iPhone 5...?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by TheGreenBastard, Jan 10, 2013.

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    TheGreenBastard

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    I have a deal that I can get a brand new ip5 16GB for $650, but I want opinions from people who own the iPhone 5. With all the problems regarding the wifi and other issues, is it a worthy upgrade to the iPhone 4S for ~$250? (that's assuming I can get a min of $400 for my iPhone)
     
  2. macrumors regular

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    Nope it isn't. If I had the 4S I would not be upgrading to the 5. Maybe the 5S but definitely the 6. There is nothing the 5 can do that the 4S can't except display an extra line of icons/folders
     
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    marioman38

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    No-go, wait for iPhone 6. iPhone 5 is my first and while it is a good phone, not much sets it apart from my friends iPhone 4s, I actually much prefer the 4s body. I put my 5 in a case the second I bought it because I don't want scratches in the "slate" powder coating.
     
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    AlphaDogg

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    There is no powder coating...
     
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    chumawumba

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    $650 is a deal?
     
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    TheGreenBastard

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    Yes, brand new from Apple they are $699+ tax.
    This is someone reselling unopened iPhones for a little bit less than retail.
     
  7. macrumors 6502

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    the A6 chip in the iPhone 5 is way faster than the A5 and A4 before it

    Geekbench scores:

    A4: 300ish
    A5: 600ish
    A6: 1400ish

    huge difference when it comes to opening and using applications.

    Also, LTE is 4 to 5 times faster than HSPA+
     
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    TheGreenBastard

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    I'm currently using prepaid on my carrier because I travel and use different carriers all over the place. I only pay $25 when I'm home, do you think LTE is more expensive than 3G?
     
  9. macrumors 6502

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    hmm. im not sure, you may have to check with your carrier. Im using AT&T, where their postpay data plans are the same for both 3G, 4G HSPA+, and 4G LTE are all the same.

    If you aren't getting LTE on your new iPhone 5, then it may not be worth the upgrade over the 4S
     
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    JohnLT13

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    LTE alone is worth the upgrade. and if you sell your phone you end up paying what a subsidized phone would cost. Go for it.
     
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    r0k

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    I agree. I went from a 4 to a 5 and it's a lot better. The 4S had the same camera but LTE definitely makes the 5 worthy of an upgrade from 4S... provided your carrier supports LTE. In the US, only Verizon and AT&T have credible LTE support. Sprint and Tmo are scrambling to roll it out.

    When I got my iP5, there was no At&t LTE north of Columbus, Oh. Within 2 months, LTE showed up in the Detroit area and it is faster than most wifi.
     

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