ein iPhone 5C. Dementsprechend sind heute bei den meisten Medien zwei Testberichte online gegangen. Das Fazit zum 5C ist aber weitestgehend eindeutig und schnell abgearbeitet: Gleiche Hardware (Naja, mehr LTE-Netze und eine bessere Frontkamera) in einem durchaus hochwertigen Plastik-Case. Apples Strategie ist schlau: Günstigere Produktionskosten und ein “neues” Modell mit mehr Farbe.
Etwas schwieriger wird es da beim iPhone 5S, denn wie immer bei einem S-Modell von Apple, ist das Upgrade auch hier nicht sonderlich groß. Im Grunde genommen haben wir drei wichtige neue Funktionen: Touch ID, neuer A7- und M7-Prozessor mit 64 Bit und eine verbesserte iSight-Kamera. Die bessere Frontkamera und mehr LTE-Netze wie beim 5C gibt es natürlich auch. Auch hier ist die Meinung weitestgehend gleich, denn die Kamera ist ein bisschen besser, aber das ist kaum der Rede wert, der Prozessor ist ein bisschen schneller, doch der Unterschied zum 5er ist im Alltag kaum zu spüren, und Touch ID funktioniert sehr flüssig und ist dabei auch noch schnell.
Das einzige echte Highlight des neuen iPhone ist also wohl der Fingerabdruckscanner, denn die restlichen Funktionen sind sehr marginale Updates. Wobei ich beim M7 eine Menge Potential sehe. Verpackt in zwei neue Farben und mit iOS 7 ist das aber ein durchaus akzeptables Update. Besitzer eines 5er können sich den Kauf mit ruhigem Gewissen sparen und Besitzer eines iPhone 4(S) werden hier vielleicht schwach. Das kennt man und das überrascht keinen. Hier wie immer ein kleiner Einblick in die Testberichte von einigen (von mir ausgewählten) Medien in den USA, die beide Geräte schon seit einigen Tagen nutzen und auch direkt von Apple erhalten haben.
iPhone 5C Testberichte
With the iPhone 5c, Apple’s crafted something that’s more than just the sum of its parts. It’s easy to be cynical and dismiss this handset as just an iPhone 5 in a colorful plastic shell, but that’s missing the point. There’s no doubt that the 5c looks gorgeous and feels wonderful in hand. It inherits tried-and-true features from the iPhone 5 and also gains a few new ones, like that improved 1.2MP front-facing camera. Still, that’s only half the story. It’s iOS 7 that truly sets the 5c (and the iPhone 5s) apart, thanks to a delightful redesign and a dash of new functionality. With the 5c, Apple achieves an unprecedented level of synergy between hardware and software. Like many of the company’s other products, you have to experience the 5c in person to truly appreciate it.
Unfortunately, in doing so they’ll miss out on the 5s’ obvious advantages above its more affordable, plastic-bodied cousin. The combination of the clever A7 and M7 processor pairing, admirable camera, and workable biometric security mean the iPhone 5s remains our pick of the range, even with the promise of a $100 saving up-front. Frankly, we’d pay twice that for the enhancements the new flagship offers.
Many of the improvements in the iPhone 5c are related to the phone’s upgraded mobile software, which isn’t exclusive to the 5c. It includes a redesigned interface, new multitasking options, a supposedly smarter Siri and a better iTunes. Earlier versions of iPhone — iPhone 4 and up — and newer iPads can run this updated software, as well.
Apple’s return to a polycarbonate iPhone design seems to have gone quite well. The iPhone 5c is solid, doesn’t have any noticeable amount of flex and has a great in hand feel thanks to its nicely curved edges. I feel like the color options will go over very well with the 5c’s target markets. I can see many users even preferring the styling of the 5c to the 5s in those markets that aren’t feature/performance sensitive.
With the iPhone 5C Apple may well have created what will prove to be the most popular smartphone in the world, based almost entirely on year-old technology, distinguished only by its colorful plastic casing — yet still sold at premium prices compared to the rest of the industry. Not bad.
The iPhone 5s is a brilliant phone with some great new features that help you in work and play. The fingerprint sensor, camera, and improved speed and architecture, make the 5s my favorite iPhone to date.
However this is still last year’s tech. There is no NFC, no clever trickery that we are seeing on the new Nokias, new LGs, or new Samsung devices and that will be a huge turn off to many. This is a phone that is designed to appeal to the iPhone 4S crowd who can’t afford an iPhone 5S and who don’t want to go to a different brand.
