POLL: iPhone 5S is worth the upgrade over iPhone 5: help me with my decision

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by MrXiro, Sep 27, 2013.

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Is the iPhone 5S a worth the upgrade from the iPhone 5?

Poll closed Oct 27, 2013.
  1. The 5S is WAY better! Once it came out the iPhone 5 became POO.

    40 vote(s)
    66.7%
  2. iPhone 5 is more than fine, I wish I had stuck with it... pfft to this update

    20 vote(s)
    33.3%
  1. MrXiro, Sep 27, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2013

    MrXiro macrumors 68040

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    I'm one of those people on the fence on this upgrade.

    I just got a refurbished 16gb iPhone 5 yesterday from the Apple store because my previous iPhone 5 was messed up and I got them to swap me out for a new one on my last day of warranty.

    So since this one is still so shiny I was thinking I should sell it for (hopefully) $400 and picking up the 5S at full cost (I'll end up spending an extra $200 or so after all is said and done). BUT the only things that are "WOW" factors for me on the 5S; are the new camera features and the processor speed... both of which though nice aren't MUST HAVE and my iPhone 5 works great.

    EDIT:I have an Upgrade currently, but I am jumping to T-mobile from At&t in December... in which case there are no "upgrades" since I'm paying the full price for the phone. I was debating just unlocking my phone once my contract is up and popping in a T-Mo card. One option I had was upgrading now with my At&t and then bail in Dec with my family and pay the ETF essentially paying $505 ($200+$325 ETF) for my upgrade.

    So I wanted to get some public opinions on people who upgraded from the 5 to the 5S.

    Should I make the jump? Yay or Nay?
     
  2. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    If you have an upgrade available and don't use it you're basically throwing money down the toilet. So if you do then yes, get the 5s.

    If you don't have an upgrade available then quit stressing out and chill with your 5 until you do.
     
  3. Col Ronson macrumors 6502a

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    If you can afford it, then yes. Go for it.
    An upgrade is an upgrade, minor or not. If you have the money to dish out, then theres no shame.

    A good majority of MR members get a new iPhone every year even though upgrade periods are 2 years.
     
  4. MrXiro, Sep 27, 2013
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    I have an upgrade but I am jumping to T-mobile from At&t in December... in which case there are no "upgrades" since I'm paying the full price for the phone. I was debating just unlocking my phone once my contract is up and popping in a T-Mo card.
     
  5. billycuth macrumors 6502a

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    I voted the option with "poo" in it. I like poo.
     
  6. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Since you won't have an upgrade then I would stick with your 5.

    Only time people should upgrade is when they have an upgrade available.
     
  7. MrXiro, Sep 27, 2013
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    I meant to say I DO have an upgrade available currently on At&t but since I'm moving to T-Mobile in Dec I essentially will have to pay the whole ETF to leave... BUT I do end up saving about $100 bucks.
     
  8. dumastudetto macrumors 68020

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    5S is way better. If you're a true Apple fan who is fanatical about product experience, you have to upgrade. There is no debating it.
     
  9. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Well the debate mainly for me is $. Though my upgrade will be relatively cheap. I have a family to feed and though my job is ok... but I'm certainly not loaded. I am leaning towards the 5S though for sure...
     
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  11. kerrikins macrumors 65816

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    If you're hesitating this much, then no. Wait for the 6.
     
  12. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I've actually already put my iPhone 5 up on CL at 475. So far no bites though... I just like feedback.
     
  13. Jman13 macrumors 68000

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    You need to have more options. I upgraded from my 5 to the 5S, but I wouldn't pay full retail price for that upgrade. I just happen to have a wife that is more than happy to have her upgrades a year behind mine, so she gets an upgrade every year too, it's just to my old phone...sold her 4S for $233, got the 5S on my upgrade, she gets my 5. Next year I'll get the 6 on her upgrade and pass her the 5S.

    Anyway, it's a nice upgrade. Camera features are very nice, and I love TouchID. It's also faster. (and REALLY big difference in load times on Infinity Blade III...took nearly 90 seconds to load on the 5...takes about 10 on the 5S).

    Anyway, I'd vote: it's a nice upgrade, but not essential if you'll go broke. Your poll choices are way at the opposite ends of the spectrum.
     
