Is it pointless to buy an iPhone 4s or iPhone 5 with new iPhones out?

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  1. 100 macrumors member

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    Just wondering, if there is still relevancy to buy out dated iPhones just because they are cheaper. I am thinking of upgrading my parts phones from ancient to iPhone but I don't think they can afford the iPhone 6 or even need it.
     
  2. 617aircav Suspended

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    If you can't afford it then what voice do you have? Ask yourself what you use a phone for, and get one that fits those needs. It's not a must to have the latest phones, specially of finance is an issue.
     
  3. ratbrain macrumors member

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    Really a matter of personal preference. I've used iPhones since 3GS.

    If your looking to update to a less expensive model I would suggest either 5 generation model

    5 definitely a minimum for LTE

    If you want touch ID or care about security then go for 5S

    If you want larger display size then your only choice is iPhone 6 / 6+

    Just my 2 cents.
     
  4. Jschultz macrumors 6502a

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    I totally agree that it all depends on the person. My manager at work still uses a 3GS, I know a lot of my friend's parents are on iPhone 4 and similar 2010'ish smartphones.
     
  5. deeddawg macrumors 604

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    It's all a matter of balancing the value of a newer phone over an older phone against the value of whatever else you could do with the money.

    If it's "buy an iphone 6 and not eat this week" type decision you need to look in the mirror and ask yourself "can I stand to lose some weight?" :p

    Seriously, you're going to see a variety of answers. Which avenue is best though really boils down to your needs/wants and what you can afford. Rather tough for a bunch of anonymous internet forum strangers who don't know you to really advise which path is best for you.
     
  6. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    If you can't afford it don't buy it! The iPhone is a luxury device, not a necessity.
     
  7. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Well…two years on my 64GB iPhone 5 is still relevant and I still use it. Don't want the 6/6+ (fugly, no black) and the 5c was plastic (no black) and the 5s did not come in black either.

    So, I will be with my iPhone 5 for a considerable while longer (at least until I move to T-Mobile).
     
  8. Fantasigraphic macrumors 65816

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    IMO I wouldn't get 4S! If it's an option if go 5S but if not definitely a 5.
     
  9. mrkramer macrumors 603

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    Have you even asked them if they want to upgrade to a smartphone? If they are happy with what they have and don't want/ won't use a smartphone why get one in the first place?
     
  10. mdlooker macrumors 65816

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    I think it would be fine so long as the updates that come out supports the phone that you have.
     
  11. 100 thread starter macrumors member

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    My parents are wanting something more relevant. They want to be able to FaceTime with us; send pictures with decent quality.. Etc
     
  12. mightyjabba macrumors 65816

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    iPhone 5 onward is not a bad choice. I would avoid anything earlier.
     
  13. bunnicula macrumors 68040

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    We gave some 5C phones to the inlaws. They love them. Just a thought.
     
  14. IrishVixen macrumors 68020

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    5/5c/5s are all fine phones (though with the caveat that you should avoid the 8 GB 5c model like the plague...16 GB is the barest minimum that's adequate for iOS firmware). I'm still on an iPhone 5 picked up a couple of months after launch--in fact, all of our entire extended family is using the 5, with the only exception being an iPhone app dev; he's upgraded to a 6+, of course.

    The 5 series are great workhorses that take advantage of LTE speeds, do reasonably well on the latest firmware, and are probably good for another two years for many people. I wouldn't consider a 4 or 4s at this point, but the 5's are still very usable devices.
     
  15. AverageBob macrumors member

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    I wouldn't buy 4s but 5 can give you at least another 2 years if you're ok with the small screen. I've tested it and it's really really smooth. Just don't update the OS anymore.
     
  16. Delmar macrumors 6502

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    I bought & gave my sister a iPhone 5 for this same reason. She only uses it for the basics (phone calls, texts, emails & various apps) but really wanted to be able to FaceTime with us since we live in different parts of the country. The iPhone 5 & 5S are still very good capable iPhones.
     
  17. Jazper macrumors 6502a

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    I wouldn't get the 4s, but the 5 is still a great phone - if you can get a 5s definitely pay the extra for it.
     
  18. eelw macrumors 6502a

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    What is your cell service situation like? If current phone under contract and soon to expire, it's worth going with latest model under subsidy.
     
  19. BensonTT macrumors regular

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    But iphone 5 is not black either.. lol
     
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  22. BensonTT macrumors regular

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    Looks more like a very dark blue to me... lol
     
  23. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The case is. Black/Slate. Not Space Gray.
     
  24. mattroman246 macrumors 6502

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    If either of those phones suit your needs then why not save some cash
     
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