Consumers Reports gives iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c high scores, but says 4-inch display and battery life no match to Android smartphones


Consumer Reports, the go-to magazine for unbiased reviews of consumer products and services has reviewed Apple’s iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

The new iPhones have earned high scores in Consumer Reports’ ratings, however they have pointed out iPhone’s battery life and 4-inch display was no match for the latest Droid smartphones from Motorola and other Android based flagship smartphones from Samsung, LG and HTC.

Here’s what Consumer Reports had to say:

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. [..]

[..] All three Droids are optimized for Google Now, taking voice control to a new level with its touchless control capability. The phones recognize your voice, so without touching them, you can ask them for directions, call someone even if the screen is off, and more. The Active Notifications feature lets you set up battery-friendly notifications that fade in and out when the display is off, including calendar, clock, mail, messages, and more. You can even have the notifications sent to your computer, or only happen during certain periods of the day. This Droid is also smart about interpreting simple gestures: For example, give it a nudge to display the time, or, just twist your wrist twice quickly to launch the camera, even when the screen is off.

One of main reasons people have been switching to Android based smartphones is the larger screens such as the 4.99-inch Samsung Galaxy S4 and phablets like the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 which comes with a 5.7-inch screen. The larger screen has also allowed device manufacturers to include much larger batteries in these device that offer longer battery life. For example: the Galaxy S4 comes with a 2600mAh battery and the Note 3 comes with 3200 mAh battery, compared to iPhone 5s’ 1570 mAh battery.

Apple has maintained that increasing the screen any further would make it uncomfortable to use the iPhone with one hand. However, there have been several rumors and speculations that Apple is working on a bigger 4.8-inch iPhone and possibly even a 6-inch iPhone next year.

It remains to be seen if Apple will buckle down and launch a bigger iPhone next year. I really hope they do.

What do you think? Do you agree with Consumer Report’s assessment?

[Via Consumer Reports]