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Apple iPhone 5s 16GB review

iPhone 5S review: a great smartphone if you want a smaller screen  February 3, 2019 – 11:31 pm
Apple iPhone 5S 16GB

The iPhone 5S is no longer part of Apple's smartphone lineup. That's now comprised of the iPhone 6, 6 Plus, iPhone 6S and 6S Plus. Effectively the iPhone 5S has been replaced by the new iPhone SE, reviewed (and shown in the video above). We've updated our iPhone 5S review in the light of the iPhone SE. (Much of this review was originally written in September 2013, then fully updated in September 2015.)

You can still buy a brand new iPhone 5S, though. You'll pay around £250 for the 16GB version or around £350 for the 32GB model. Alternatively, you can get it on contract for around £15 per month and a £60 upfront cost.

Typically, you'll only find it in Space Grey or Silver. Gold has been dropped, and there's no 64GB version any more. All versions can be found in various conditions on ebay, Gumtree and other sites of course.

The 5S originally cost £549 (16GB) and £629 (32GB). Apple then cut these prices in 2015 to £379 and £419 respectively. Also see: Best MiFi 2016.

Our advice is to go for the iPhone SE if you can afford it as although it doesn't have an upgraded screen compared to the iPhone 5S, the huge leap in performance and camera quality makes it a much better - not to mention more future-proof - choice.

Here follows our original iPhone 5S review, which was last updated in September 2015. The only thing that's changed is that we now know that the 5S will be upgradeable to iOS 10.

iPhone 5S review: two years on

It's September 2015 and we've had our 5S for two years, so we're experts in its strengths and weaknesses. Fortunately, any downsides are more than outweighed by benefits and the 5S is still a truly great smartphone.

Screen sizes have moved on quickly from the 4in display bestowed upon the iPhone 5S and it now feels dinky compared to even the 4.7in iPhone 6S let alone the 6S Plus with its 5.5in screen. However, not everyone wants a huge smartphone and the 5S slips into a pocket with ease, whereas Apple's latest phablet does not.

It's also supremely well built and surprisingly light considering that sturdy build quality. The screen may be small but it still competes with the best in terms of quality. There's really no need for any more pixels since at 326ppi, you can't see the individual dots anyway.

We've also no issue with performance. We've been running iOS 9 for a few short days, but as with iOS 8, apps still run as quick as ever. This is partly thanks to the fact that the A7 processor is a 64-bit chip. As we said at the 5S's launch, this makes it more future-proof than the iPhone 5 and 5C which have 32-bit processors.


Apple Apple iPhone 5s 32GB (Gold) - Sprint
Wireless Phone (Apple)
  • Apple iPhone 5s 32GB (Gold) - Sprint
  • 32 GB Storage Capacity (28.3 GB Available)

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