Keep iPhone 4s or get free iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by thebeans, Nov 5, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2009
    Hello all, My workplace provides us with phones. I have a 4s which I have had for a year. It is upgrade time for us and I can get a 5 if I want. No cost to me. So I would like to hear honest opinions / thought from those of you who had a 4s and upgraded to the 5. Are you happy with the change? Would you go back to the 4s if you could? If you liked the 4s better, why? Etc. No hearsay or third person opinions wanted. Only actual experiences. I need to decide in the next couple of days if I want a 5 or keep my 4s.

    Many thanks to all. I really appreciate the input!!! :)
  2. macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    I had a 4S for 8 months before the 5 came out. Got the 5 in the first week.

    I love it and would never go back to the 4S. The 4S is a great device for sure, but the 5 is so much faster, LTE is lightning fast, it's so light and I appreciate the bigger screen.

    I feel that the improvement is enough to justify spending $200 as an upgrade fee (which I did), so for no cost to you, I think it's a no brainer. :D
  3. macrumors regular


    Apr 26, 2009
    I upgraded from the 4S to the 5 and would not go back. I picked up my 4S the other day and it felt fat, heavy, and slow compared to the 5 I've been using for a month and a half now. If you have the option to upgrade for free I don't see any reason to not take it.
  4. macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    If you have to ask, go with 5.

    4 is for people who want to stay with the smaller form factor, the 2-side glass finish, no time to deal with something new when old one works just fine. Oh and depends how many 30-pins accessories u have, assuming those u pay yourself.
  5. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
    Why wouldnt you?
    Its free and its a better, faster, upgraded device than your old 4S.
  6. macrumors 68030


    Oct 3, 2012
    New Jersey
    Look at this from outside your opinion, imagine you are someone else, read the topic title. there's your answer.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Nov 1, 2012
    Lol, a free iPhone 5?! No brainer there dude, take it. Only problem im noticing is that if your a music lover i find that the music output through headphones is quieter than the 4S and other apple devices..
  8. macrumors 603


    Feb 3, 2010
    United Kingdom
  9. macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
  10. macrumors 68000


    Sep 15, 2012
    How many 30 pin accessories do you have, a lot? Are you a road warrior used to propping up your phone in hotel room alarm docs? Do you not have access to Wifi normally at home/ work?

    If you answers tend towards YES, YES, NO to the above three questions, I would stick with the iPhone 4s until atleast next year. I presume you can upgrade anytime in the future too? In that case, you can upgrade whenever your situation changes.
  11. macrumors regular

    Oct 24, 2012
    Upgrade to i5. why? resale value higher, up-to-date specs and better performance. Dont worry, you'll love it.
  12. macrumors member

    Jun 22, 2012
    Neither do I.... I mean every single review on iPhone 5 says it clearly is the best iPhone out there....why bother asking in a blog? Plus the company has the tab for the phone so is it even worth asking the question? Most people on MacRumors don't work for companies that shell out for new phones EVERY year and have to spend their hard earned money on buying it themselves.

    Hey who here wants an iPad mini for free even though most people think its over-priced?
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 2, 2009
    S.F./Las Vegas
    Free . . . Take . . . Pay . . . Hesitate, with regard to the iP5.
  14. macrumors member

    Jan 25, 2012
    I had 4,4S, and 5. Wouldn't go back to a 4 or 4S. 5 is much better. The only thing you might say is better could possibly be the 4S camera but its not that big a difference.
  15. macrumors 6502


    Oct 8, 2010
  16. macrumors regular

    Mar 29, 2011
    I just got my first iPhone -> the i5, my family has the 4S. It is relatively lighter, and the bigger aspect ratio makes sense to me. If you're absolutely fixated with Google Maps app then stay with your iPhone4S :D

    One thing though, the iPhone5 is lighter, and it just feels a tad fragile. I purchased an Otterbox commuter case to ensure that the body is protected from any scratches, and to prevent it from any kind of minor bending, accidental dropping of the unit.
  17. macrumors 65816


    Jul 29, 2012
    What the hell man?? It's a FREE iPhone 5, just take it. Keep your 4S at the same time. Don't like the 5, go back to 4S.

  18. macrumors regular

    Jan 25, 2012
    Between heaven and hell
    My 4s feels like a brick after I started using my 5 for a few days.
  19. macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Subjective matter. You need to decide based on your own criteria. Polling is never the way to determine one's preferences.

    Not sure how that's relevant with a company-supplied device.

    Same as every other "spoon feed me an answer" question. A huge number of threads share that point.

    If you have to ask then try spending a few minutes to think on the matter.
  20. thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2009
    Not Sure...

    Not sure if I can keep the 4s or not. They may want it to be traded in. If I knew I could keep the 4s too, I would definitely try the 5. Then if I didn't like it, I could switch back I assume. I know many have said to get the 5 for sure. I asked this question because of all the negative stuff about the 5, blemishes, really bad battery life, weak Wi-Fi, etc. I just didn't want to switch and then regret it. Thanks.


    Well, we don't get paid too much, haven't had a raise in 4 years, but at least we get free phones (either iOS or Android). :eek:

    As for the iPad Mini comment, that is not an accurate analogy. A better one might be you have an iPad 3 but can trade for an iPad Mini, who would do that? Not entirely accurate analogy, I know. Just don't want to regret my decision.

  21. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    MN, USA
  22. macrumors 68020


    May 6, 2008
    At first, I was a bit skeptical of upgrading to the 5 from my 4S because of the problems people were having with it. I bit the bullet and pre-ordered one anyway. I can honestly say that I could not go back to my 4S after upgrading to the 5. I really love the bigger screen (as much as I said I really didn't want it) and I love how it's slimmer compared to the 4S. So if you have the opportunity to upgrade at no charge to you, then you should absolutely do it.
  23. macrumors 68030


    Nov 10, 2010
    If you're hard on phones, then you have to consider that the 5 is much more fragile than the 4S. It will scuff like crazy and possible bend if you work a lot with your phone in your pocket.

    If neither of these is a concern, it's a no brainer.
  24. macrumors 65816


    Mar 8, 2012
    Keep the 4S man. Your brain level is too low for the 5.
  25. macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    It's like someone asking to exchange a $100. bill for a $50. bill.

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