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Consumer Reports: iPhone 5s & iPhone 5c Earn High Ratings But No Match to Android Devices in Battery Life & Screen Size

If you have been reading reviews regarding the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c, you will know that both devices have mostly received favorable reviews. This time, Consumer Reports, a magazine that publishes unbiased reviews and comparisons of consumer products has reviewed Apple's two new iPhones. So what does the publication have to say?

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Overall, the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c have earned high scores in Consumer Reports' Ratings. However, the magazine pointed out that when it comes to battery life and screen size, they are no match against flagship Android phones from Samsung, LG and HTC.

From Consumer Reports:

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.

One of the primary reasons why folks switch to Android is the wealth of devices that feature larger screens like the Samsung Galaxy S4 with 4.99-inch display or phablets such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that offers a 5.7-inch screen. Having larger screens, the manufacturers are also able to include larget batteries into these Android devices which gives superior battery life.

There are rumors and speculations that Apple will finally cave in and release a larger screen iPhone next year. However, that still remains to be seen. Do you agree with Consumer Reports' review?

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