5s for a starter iphone? Whaatt not to shabby!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Appl3FTW, Nov 22, 2014.

  1. Appl3FTW macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    Coming from an old Samsung Flight slider. I'll be handing my mom a well deserved upgrade of 64gb gold 5S. Those making fun of her with her old phone will eat their hearts out. She's gonna have a better phone than they have. Can't imagine how she would feel using it since she's not that technically inclined. Reminds me of the member who posted about himself giving his mom an iPad air 2. Man this phone as a starter kit to the iPhone world is not to shabby. Wish me luck haha.

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  2. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    The 5s is a great phone, I'm sure your mom will love it.
  3. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
  4. Allthings-I macrumors 6502

    Jul 25, 2014
    She will love it for sure, I recently sent a iPhone 5S to my mom and she is not technically inclined as well as she still used a flip phone until this.

    She is getting hang of it tho, being able to FaceTime has made a worlds difference without the need for any accounts and passwords. I wish I was around her to teach her more about it.
  5. Ken Kaniff macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2014
    My mom had some really low end Android phone, a prepaid Kyocera or something I believe on Straight Talk. I gave her an unlocked iPhone 4 for her birthday that I picked up for pretty cheap. She loves it. I'll upgrade it for her as money allows, but for now at least she's hooked on Apple so- Mission Accomplished haha
  6. Learylvr. macrumors regular


    Nov 18, 2011
    Yep, I moved my mom to iphone and iPad a couple of years ago. Be prepared to become her IT person . Lol I've spent countless hours setting her stuff up and fixing when there was a problem . She's now pretty much up to speed unless her IPads wifi stops working. Then it starts all over again. My favorite part is always her saying something like, can my phone get email?? I really need email. I explain she's had email all along. Then taking a screen shot of what the email icon looks like. Lol. Here is a very helpful hint. When ever u need to show your mom how to do anything on the 5s, screen shots help a lot, along with instructions. It's worth every hour spent helping her, she has the current tech and loves it. When I was having a very frustrating night trying to explain something to her again, I suggested she might wanna go back to a flip phone. She was horrified, and said I'll never go back to an old lady phone. Lol. Your mom will love it. my mom is now a major texter at 73, slow texter, but a texter. Worth all the effort.
  7. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

    Tobias Funke

    Apr 3, 2012
    I offered my Mum my old 5 but it won't work with nails like her Samsung!:D
  8. Ken Kaniff macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2014
    Yup... a few times I have had to kindly tell her she's literally holding/typing wrong when she can't log into something. She's entering the wrong password by mistake because of her nails. She hunts and pecks though, I'm trying to teach her how to type with her thumbs but it's not working so well. She thinks if her nails touch the screen, it will press something she doesn't intend. I explain that's not how the iPhone screen works.
  9. techspin macrumors 6502a

    Jul 21, 2014
    She'll love it! Apple retail stores also offer various workshops in the morning if you're not around to help her out.
  10. Bobby Corwen macrumors 68030

    Jul 16, 2010
    Your mom gave birth to you!!

    Show her the love she deserves and sell it on eBay and get her an iPhone 6.

    Its only right.
  11. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    Nice. Lol @ gave birth to me. That's what my coworkers joked me about. Well getting her the 6 is an overkill. Kinda like giving someone who just got their license a Lamborghini. I think the 5s is a damn good startup kit. It ain't no lambo but it's a Porsche. Haha


    Btw thanks for all the tips and encouragement boy u know I'll need em haha
  12. Ladybug macrumors 68000


    Apr 13, 2006
    You're a good son to buy your Mom such a nice gift. She will be thrilled with it I'm sure. I gave my sis a smartphone...not an iphone. Anyway I told to to just practice calls, email, and texting first. To not worry about all the other options. She is older too and she did well even though she is not technically inclined either. She quickly graduated to photos and attachments and I only had to show her a half dozen times. :D
  13. KuchiKopi macrumors regular


    Sep 26, 2014
    You should have sprang for the 6 Plus... Getting your mom a 5S is just rude at this point.
  14. bunnicula macrumors 68040


    Jul 23, 2008
    I'm sure she'll love it. Just don't let her see a 6 or a 6 plus.

    My mom's first iPhone was a 4. She had it until September. We upgraded her to a 5s after the price drop. She's seen my 6 plus and now wants to know why she didn't get the big phone because it's easier to see. ;)
  15. Tyler23 macrumors 603


    Dec 2, 2010
    Atlanta, GA
    My wife and I got my mom a gold 32GB 5s for her birthday last month. She loves it. She was coming from a 5 year old dumbphone (flip phone), and she's really enjoying it. She's technologically challenged, but for the most part she's getting along well. She's 64.
  16. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
    ten-zero-eleven-zero-zero by zero-two
    My starter phone that introduced me to the iOS/iPhone world was the 3GS. I'm on Sprint, so I used it as a WiPhone (that is, WiFi only). My sister gave it to me for Christmas 2011. With Talkatone for voice/SMS and Messages for iMessage I was covered as a backup phone.

    I also jailbroke it three times so it gave me experience there too.

    I'm still using my iPhone 5, which I got later. The 5s then is a pretty damn good phone for getting someone used to iOS.
  17. Appl3FTW thread starter macrumors 603


    Nov 15, 2012
    Thank you

    Oowwiee haha

    I can see my mom learning and all bets are off then

    My starter phone was the ip4... Then I never looked back lulz


    Wow nice good for ur mom

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