My Take On iPhone 5s (Warning: LONG)

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  1. celly macrumors 6502

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    I got my 64 GB Space Grey 5s yesterday. I completed my order 5 minutes after the Canadian store opened on the 20th and it got here yesterday after a crazy voyage from China -> Korea -> Alaska -> Kentucky -> Washington -> BC and finally to my home in Calgary. It was the 8th business day since the order to it fell within 7-10 days as promised. I'm satisfed.

    Space Grey is gorgeous. I did like the slate iPhone 5 I used for a while at an old job, but I do prefer the grey. Just better contrast and an overall better look for me. I''ll always order black faced iPhones and this one is my favourite yet (the 4s is no slouch either which I've been using for 2 years).

    I heard a lot of moaning when the 5s was announced how Apple isn't innovating enough. Let's face it, the iPhone is a great tool already. I liked the form factor of the 5 so getting an improved version is not a bad thing. I am still not convinced I need a larger screen. That's what iPads are for. I need something compact, but useful at the same time. The 4s has served me well, but I always found myself wanting more.

    Having used a 5 for a few months at an old job, I learned to appreciate the form factor and lighter weight. I do like the LTE and WiFi options a lot. The phone is just snappier. I found myself using the browser a lot more on the 5 and it's no different on the 5s so far.

    When all the rumours of a fingerprint scanner came out, I thought like many others did. GIMMICK. Touch ID is far from that. Not only do I appreciate how slick it is to learn fingers, it works great. So much better than entering a passcode. I am of the firm belief that you must secure your phone just like any other digital item where so much of your life resides. It is so much easier to operate the phone one handed. Apple has a winner here. I do see them putting it in the iPads later, but I think it's very well suited to the iPhone format. I am using it often and it does a great job.

    I've heard people complaining about the feel and sound of the home button now. It's just different and I've quickly got used to it. I find the 4s feels strange now.

    I scored the Apple leather case in black. Sure, it's a bit spendy but I'm surprised that people will pay $30+ for slight pieces of plastic. The case feels great in your hand. Grip is important to me and it definitely helps with one handed operation so it goes hand in hand with Touch ID. The case is super light and does not add much bulk to the already light 5s. The case almost feels like velvet more than leather. Very soft. As far as people complaining about how hard it is to take off, I can say with certainty....YOU'RE DOING IT WRONG! Two fingers on top of case. Two thumbs on Apple logo. A bit of a push with your thumbs and voila, it pops off with little effort. I've removed it several times including once last night when I was setting it up so I could enjoy looking at the work of art in it's naked form.

    I came across a few small hiccups that was driving me crazy (not phone related). I restored from a 4s backup using iTunes. Don't forget to "transfer purchases" from the phone to iTunes before you do this. Also, use the encrypted backup option so all your passwords carry over. I was short about 60 apps and their settings and had to set up all my passwords again.

    It was during the initial setup that I had to add all the apps manually, but also noticed my Gmail accounts (using Exchange profiles) did not work. I Googled all over to find a solution and found one small post somewhere saying that Google stopped supporting the feature on new installations effective May 2013 unless you are a Google Apps for business user. Well, I have an account but not for those profiles so I had to set them up using a regular Gmail setup. My business account carried over flawlessly using the Exchange profile including passwords.

    Rather than deal with all the tweaks again, I made an encrypted backup of my 4s after making sure all the apps were transferred to iTunes. Make sure your previous phone is set up exactly how you want your new phone to be before you do the backup and turn on airplane mode so no changes will happen during the backup.

    I then did a system restore on the 5s (which also brought in 7.02 in the process) and it not only brought in all the apps and passwords flawlessly, but the desktop was set up exactly the way I wanted it. I did have to move a few folders around to adjust for the larger screen, but the setup is perfect now. I wish I understood all this before I did the setup the first time. Be patient if you have a lot of apps and photos (I do). The restore takes a while. As with my 4s, I have about 16 GB free on my 5s.

    The 5s is a winner. I have been upgrading every two years on the "S" models, so whatever Apple decides upon in 2014, I'll wait until 2015 to decide if I need to replace this work of art or not.

    For all of you waiting impatiently for yours to arrive, it's worth the wait. I think the supply is definitely improving. I saw a post from a fellow Canadian in Toronto who said a store there got a massive shipment of 5s today and sold out of silver sooner than gold (he said they still have stock on gold later in the day).

    It won't be long before the typical release pandemonium is behind us all and we'll all be rocking a great device. If you're upgrading from an earlier version than the 5, this upgrade is huge. For Touch ID alone, I think those upgrading from a 5 will very happy. For all your Android fanboys trying to rain on the parade, I think you're a little green with envy. :cool:
     
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    Can we get a summary? Please!?!

    I'm sorry, but I couldn't make it past the first couple paragraphs.
     
  3. celly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Apparently someone forced you to read it my post. I put the warning in the title for a reason. Simple short sarcastic replies aren't really my style.:cool:
     
  4. canuckle macrumors regular

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    As a fellow Calgarian, coming from the 5, it was definitely worth the trouble to upgrade. Got a great price for the 5 so no brainer :)
     
  5. brand macrumors 601

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    Nothing in his post was sarcastic.
     
  6. verwon macrumors 68030

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    No sarcasm was used in my post, at all.
     
  7. aneftp macrumors 68040

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    He gave the 5S a thumbs up. That's the summary. Ha.
     
  8. verwon macrumors 68030

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    LOL! Thanks, much appreciated!
     
  9. celly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Perhaps after a mod edited the original version it's not.

