The iPhone 5S is Apple’s latest flagship smartphone, one that tweaks and enhances the iPhone 5. With almost all of 2013’s smartphone models revealed – except for the Nexus 5 – this is where Apple sets out its stall for the next year.
Build quality is high as you expect from the latest release from apple. Having a metal design, all-glass front and glass top and bottom sections on the back topped with a 4 inch display. There’s zero flex in the metal chassis and, thanks to its sealed one-piece design, there are no loose bits or gaps in panelling to cause any concern. The bottom of the phone is still home to the speakers, the lightning port and the 3.5mm headphone jack. The only physical difference is in its new colours, which now include grey and gold hues. We think that the white & gold is the way to go if you want people to know you have splashed out on the latest installing.
As we specialize in visual design, user interfaces & user experience design, the look & feel of the new IOS 7 was special interest to us. We felt that this brang the biggest graphical change since the iphones inception.
The most striking change to the software is its overall look. The shiny, 3D-effect icons are gone, replaced instead with a flat-looking, extremely colourful interface. There’s a lot of transparency involved too, with menus, the keyboard and icon folders showing subtle hints as to what lies behind.
In some instances iOS 7 reminds us of Windows Vista, especially in apps such as Videos & Maps where the background shows through the interface chrome, and in others it reminds us of Windows Phone in its use of white space and text. However the big question is how it feels & we’ll answer that with a qualified yes. The majority of changes are for the better with the lock screen incorporating four swipeable areas which is inline with android phones.
The other near mock android feature we was happy to find was the Control Center. The Control Center which swipes from the bottom, is an immediate hit: instant access to Airplane Mode, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth toggles, Do Not Disturb, Rotation Lock, brightness, media controls, AirDrop, Airplay, a flashlight, the clock, the calculator and the camera – access that, despite so many options, isn’t a cluttered and confusing mess – is indeed a wonderful thing.