Upgrade Avail in 3 days. Wait for 5S or go?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by rlu929s, Dec 10, 2012.

  1. macrumors regular

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    As the title says my upgrade is up in 3 days and I'm wanting to upgrade from a 4 to a 5.

    My biggest reason for upgrade is:

    1. 3G to 4G
    2. New Factor
    3. Lighter
    4. Light use of Siri

    I could really care less about the the other features.

    The reasons to upgrade are pretty big to me although since mine is a work phone I truly can only upgrade every 2 years, so I want to make it count.

    Should I wait it out for the 5S or go 5?
     
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    siurpeeman

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    the iphone 5 hits all your points of wanting/needing an upgrade. plus, the phone is only three months old, and a 5s in the near term is far from certain despite recent rumors. i say just get it now.
     
  3. macrumors 6502a

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    I'm thinking go for it. I'm in the same boat. I have an iPhone 4 now and I'm eligible for an upgrade on 12/29. It will be a nice bump going from the regular 4 to the 5...MUCH faster processor, better camera, bigger screen, Siri...the list goes on. I considered waiting until the "5s", but as much as we speculate we don't KNOW when that phone will be coming out. It could be June/July 2013, could be late as October...who knows. Also, I'm in the same boat where I only upgrade once every two years and I really like to make it count. Getting the 5 now SHOULD mean that my next upgrade in 2014 will bring me a phone with a new/redesigned form factor rather than just a spec bump and added features (again, just speculation).
     
  4. macrumors regular

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    I also say go for it now. It is highly unlikely that we will see anything before next fall. Apple has had a history with iPhones of releasing a new version every 12 or more months. The only iOS device to defy the 12 month rule has been the iPad. The iPad 3 was killed off in favor of the 4 mainly due to the extension of LTE compatibility outside the U.S. slight hardware upgrade and the new dock connecter. Honestly I think apple should have just waited on the iPad to get to the current gen rather than stuffing in a 3rd gen only to kill it off a few months later for another update. But that is not iPhone related. The current iPhone 5 will be good through fall of 2013 when the 5S should be released as a simple update to the 5 with a feature or two probably reserved for it to entice consumers to buy it over the 5. I am hoping for more of a major revamp of software with iOS 7 since iOS 6 was such a flop.
     
  5. macrumors 601

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    Do u REALLY feel you can use a speed bump? otherwise this may just be a nice-to-have.

    New yes, but do you REALLY need more screen real estate + watch videos?

    Legit.

    IMHO, Siri in its present from is a novelty. When she can be linked to do more things then maybe it will be worth the attention.



    Dunno. I look at my 4s and it's a piece of Jewelry glass and metal, a monolith in space (2010) that comes to life when commanded to. I5 all metal 2-tones back doesn't "grab" me as much. YMMV.
     
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    siurpeeman

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    on verizon, the bump from 3g to lte is like night and day. it makes a big difference when you don't see things loading, when bodies of text on email, web pages, rss readers and twitter all just appear. it's also noticeable on youtube, where i no longer see any delay/stutter from buffering. most of the time, lte is even faster than my wifi at home. it really is my favorite feature of the iphone 5.
     
  7. macrumors regular

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    I vote for now also, especially if you have LTE in your area, although even 3G>fake 4G can be nice too.
     
  8. macrumors 601

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    Your call. If you could care less then you should probably wait. However, if you couldn't care less then you might want to go ahead.
     
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    mattopotamus

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    The jump from the 4 to 5 will be huge is every way, shape, and form. I would upgrade to the 5 now and skip the 5S if I were you
     
  10. macrumors 6502a

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    Although I'm not anal enough to play the multiple exchange game that some do, I do think there are more issues with the 5 than other new phones Apple has released. I have dings and wear I'd not expect since it's been in a case since day 1, it has wifi issues that many people seem to share, there's a 175 page thread on the Apple forum about wifi issues, and that's just the largest of many threads. So I do think there's something up with a significant number of 5's wifi assemblies.

    Still, none of these are deal breakers for me. And I don't feel the need to try to exchange, the 5s won't be too far down the road.

    So I guess what I'm saying is, if you're picky about your phone being flawless in form and function, waiting for the S might be better, assuming the early problems with the 5 have been worked on by then.

    I always know going in, if you get a new iPhone design, soon after release, you might have a few issues. One would hope the S version will have seen most or all of them fixed.
     
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    From A Buick 8

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    Get the 5, going from a a 4 to a 5 is a big change, there might be some merit if you had a 4s.
     
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    cambookpro

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    Jordan921

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    I'd say upgrade. I upgraded from a 4s and don't regret it at all.
     
  14. macrumors 6502

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    I'd say stay on 4. Just in several months 5S is coming and most of the issues with 5 would be fixed plus better hardware. Then you just have to follow S => S directions of the future models.
     
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    shady825

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    This is what I plan on doing this week. I'm on a iPhone 4. I usually skip all the "S" releases.
    Going from a 4 to a 5 will be a nice upgrade for me and I could care less about the 5S. It's nothing but a rumor right now. It would be dumb for anyone to wait around for something that we don't even know "for sure" about.. For all we know the iPhone 6 will be next and be a major redesign. Rumors are rumors. That's all. If you want it or need it now, then get it now.
     
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    If on Verizon or Sprint with lousy CDMA 3G speeds, just go for LTE because the change is significant. If on AT&T, just stay on 3G HSPA+, the speeds are already more than enough.

    iPhone 5 will be a great upgrade, I don't think you can go wrong getting it now :)
     

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