Iphone 5 or 5s

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  1. 3dshadow macrumors newbie

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    I have been all android (I have Note 4 and Huawei Mate 7) but I have been looking for a small good quality phone as a backup. None of the really small android phones that work on Tmobile have impressed me so I was thinking about getting a refurb Iphone (I have been wanting to use an Iphone anyway). I have read that the 5s is quite a bit faster than the 5 and I do not want to get a phone that cannot run the latest updates. With the new Iphone coming out I assume prices on the 5 and 5s might drop a bit. Is the 5s worth the extra $150 or more over the 5. Thanks. Bill
     
  2. bbrks macrumors 65816

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    5S without any doubt, much better HW and overall quality.
     
  3. Martin81 macrumors regular

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    Check out which LTE bands your carrier supports and then check the phone specs. The 5S supports (depending on model / region) more LTE bands.
     
  4. Merkie macrumors 68020

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    5S. No crippled LTE, TouchID, faster.
    5 camera is also 8MP, although the 5S arguably has a slightly better camera.
     
  5. Newtons Apple macrumors Pentium

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  6. mechanicalhead macrumors newbie

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    I had both. The slate iPhone 5 is sexy and I didn't notice the difference in the performance. In your case I would get the iPhone 5s, simply because it's newer and the touch ID is convenient to have.
     
  7. nordique, Aug 29, 2015
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    nordique macrumors 6502a

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    5s

    Its much more powerful; The A7 chip is in a different league than the A6 on the 5 (its similar in power to the A8 in the 6/6+ actually), its got a better camera for low light with more features (more akin to the 6, whereas the 5 has what was essentially the 4s's camera refined), its got a very convenient touch ID sensor, among other little upgrades here and there such as a slightly larger battery (on the battery tests I ran, the 5s would have 13-17% life left depending when the 5 would die, usually closer to 13% though) and faster ram - and I would wager it should support at least a few more iOS updates than the 5 in the future.

    Don't be fooled by the fact it looks the same outside as a 5; internally its in a different league and well worth the extra investment especially from a longevity perspective
     

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