Apple started it all with the original iPhone, and the pace hasn’t slowed since. This beefed up iPhone 5 knocks it out of the park in terms of what a smartphone can achieve. Fully unlocked, like all Mr Aberthon mobile devices, and covered by our amazing 14 Day Returns Policy, the iPhone 5S achieved a stunning buy.
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When Apple first released the original iPhone, although it took its lead from previous manufacturers, it did so in a way that was unheard of. Elegant, sexy and visually stunning, the future was here. Several generations on, we reach the Apple iPhone 5S. Apple hit on the novel idea of bridging the gap between major releases by souping up the previous incarnation of their range. In truth, it was probably no more expensive to manufacture improved specs into the existing devices, given how technology costs fall rapidly over even a short time. But it also meant that users could upgrade their smartphone without the eye-watering costs of a brand new, next-gen version.
The iPhone 5S is actually only related to the iPhone 5 in name, such is the upgrade in components that it contains. The size and shape is all but identical. Apple made significant changes under the hood to offer a bona fide upgrade option, even to iPhone 5 users. One of the biggest is the addition of a fingerprint sensor in the home button. Common on many even non-flagship models now, it was a massive innovation on the iPhone 5S.
What looks like the same 8MP rear camera is another big improvement in the 5S. It includes brand new internal elements and a whole new set of mechanics. Also, bigger pixels on the sensor mean better low-light performance. Add to that a new dual-LED flash, faster auto-focus and faster image processing meaning less delay between shots. Oh, and Image Stabilization, slow-mo video capture and an improved front camera for vastly improved FaceTime capabilities. This shows it is not just a minor upgrade of its older brother.
Compatibility with more 4G/3G networks than ever before means no worries about travelling overseas. This is especially true when you consider that the 5S, like all our smartphones, is fully unlocked for compatibility with networks in over 160 countries. It has dual band Wi-Fi 8502.11b/g/n with hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS with Glonass for outstanding positioning accuracy. You now have everything you need to travel the globe and meet new and interesting people.
But all this would be useless if the iPhone 5S couldn’t back it all up with a processor capable of providing the goods and a battery capable of carrying the load. In fact, Apple have gone that step further where raw computing power is concerned. As well as upgrading the 5S with a new A7 processor that is twice as fast as the A6 in the original iPhone 5, there’s a separate M7 processor included. Most background tasks cause a drain on the main processor which can create lag if too many apps are running at once. What the M7 does is take all those background tasks away and uses its own processing power to do what’s needed. It leaves the main CPU to do the “here-and-now” work. The battery powering all this will give you 10 hours of talk time or 250 hours of standby if needed.
Apple threw in the lovely Siri as your ever-willing digital assistant. We can now easily say that iPhone 5S is a phone you can be sure will take you where you need to go. Siri will even show you a map.
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B2 (1900), B3 (1800), B5 (850), B8 (900)
B1 (2100), B2 (1900 PCS), B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1), B5 (850), B8 (900)
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B13 (700 c), B17 (700 bc), B19 (800 Upper), B2 (1900 PCS), B20 (800 DD), B25 (1900+), B4 (1700/2100 AWS 1), B5 (850), B8 (900)
|Supports Carrier Bands|
AT&T up to 4G LTE, Metro-PCS up to 4G LTE, T-Mobile up to 4G LTE
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