Should I spend the extra cash for the 5s?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by John9721, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. John9721 macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2012
    Hey guys, its been a while since I've posted but I'm getting back into iOS devices after a long (and bad) run with Androids. Currently I have a Samsung Galaxy S III through US Cellular, however my contract ends on January 11th and I'm picking back up my Sprint/Virgin Mobile plan. My options for iPhones range from the 4 up to the 5s, however I'm only considering the 5, 5s, and 5c. The 5 comes in at $404.99, the 5c at $449.99 and the 5s at $549.99. I'm leaning toward the 5c because of the cost, and also I prefer the appearance of it to the S, but is the S worth the extra $100? It would be used mostly for texts and calls, social media, and occasional YouTube. I'm ready for any and all feedback! Thanks!
  2. Lucille Carter macrumors 65816

    Jul 3, 2013
    It is only $100:rolleyes:

    As long as you have taken care of your Healthcare!
  3. wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
  4. kupkakez macrumors 68000


    Apr 4, 2011
    If you are already willing to spend that much money I'd go the extra $100 and get the 5s.
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Buy the one you like, they're all good phones.

    I prefer to have the newest tech, so I went with the 5s.
  6. takeshi74 macrumors 601

    Feb 9, 2011
    Your call to make as worth is highly subjective regardless of topic. Features and specs are listed on Apple's site for you to compare. If you have specific questions then ask away.
  7. John9721 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2012
    Ok, my main question would be what am I gaining in the 5s over the 5c? I know the A7 vs A6 chip and the fingerprint sensor, but what is there beyond that?


    Willing? Kinda. Going to? Hell yes!
  8. Ender Wiggins macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    Where are you getting these prices from?

    The 5S is $649 for the cheapest model.
  9. John9721 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2012
  10. Ender Wiggins macrumors member

    Dec 27, 2013
    Nice. Wish I could save $100 somehow. I'm on T-Mobile.
  11. asleep macrumors 68040


    Sep 26, 2007
  12. TacticalDesire macrumors 68020


    Mar 19, 2012
    You aren't going to notice much of a difference software wise. And both will be crippled by the 1gb of ram before the A6 starts to struggle in my opinion. Just go with the 5c. The 5S does look a lot better though
  13. thegrants82 macrumors 65816

    Jun 15, 2013
    Right here
  14. virginblue4 macrumors 68000


    Apr 15, 2012
    United Kingdom
    I'd go with the 5s. Noticeable camera improvements as well and I just love the convenience of Touch ID!
  15. cynics macrumors G4

    Jan 8, 2012
    The 5 and 5C are virtually identical aside from the housing. Personally if I wasn't partial toward plastic which it doesn't seem you are considering you are looking at the 5S I'd just get the 5 if it's cheaper.

    So do you want the 5 or 5S? The 5S gets you a better camera, better flash, better processor, addition M7 processor, finger print scanner and although it varies a lot of people have reported better battery life.

    If you plan on keeping it for any length of time I'd go with the 5S. But in either case you'll be getting a good phone that will do everything you are looking for just fine.
  16. Mrbobb macrumors 601

    Aug 27, 2012
    School 1: Always buy the latest, protect against premature obsolescence.

    School 2: Buy what YOU like, you are the one who has to look at it everyday.

    5s vs 5c = no appreciable PRESENT user experience difference except for fingerprint as mentioned. 5s advantage is geared toward the FUTURE.
  17. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    If cost is a factor and you like the looks of the 5c then definitely go for that phone
  18. John9721 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2012
    Well, I had a chance to stop by Best Buy today and play around with both, and I think I'm set on the 5S. The C felt too much like my current GS3 (plastic back) which was what I'm trying to get rid of. The S just feels better built and its so freaking smooth. The C seemed a little glitchy already. Thanks to all of you for your help, I'll make sure I let you know what I get, just need to pick a color!
  19. IpadSC400 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    A mile high
    Me as well...:/ Could have saved a lil, screw it. :cool: I feel fine paying "too much" for an iPhone. It's Apple.
  20. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009

    I tested a friend 5c with my 5s.

    -The 5s camera is better in low light.
    -The fingerprint is very convenient. I know while playing with both, you do spend a lot of time putting in the passcode. Even when the 5s was laying upside-down I could use my fingerprint to access it.
    -Speed test.. surfing is iffy. Sometimes the 5s is faster and sometimes the 5c. Gaming is definitely faster on the 5s.
    -5c quality reminds me of the white Macbook but more solid. It's very nice imo. 5s very easy to scratch.

    whatever you get, you will pop a case on it and no one will know which one you have :)
  21. J&JPolangin macrumors 68030

    Jul 5, 2008
    Thule GL @ the TOW
    I'd either consider the 5 or the 5s = I went with a 5 on contract for a total of ~$60 with the yen rate vise ~$200 for the 5s on the same 24 month contract.

    I had the cash to get either but didn't feel there was enough advantage to get the 5s 2 yrs I'll probably be getting a newer phone like most do anyway:p
  22. ray6712 macrumors 6502


    Apr 15, 2012
    purchase the S at all cost soon all apps will be written for 64bit yes they will support the legacy apps for a while but for 100 dollars get the newest tech
  23. Wahlstrm macrumors 6502a


    Dec 4, 2013
  24. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. If it were me, I'd spend the extra money.
  25. John9721 thread starter macrumors member

    Aug 20, 2012
    I've come to that conclusion. I went to the Apple Store at the mall today to play with both again and see all of the colors, and it made it seem like an easy decision. The 5c just doesn't feel right in the hand

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