New iPhone 4s or Refurb iPhone 5

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Indian Devil, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Indian Devil macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2014
    Hello all

    I am planning to buy my first iphone and I am confused as to should I go for a New 4s or a Refurb 5.

    The reason being my budget is limited to 30k Indian Ruppee. 4s 8 GB is availble for 26k whereas Refurb 5 is available at 6k (100$) more, so what is the best option?

    Refurb is more or less a new device from what I read in the forum and it comes with 3 month warranty so I am safe with thatI guess but is it really worth getting it over a new 4s?

    Also how is the 4s performing with ios 7? Sluggish or fine?

    What are the featurea that are available in 5 but missing from 4?

    As for my usage I am not a heavy user, just use a few apps like whatsapp, tapatalk, opera mini, subway surf etc. Nothing much.

    All the advices greatly appreciated.

  2. Macman45 macrumors G5


    Jul 29, 2011
    Somewhere Back In The Long Ago
    I'd go for the 5 for sure...people are reporting slow performance and app issues with the 4S under IOS7.
  3. NickVanHoeve, Mar 3, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014

    NickVanHoeve macrumors newbie

    Feb 13, 2014
    I'd go with the 5 too. 4S under iOS 7 is fine but not as smooth as the 5/5S. There are several iOS 7 features that are not available in 4S (Airdrop, etc.) Plus gaming with iOS 7 under 4S might lag sometimes as the device have a mere 512MB of RAM. But it's usable if you'd only use it for normal usage. :p
  4. TWD98j macrumors regular

    Sep 14, 2010
    Out of those 2 options, you would definitely want the 5.

    The 4S might be OK with iOS 7 right now, but will it be OK with iOS 8 later this year? Or will it be like the 4 is with iOS 7?

    If it were me, I would rather not take that chance.
  5. Indian Devil thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2014
    Ok Thanks all

    Looks like 4s isnt really an option then.

    Will get my hand on Refurb 5 on 5th, will update then. Hopefully by then some of the current 4s users can give their feedback.
  6. esskay macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2008
    My buddy has a 4S with ios7 and he complains about performance all the time.
  7. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    I say go with the 5. I'm happy you are. You need to think about the future. If the 4s isn't slow on iOS 7 it probably will be on iOS 8.
  8. Intelligent macrumors 6502a


    Aug 7, 2013
    I'd say you go with 5.
  9. Indian Devil thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2014
    Thanks everyone, I waited for iphone 5 refurb but its not available and I am getting a bit impatient now.

    Would 4s performance be really poor? Considering I dont use many apps and use phone mainly as a phone. Also if I get 4s should I stick with ios6 which come loaded or ios7 is a worthy upgrade even on 4s without sacrificing the performance.

    Also I want this only till iphone 6 come out, will upgrade to 6 then.

  10. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
    i would really hold out for the 5. it starts at 16GB which would be double to storage of the 8GB 4S. It also has LTE, a larger screen, a faster processor, a better camera and can handle iOS 7 with no problem.
  11. The Doctor11 macrumors 603

    The Doctor11

    Dec 15, 2013
    New York
    If your going to upgrade at the iPhone 6 launch just get the 4s.
  12. coolnitman macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Refurb iPhone 5 for 6k in India? o_O

    Kidhar bhai jara muzhe bhi bata :D
  13. rui no onna macrumors 603

    rui no onna

    Oct 25, 2013
    Read the OP again. He said the 4S is 26K and the 5 is 6K more meaning it costs 32K.
  14. JCCL macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2010
    I would no way recommend the 4S at this point, iOS 8 might be it last update, and like others have mentioned, I expect it to be really slow on that device. I would not recommend anything less than a 5 or 5C.
  15. coolnitman macrumors member

    Nov 29, 2012
    Missed tht part :p
  16. Indian Devil thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 3, 2014
    Ok. Thanks again everyone.

    Guess I will wait for another week or so for a Refurb 5, hopefully it will be available by then:)

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