What Iphone to buy?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by pauly800, Mar 16, 2016.

  1. pauly800 macrumors regular

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    I bought a used iphone4s around 2 years ago. It was on ebay and the condition was very good. Seller had it for many years and everything with the iphone was great. I used it for a good amount of time until i started having issues with it. The battery went really bad... got replacement battery but still battery goes out very fast. When the first battery went bad, it went out like 18 percent. When i got the replacement, it went out similarly. Then it went out at 32 percent... then 42 percent.. then 50 etc. Now for some reason it goes out at 67%


    Its strange because when i connect it to 100 percent battery, i could use battery for a while and it stays at 100 percent. Then when its goes down, well battery shuts off. I also had lot of issues with this iphone. Basically i can not shut it down properly such as hold the power button then slide it to the right. It doesnt even slide and basically just closes for some reason. Not only that, the iphone lags a lot and i cannot even connect it to my laptop anymore. Thus i dont think it would even connect anymore to my laptop ... says usb error. I dont think getting a new battery will do anything as the first battery replacement i got went bad pretty quickly. Thus want to get a new iphone.


    I basically use my iphone very little. Basically use it to make phone calls and use it to web browse and youtube a bit. Basically I use it very little. Thats why i got the iphone 4s back 2 years ago because i wanted an iphone and didn't want to spend a lot on it because i dont use a phone that much. But just wanted an iphone.


    So now, what is the best iphone for me? My 4s is 16gb. I know 16gb is very little for most people. I have about 10gb free still i believe. So based on this, is getting an iphone 5 or 5s best idea for me? Fine with getting it on ebay from a very reputable member with excellent feedback? I think 32gb would be max i need... i havent even touched using 5gb on my 16gb iphone yet.


    Thus no point of me spending 500 or 600 plus dollars for an iphone for something i rarely use much. I also like to mention i need to get unlocked iphone since im out of the usa most of the time. Thats why i got unlocked iphone4s. Now if my iphone 4s doesn't have any battery issues or those other problems, i would be perfectly fine with my iphone. But this iphone has so many issues that i think its time to get a new one.


    The thing is though aren't iphone 7 going to come out soon? If thats the case, wouldn't the iphone 6 drop price as well? If so, when would it? Would the iphone 5 or 5s drop even more? I recalled back 2 years ago in 2014... i paid around 330 dollars for a used iphone 4s on ebay which was fine for me.


    This is what im looking at now btw.


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IPHONE-5S-3...984838?hash=item3aae656946:g:qPIAAOSw-jhUBxI7

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IPHONE-5S-1...988105?hash=item419879b849:g:qF0AAOSw-jhUBxI0

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/IPHONE-5-16...160214?hash=item3aa65c2696:g:qe4AAOxyIv5TkD0T


    I mean.. isn't it no brainer to get 32gb for about 20 dollars more? What about the iphone 5 16gb? Pretty low price and i guess very similar to my iphone 4s thats 16gb as well?


    Thanks.
     
  2. Elisha macrumors 6502a

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    If I were you, I would at least jump 2 generations. 5s minimum or the 6. Buying used is always a gamble. Try buying one that still has warranty.
     
  3. Flow39 macrumors 68000

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    Totally agree. If you're looking to buy a used iPhone, I'd get one that is no more than 2 generations old for 2 reasons:
    1) It will be more future proof and not become obsolete as quickly.
    2) The previous owner(s) may have been very hard on the battery and put a ton of cycles on it, resulting in nutty battery performance like you had.
     
  4. Andres Cantu macrumors 68020

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    Seems like waiting for a dirt-cheap 16GB iPhone 5s after Monday's announcement is your best option.
     
  5. Ladybug macrumors 65816

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    I would wait until Apple releases the SE next week. Rumor is the 5s may go on sale so you could buy new vs used.
     
  6. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi can you explain what you mean by that? So you telling me the price on ebay for the 5s would drop after the announcement? When would it drop if it does? Right after Monday?


    Also... can someone tell me if these are actually new iphones or not? Its called brand new but then its mentioned cosmetic is either 8/10 or 9/10 due to it being tested and handled. However his reviews are basically 99.8 percent so i know he is legit.
     
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  9. canuckRus macrumors 6502

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    Beware, some iPhone5's had battery issues.

    < https://www.apple.com/support/iphone5-battery/
     
  10. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    As others have said, I would go for a 5(S) or a 6, depending on which size and form factor you prefer. Cheers.

    By the way, have you looked into purchasing from Swappa.com in lieu of eBay?
     
  11. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Can someone tell me if any announcement has been made? Thus will the iphone 5s price drop soon or not?
     
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    Andres Cantu macrumors 68020

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    Sure!

    iPhone SE, specs from the 5s, 6, or 6s, all for $50 less than the 5s ($399). Bet you will be able to find even cheaper 5s's soon. But I would definitely go for the SE, it's a really good value.

    UPDATE: possibilities about a $199 iPhone 5s. http://www.walmart.com/ip/33152931?...00190072&wl4=&wl5=pla&wl6=62775979960&veh=sem
     
  13. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I have to get unlocked though...


    When will the price drop then?
     
  14. Andres Cantu macrumors 68020

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    I suspect at any time, since the 5s can't cost more than the SE. I would be on the look-out online for sales.
     
  15. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you know around when though? Because im going to get the iphone 5s soon...

    Even if i could order the SE, doesn't that mean it will take a while? Also the price that is mentioned... is that unlocked or locked phone? I need an unlocked iphone...
     
  16. Brady0123 macrumors member

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    You can pre order one~
     
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    Preordering is not open yet, you need to do that on Thursday the 24th.
     
  18. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Do you know when you will receive the iphone if u preorder it on the 24th?
     
  19. Matthew.H macrumors 6502

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    March 31st is the launch date for the SE. If you pre-order early you should get it on launch day.
     
  20. dave006 macrumors 68020

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    First wave will arrive on March 31 in-store or via shipment to your address for apple.com orders.

    Dave
     
  21. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    You are telling me order it online... then it will be sent to my address on march 31st? That doesn't seem right because they going to get it to me on the same day? Im in new york city.
     
  22. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    They will generally ship it earlier so that it would arrive on March 31st. Of course there's no specific guarantee of that until you place the order and see that that's when the delivery is scheduled for (and even then it's not necessarily a 100% guarantee, although in most cases it's pretty close to that).
     
  23. Matthew.H macrumors 6502

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    March 31st is the day the phone is released for sale to customers in-store and general sale. When the phone is pre-ordered online Apple send the phones out to shipping companies like UPS before launch and the phones then are sent out for delivery to customers on the launch date.
     
  24. pauly800 thread starter macrumors regular

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    So if i want to make sure i get the SE on March 31st, you suggest me buying it at apple store as oppose to preordering it online then?
     
  25. nviz22 macrumors 68040

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    Going to the store with the expectations to get an iPhone SE isn't the best option. Often times, people camp out for iPhones. You're better off pre-ordering online if possible. I pre-ordered my 6S Plus from Apple. I had an issue and went to the store to get it fixed and the lineups were long as hell despite having someone agreeing to help me ahead of time.
     

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