    Seriously, the level of snark in these parts can be real high. I've read some pretty horrific posts watching people whine and complain about this and that over the past few weeks.

    It's easy to avoid the reply button. (no sarcasm intended)

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    Cool. Did you order online or brave the lines at Chinook or Market Mall? I don't do lineups. :D
     
  10. phpmaven macrumors 68040

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    I'm certainly no "Android Fanboy", but I would disagree that this upgrade is "huge". I went from the 5 to the 5S. I have it in gold and I really like it. It's a nice upgrade from the 5 but certainly not a huge must-have upgrade. It's a bit faster, has a nicer camera and TouchID is cool, but there really isn't anything earth shaking about it. I upgraded because it cost me $199 and I sold my 5 for $375, so it was a no-brainer, but I wouldn't have done it if I had to pay $700+ for it. That would be nuts IMHO.
     
  11. verwon macrumors 68030

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    No, that had nothing to do with sarcasm, but nice try.

    The editing was done due to the post that was removed that was just before mine.
     
  12. celly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I agree with you which is why I upgrade on the "S" cycle. I'd rather Apple roll out their new design and then get the kinks out and polish it up a bit the next year. That's what convinced me to get a 4s after being in the (ack) Blackberry world for several years.

    I concur that not everyone who has a 5 is going to see value in the upgrade, but if you can get a good trade in value for your existing one like you did, it's worth it.
     
  13. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    I sold my jailbroken unlocked 5 on craigslist 2 weeks ago for 600 cash. Paid 700.04$ for the contract free Verizon 5S. No brainer..
     
  14. celly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    You cleaned up. $600 is a great deal (for you).
     
  15. AndrewR23 macrumors 68040

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    yeah, 32GB very good condition, threw in some SP, home button covers, 4 cases and brand new still sealed charging cord, plug, and headphones.

    I only paid 100.04$ for a contract free 5S. This is how (IMO) it should be done, lol.
     
  16. celly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    As were all references to said post, your comments included.

    We agree to disagree. Context gets lost out here on the www. Let's move on.

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    I keep my phones in stellar condition too. Only problem is, my pristine 4s (64 GB) is probably worth more to me than it would be to someone else. I'm going to keep it as a backup. It looks as good as the day I took it out of the box almost two years to the day.

    You cleaned up on that deal.
     
  17. verwon macrumors 68030

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    I actually think it's awesome that you love your phone, I just couldn't make myself read through the whole post.

    But I also love my 5s, so there is something that we do agree on. :)

    And yes, the removed post was very rude.
     
  18. celly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I hear you. That's why I put the warning in the title about the length of the post so people can just ignore it if they choose. It's all good.

    I don't normally review purchases very often these days, but found myself really loving the 5s today. I bought it for business reasons (just started a consulting gig) and stand to be much more productive with it than I was on the 4s. That's how I'm justifying the purchase anyhow. ;)

    The removed post really wasn't necessary. I didn't find it rude per se, but some pretty good troll bait. Some people are just miserable. I noticed he had a few more similar (but less graphic) posts removed in other threads as well. Some people just like the attention.

    I've been on Internet messageboards for a long time and have a pretty thick skin. The troll factor is pretty high on these forums, but at least the mods don't let it get out of hand. I've been on forums that allow the trolls to troll and those who take the bait only make it worse. Life's too short to get worked up over some grumpy SOB and a keyboard. :D

    It's all good. No harm, no foul.
     
  19. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    U folks have got to start your own support group, if you must announce to the world you love/hate a gadget.

    But I blame FaceBook, now you can tell everybody on the plane how you feel.
     
  20. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem

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    Man that is so super awesome. I'm so happy you love your phone and you took all the time to blog about it. Super appreciated.
     
  21. mbhforum macrumors 6502

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    I agree the 5s is a great phone. About 2 months ago, I got bored of my iPhone 5 and gave the Nokia 928 Windows phone a shot. I got it through work for free. It lasted a month of missing my apps and experiencing half baked so features before I went back to my 5.

    After using my 5 and now upgrading to my 5s, I realize how great of a phone Apple makes. The TouchID is probably one of the best features they have added since the Retina screen. It was like I broke up with a girlfriend and when she was gone, I appreciated her more and came running back.

    Don't get me wrong, iPhones and iOS aren't perfect but they are the simplest phone to use with a great secure App Store. The selection of apps is something we take for granted. It's also how great the apps are as they have been under development for 5 years and counting. It's a package deal.
     
  22. verwon macrumors 68030

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    Hey….that makes the phone a tax write-off, too! ;-)

    Yes, I've also been online for a long time……..since before there was a WWW…..when you had to actually dial a phone and put it in the little rubber modem thing. LOL

    There are all kinds everywhere and some people take it way to far, assuming anonymity protects them.

    And yeah, if you went from the 4S straight to the 5s, that's a HUGE change and would certainly be impressive, so I can see what you were raving. I still have my 4S and have been comparing, as well…though I also still have my 5, I tend to be a bit of an Apple toy addict. LOL

    Congrats!!! Glad you're loving it!

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    You're on a forum that's here specifically for this type of thing...
     
  23. brand macrumors 601

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    I would say that this forum is here for people to talk about the their Apple devices in general rather than to specifically announce to the world you love/hate a gadget.
     
  24. wrinkster22 macrumors 68030

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    Torontonian here. Waiting for my 5's contract to run out at the end of the month...
     
  25. celly thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I actually share very little on my Facebook account so you can't be farther from the truth.

    Discussion forums specific to a product or passion are geared to these things so it's on topic as far as I see it.
     
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