Is It Worth Upgrading From iPhone 4S to iPhone 5?

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  1. thet3chbr0th3r5 macrumors member


    Apr 10, 2012
    What was your first reaction when you picked up that brand new iPhone 5? My reaction was "HOLY ****! It's so light and thin." I'm seriously in the mood for buying a new iPhone 5 but I need you guys to help me out cause I don't know if its worth upgrading from my 4S? :confused::confused::confused:
  2. Jman13 macrumors 68000

    Aug 7, 2011
    Columbus, OH
    For me, yes. The screen alone is worth it, and when I view letterboxed apps that haven't been updated yet, they now feel small. :) Also, the 5 is significantly fast than the 4S. Most notable on Instagram, where it takes advantage of the faster main CPU and GPU, so it processes my images about 6x faster than on the 4S. lens/film combinations that used to take 6-8 seconds per picture to process on the 4S now take about a second.
  3. ixodes macrumors 601


    Jan 11, 2012
    Pacific Coast, USA
    It all depends on personal preferences. I'm very happy that I kept my 4S.

    My 5 is not a bad phone, just one that needs work.
  4. alent1234 macrumors 603

    Jun 19, 2009
    unless you can buy it for $50 or so after selling your 4s, no

    i have the 4s bought my wife the 5. its nice but nothing so insanely good that i have to pay a lot of money for
  5. djransom macrumors 68040


    May 14, 2008
    It is if you have a full upgrade available, but otherwise I wouldn't eat an early upgrade for it unless you have lines to spare for upgrading.
  6. Jnardis macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2010
    I went from the 4 to the 5 and I couldn't be happier. 4G LTE is unbelievable and I'm finally going to take advantage of my unlimited data...
  7. andyx3x macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2011
    I would wait until the 5S. That is what I'm going to do. The 4S to the 5 is not as big an upgrade as the 4 to the 4S.

    The big difference from the 4S to the 5 is a bigger screen and LTE. If that matters to you, go for it. If not, wait for the 5S when that will truly be the best version of the 5 with much better upgrades.
  8. Dumbledorelives macrumors 6502


    Oct 24, 2010
    I ended up upgrading from my 4S to the 5. I wasn't planning on it, but yesterday I picked up a 5 in store and decided that I really liked it. Went on a crazy iPhone hunt, found the last one at the local Best Buy, and several hundred dollars later I'm still very happy with the purchase. For me, it was the screen size and the thinner form factor. It feels fantastic. The LTE and upgraded wifi radios are nice, too.
  9. Stayfly2407 macrumors 6502


    Apr 1, 2011
    i went from a 4 to the 4S, then from the 4S to the 5, and i couldnt be happier. Its way better than the 4S, i sold that quick and used the 450 i got from the 4S towards the 32G iphone 5, out right. Way thinner, way lighter, dont have that bright silver band around the black one, easier to text landscape with the longer screen, iOS 6 runs smoother, etc i could go on. plus LTE, no brainer, next year ill do the same with this one.
  10. mikeydeezy macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    MN, USA
    Honestly I would say no.

    I was stoked. Got my 5 Friday and by Sunday I realized that it didn't warrant the big bucks. Honestly, in my Apple-fanantic opinion, you'd be better sitting this generation out unless you absolutely NEED LTE.

    That's the only real world advantage to me.

    I'm returning my 5 today as a matter of fact.
  11. Incognegro macrumors newbie

    Sep 19, 2012
    I went from an iPhone 4S to an iPhone 5 and I live in an Sprint LTE city. Knowing what I know now, I probably would have passed and waited on the iPhone 5s. Why?

    1. iPhone 4S has most of the features of the iPhone 5 with IOS 6.
    2. Screen size is nice, but most of the apps aren't upgraded to use the full screen including photos.
    3. Sprint LTE coverage is like 50% or so in the designated LTE cities.

    IMHO, it's just not that significant an upgrade. Don't let the hype eat you up as it's a doozy on your wallet. :)
  12. auero macrumors 65816

    Sep 15, 2006
    I'd break it down to if you want a slightly taller screen and can get or have access to LTE.
  13. braddick macrumors 68040


    Jun 28, 2009
    Encinitas, CA
    I felt exactly the same way but after a hands on with a friend's iP5 chased all over town yesterday looking for one.

