What iPhone cycle do you prefer?

which iphone cycle do you prefer?

  • iphone # cycle

    Votes: 30 33.7%
  • the S cycle

    Votes: 35 39.3%
  • yearly iphone upgrade

    Votes: 19 21.3%
  • back and forth between iphone and android

    Votes: 5 5.6%

  • Total voters
    89
  • Poll closed .

RiddlaBronc

macrumors 6502a
Original poster
Oct 14, 2013
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498
Mcallen Tx
Excuse me if this has been covered before which probably has but i can barely type on this ancient 10.1 much less search.

What cycle are you currently on? Which do you prefer?
I went from a 3g skipped to the 4 then skipped to the 5s. Ill probably stick to the S cycle for some time. As thats when my upgrades are. I really liked the 5 but by the time i wanted to get it (june) i knew the S was around the corner so i waited. I really liked the gold so iwent for it.

Or are you one of those that upgrade yearly?
 

Small White Car

macrumors G4
Aug 29, 2006
10,905
1,182
Washington DC
Not sure I can vote. I think the S cycle is totally the smart way to do it.

And yet I constantly do the # cycle because I'm attracted to shiny new things.

Perhaps I should abstain.
 

SpyderBite

macrumors 65816
Oct 4, 2011
1,262
8
Xanadu
I don't have a preferred cycle. I upgrade when I need to. I had a 5 and it was fine. I lost it, sat on a hand me down Android and then ordered a 5c when my upgrade was available. Didn't need the features of the 5s and will enjoy the 5c until I find that it no longer meets my daily needs.

If means were endless, then I'd probably upgrade every time a feature came out that interested me that wasn't supported by my current device.
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,102
2,095
Oregon
The "S" phones have treated me well. I started with the 3Gs, went to the 4s and finally went to the 5s. I'm more concerned about the hardware upgrades than I am about the change in the appearance.
 

Silverbird0000

macrumors 6502a
Sep 19, 2006
577
19
Fort Myers, FL
I'm a yearly upgrader. I have had every model of iPhone since the original. But if I had to choose I'd do the non S cycle as that is when the most new features come out. You have a current looking phone for 2 years, even if you don't have the S features. The S models are almost indistinguishable from the non S model they replace. The non S upgrades make the previous model look ancient (ex: 5 vs 4s, 4 vs 3Gs).
 

macigo

macrumors regular
Dec 5, 2013
161
0
My first iPhone was the iPhone 4 and it was a great phone. Then I got the 5, 5c and 5s.
 

mpantone

macrumors 6502
Mar 20, 2009
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The S cycle is far superior. Proven physical design, new internals. That's just looking at the actual device.

When you look at the third-party accessory market, the S iteration makes WAY even more sense since there is a plethora of accessories that are actually shipping.

What was the availability of inexpensive third-party Lightning cables the day the iPhone 5 came out? And cases? How about a month later?

Then answer the same questions in regard to the iPhone 5s release.

I live in Silicon Valley and owning the newly debuted smartphone design is only a conversation starter for a couple of months. I own an iPhone 5s and no one asks me about my goddamn phone. That's fine, I don't really find it very interesting talking about it, and certainly no one is going to think more highly of me because I own the damn thing. These things are a dime-a-dozen. IT'S JUST A BLOODY PHONE.
 

wordoflife

macrumors 604
Jul 6, 2009
7,563
34
I've only had S devices, but I think they are more polished. Any problems with the number devices seem to be fixed by the time the S version comes out.
 

Diseal3

macrumors 65816
Jun 29, 2008
1,064
46
I go yearly will but will use the latest Android phone every few months out of the year.
 

dave420

macrumors 65816
Jun 15, 2010
1,407
102
I am on a family plan so I can upgrade yearly if I want, but I only did that once. I upgrade when I have a need to, or if there is new functionality I really want.
iPhone (2007)-> iPhone 4->iPhone 4S->iPhone 5s
 

Amasashi

macrumors member
May 17, 2010
85
0
My iPhone progression has been 3G (later gave to girlfriend) -> 3GS -> 4S -> 5s. My girlfriend's progression has been 3G -> 4 -> 5. So here's how I feel about both cycles.

