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Premium device?

by Poison Ivy    Sep 23, 2013, 2:21 PM   edited Sep 23, 2013, 3:04 PM

-"The Apple iPhone 5s is an excellent device, as long as you're OK with the limitations of Apple's hardware and software."

That doesn't sounds convincing, nor like a "Quality"/"Premium" device. A "Quality" device should allow me to do more with it, at least be on par with the competition.

-"Performance of iOS 7 on the iPhone 5s was a bit uneven. The first version of any major new operating system from Apple is typically buggy, and iOS 7 is no different. Despite updating to 7.0.1 right away, the iPhone 5s had plenty of app crashes (including Apple stuff like the Settings menu and Safari.) There were some jitters here and there, and the screen transitions -- especially the ones that occur when you jump to/from the home screen -- were sometimes slow. It's by no means bad, and Apple will probably patch iOS 7 in a month or so, but don't be surprised if you notice a few quirks here and there."

What a turn off!! For a "Premium" device I expect the device to perform well without having to wait for an update. Afterall, that's what Beta versions work for, to detect and fix bugs.

-"...not only is the iPhone's screen among the smallest of most modern flagship smartphones, it also has the fewest pixels. For example, the iPhone has about 727,000 pixels, while a 720p HD screen has about 922,000 and a 1080p HD screen has 2.1 million pixels."

Again, top-of-the-line??
I know Retina Disp looks pretty good, but it's no match for 1080p full HD screens!

-"As with all iPhones, you're going to need to learn to manage its power useage. Apple doesn't offer any special battery-life-management features, so you're on your own to figure it out."

Another major turn off... you know your product battery doesn't last all day (only with a MODERATE use) and yet you dare to seal it, making it inaccessible. Even worse, nonexchangeable.

-"The camera on the 5s easily matches that of the Galaxy S4 and HTC One, and bests the LG G2. The Lumia 1020 is a different animal thanks to its PureView technology, but the 5s holds its own against Nokia's imaging beast."

That's quite honest, though Apple dares to say "It's the BEST camera on a Smartphone EVER!".

-"The camera does not offer some of the advanced functions that are on smartphones such as the Nokia Lumia 1020 or the LG G2, but that's the way Apple wants it."

Again, a "Premium" device should allow me to decide that my sefl.

-"As always, you have to choose your wallpaper carefully. The clock is almost impossible to see on top of light-colored wallpapers."

A "Premium" device that doesn't accomplish one of the simplest task, such as clock? You can't customize, not at least to see, the clock and yet, dare to call this a "Premium" device? C'mon! And it's called a SMARTphone...

Not everything's bad, though... the fingerprint home button seems neat, and I'm glad to hear that at least the person who wrote this review didn't had a problem with it.
Still, not enough to convince me in particular.

I know most "good" and "bad" things about smartphones are subject to each individual, but there are just somethings that aren't. And for that, it's not a matter if you think it's bad or not, it's about whether it is there or it isn't.

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