1. pr1nce's Avatar
    I have a 4S running great on iOS 7. I have an upgrade available in November, but I might hold off for awhile.
    09-25-2013 06:52 PM
  2. jmr1015's Avatar
    I've been eligible for an upgrade for some time now. I think even before the iPhone 5 came out. I've been very satisfied with my iPhone 4. With iOS 7 installed, it feels like a new phone. It may not have all the features and speed/power of the newer iPhones... but it's enough to keep me happy. It does its job of being a smartphone, reliably and well.

    I might add, I hate being tied down to a carrier by a contract. I haven't come across a phone over the past few years that makes me want to take on another 2-year commitment. The iPhone 5S could be that phone, but I'm also considering just buying one outright off-contract.

    Being honest, I'm also tempted by the Blackberry Z30. 5" 16:9 Super AMOLED 720p HD display, BB OS 10.2, huge 2800mAh battery and crazy 18 hour talk time, power efficient 1.7GHz dual core with 2gb RAM, some crazy multispeaker/multimicrophone setup that supposed to offer more natural sound and call quality in all conditions, some new antenna tech that is supposed to pull in stronger signal from the network, and expandable memory... if it performs as advertised, this could finally be the BB device to rival the top dogs and offer a decent alternative to iOS. OS 10 is pretty slick. I just haven't been impressed by the Z10 or Q10 hardware. An Android sized device, running BB OS, offering iOS-like battery life, with blackberry connectivity... could be amazing.
    09-25-2013 07:21 PM
  3. Nolander07's Avatar
    I see it this way (in the US):
    You buy a $600-800 phone that is subsidized for $100-200, then the company locks you into a contract and charges you a lot every month to make up for what they paid for the phone, and then some. If you do not upgrade when your contract is up, you are still paying them exorbitant monthly charges when they have not subsidized a phone for you. This is good for the phone companies, bad for us. That is how I justify upgrading as soon as I can.
    Coachbulldog likes this.
    09-25-2013 11:41 PM
  4. neurodave's Avatar
    I had an upgrade, I had a 16GB iPhone 5 (valued at $300 on a trade-in) and working for Verizon, I knew a few managers who could get me a 5s on launch day.

    I guess you can say it was a no brainer for me, albeit I didn't see it being a worthy upgrade. If all of that had not been in place, I probably would still have my 5.
    09-26-2013 11:21 AM
  5. Coachbulldog's Avatar
    I have a 4S running great on iOS 7. I have an upgrade available in November, but I might hold off for awhile.
    I have a 4S that is running iOS7 with no problems, my upgrade is available in October, and I'm going ahead and getting a 5S. If Apple/iPhone's release pattern remains the same, I will have the latest phone and be eligible for what I'm sure will be an even better iPhone 6S in October of 2015.
    doublebullout likes this.
    09-26-2013 04:26 PM
  6. theKHMERboy's Avatar
    since i have the iphone 5 i just feel that the 5s is not enough for me to upgrade... i will be waiting for the next iphone in line.. but until then i am still happy with the iphone 5
    09-26-2013 09:07 PM
  7. doublebullout's Avatar
    I find myself thinking along the same lines as Coachbulldog. The iPhone 6 may be dramatically different or not, and will probably have some additional whiz-bang feature. But looking back at the 4 and 5, it becomes apparent that the upgrade cycle that may make the most sense is to wait to upgrade to the S versions.
    09-27-2013 10:00 AM
  8. rewNATION's Avatar
    i have a 4S now and i can upgrade whenever i want. I was originally planning on getting a 5S but after seeing all the specs i feel like it might not be a bad idea to maybe get a 5C instead. I don't really see a whole lot of difference between the two. Even from my 4S i don't really see much difference when compared to a 5S or 5C. I think i'm gonna at least wait until the shipping times get quicker and then make a choice.
    09-27-2013 12:12 PM
  9. SeanHRCC's Avatar
    i have a 4S now and i can upgrade whenever i want. I was originally planning on getting a 5S but after seeing all the specs i feel like it might not be a bad idea to maybe get a 5C instead. I don't really see a whole lot of difference between the two. Even from my 4S i don't really see much difference when compared to a 5S or 5C. I think i'm gonna at least wait until the shipping times get quicker and then make a choice.
    If you don't see a difference between the 5S and the 4S...you're just not looking. Between the 5 and the 5S? Sure, there are quite a few differences, but only when you really start breaking down the phone itself...the 4S and the 5S are a WORLD different.
    09-27-2013 04:24 PM
  10. TLD1's Avatar
    I'm not on the fence any more. I'm not buying one. iOS7 is running fine on my iP5 which is running fine...and there is not enough difference between the 5 & 5s to make me pay $350 difference for the 5s after trade-in. The camera is maginally better...and that's not even a deal to me since I use the camera very little. The A7 processor makes the 5s minimally faster than the 5 with the A6. Side by side there is little if any real difference. Fingerprint sensor? Bah! I'm not so sensitive to others getting into my phone that I have to go to such extremes for security...and it was hacked easily within the first day of release anyway! It's a hyped up gimmick at the very best. Apple has put less effort into the 5s upgrade than they did with the 3s or 4s.They will undoubtedly sell all they can build, and that's totally cool with me. They just won't get my dollar...yet. Heck, I think the 5c is more innovative than the 5s!

