Reasons not to buy an iPhone 5S

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  1. TheAnvil macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    My contract is with my carrier is almost up, and they want me to pick a new phone for myself. Coming from the 4S and having iPads the 5S is a pretty obvious pick.

    I would like some compelling reasons not to get the 5S, preferably from those who have it.

    Thanks!
     
  2. jav6454 macrumors P6

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    Had the 5S... but my experience with it, does not allow me to say anything wrong against that jump.

    It's a the most logical jump in terms of upgrade you can make. Also, I might add it is the best upgrade so far.

    I see no reason to give you "A reason not to buy it".

    Asking why I had the 5S, well I lost it.
     
  3. oVerboost macrumors 6502a

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    If you've managed fine with the 4S then there's no downside to upgrading to the 5s. The only downside could be the cost, and whether you could get another phone such as the Nexus 5, for a loss less unlocked with pretty much as good spec, and with vanilla android which now is on a par with iOS in my view. Go and have a play with a 5s, and go from there :)
     
  4. maflynn Moderator

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    Wait 6 months for a iPhone 6, that seems compelling enough for me :)
     
  5. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

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    If you got the "itch" to change, scratch it! Just make sure you make up your mind before the trial period expires so you can jump back.
     
  6. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I can't come up with a single reason to NOT buy the 5S. Just buy it and you will not regret it. It is the BEST phone I have ever used.
     
  7. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    The only downside with the nexus 5 is the horrendous battery life, upgrading from a 4s to a 5s is night and day.
     
  8. oVerboost macrumors 6502a

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    The battery life is actually better than a 5s, ignore the initial reviews as they are based on out the box spec. It takes a while for the batteries and apps to optimise, plus there's a small part where people are turning wifi off with the toggle, but it continuously searches still, this eats the battery however going into the wifi settings and turning off this search irradiates that issue. Nexus 5 has a 2300 mah battery, and a low memory iOS in kitkat. Go on the various android forums, and I'm sure they'll confirm this. :)
     
  9. luckydcxx macrumors 65816

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    LTE alone is enough of a reason to upgrade. I get download speeds from AT&T that are better than wifi.
     
  10. cynics macrumors G3

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    Is the 5S completely free?

    If not that's a reason. Your doing fine with your 4S so why spend more money.

    Plus waiting for the 6 is another reason. Maybe it will offer something that you really want vs a phone you are looking for excuses not to buy. :)
     
  11. YanniDepp macrumors 6502

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    You want a reason not to buy an iPhone?

    How about the sleep button (almost) always breaking just out of warranty?
     
  12. oVerboost macrumors 6502a

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    Never happened on any of my iPhones... Nor anyone I know either! :/
     
  13. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    This would be the only compelling reason I could come up with. Other than that, it is a great upgrade from the 4s.
     
  14. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    Me either - family of 6 all with iPhones since the the 3GS....I see this issue mentioned plenty yet never actually experienced it.
     
  15. oVerboost macrumors 6502a

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    For the 100's that do experience it, there are more than likely 1000's+ who never will. Forums are bad for reliable "faults" lol.
     
  16. Stuke00 macrumors 68000

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    Things break, it happens. Happened to me once. Found a shop to replace it for $30. Can't beat that really.
     
  17. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    i was going by a very respected reviewer SKB that has both as a daily driver.
     
  18. I7guy macrumors G5

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    While I like the 5s, IMO battery life is not great and there is a certain instability with regard to the phone. That may be why you want to hold off.
     
  19. osofast240sx macrumors 68030

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    Instability? Care to elaborate?
     
  20. I7guy macrumors G5

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    There are endless threads on reboots, resprings and battery life. Should I post some links?:)
     
  21. CEmajr macrumors 601

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    You have an upgrade available and don't have the latest iPhone? Your carrier isn't giving you a reduced price on your monthly bill since you've already repaid them for your current phone. Upgrade to the 5S right now. It's a no brainer.
     
  22. jrswizzle macrumors 603

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    Much less to do with the 5S, more to do with iOS 7. In about a month's time, we'll all be on 7.1 and those resprings and stability issues will be gone.

    Keep in mind - these vary wildly from person to person. I've experience very specific issues with the Music app crashing and the occasional respring (I'm talking once every week or two). Nothing that cripples the phone or makes it any less smooth/fast.

    The thing really is a screamer. Once they get everything optimized for the 64-bit arch and iOS 7.1 is out, it'll be something!
     
  23. sviato macrumors 68020

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    Or as much at 9 months ;)

    I upgraded from the 4s and have no regrets. LTE is 5x faster than 3G here, which was enough of a reason for me to upgrade.
     
  24. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Unless you want to give Android a try(The Nexus5 is an amazing phone), I can't think of a reason not to go with the iPhone 5s.

    I had several resprings in a span of about a week, and then no issues over the last month. There wasn't a specific App that seemed to cause them, it was fairly random. My usage patterns have stayed the same, so I'm of the opinion that there is a bit of software instability in iOS 7.0.4. Hopefully everything is patched up in 7.1.
     
  25. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6

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    Never seen that happen with the 6 or 7 iPhones my family has owned over the years.
     

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