From Iphone 6+ to 5S. Stupid?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Waterbag, Sep 23, 2015.

  1. Waterbag macrumors newbie

    Sep 23, 2015
    Hi. My first Iphone was 5S and I really enjoyed it. However I was frustrated with battery life, with lot of calls and internet nonstop with tons of mails, my battery was almost empty in the afternoon (5 months of ownership) So I went android and then bought 6+. Battery life is sooo good, but I missed beautiful design of 5S.

    I really don ´t mind bigger phones, but comparing, I liked 5S more. I am thinking about downgrade, do you think it is stupid and I will regret it soon? I don ´t want 6 or 6s because size is not matter, although 5S was more comfortable to use.
  2. silverblack macrumors 68030


    Nov 27, 2007
    Why? As beautiful as the 5S may be, it'll do you no good as the battery is dead half way through the day. Try the 6 or 6S instead.
  3. MH01 Suspended


    Feb 11, 2008
    I am using a 5S currently after selling my 6+.

    The 5S was replaced by apple a few weeks ago, with iOS installed and a new unit, battery life is impressive. On iOS 8 and my old 5S my battery would go in around 3.5 hours usage.

    Not a good indicator but currently my 5s has about 4 hours stand bye, 1.5 hours usage and battery is 91% on iOS 9.

    I'll have a look tomorrow how it goes during the day and report back
  4. Cryates macrumors 68020


    Nov 19, 2013
    Chattanooga, TN
    I think I agree that the design of the 5S is probably the best that Apple has ever had with iPhone, but for me, it's far less functional on a daily basis than my 6 Plus. I'll say this: you probably won't realize all the benefits of the 6 Plus you're using, until it's gone.
  5. Whoakapi macrumors 6502

    May 26, 2010
    It's always a bad idea to buy an old model if there's a new model available. Even more so with Apple products. They always turn sluggish after ~2-4 years depending on how performance-sensitive you are (and how poorly optimized the latest iOS is).

    The 6S has the newest chip. The 5S has a 2 year old chip.

    It is indeed cheaper to buy a 5S. But you will need a new phone sooner.
  6. CNeufeld macrumors 6502a

    Nov 25, 2009
    Edmonton, AB
    If you were frustrated with your battery life before, I'd suspect you may as well hang on to your 6 after you pick up your 5s, because you'll be frustrated with the battery life even quicker this time. Since you're used to the longer battery life of your 6...

    Another option is to pick up something like the Morphie battery case. It will bulk up your 5s a bit, but probably not as big as the 6. And you'll get extended battery performance.

    But what "design" to you like better on the 5s? It's the same basic idea (same iOS, same general design, same apps) as the 6. What did they "downgrade" for you in the 6?

  7. hutrebug macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2015

    If you're budget conscious and you absolutely do not need the latest and greatest, there is no shame in buying phones that are one generation behind. It's the same as folks who see no need to be the first one to get hold of a new phone ("tracking my orders now!" :rolleyes:) and prefer to wait a while more before doing so, if at least to wait for the software to stabilize post-launch.

    All phones turn sluggish after some time. Android phones too. Welcome to the world of capitalist consumerism and planned obsolescence. ;)

    One small caveat when buying older stuff, make sure you are buying the unused products and not the refurbished ones which dishonest retailers may try to pass off as brand new.
  8. aleni macrumors 68020

    Jun 2, 2006
    not stupid. I moved from 6 to 6plus and missed my 5s's size and recently just went back to it. oh how much I missed the size and the elegance of the 5s design. it just feels good to hold a 5s, it fits in my palm.

    about battery life, I don't have issue with the 5s. it's great and it charges blazing fast too.

    for much better battery life, please disable "background app refresh" and some location services under system services such as:
    location based alerts, location based iads, setting time zone, share my location, frequent locations, diagnostics & usage, popular near me. you wouldn't believe how great battery life is after you turn those off. I think the most that has significant impact in battery life is the "background app refresh" feature.

    edit: as I cant find the new 5s everywhere, I bought the one that certified pre owned device, it's great.
  9. M.Tarek macrumors newbie


    Nov 18, 2014
    I am totally agree with you, I love that old design of iPhone 4-5 generations, currently using 4s, and afraid from jumping to the new design and screen size which are not my target to shift to, just need a better performance and new technology without losing my preferable design and size!! hard to decide wether go for 6s for better experience or go for 5s for the comfortable design and suitable 4'' for me! really confused o_O

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