Would you buy a iPhone 5s now ?

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  1. Tetsy macrumors member

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  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    For a backup phone or premium burner phone.
     
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    Only if I was skint and it was the most expensive iPhone I Could afford

    If I wanted the smaller older design I would get the SE now
     
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    Which year (2016 or) used or new and can you please share pictures
     
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    2016 used obviously
     
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    How much memory does your 5s have? I'm still using mine and it runs latest software just fine. Right now my only incentive to upgrade is that my 5s is only a 16g and it's not enough for me anymore.
     
  8. bufffilm, Feb 11, 2017
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    Personally...no.

    Not when the SE can be had affordably (in the US). The 2gb ram means that SE will run fine for many years to come.

    So I would rather spend a little more upfront and get a phone that will last me a very long time.

    5s only if you are desperate. Even then, just better to save 1-3 months more.
     
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    Nah. It's too small. I no longer want to use a phone with the screen size of a standard business card.
     
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    Not after getting used to the Plus. I would buy if it was cheap though.
     
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    If it was cheap I would still buy it.

    I still use my 5s 64gb daily and it works just great.
     
  13. Bart Kela, Feb 11, 2017
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    Probably not.

    Unfortunately, you did not bother to mention what you planned to do with it: use it as a primary device, a backup device for yourself, for a family member, a replacement unit for another iPhone 5S, as a media player, etc. so we will just have to address the mundane technical points without any relevance of your use case.

    The iPhone 5S design is 3.5 years old, debuting in September 2013. The iPhone SE is a far superior device in all respects: better silicon, better cameras, better WiFi, better cellular support, better battery performance, Touch ID, Apple Pay, and more. All in the same chassis. If you want that size phone in your pocket, the SE is the one to get today.

    Depending on the actual iPhone 5S unit you get, the battery may need replacing soon, so you'd be wise to figure that cost in. It would be highly unlikely that the device would have a 1-year manufacturer's warranty.

    Also, the iPhone 5S is nearing the time when the latest iOS won't be supported on the device. The current iOS 10 supports devices going back to the iPhone 5 (September 2012 release). Even if the upcoming iOS 11 supports the iPhone 5S, it is highly possible that iOS 11 will make the phone run slowly. This is rather typical for the oldest generation of hardware supported on any given iOS release.
     
  14. Tetsy thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanx everyone - so its better to save up the extra for the SE makes sense i suppose as it should be a better phone all together but more £, sigh...... carry on saving my pennies :)
     
  15. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    Sure. It's worth waiting. iPhone SE is superior in many ways.
     
  16. downtherabbithole macrumors member

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    You prefer the smaller screen I take it? Apart from the Taptic stuff and NFC there's probably not much you can't do on a 5S you can do on the 7.
     
  17. Tetsy thread starter macrumors member

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    i just want a good iPhone at a good price that will last me a few years :)
     
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    No. I have had my 5S since August 2015 and it has slowed down slightly since then on iOS 10. The battery life isn't great, but not because it's gotten worse (it hasn't), but just because it's never been as good as, say, the SE. As someone else pointed out, it will likely be receiving its last version of iOS soon (iOS 11 most likely), so there isn't much longevity left to it. If you like the size, I'd go with an SE. For me, I will be in the market for a new phone soon and I'm more interested in a larger screen this time around. Good luck deciding :)
     
  19. Tetsy thread starter macrumors member

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    Most things in life boil down to how many £'s you have , going back a few years people wanted smaller phones how things change but i understand what you mean :)
     
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    I like smaller phones.

    I have a 6s and wish it were smaller. I would buy a 4" phone in 2017 if it had the same goodies as the 7s.
     
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    After sixteen posts, you have finally divulged what you want to do with the device. It would have been more helpful if you had mentioned this in your original post.

    The impending sunsetting of iOS support for the iPhone 5S is probably your biggest concern, followed by the cost of an impending battery replacement. In 2019 or 2020, you will not be getting the original battery life for sure assuming that "a few years" means at least three years.
     
  22. Math889 macrumors 65816

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    Of course I wouldnt buy it . It has only 1GB of RAM . That's why I choose the SE .. perfect phone. No regrets . As for iOS support, iOS 11 may/may not be the last iOS version for iPhone 5S. I think there will be a extra round for iPhone 5S . (IOS 12) .
    Oh, and that Space gray from iPhone SE is really gorgeous.I love it
     
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    In that case I would definitely get the SE over the 5s.

    Yes it's more expensive .. but it will last you a few years where the 5s might be fine today but quite dated in a couple of years. The SE is also cheaper than a 6s for similar performance along with the 5s size and styling too.
     
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    The 5S comes in the same version of Space Gray, does it not? I believe the only difference between the two is that the 5S has polished chamfered edges and the SE has matte chamfered edges and an inset stainless steel logo (the 5S' logo is simply polished into the casing).
     
  25. Reno Raines macrumors 6502a

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    I got one last year new at Wally World for $150 new. I use it on straight talk for work. Using it it for talk, text, and light anything else it is a great deal. I have an SE as my real personal phone and it is way better. I don't foresee the 5s getting any support beyond iOS 11 if that. The SE is much more future proof which is what you are looking for. Go with the SE.
     

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