Apple iPhone 5S Buying Guide Hello /r/iPhone! I am excited to present you with an iPhone 5S buying guide. I will make an effort to update this guide with the latest information as things come out, so that people looking for an upgrade can know our verdict on the model, accessories, warranties, and much more. Some sections might be light in useful content, but some (esp. about cases and accessories) might be information that hasnt been found anywhere yet. I will keep going until I run out of room in the post section. I will not be commenting on anything after purchasing, so no apps or settings tips. Please please PLEASE leave comments below with suggestions. If it is just me making this, it wont be useful at all, but if we all put our heads together, it can be something useful. I will attempt to glean some reviews/tidbits from other sections. Should I upgrade from an Old Phone General Verdict What you would get if you did upgrade iPhone 5 NO touchID, slightly better camera, slightly faster processor, motion coprossesor iPhone 4S MAYBE touchID, slightly better camera, much faster processor, motion coprossesor, Larger Screen, 4G iPhone 4 YES touchID, HUGELY better camera, much much faster processor, motion coprossesor, Larger Screen, Siri, 4G iPhone 3GS or Below DEFINITELY touchID, HUGELY better camera, much much much faster processor, motion coprossesor, Larger HD Screen, Siri, Apple support, iOS7, Access to thousands more apps, access to updated app content, 4G Size Suggestions 16 gb iPhone 5S: good if you dont keep any local media on your phone. Maybe 100hrs of music, no big apps (especially 3d games). You will be constantly deleting things to make room. Your camera alone may take up half of your space if you are an avid photographer. 32 gb iPhone 5S: good for a good amount of music and media. Dont expect more than 5 full-length movies and half of a pretty-well maintained itunes library to fit. You will probably need to search for things to remove around once every 3 months. 64 gb iPhone 5S: Upload your whole music library (unless yours is crazy big). Dont worry about size of apps. You can still easily fill this with 6 or 7 movies, or 3 or 4 HD movies. Color Choices for the 5S The first thing you should choose is black bezel vs white bezel. Black is more tech-y and white is more mainstream. This is hugely opinion and everyone will have their own feeling about it. authors note, I think white makes it look more like an iPhone if that is something you care about. Gold vs Silver? They are about the same in person, especially with any cases. Dont believe stories about the gold one being more or less in value you will probably never realize that value and right now the two are going for about the same price anyway across the board. The news likes to pick up stories about the color of the iPhone, but different news outlets will say different ones are more popular. Scratches? This was mostly an iPhone 5 problem and there shouldnt be dramatic scratches on any of the three colors. authors note: would love confirmation of this Where to buy Apple.com - will have best time and is pretty pain-free. Sprint.com/Verizon.com/At&T.com/whatever.com** - Will be pretty painless, but may ask you for lots of add-ons. You might have to use this if you have a grandfathered plan or a special one. note, I have a SERO plan with sprint so I HAVE to use the web site! Over the phone - not recommended. They will keep asking you for warranties cases etc. If you do go over the phone, use gethuman.com to find the number straight to a human ASAP. In a store/kiosk - not recommended. Usually low supply, long waits, or incompetent people. They will also try to upsell you, for things that you can buy online for much cheaper. HOWEVER, jump on promotions where they give free stuff with a phone. Ebay - This is a great way to get a phone off-contract. Might be impossible to get a warranty though. Craigslist - Your phone will be stolen. Or too expensive. Good luck. Warranty Plan Type AppleCare+ No Warranty Squaretrade Carrier (for 2 years coverage) [sprint] Initial Cost $99 (or $65 on ebay) Free $124 (sometimes coupons available to $88) $216 Replacement Cost (Accidental Damage) $79 (max 2) $269 $99 $200 Replacement Cost (Manufacturer defect 1st year) Free Free Free Free Replacement Cost (Manufacturer defect 2nd year) Free $269 $99 $200 Additional Information Geniuses seem likely to give you a break Geniuses seem reluctant to offer extra help Geniuses seem reluctant to offer extra help - kinda a hassle Get free Case! Super Hassle Coverage in loss or theft None None None Covered with $200 deductible Total (0 breaks) $99 FREE $124 $216 Total (1 break) $178 $269 $223 $416 Total (2 breaks) $257 $538 $322 $616 Total (3 breaks) $526 $807 $421 $816 Total (4 breaks) $795 $1076 $520 $1016 Total (0 breaks, 1 defect second year) $99 $269 $223 $416 Total (1 break, 1 defect. second year) $178 $538 $322 $616 Total (2 breaks, 1 defect. second year) $257 $807 $421 $816 Total (3 breaks, 1 defect. second year) $526 $1076 $520 $1016 Total w/ one loss (assuming 32gb) $848 $749 $873 $416 Total w/ one loss 1 break (32gb) $927 $1018 $972 $616 Verdict: Try to guess the number of breaks and losses that your iPhone will suffer. Both plans are better than no plan at 1 break (second year or accidental) and Squaretrade pulls ahead at 3 breaks. With one defect, Squaretrade and Applecare+ are even at 3 breaks 1 defect. With one loss, carrier warranty is most profitable. Cases Charging Case monoprice ~$40 Amazon and Amazon, $62 and $49. All of these cases add a ton of bulk, should protect the phone well, should extend the battary life, won't dock no matter what. Wallet Case Please suggest in comments. Speck Looks nice. ($40) Slim Case Someone suggested this one but it's sold out. $15. seems similar to monoprice cases. Check monoprice. Should be able to get a minimal case for ~$5. Tough Case adds a ton of bulk but should help vs a variety of things. lifeproof $55. Adds lots of bulk, waterproof + dropproof, doesn't work with many accessories. Otterbox Defender - please add review/link in comments Spigen Armor I have heard many positive reviews of this one. Docking Station There are currently no speaker or alarm clock docking stations that allow you to dock with a case with no modifications. This dock should work with cases, but it's a little pricey and you need to include your own cable. There are currently no MFi docking stations (that come with the cable) If you have an iPhone 5 and are docking it, please leave a comment with your solution. Car Charger Just make sure it is at least 2.1v, you will have to provide your own cable (or get one that is MFi certified!) I like the anker brand name, so I say go with This one. It's also the highest ranked car charger for iphone 5 on amazon. Additional Cables Amazon work well and come in three different sizes. The connector to the iphone is a bit thicker than apple so depending on the case, you might have to remove the case. $13.99 (many sizes) Apple should work fine. Expensive-ish though, but they will definitely work forever... even warrantied by apple. $17.99 Monoprice Should work fine. Might be the cheapest out of the lot of them. $9.42 Third Party almost definitely won't work normally, the iphone will reject them and not charge. $2.99 Possible Workaround Turn on USB power/Wall Outlet power Plug in lightning cable to iPhone Dismiss any warnings Unlock your iPhone. Dismiss any remaining warnings. Now with the screen turned on. Unplug the knock off lightning cable. Plug it back in. Dismiss warning again It should now charge. Enjoy! Planned Sections Screen Protectors (Lots of people dont use one. I dont know much, but people like Power support and I have heard good things about the SPIGEN SGP oleophobic one. I use monoprice ($1.50!) Maybe 5S vs 5C guide? I feel like people have mostly made up their mind about this before they consider much more. Again, I would love comments or suggestions that I can input into this guide! Any questions or additional sections would also be appreciated.