Should I get the iPhone 5?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by iMike97, Nov 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2011
    New York
    I currently have the iPhone 4S in White and I am really considering getting the iPhone 5 in Black & Slate. To those who have iPhone 5, what phone did you have before? To the people who had the 4S and upgraded to the 5, was it worth it?

    Thank you!
  2. macrumors member

    Jul 10, 2008
    I upgraded from the 4s and I resonantly think it was a great upgrade. I love the new bigger screen and the performance is amazing. I do a lot of reading and YouTube watching on my phone so the extra screen real estate is perfect for me. I'd say upgrade, you won't be sorry.
  3. macrumors 68040


    Jul 7, 2010
    Bay Area
    I had a white 4S and upgraded to a black iPhone 5 and love it. Might not notice a big speed increase but I love the bigger screen and LTE.
  4. macrumors 6502


    Oct 6, 2012
    i had a 4s in black & upgraded to the ip5 in white. love it.
    it's lighter, faster, and well....that's all i can
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
  6. macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    I upgraded from the 4.... which means I didn't have ANY of the features provided by iOS 6. So yeah. Big jump for me. The only thing I see is a bump in performance, LTE and a larger screen between the 4S and 5. It's up to you.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Mar 10, 2008
    Indeed! I had the 4s--my wife the 4. They released the iPhone 5 close to my wife 'gave' me her update in exchange for my 4s. I sold the iPhone 4 locally for a nice chunk off the price of the 5. It's undeniably the best, fastest, 'best screen', and the LTE is really, really thick icing on the cake. Easily the best iPhone yet. The speed difference in error correction while typing is one of the things I notice most. Seems like it never misses.
    Launching apps, switching between, app installs, load times, camera operation...everything seems a bit quicker. Obviously the bulk of available apps are designed around and for the A4/5 processors, so the perceived speed increase I suppose was a given...especially considering the CPU and GPU upgrades. The other thing I've noticed...both on my new iPhone and the iPad 4-- I use 'The Early Edition' as my RSS reader/newspaper every morning. I canceled my local paper subscription about three months after buying the original iPad at launch. I've used EE since then. I'm on version 2 right now. The iPad 3 and iPhone 4S both took about 35-40 seconds to fetch the material, organize and 'publish' the paper. My iPad 5 with the same 94 feeds takes just about 5 seconds to compile. The 4s, maybe six or seven seconds. Un. Believable!! Again, this is as 'real world' as it gets for me. I've also noticed considerably better iTunes 'match' performance, significantly faster downloads and storage of off line music d/l on Spotify. Just little differences, especially rendering, shooting and manipulating photos and video. The performance of iMovie and well as Avid and a half dozen other photo editing apps is amazing. Again both on the new iPad and iPhone. Comparing directly with the same exact LTE 64GB iPad 3 and white 64GB iPhone 4S.
    It truly makes me laugh out loud when I read comments about the insignificance of the updates....especially the folks that are dismissing the iPad update. The iPhone is less subtle as it was a redesign. The iPad may as well have been. The A6 processing and updated GPU undoubtably makes the iPhone 4S to 5 update a worthwhile endeavor IF you're able to do it on subsidy. Don't pay the extra 250. There's a law of diminishing returns. The 4s still has significant value on the 'used' market. So if you're good to go for an upgrade, the sale of your 4s will wipe out your initial investment in the '5'.

    You'll love it!

  8. macrumors Nehalem


    Apr 16, 2008
    At the iPhone hacks section.
  9. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
  10. macrumors 68030

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    Are you able to wait next year for the 5S or 6? I have a 4S and it's still a very good functional phone.
  11. macrumors 65816


    Aug 10, 2012
    Had a 4s in white also. I upgraded because I was able to change phones to a 5 and make it only cost me $5. If its going to cost you hundreds I wouldn't do it. I love the lte and the speed boost in CPU is noticeable to me.
  12. macrumors 6502

    Mar 27, 2009
  13. macrumors member

    Nov 13, 2012
  14. macrumors newbie

    Nov 21, 2012
    4s is look like an old phone in comparation with the i5 :) so yes buy the new one
  15. macrumors demi-god


    Feb 26, 2011
    New England, USA
    Same for me...jump from 4 to 5 (two generations) showed a big difference. Aside from the obvious change in screen size, LTE, Siri (if you care), speed, lighter, short, a huge jump.:D
  16. macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2011

    Was on Sprint with a 4S, now Verizon on the 5, the LTE network was worth the switch if there were no other changes but I love the bigger screen and better camera. Yes it's worth it to me.
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jul 5, 2010
    The LTE is the biggest thing for me.... when your phone gets 30 Mbps... that's impressive.
  18. macrumors 603


    Apr 2, 2009
    Los Angeles Area
    I have the 4S in white and also get the urge to upgrade to the 5. The thing is I don't have an upgrade so I would need to pay 250 extra.
  19. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 7, 2011
    New York
    Looks like I'll be upgrading! Thanks everyone!

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