I compared the Apple iPhone 5 with the Apple iPhone 5C earlier and there was hardly anything to differentiate between both the smart phones. The Apple iPhone 5 won the comparison by 1 point to 0. And the only point won was with regard to size and weight. You could say that Apple reduced build quality of the Apple iPhone 5 with the Apple iPhone 5C. Apart from that, nothing else was changed. Here, I am going to compare the Apple iPhone 5 with the Apple iPhone 5S. Do you think this comparison is going to be as boring as the other one? Read on to find out...

Phone Apple iPhone 5 Apple iPhone 5S
Image The Apple iPhone 5 vs the Apple iPhone 5S-iphone-5.jpg The Apple iPhone 5 vs the Apple iPhone 5S-iphone-5s.jpg
Operating System iOS 7, 6, 6.1 iOS 7
Processor Dual Core, 1300 MHz, Apple Swift Dual Core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone
System Chip Apple A6 Apple A7 with 64-bit architecture
System Memory 1 GB 1 GB
Graphics Processor PowerVR SGX543MP3 Power VR G6430
Display 4.0Ē IPS LCD 4.0Ē IPS LCD
Screen Resolution 1,136 x 640 1,136 x 640
Pixel Density 326 ppi 326 ppi
Storage 16 / 32 / 64 GB Internal memory 16 / 32 / 64 GB Internal memory
Primary Camera 8 MP 8 MP
Flash LED Dual LED
Secondary Camera 1.2 MP 1.2 MP
WiFi WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / n 5GHz WiFi 802.11 a / b / g / n / n 5GHz
Bluetooth 4.0 4.0
Battery 1,440 mAh 1,570 mAh
Weight 112 g 112 g
Dimensions 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
Announced 12th September 2012 10th September 2013


Size and weight

This is the first point in the comparison and the signs arenít too good. Both smart phones are exactly the same size at 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm. And even when it comes to weight, both smart phones weigh exactly the same at 112 g. I would like to award this point to the iPhone 5 simply because it is the older smart phone. I could also justify awarding this point to the iPhone 5 by saying that Apple have done nothing to change the size or weight of their flagship smart phone for over a year now. I donít think thatís fair.

Still, both smart phones are exactly the same and therefore, this point will be a draw.

(Apple iPhone 5 - Zero / Apple iPhone 5S - Zero)


Display

The story is pretty much the same when it comes to the display on both these smart phones as well. Both smart phones have the exact same 4.0Ē IPS LCD touch screen. Whatís more, both smart phones also come with a pixel density of 326 ppi. And to round it off, both smart phones have a maximum resolution of 1,136 x 640 pixels. This is the second point in this review, and till now, it appears Apple have made no efforts to change the iPhone 5 except adding an ĎSí at the end. I really hope that isnít the case.

Since both smart phones are exactly the same, this point is a draw as well.

(Apple iPhone 5 - Zero / Apple iPhone 5S - Zero)


Memory & Storage

With the way technology is improving nowadays you would at least expect Apple to upgrade the memory in their latest iPhone 5S. But apparently they donít believe in changing too much in their smart phones. Both smart phones come with 1 GB of RAM and no matter how much you talk about the 1 GB RAM on the iPhone 5S being much faster than a regular 1 GB of RAM, at the end of the day, it is just not done. In terms of storage, Apple continues to release all its smart phones in three versions with 16, 32 and 64 GB of storage space. Still no expandable storage options though. That really sucks.

There is nothing between both smart phones. Another draw here.

(Apple iPhone 5 - Zero / Apple iPhone 5S - Zero)


Camera

You will be glad to know that Apple has changed something when it comes to the camera. The iPhone 5 comes with an 8 MP camera a LED flash while the iPhone 5S comes with an 8 MP camera and a Dual LED flash. How much of a difference do you think a Dual LED flash could make? Well then, they have also added 720 p video recording at an amazing frame rate of 120 fps. The new iPhone 5S also comes with two new features burst mode and slow motion video recording. You can confidently say that Apple has indeed upgraded their camera, even though it is still a meager 8 MP shooter.

This point goes to the iPhone 5S.

(Apple iPhone 5 - Zero / Apple iPhone 5S - One)


OS & Performance

The only difference between both smart phones when it comes to the operating system is that the iPhone 5S comes with iOS 7 while the iPhone 5 has to be upgraded to iOS 7. Performance is the main area where Apple has upgraded its smart phone. The iPhone 5 comes with an Apple A6 chip and a dual core, 1300 MHz, Apple Swift processor while the iPhone 5S comes with the new Apple A7 chip and a dual core, 1300 MHz, Cyclone processor.

You can notice a significantly better performance on the iPhone 5S and I will have to say that the new iPhone 5S deserves this point.

(Apple iPhone 5 - Zero / Apple iPhone 5S - Two)


Battery

Apple loyalists have been complaining about the poor battery life of Apple smart phones ever since they were introduced and while the obvious solution would be to upgrade to a bigger battery, it appears Apple believes in forcing iPhone users to be on the lookout for charging points wherever they go. The iPhone 5 comes with a 1,440 mAh battery that offers a standby time of 9.4 days while the iPhone 5S comes with a 1,570 mAh battery that offers a standby time of 10.4 days. At a time when smart phones are coming with standby times of 36-40 days, I canít believe the guts at Apple to come out with smart phones that have such a low standby time. Then again, if the masses are buying it, why change it?

This point is a draw as well.

(Apple iPhone 5 - Zero / Apple iPhone 5S - Two)


Price

You can pick up the 16 GB version of both these smart phones for around $ 650 (free of contract). What does that mean? I think Apple have really messed up when it comes to pricing for its smart phones. I mean if the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S costs the same, I really donít any reason to continue to buy the iPhone 5. You would have to be stupid to still want to buy iPhone 5 if you can get the iPhone 5S at the same price.

Even though both smart phones cost the same the iPhone 5S definitely gives a lot more value for money and thatís why it wins this point.

(Apple iPhone 5 - Zero / Apple iPhone 5S - Three)


Conclusion

The Apple iPhone 5S wins this comparison by 3 points to 0. In short, the Apple iPhone 5S has a better camera and better technology while costing the same as the Apple iPhone 5. Unless Apple plans to reduce the price of the Apple iPhone 5, I think they should discontinue it. After all, I donít see anyone buying the Apple iPhone 5 unless they are blissfully unaware of the Apple iPhone 5S. Would you still buy the Apple iPhone 5?


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