# Cycle
Obviously, it's the latest design, and it'll stay that way for a full 2 years. Only a very discerning eye would be able to tell the different between a # and S phone. This matters a lot to some people. To me, it's the only real benefit of the # phone. The drawbacks are mainly that you have to wait a bit for third-party accessories to roll out and for some of the design problems to be addressed.

S Cycle
The main benefit is the hardware upgrades. Sure, the # phones get an internals upgrade as well, but not to the extent of the S phones. There will also be a plethora of accessories by the time the S phone come out, and all the problems with the design should be fixed by then. The only drawback is that it will only look like the latest phone for a year. When the new # phone rolls out a year later, you'll have to deal with carrying what's obviously an old design for a full year.

Personally, I think if always having the latest looking phone isn't that important to you, the S cycle is the way to go.
 

TWD98j

macrumors 6502
Sep 14, 2010
259
48
I've been on the "S" cycle since the 3GS in 2009. Then I skipped the 4 but upgraded to the 4S in 2011. Now I am comfortably on a 5S.

While "S" cycle phones may not receive a fancy new design, they receive upgraded internals which usually mean that any bugs/issues with the previous/debut model get worked out.

The 3GS got a 3MP camera, video recording, a compass, and a bump in RAM over the 3G.

The 4S got an improved/dual antenna system, 8MP camera with face detection, dual core A5 chip, and siri over the 4.

Then the 5S got an improved A7 with 64 Bit and M7 chip, improved 8MP camera with dual flash, more LTE bands, slo-mo camera, and Touch Id over the 5.

So yeah, I'm good with the "S" cycle....unless the 6 really blows me away somehow next year - which I'm not expecting - I'll be quite content with my 5S for the 2 years.
 

hamiltonDSi

macrumors 68000
Jul 29, 2012
1,540
247
Romania
The one that I like.
Had the Original, 3GS & 4.
Now I'm using an iPhone 5 which I bought on launch day last year and I was planning on skipping the 5s but nope, I just ordered a Gold 32GB 5s which will arrive in a couple of weeks.
 

Jbenn425

macrumors regular
Nov 16, 2013
164
0
New Jersey
Definitely the number cycle. You get a fresh redesign that stays current for 2 years, skip the incremental S generation, and are eligible for an upgrade by the time the next redesign is out. Works for me. Don't forget, the 3G was a nice hardware improvement over the 2G. The 4 was a nice hardware upgrade over the 3GS, and the 5 was a nice hardware upgrade over the 4S. So to say you only get hardware upgrades with the S generation is false.
 

oVerboost

macrumors 65816
Sep 17, 2013
1,343
727
United Kingdom
What iPhone cycle do you prefer?

I'm on the new iPhone every launch cycle. My Vodafone contract (uk) lets me upgrade 3 months early and it's only a 12 month contract, so even if Apple were to ever change the launch date of an iPhone I could still upgrade. The only phone I didn't get at launch was the 4s but have owned them all since the original.

Like many also do I pass my outgoing model to both my parents (alternating) and they then sell the older models whilst getting themselves a newer model.
 

T5BRICK

macrumors G3
Aug 3, 2006
8,102
2,095
Oregon
Definitely the number cycle. You get a fresh redesign that stays current for 2 years, skip the incremental S generation, and are eligible for an upgrade by the time the next redesign is out. Works for me. Don't forget, the 3G was a nice hardware improvement over the 2G. The 4 was a nice hardware upgrade over the 3GS, and the 5 was a nice hardware upgrade over the 4S. So to say you only get hardware upgrades with the S generation is false.
The 3G had the same CPU, GPU, RAM and camera as the original iPhone, except they added 3G and GPS which, arguably, should have been there from the beginning.

My beef with the upgrade to the 4 from the 3Gs comes from the fact that they didn't really give the 4 a fast enough GPU to drive the retina display. The upgraded camera and flash were welcome improvements though.
 
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