    (If you're in San Diego North County area I can save you some time! Of course I went to Apple in Carlsbad- nothing available outside of Sprint iPhones... they do expect daily shipments, but nothing large for awhile. Went to Best Buy- same deal, although they're now willing to take down your name for a waiting list without having to purchase a $50. gift card. Target? No good.
    AT&T and Verizon?
    Both out for awhile- all models, all colors. Landed on a whim at Radio Shack off of El Camino Real without anyone in the store- had exactly what I wanted! I was in and out in twenty minutes as the employee set up my iPhone5 flawlessly and without hassle.)

    The best way I can put it is the 5 bump up from the 4S is like the bump from 3G to 4G (passing the 3GS). It's the 4S on steroids, so to speak: clearer, faster, more intense- without sounding too radical.

    For the first time I took some photos this morning and the quality surpasses the 4S although I wasn't expecting it to.

    I too was on the fence and others opinions may have influenced me to at least look, but the hands on experience sold me.
  14. Darwing macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2009
    Im one who wantal some more peoples opinions os ho have upgraded so far, im most likely not going to upgrade but Id still like to see the opinions of those who have..

    also Im still interested in the SIII, although itsl a little wide for my liking, but it is still a good phone, from what I can tell.
  15. jumpmandds macrumors regular

    Jan 22, 2011
  16. Radiating macrumors 65816

    Dec 29, 2011
    Yes it's light years better.
  17. Darwing macrumors 6502

    Nov 5, 2009
    keep in mind that you may be feling the ios upgrade, ios6 is a big upgrade from 5. the half an inch on the screen, I feel is nullified by the letterboxing of apps that arent configured to work with it...
  18. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    4 --> 4s: faster processor, Siri, better camera, new antenna design
    4s --> 5: faster processor, faster graphics, 2x RAM, better camera, HD front camera, new antenna design, new form factor, thinner, lighter, bigger screen, and oh yeah, LTE.

    I absolutely do not understand the repeated protestations on this forum that the 5 is a "minor upgrade." With the possible exception of 3GS --> 4, it's the biggest upgrade in the iPhone's history. And I say this as a 4s owner who does not yet have a 5 (but really wants one).

    Now all of that said, whether it's worth the upgrade from a 4s is a personal decision depending on use and finances. For me, the bigger screen and lte alone do it, easily. But the 4s is a great phone and runs really well on iOS 6, so I can easily see it not being worth the cost for some people.
  19. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    To keep it short, in my opinion no, if you have a 4S the 5 isn't necessary unless you really need a bigger screen and LTE. Side by side, the 4S isn't far behind the 5 in speed. At least it's not fast enough to make me want to upgrade early. This discussion happens every year. Every two years in my opinion is the best way to go. If you upgrade every year it won't seem like a big upgrade.
    The 4S on iOS 6 has all the features of the 5 except taking pictures while recording and LTE (correct me if I'm wrong). No brainer, keep the 4S if you're still under contract.
  20. Jnardis macrumors 6502a

    Jun 2, 2010
    I couldn't agree more. And people who are waiting for the 5s (or what ever it's going to be called) will eventually have the same phone casing. I don't think Apple has ever changed the casing (structure) before with in the same ( 3 to 3g and 4 to 4s), correct?
  21. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    But I think with the 5S, Apple might change the way they anodize the aluminum since so many are making a stink about scratches and scuffs. The S model is usually better because all the kinks get worked out, even though it will look like the previous year.
  22. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    And a brighter screen with wider gamut, and better cameras, and a new antenna designs, and faster with more ram, and a better speaker and microphone, and noise cancelling, etc.

    But yeah, its only a taller screen and LTE.
  23. daneoni macrumors G4


    Mar 24, 2006
    If you're a 4S user...nope. You're missing out on very little.
  24. ginwrak macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2012
    don't mean to sound like a prick but that decision is up to you whether it is worth it or not. Everyones opinion is very subjective, what maybe a good upgrade option for them may not be a good upgrade option for you.

    Is the weight of the device really a huge factor?

    What is on the iPhone 5 that you cannot have on the iPhone 4s that you really want/need? Is this feature/or features worth the cost? Bigger screen? LTE? Faster?

    Hopefully the above questions will help you out.

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