Consumer Reports released its review on the iPhone 5s and 5c this week with an interesting take on Apple’s new hardware. Its reviewers praised Apple’s fingerprint recognition system known as Touch ID found on the iPhone 5s, and acknowledged the iPhone 5c as a budget-friendly device for consumers, but found the display size and battery life lacking when compared to new offerings by Motorola.
The magazine especially praised the iPhone 5s camera system, though:
The phone’s 8-megapixel camera, one of the few in our tests capable of taking excellent-quality pictures, has a digital image stabilizer that we confirmed will improve your chances of taking hand-held photos under low-light conditions.
Citing the Motorola Droid Maxx, Ultra, and Mini, Consumer Reports said it experienced up to 24 hours of battery life overall from the Droid hardware when compared to the iPhone’s just under 7 hours of talk time. It also took preference to the ‘larger, sharper’ screens shipping on smartphones from HTC, LG, and Samsung.
It’s worth noting that recent reports have pointed more and more toward Apple testing iPhones sporting larger displays. The Wall Street Journal reported last month that the iPhone maker has been experimenting with displays as large as six inches, and KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo believes Apple will update the iPhone’s display between 4.5-5 inches in 2014.
Apple first updated the iPhone display in 2012 from 3.5″ to 4″ with the iPhone 5, the first time since 2007, but maintained the same width opting to make the display taller instead.
Be sure to read our initial review of the iPhone 5s here.