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Consumer Reports Says iPhone 5s, 5c Display and Battery Are 'No Match' for Other Android Devices

Consumer Reports Says iPhone 5s, 5c Display and Battery Are 'No Match' for Other Android Devices

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Consumer Reports has published its thoughts on the new iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c giving the devices high scores but finding that their 'so-so battery life and smallish screens are no match for Motorola Droids and other phones'.

The iPhone 5s tops the already great iPhone 5 with a surprisingly reliable fingerprint reader, a faster processor, and better-than-ever camera. And the affordable iPhone 5c is a compelling offering for budget-minded buyers. Consumer Reports testers found both phones delivered better performances than the iPhones they succeed—they even have longer talk times (a tad less than 7 hours). Both phones benefit from the latest operating system upgrade (iOS 7), available to existing iPhone models, which gives the Siri voice-activated assistant access to more apps than before, and allows you to access a new Control Center with a swipe up from the bottom of the screen.

Yet, battery life was still notably shorter than on other phones in our tests, including three of the latest Droids from Motorola, which ran for as long as 24 hours. Also, their small screens, while sharp and bright, can't beat the larger, sharper displays that adorn flagship models from Samsung, LG, and HTC.

Consumer Reports has been accused of being unfairly harsh in its criticism of past Apple devices, specifically the iPhone 4 and its antenna. Their report appears to discount the iPhone display merely for being smaller. DisplayMate's extensive analysis scored both the iPhone 5 display and Samsung Galaxy S4 with an A. In addition, recent analysis from Agawi found that the iPhone 5 touchscreen was 2.5x faster than Android devices.

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Consumer Reports Says iPhone 5s, 5c Display and Battery Are 'No Match' for Other Android Devices

kikj - October 21, 2013 at 6:07pm
My iPhone 5 screen is large enough. Please St. Jobs don't let them make it bigger.
IGZO - October 23, 2013 at 9:16pm
unfortunantly they have to, what else is their to improve other than ios? besides they will get users who thought "same shit, no new look" back because they switch to android over screen size, fck anyone who ever did this!
Great. - October 20, 2013 at 2:26pm
Geekbench results Apple iPhone 5s: 1410 (single core score), 2561 (multi core score) LG G2: 882 (single core score), 2355 (multi core score) Samsung Galaxy S4: 687 (single core score), 1939 (multi core score) HTC One: 643 (single core score), 1805 (multi core score) Apple iPhone 5c: 711 (single core score), 1281 (multi core score) Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini: 649 (single core score), 1135 (multi core score) HTC One Mini: 477 (single core score), 880 (multi core score)
bobdupa - October 17, 2013 at 3:52am
it may be small but you can hold with one hand and blue screen is real no match for lousy android
Bodedo - October 17, 2013 at 12:05pm
And the malware is no match for iPhone!
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