Upgrading my iPhone 5 to 5S - wise? Advisable?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by EdenTan, May 3, 2015.

  1. EdenTan macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2015
    Hey guys, I'm considering to upgrade my iPhone 5 to 5S. Used to have the 6 but my hands are so small, I actually prefer the 4-inch iPhones. iOS 8.4 b2 is running okay on the iPhone 5 but wanna upgrade to the 5S based on these few reasons

    1. Improved battery life (I have used a couple of 5s and 5S-es in the past and I've definitely experienced better batt life with the 5S. Not sure if it's due to its 130 mah battery upgrade on 5S or the 32nm cpu -> 28nm cpu

    2. Better camera

    3. Will be updating to iOS 9 and not looking to upgrade to the iPhone 6 series.

    4. Touch ID

    Yeah these are the few reasons. Just wondering if it's worth the money to upgrade to a used 5S when my iPhone 5 is working well for me currently. I'm definitely not looking to upgrade to the iPhone 6 or 6S due to its larger size and I dislike the design.

    Thanks in advance :)
  2. TL24, May 3, 2015
    Last edited: May 3, 2015

    TL24 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2011
    Upgrading my iPhone 5 to 5S - wise? Advisable?

    The 5S is a worthy upgrade to the 5 but honestly I'd go with the 6. I know you said it's too big but you'll get used to it, my fiancée has small hands and she loves her 6.

    Either that or wait till Apple announces the new 6S line this fall.
  3. Ultra AleM macrumors 6502a

    Ultra AleM

    Jun 22, 2012
  4. nox5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2013
    The op said 6 is too big so 5s is the best option. Difference between battery life between 5 and 5s is like day and night
  5. joeblow7777 macrumors 603

    Sep 7, 2010
    If you're dead-set against anything larger, I would still consider waiting until the fall to see if Apple does indeed release a new 4" model. Some people believe that they might release a "6c" which will be 4" and have the internals of the 6. In my opinion, the improvements from the 5 to the 5s aren't that noticeable to most users, except for TouchID.
  6. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    Hmm, apart from the screen size (obvious) and battery life (obvious), even the 6+ isn't a huge upgrade over the iPhone 5 and when it comes to RAM it's actually a downgrade (32Bit v 64Bit). I wouldn't put much if any money into swapping an i5 for a 5S. I wouldn't even swap it for a 6/6+. My advice would be to wait for a new, smaller iPhone to be released that has 2GB of RAM.
  7. Russiaone macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
  8. jsn7 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2015
  9. sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    The iPhone 5 has 1GB of RAM just like the iPhone 5S.
    However, the iPhone 5 is 32Bit and the iPhone 5S is 64Bit.
    64Bit devices use more RAM than 32Bit devices, so therefore the iPhone 5 has more free RAM than the 5S/6/6+.
  10. Russiaone macrumors 6502

    Jun 7, 2010
    Ah. Learn something new everyday!

    Thank ye kindly.
  11. nox5, May 4, 2015
    Last edited: May 4, 2015

    nox5 macrumors 6502

    Oct 16, 2013
    DDR3 1024 MB RAM iphone 6
    DDR3 1024 MB RAM iPhone 5s
    DDR2 1016 MB RAM iPhone 5

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    PowerVR G6450 6
    PowerVR G6430 5s
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  12. QCassidy352 macrumors G4


    Mar 20, 2003
    Bay Area
    Do it. My gf just did the same (5-->5s), and it's a good upgrade if you don't like the bigger phones. Waiting for the 6s is pointless as it'll almost certainly be the same size as the current generation.
  13. nj-morris macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2014
    I would wait and see if there is new a 4-inch iPhone. They might implement a 14nm A8, so it would have better battery life. And what makes you think that the iPhone 5 won't have iOS 9? On that note, iOS 9 will probably make battery more manageable. It could also implement a Touch ID sensor onto the iPhone 5 ;)
  14. EdenTan thread starter macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2015
    An update here. Bought a 5S on a cheap but got diddled out of this deal. The screen was popping out and I only realized it 4 hours after buying it. Took it to Apple Store and they demanded $450 to replace the device. Called Apple hotline and they still won't budge. So I'll be selling this 5S at a loss and go back to my iPhone 5 since it's working fine with no issues. I'll keep a lookout for a 4 inch iPhone 6C or smth and remind myself to buy AppleCare+ next time
  15. snow755 macrumors 65816


    Sep 12, 2012

    where did you buy the iphone 5S from? may be you can return it too the seller

    i would have this got in a iphone 6 from AT&T on verizon for $250 on contrack

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