But the 5c also has a focus on color, personality and a sort of ‘lightness’ of design. The phone feels ‘young’ overall, and it’s likely that’s the kind of consumer that’s going to enjoy this device; the youth market and those just getting their first smartphone or moving up from their first budget Android device to the big leagues.
Incidentally, I tried to convince my mom to get the iPhone 5C, until I realized that she upgrades so infrequently, and uses her phone so much as a camera for getting snapshots of her grandkids, that the iPhone 5S is probably worth her extra $100 investment. So might the argument go for many. But, more than before, Apple’s new step-down iPhone is a great destination for newcomers. It feels like the new baseline for the mainstream iPhone. The 5S is the “pro” model with technologies that need to be worked out; the 5C has less to bank on.
In the end, I steered my mom to the iPhone 5S. You should too, unless you really, truly need to save a hundred dollars. In that case — or in the event you really love brightly colored plastic — get the iPhone 5C. Apple may not have set the global smartphone world on fire, but the 5C is another small step toward a more affordable iPhone. And if I were to pick an iPhone that wasn’t cutting-edge but still had everything most people needed to do everything they wanted, the iPhone 5C is it.
The 5s is a solid effort from Apple, but its true worth is yet to be determined. 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.
The iPhone 5s is the best iPhone so far, by a long shot. Apple is notorious for describing its products as “magical”. The magic of the iPhone 5s is in how usable its improvements are. The updated camera is both fast and capable, with the True Tone flash proving itself to be no gimmick, while the Touch ID system feels like the first biometrics system that actually stands a chance of succeeding in the mass market.
The iPhone 5s is the first digital device I’ve seen with a simple, reliable fingerprint reader — one you can confidently use, without a thought, to unlock the device instead of typing in a passcode. You can even use this fingerprint reader, called Touch ID, to authorize purchases from Apple’s App, iTunes and e-book stores.
The 5s builds upon the same chassis as the iPhone 5 and with that comes a number of tradeoffs. I still love the chassis, design and build quality – I just wish it had a larger display. While I don’t believe the world needs to embrace 6-inch displays, I do feel there is room for another sweet spot above 4-inches. For me personally, Motorola has come the closest with the Moto X and I would love to see what Apple does with a larger chassis. The iPhone has always been a remarkably power efficient platform, a larger chassis wouldn’t only give it a bigger, more usable screen but also a much larger battery to boot. I’m not saying that replacing the 4-inch 5s chassis is the only option, I’d be fine with a third model sitting above it in screen size/battery capacity similar to how there are both 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pros.
This is what innovation, real innovation, looks like. It’s like the Thomas Edison quote, “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Innovation is missed by most people because it is so often incremental.
While many of us love having features like a fingerprint sensor, it’s not that important for all users. Some people are price conscious and will want to check out all the options available to them. I think the iPhone 5c will win out in this type of head-to-head comparison.
In many ways Apple has released a phone for tomorrow rather than today. That’s a hard sell, but it’s also the exciting part. The Touch ID scanner is yet to be fully realised, as are the A7 and M7 processors and the 64-bit support. But the potential for that power is huge – it’s got more grunt than its near competitors and that makes it extra exciting.
But we do still have a shopping list of wants: we would like a bigger and higher resolution screen, there is still no NFC (even though we believe iBeacons will destroy the need for that) and the software, despite looking cleaner, doesn’t really move the 5S on too far from where the iPhone 5 was (indeed, plant iOS 7 on your iPhone 5 and it’s a similar experience). iCloud still needs to be overhauled to be more fluid, while the social aspects of the phone such as helping you join the dots in your contacts book still need to be addressed and improved.
The hardware may resemble its predecessor in many key ways, as with the 4-inch Retina display, but it improves dramatically in areas like the camera where it makes the most difference to every day users, and in the addition of the fingerprint sensor, which is already a feature I miss when I switch back to older generation devices or the iPhone 5c. And thanks to the 64-bit A7 processor, this phone, more than any iPhone before it, is likely to be the device that grows more appealing as the software ecosystem catches up, which is great news for buyers looking for something that isn’t so easily replaced by the next big thing that comes along.
All you can really count on for sure with the iPhone 5S is that it has a noticeably better camera, is faster, and has better graphics punch. The rest is “future stuff.” Odds are that Apple will make good on many of these claims, but it’s never a guarantee. For the immediate now, the impact is incomplete. As the iPhone 5S and its apps evolve, so will this review.
The iPhone 5S feels like a “pro” phone more than ever, the iPhone equivalent of the MacBook Pro. Its features don’t feel as immediately consumer-understandable. For many, the iPhone 5C will do just fine. The biggest wished-for features — a MacBook Air-level battery life improvement and an even larger screen — aren’t on either new iPhone yet.