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iPhone 5S & 5C First Impressions

iPhone 5S and 5C First Impressions

With the big A’s new flagship iPhones having been unleashed to the public yesterday (Friday 20th September), I decided to take to the streets of Exeter and raid my not so local Apple Store
to take a look at both of these greatly sought after new devices.

IMG_0991Having been immediately greeted with the above sign, I could tell the new iPhones weren’t going to be just a passing fancy for customers (especially here in the south west).

Having travelled 30 miles south across the Somerset border into Devon, I didn’t want to be let down by what is proving to be the release of the year when it comes to new technology. Now, having seen the iPhone 5C and 5S in the flesh, I can say with almost 100% certainty that I wasn’t let down in the slightest. The Princesshay Apple Store was pretty much packed, and with people filtering through the famous glass doors at an alarming rate, it really was a scene you needed to see to truly believe.

In terms of the new iPhones, they were marvelous! I must admit though, I spent rather a large amount of the three quarters of an hour (or so) that I was there, tinkering with the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S. The 5S also contains A LOT of other instantly noticeable features, for example the “Slo-Mo” video recording was great fun to use! But it’s not just user-features that really make the iPhone 5S shine, a lot of the brilliance is actually found under the hood. With a new M7 chip to accompany the powerhouse that is the Apple designed A7 chip, the proclaimed processing power is VERY noticeable when performing everyday tasks like opening apps, surfing the web, and using multitasking to its fullest.

The 5C still impressed – it feels GREAT to hold, and it looks stunning with its combination of colour and default wallpaper. Though, In terms of features, its an iPhone 5. I held my current iPhone 5 and a display model of the 5C together and (apart from the obvious design change) they were almost identical. The camera is the same, the A6 processor is the same, and the overall feel is pretty much the same. However, when holding the iPhone 5C, it does feel a lot heavier than the iPhone 5 and 5S, not massively heavier, but still heavier. But still, Its a brilliant model for those who perhaps just cannot afford to pay that extra ?70 – ?80 for a new 5S. But for those who can, I definitely recommend the 5S over the 5C.

So if you ever find yourself wandering aimlessly around your local town centre, perhaps find some time to take yourself to your own Apple Store, and I guarantee you won’t leave feeling deflated.

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