From 5 to 5s - probably not worth it depending on your needs

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by matttye, Sep 22, 2013.

  1. matttye macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Just for anyone in the same boat as me, wondering whether it's worth an upgrade from the 5 to 5s. I'd say it's probably only worth it if you're going to get a lot of use out of ALL of the new features, given that there's not a great deal of difference between the two devices.

    In the reviews I've read it seems that the OS is not really any more fluid on the 5s, other than in a couple of places.

    If you're into graphic intensive games then clearly you'll see a difference with the A7 over the A6, but it seems that the A6 is already plenty fast enough for most tasks and making the processor faster doesn't actually speed them up. This is as I suspected. Obviously any processor intensive tasks will benefit.

    People have reported a bit of an improvement in Safari loading speeds. For most things though there won't be much of a difference between the two. Animations, splash screens etc. are often the bottleneck rather than the processor.

    If you're a heavy phone photographer then you'll see a huge improvement in the camera and flash. That alone may justify an upgrade.

    TouchID is a great convenience but does it justify an upgrade in itself? I don't think so, but some might. The potential is awesome but it's limited in its current form.

    If any 5s owners disagree with what I've said above regarding the A7's effect on the OS, feel free to say so. I'm just repeating what I've seen in tech reviews.

  2. AceMason macrumors 6502

    Aug 27, 2009
    I agree, I upgraded from the 5 to 5S and it doesn't really seem like a new phone (I already had iOS7 on my 5, being a developer). I really like TouchID though and I rely heavily on the camera so those features are nice. Also, the main reason I upgraded was because a family member wasn't going to use their upgrade and it was essentially a free upgrade since I sold my 5 for $420 on Craigslist. I definitely don't think it's a must-have upgrade from the 5 but if you can, then go for it.
  3. limesmoothie macrumors 6502

    Apr 20, 2009
    Edinburgh, Scotland
    Agree completely. I find the fingerprint ID really useful when making purchases in iTunes.
  4. spaceballl macrumors 68030


    Nov 2, 2003
    San Francisco, CA

    I upgraded from the 5 to the 5S. I'm a geek who needs to always be experimenting with the newest stuff (I have a feeling lots of people here are), but if you don't have the constant itch, skip this generation if you have a 5. I have had every iPhone thus far, and outside of TouchID, this one is the smallest step up from the previous model yet.
  5. DOUGHNUT macrumors regular

    Jan 8, 2006
    the thing to note is performance wise it is still a big step up over the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 5 is already plenty fast for day to day usage. the phone isn't like your ordinary computer where you'll actually need the speed to perform certain tasks. how much speed do you really need when you're texting or browsing the web?

    previous S updates were far more noticeable because when you're on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of performance, any step up would be far more noticeable. my opinion: skip the 5S if you already have a 5. yeah, its got a nicer camera and the fingerprint sensor, but it's probably worth it to simply skip to iPhone 6 next year when these features will be more refined and hopefully brought to a larger screen, better battery life package.
  6. dmk1974 macrumors 68020


    Sep 16, 2008
    In a poll I put up last week, looks like the majority are going to remain with the iPhone 5 and not upgrade to the 5s. However, I think if anyone has a 4 or 4s, they absolutely might as well upgrade to the 5s.
  7. noobinator macrumors 603


    Jun 19, 2009
    Pasadena, CA
    I estimate I've put in my passcode at least 50 times per day over the last year. That is 18250 times at 2 seconds each (including the swipe). If my math is correct that is over 10 hours. The id is worth it enough for me. The camera is an added bonus to capture my little one.
  8. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
  9. xero9 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 7, 2006
    I had the 5 and sold it a few days ago with the intention to upgrade to the 5s. I have one ordered, but now I'm thinking I might skip it and go iPhone-less for a year :/
  10. Max(IT) Suspended


    Dec 8, 2009
    I don't really know if I'm going to get a 5S, but the point is: if you are happy with your new 5s , it worths the upgrade.
  11. Antgb84 macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2013
    Thank you needed to hear it. Not itching to upgrade anymore.
  12. bushman4 macrumors 68020

    Mar 22, 2011
    Biggest noticeable feature is touch ID. Other than that the 5S feels similar to the 5
    Yes the camera is different and better but nothing that you can't live without
    Then again if you use your upgrade now and the iPhone 6 turns out to be a must have , what are you going to do?
  13. yegon macrumors 68030

    Oct 20, 2007

    Same here. Always skipped the S upgrades previously, never interested me in the slightest but Touch ID was enough for me (from 5). The rest is gravy.

    Ultimately, it's down to preference - take away Touch ID and I've very happy with the still very fast 5 for another year.
  14. matttye thread starter macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    I disagree with that - slightly. Nobody would be unhappy with a better phone; the question is, is it so much better that it justifies upgrading?
  15. Serban Suspended

    Jan 8, 2013
  16. stu.h macrumors 65816


    May 8, 2010
    West Midlands, England.
    I'm upgrading because I want the gold, and the ~£150 difference is not an issue (I have a 32gb 5 bought a 16gb 5S).
  17. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    One thing I didn't see in the OP is the new M7 dedicated motion sensor chip. This will be great once fitness apps get updated to use it. I'm hoping it conserves battery life so it lasts all day while tracking my movements. Right now my iPhone 5 tends to run out of juice at the very end of the day unless I manage to recharge mid-day.
  18. matttye thread starter macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    My understanding is that the M7 is a battery saving feature, nothing more. The reason is that it enables the main processor to remain in deep sleep while continuing to poll the sensors.

    Apps were able to access sensors before and could make their own calculations to tell whether you were walking, running, driving etc. Nothing is new in that regard.
  19. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Well of course it is a battery saving feature, but I wouldn't say that's "nothing more." If it lets my iPhone last the whole day with motion tracking turned on, then for me, that's HUGE.
  20. rockitdog macrumors 68020

    Mar 25, 2013
    I upgraded from the 5 to the 5S and the difference is nothing minus the home button. If I didn't have t-mobile with the ability to switch phones whenever I wanted I probably wouldn't have done it.
  21. lienhart macrumors 6502


    Jun 24, 2013
    The 5s I tried in the Apple store today responded WAY faster than my 5. I just hope that when I restore my back up to it, that bugs dont carry over and make it slow again :(
  22. Iphone5preorder macrumors 6502a

    Sep 20, 2012
    Having played with both phones, I would argue that the OS runs a lot smoother on the 5s. It's noticeable.
  23. phpmaven macrumors 68040


    Jun 12, 2009
    San Clemente, CA USA
    If you can sell your 5 for enough to cover the cost of upgrading, then it's a no-brainer, otherwise, I don't think it's worth bothering. Although the gold is pretty sick. :D I'm diggin' it.
  24. matttye thread starter macrumors 601

    Mar 25, 2009
    Lincoln, England
    Well it depends on how much battery is saved as to whether it's a reason to upgrade. I haven't seen any reviews about it yet.

    If it substantially improves battery life when navigating, that would be awesome :D Not sure which tasks will need to use only the M7 and which will need to use both.


    I'd have to get a smaller phone or pay about £200 on top of what I'd get for selling my phone. :p
  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008

    I just need it to last another hour to make it to the end of the day. :D

    Is it worth the price of the upgrade? That, I'm not sure. But I think it is a factor to be taken into consideration, along with all the other improvements. Better camera? TouchID? M7 chip? 64-bit A7? Each of these, taken alone, isn't enough to convince me to upgrade. But all those features combined? I have one on preorder, though I haven't 100% decided if I will actually keep it.

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