Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 18th Sep 2013 17:46 UTC
Apple

The only review of the iPhone 5S you'll need to read - AnandTech's.

At the end of the day, if you prefer iOS for your smartphone - the iPhone 5s won't disappoint. In many ways it's an evolutionary improvement over the iPhone 5, but in others it is a significant step forward. What Apple's silicon teams have been doing for these past couple of years has really started to pay off. From a CPU and GPU standpoint, the 5s is probably the most futureproof of any iPhone ever launched. As much as it pains me to use the word futureproof, if you are one of those people who likes to hold onto their device for a while - the 5s is as good a starting point as any.

It's a crazy world where the future of Apple becomes apparent not in its software, but in its hardware. The 5S looks like a significant step forward, and in my view, hints at a future where Apple's laptops and maybe even desktops will be powered by ARM, not x86. If I had the spare cash, I'd plonk it down for a 5S in a heartbeat - as it stands now, I have no way of testing iOS 7 myself.

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RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar
by Drumhellar on Wed 18th Sep 2013 21:31 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by Drumhellar"
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Powerful enough for whom? Apple's A7 is nearly 20% slower at Geek Bench 3 than a Core i3 3217u - a chip launched 2nd quarter of last year.

Intel's just-released Atom Z3770 (Bay Trail) is about 15% faster than A7 at the same benchmark, also. A7 might be fast enough if all you do is sit in a coffee shop and blog, but much more than that, not really.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by puenktchen on Thu 19th Sep 2013 11:41 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2007-07-27

Powerful enough for whom?


Fast enough for most consumers. And I wasn't talking about the A7 but about the processors used in notebooks right now.

But right now I'm using a notebook with a dual 2 core which isn't much faster than the A7. I'm really not suffering because my CPU is to slow. If I have to wait it is because of network, hard disk, low memory = again hard disk - or bad programming which locks something up. Only games really tax the system and again it isn't the CPU which gets hammered. A fast memory bus and a strong gpu are more important than the cpu which is already fast enough in most cases.

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RE[3]: Comment by Drumhellar
by leos on Fri 20th Sep 2013 01:14 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by Drumhellar"
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2005-09-21


Intel's just-released Atom Z3770 (Bay Trail) is about 15% faster than A7 at the same benchmark, also. A7 might be fast enough if all you do is sit in a coffee shop and blog, but much more than that, not really.


DId you even read the review? In Anandtech's tests the A7 is about on par with bay trail (of course every benchmark is different). That is plenty fast enough for many activities.

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