  14. Krissypantz2828 macrumors 6502a

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    I wasn't going to upgrade to 5S from my 5. But I've changed my mind. Primarily due to the camera and the fingerprint reader. So I think you should but it's all of a matter of preference.
     
  15. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I wanted a more black and white statistic rather than shades of (space) gray.

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    The camera is the biggest deal for me because I am a camera nut. I saw a guy go to the sony store next door to my apple store and he took a pic with the new QX100 vs native iPhone 5S camera. The 5S looked BETTER! Brighter, sharper and the colors were warmer. All in low light with no flash. Was very impressed by this.
     
  16. Krissypantz2828 macrumors 6502a

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    Yes my best friend wasn't going to upgrade either, she's a photographer by night and says the camera is really good. She even referenced the fact that she doesn't always have to carry her professional camera around for random shots. So when someone in photography says that, it means that it's good.

    I'm sure for portraits etc.. she will use her professional camera, but for any other shots she will use the 5S
     
  17. tehpwnerer19 macrumors member

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    I had the iPhone 5 and my wife had the 4S. I sold mine for $400 and hers for $300. If you have an upgrade available you can sell your phone and get paid to upgrade.

    I did the math and it takes me about 1 second to unlock my phone. I use my phone for work and personal things, so I figure it's safe to say I check it at least 60 times a day. That's 1 minute a day I spend unlocking my iPhone. If you take 365 days (minutes a year I spend unlocking my phone) in the year divided by 60 (seconds in a minute), that's over 6 hours a year that I will save alone just unlocking my iPhone. Not to mention the fact that it takes less time to launch apps, etc.

    Once devs start taking advantage of 64-bit I have a feeling a lot of other things will start flying, but 6 hours a year saved is enough for me.

    Even if you only check it 30 times a day that's still over 3 hours a year, or over an hour and a half a year at 15 times a day.
     
  18. atlatnesiti macrumors 6502a

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    Sorry, I don't understand your statement...
    I always upgrade to new iPhones and iPads, which is pretty much every year and I do it because I want to, not because an upgrade is available.
     
  19. user-name-here macrumors 65816

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    Sorry, I made a blanket statement for the average U.S. customer on 2-year contracts. My apologies if the blanket was too wide or if you don't fall into that category.
     
  20. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The whole saving time scenario for the fingerprint lock is kind of silly. We waste more time in the day pointlessly staring at something than we would putting in a pass code.

    Thank you for your input I agree on all our other facts though.
    Right now I'm waiting for bites on my phone before I make a full decision.
     
  21. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    Improvements of 5s are

    LTE bands for people who travel a lot.
    Camera for people who like taking pictures / use Instagram for effects.
    TouchID which is very convenient.

    I upgraded from the 5 to the 5s but that is only because I staggered my upgrades so I can do yearly upgrades. I don't think it is worth upgrading, especially at full cost of the phone, unless you travel a lot or got upgrades to kill.
     
  22. MrXiro thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I have an upgrade but since I'm ditching my service I have an ETF to pay... would you say it's worth paying $560 (200 + 305 ETF+ Tax)for? Though I will (hopefully) get back like 400 so looking at about $160 out of pocket.
     
  23. Sodner macrumors 68020

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    If you take a lot of pictures and movies and currently use a pass code on your phone it's probably worth it. Speed wise I notice zero improvement. I guess the 5 was already pretty fast. :p Since your asking advice your obviously not a Apple Nut like myself who simply must have the latest and greatest.

    I say Save up for the 6.
     
  24. ToroidalZeus macrumors 68020

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    It's not 560. It's 305 for ETF + 200 for phone + ~50 for tax + 36 for upgrade fee. So grand total is 590.

    If you sold your iPhone 5 for 400 that means it's still about 200 to upgrade. I don't think it is worth the money unless you apply to the 3 groups I mentioned above.
     
  25. Robster3 macrumors 68000

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    I would for $160. i would't pay full price for the change though. Fingerprint is hit and miss. Sure camera is great. When i first tried one in store it felt faster and smoother. My wife had a upgrade, i got it my son got my 9 month old 5 and i got the 5S. She has a white 5 64GB she loves and wouldn't notice any difference anyway.
     

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