iPhone 5S Review – A Week with my New iPhone After HTC One

To be completely honest I am a hardcore Android fan, and I have every right to be one. It has got everything we geeks need in our geeky life. Open source, an uncountable app store, high specifications hardware family and what not. Whenever I used to receive a new android phone it used to take me around 15 minutes to root and completely change the feel of the operating system but this summer, when I had the chance to buy a new phone – I went for a change and gave the iPhone 5S a try.

Changing from an Android phone to an iOS device is pretty simple this days. With the plethora of apps to choose from, it is fairly simple to sync contacts and other important stuff while changing from one ecosystem to another which the average person can do in a fair amount of time also but adapting to a new ecosystem is a whole other question.

Build Quality

I previously used an HTC One (M7). The sleek aluminium build was the only one, then, in the android family which could give the iPhone a run for it’s money. The aluminum chassis on the iPhone is breathtaking to hold to. It feels so natural and lightweight to hold that you would want to pick it up from the desk every minute. The small size also enabled one hand operation which was not possible on the HTC One but it did come with certain disadvantages which I will cover in the topics to come. The aluminium chassis also meant no more broken back glass, a huge relief to a legacy iPhone user.  At 7.6 mm thickness it easily slipped into my pocket and would not obstruct my usual array of activities. So iPhone is a big winner for anyone who is buying a new phone and is keeping build quality as an important priority.

Display

As I previously stated, the 4.7 inch Full-HD display on the HTC One is a complete looker. With a pixel density of 469ppi it was almost impossible to see isolated pixels but the display on the iPhone is a no joke either, sitting at 4 inches diagonally and with a pixel density of 326ppi, makes it equally difficult to notice isolated pixels. It is scientifically proven in many research papers and experiments that it is difficult for a normal human eye to detect isolated pixels after the 300ppi mark , which the Apple called Retina Display.

The screen size is a whole different story altogether. If you are used to watch movies and sitcoms during travelling on your phone like me, then the iPhone may give you a little trouble because it’s screen is small as compared to the many devices which float the cellphone industry today. At 4 inches, it would have been good in 2011 but not in 2014 where the displays of flagship devices from Industry leading OEMs sit at greater than 5 inches. So if the average person spends a premium price for a premium device, he would want a premium sized display to look at because that what covers the front panel of the device.

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Camera

The camera of the iPhone is an absolute joy to use. With every iteration of the iPhone Apple gives a keen importance in improving the camera and it delivers in every aspect. The camera software is quite easy to use too. With few settings to toggle with, it makes taking photos a joy. Just hit the shooting button and you would be presented by one of the best images possible by a cell phone today and the retina display surely helps making the picture admirable. The absence of a hardware shutter button is a turn off for some camera enthusiasts but the image quality surely makes it up for it. The front camera of the iPhone is a knockout too. It makes taking selfies enjoyable and with the recent trend of selfies increasing day by day it surely makes a decent selling point for the iPhone. So all in all if you don’t like carrying your digicam wherever you go, iPhone will do the job. Here is an image taken from the iPhone 5S during the day time:

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Sound

Apple started with the iPod and revolutionized the sound industry with breathtaking sound clarity and depth. Same goes for the iPhone. With one of the best volume levels in the industry, it will surely attract the music enthusiasts. The music software is as simple to use as the rest of the iPhone too. The only absence felt here is a configurable equalizer which is surely missed by iPhone users.

Operating System

This is the most debatable part of the discussion. With flaming discussions present in many online forums it is not clear which is the better platform. With android reaching the same ‘no-lag’ experience it is getting difficult to choose from the two of the titans. Apple and Google recently announced a new iteration to their respective OS. Android L and iOS 8 which bring many new features which makes them more easy and better to use but for now we will concentrate on what  is already available , Android Kitkat and iOS 7.

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Both of these operating systems constitute many of the voice recognition features to which we have fallen in love with namely Google Now and Siri. They have their own differences too. Siri is fully concentrated on Voice recognition algorithms to which it replies in a very intuitive and ‘human like’ way. You ask it certain questions like ‘What’s the weather outside?’ and it will display you the weather outside  with a voice feedback. Google now works in a whole different way. It is time and location aware and dynamically changes with the searches you do. So if you travel to work and come back home, the next day it will show you the estimate time it will take you to get to your office and to your home. Neat and useful.  For the rest part of the software a justified comparison cannot be done as they deliver the same but takes very different approaches. While Android is all about Open Source and Customization, iOS is all about an enclosed ecosystem which delivers what Apple wants to deliver.

Booting up an Android device will welcome you to a couple of homescreens with a status bar containing battery level, signal strength and alike. After that the OEM’s take it to a whole different level. They introduce many features and ideas to make it more useful and attractive to the customer. Different widgets, menus and core android apps make each one of them different. Booting up an iOS device will welcome you to a whole different setup. A grid of icons will be there for you to use and a status bar too, with battery indicator and signal status just like in android.

Verdict

All in all it always comes down to personal taste and requirements. If you want an open source system with plethora of customizations to tweak and choose from then Android is from you. And if you like the enclosed ecosystem iOS has to offer, you should definitely go for an iPhone.

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