I picked up a new iPhone 5s yesterday. I had been using an iPhone 4S, and have consistently been on the “s” upgrade path, so it was time. So what do I think of it.
It is certainly fast. I don’t mean blow your hair back, screaming fast, I just mean noticeably faster than what I used to use. That is to be expected.
The fingerprint reader works. Well sorta, it works for some of the Apple experiences, but in some of my apps that use the Apple ID for activities, I am finding that I am still having to enter my Apple ID password. I expect this to change overtime as apps are updated to iOS7 (i.e. Apple will enable the app, not that the developer will have to do anything). It is great for unlocking the phone, and having had a complex passcode for a long time, this is a much better experience.
LTE is amazing. Not a big surprise, since I have LTE on my iPad, but upload and download speeds are faster than my home network. And since I have been grandfathered in on the unlimited data plan with AT&T, I am loving it.
However, when all is said and done, it’s like an old glove. I’ve been using iOS7 since the first beta, so nothing really new there. And it’s an iPhone. The quality, feel, and experience is just comfortable. I think I’ll keep it.