    Nope...I'm not so easily fooled. I'll stick with my 5 until next year and see if Apple can really amaze me with the iPhone 6.
    09-27-2013 04:35 PM
  11. rewNATION's Avatar
    If you don't see a difference between the 5S and the 4S...you're just not looking. Between the 5 and the 5S? Sure, there are quite a few differences, but only when you really start breaking down the phone itself...the 4S and the 5S are a WORLD different.
    I don't see any drastic changes though, everything still looks the same, screen is all of a half inch bigger, and i don't really care about the processor upgrade (i never notice any difference anyway). Fingerprint sensor is not a big deal to me. If anything the 5C seems like a better choice than the 5S
    09-30-2013 10:15 AM
  12. cbales24's Avatar
    New to iMore here . My upgrade is tomorrow (Sprint) and I am absolutely torn between the 5s and the Moto X, so yes I'm on the fence. I've owned Blackberry's and Android, that's it.

    My thing with smartphones is that I've always wanted a powerful and compact phone that isn't too big. This had led me to Blackberry and mid-range Androids. Well, now it's 2013 and Blackberry's are great but the lack of apps is painful, and every Android worthy of a two-year contract is 4.7"+.

    Enter the iPhone. I have never considered Apple products in my life and quite frankly cannot believe that I am doing so. That being said, I look around and it turns out that it meets my specs quite well. Enough background, I'll just to jump to the "fence" that I am on:

    Moto X:

    (+) Android Ecosystem = Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, etc. (yes, I'm aware that these apps are available on iOS but only as second-class citizens)
    (+) (Mostly) stock Android, no bs grafted-on OS
    (+) 4.7" screen is excellent for web browsing, videos, Twitter
    (+) Touchless control is a neat little feature
    (+) Customizable everything
    (+) Simultaneous voice + data over LTE

    (-) Body is smaller than any flagship Android, but still probably too large for one-handed operation
    (-) Not a Nexus device, so updates are slower, even if Google owns Motorola

    iPhone 5s

    (+) Compact size
    (+) Hardware and software optimization
    (+) Great build quality that will last 2+ years

    (-) Google apps are there but can't be set to default
    (-) Lack of customization, most notably for the keyboard
    (-) No simultaneous voice + data
    09-30-2013 11:40 PM
  13. Sekelani Zwambila's Avatar
    New to iMore here . My upgrade is tomorrow (Sprint) and I am absolutely torn between the 5s and the Moto X, so yes I'm on the fence. I've owned Blackberry's and Android, that's it.

    My thing with smartphones is that I've always wanted a powerful and compact phone that isn't too big. This had led me to Blackberry and mid-range Androids. Well, now it's 2013 and Blackberry's are great but the lack of apps is painful, and every Android worthy of a two-year contract is 4.7"+.

    Enter the iPhone. I have never considered Apple products in my life and quite frankly cannot believe that I am doing so. That being said, I look around and it turns out that it meets my specs quite well. Enough background, I'll just to jump to the "fence" that I am on:

    Moto X:

    (+) Android Ecosystem = Gmail, Maps, Calendar, Google+, YouTube, etc. (yes, I'm aware that these apps are available on iOS but only as second-class citizens)
    (+) (Mostly) stock Android, no bs grafted-on OS
    (+) 4.7" screen is excellent for web browsing, videos, Twitter
    (+) Touchless control is a neat little feature
    (+) Customizable everything
    (+) Simultaneous voice + data over LTE

    (-) Body is smaller than any flagship Android, but still probably too large for one-handed operation
    (-) Not a Nexus device, so updates are slower, even if Google owns Motorola

    iPhone 5s

    (+) Compact size
    (+) Hardware and software optimization
    (+) Great build quality that will last 2+ years

    (-) Google apps are there but can't be set to default
    (-) Lack of customization, most notably for the keyboard
    (-) No simultaneous voice + data
    If you want a device that works seamlessly with no problems and easy to learn interface, go with the 5S. I don't know much about Motorola. But it's a good phone neithertheless.


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    10-01-2013 01:17 AM
  14. Lamont Raccoon's Avatar
    I'm STILL debating actually. I mean had I known when I got my i5 in july this year that the 5s was coming. I would've waited. But I needed a phone as I was homeless for 3 years before this year. - in my own apartment - So I dunno. I'm going over details about the 5s to see if it's worth the upgrade and trade in. I WILL say that I wish I got the white/silver 5 as my black one has like 2 VERY small marks from the otter box defender I have. :/ I done goof friends. :c
    10-01-2013 07:28 AM
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