Is it pointless to get an iPhone 5S now?

Cogi

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Feb 22, 2014
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I just bought a MacBook Pro and I feel having an iPhone will be amazing for the experience. I currently have a Nokia Lumia 1020 but I have the money for an iPhone 5S. Should I just wait till the next generation of iPhone? I could easily wait till the end of this year/early 2015.
 

Ann P

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Jun 29, 2009
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As always with these threads, if you want it now, buy it now.

But if you're willing and able to wait, just wait.

The Nokia Lumia 1020 is nice device. If I were you, I'd wait for the 6. You can also buy the 5S and sell it down the line.
 

carjakester

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Oct 21, 2013
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wait if you can, but then why buy that when the 6s will come out? when you need a phone, get it. if it will bug you that a new one will come out then just wait or sell the 5s and upgrade.
 

The Doctor11

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Dec 15, 2013
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I think waiting and getting the new phone at launch is best. If you get it now in 2 years you won't be able to upgrade until this time of year and will end up with the same problem.
 

IJBrekke

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Oct 24, 2009
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I just got a 5S because I needed a new phone. If the next model comes out and blows me away I can sell the 5S and buy the newest unsubsidized for about a $200 loss. So you can either have a new iphone for the next 6 months or save $200. That's your decision.
 

TacticalDesire

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The 5S is still a great phone and I'm not saying it isn't worth it. But if you can live with the lack of apps I would stick with the 1020 and wait for the iPhone 6. The 1020 is still a decent phone if not a tad awkward to hold.
 

PDFierro

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Sep 8, 2009
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Depends on if you can wait or not. I know I can't, so it is far from pointless for me to get a 5s now. Regardless, it's only mid-March. You're looking at late-September before you can get one, that's quite a ways away.
 

Gincoma

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Sep 10, 2013
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I just bought a MacBook Pro and I feel having an iPhone will be amazing for the experience. I currently have a Nokia Lumia 1020 but I have the money for an iPhone 5S. Should I just wait till the next generation of iPhone? I could easily wait till the end of this year/early 2015.
might as well wait for the iPhone 8s...doesnt make much sense does it?
 

iolinux333

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Feb 9, 2014
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might as well wait for the iPhone 8s...doesnt make much sense does it?
Just get a used 5. The experience is identical to the 5s except for the fingerprint sensor. I have both and side by side running the same software there is zero difference in responsiveness.
 

Gincoma

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Sep 10, 2013
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Just get a used 5. The experience is identical to the 5s except for the fingerprint sensor. I have both and side by side running the same software there is zero difference in responsiveness.
texting and calling yes you are correct, but games and multitasking the 5s is a huge difference
 

ET iPhone Home

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Oct 5, 2011
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I just bought a 5S for my parents over the weekend. I would've had them wait for the 6, but they really needed a phone. I figured it would take 8 months before the unlocked 6 is released, as the unlocked 5S was released in November 2013. 8 mos. is a long time.
 

maflynn

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Mid-cycle purchases are tough, no question about it. If you need it now, then its a great phone, but if you can hold off, then that would be the best.
 

Deguello

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Jun 29, 2008
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If you're hoping for an amazing experience, you might as well buy it now and get the disappointment behind you. It's a phone. It's a pretty cool phone, but it's just a phone.
 

Caesars

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May 16, 2013
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Just wait, it's not as if you need a new phone and as the above poster said, buying mid cycle ... :-(
 

mattopotamus

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Jun 12, 2012
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are you talking about and out-right purchase or burning an upgrade? This close to a new phone I would not upgrade if you are tight on cash. If you are buying the phone out-right and do not mind spending an extra $300 in a few months, go for it.
 

albertc

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Sep 26, 2011
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Austin, TX
It really doesn't matter when you get it. There is always going to be something better on the horizon.
I would argue to get the 5s because it's a proven tangible thing. There could be issues with iOS8 or signalgate again, and you would be stuck with that on the iphone 6. I always just wait and get the s version.
 

Wide opeN

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6 months is not a short amount of time to wait. I say purchase now, and resell the 5s in order to get the 6.

Problem solved.
 

barkomatic

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Aug 8, 2008
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Don't buy the 5s at this point. You've a got a working smartphone for now so you are in a position to wait.

If your Nokia fails prior to the launch of the new iPhone, then you'll have no choice but to upgrade.
 

karatekidk

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Nov 30, 2008
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Don't buy the 5s at this point. You've a got a working smartphone for now so you are in a position to wait.

If your Nokia fails prior to the launch of the new iPhone, then you'll have no choice but to upgrade.
+1. Also, I ask myself if it's something I NEED or something I WANT. That usually helps me make a decision.
 

R.Stoychev

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Dec 23, 2012
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It really depends on you, if you want the 5s go and get it, if you don't feel like getting the 5s right now wait for the 6 :)
 

jr866gooner

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Aug 24, 2013
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Why not get it now? It will get you off that shameful OS with no apps! Do it! If you get a contract does it matter if you wait a bit for the new iPhone? Also it will be ideal to test the water to see if you even like the iPhone!