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Your Take: Are You Getting the iPhone 5S?

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iPhone 5S GoldAh yes, a new Apple product. As Jimmy Kimmel put it, a new iPhone announcement is like America’s version of a royal wedding/baby. I can’t tell if that’s a good or bad thing… I’m sticking with bad. We asked the same question last year with the iPhone 5, so we figured we’d do it again this year.

Apple announced not one, but two new shiny devices for us to salivate over.

The iPhone 5C is a “cheaper” variant of last year’s iPhone 5 that comes in a variety of colors, while the 5S is the new flagship device with all the new bells and whistles, most notably a fingerprint scanner to unlock the phone and make purchases. Apple assures us the fingerprint data is only stored locally and not uploaded to some server somewhere (we’ll see about that). It also comes in gold, for people who, um, like that kinda thing.

For all of you guys on the fence here’s a breakdown of the prices for the different models:

I’ve got an old, battle-worn iPhone 4 that I’ve had from day one, and I’m thinking it’s time for an upgrade.
iPhone 4

Note: Yes, I have LeBron, Bosh and Wade of the Miami Heat as my background — get over it. And go Heat.

To be honest, neither of the new phones really jump out at me, nor do I feel like I need to spend upwards of $400 on a new phone. My cracked phone works OK, not great. Thanks to the crack on the face, my home button works ~30% of the time. The OS has gotten noticeably slowly/laggier over the years, and compared to my work phone, which is a 5, it’s definitely both bulkier and heftier (I know, I know: first world problems).

But I’m also a tech nerd at heart and getting new gadgets is always fun. Also I’ve been holding onto my upgrade for over a year now, so that’s been nagging me as well. But ultimately, given the productivity I still get out of my 4 — which has been a trooper and lasted over 3 years — I think I’ll pass and wait for the “true” next-generation version next year, the 6. And before the Windows and Google heads chime in: No, Android isn’t my thing. Yes, Windows Phone 8 is intriguing, but I’m not ready to jump on that yet.

So, will you be jumping in and getting a new iPhone?

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12 Responses to “Your Take: Are You Getting the iPhone 5S?”

  1. Roman says:

    I’ll be getting a Nexus 5 ;)

  2. Lu-Ann says:

    I got my iPhone 5 pickpocketed at a festival last month (so there must be a market for used iPhones!). I have had every iPhone ever made, so I would have upgraded anyway. I usually sell my oldest iPhone on Craig’s List, so my net cost now is usually small, if anything. I’m now using my old 4s, and will be buying the new 5s the day it comes out (one week from today). The faster chip, slightly larger display, and slightly better battery life are my main reasons. The new recharge plug, while a conversion expense, is actually a better mechanism. I do not like the headphone jack on the bottom, but I got used to it.

  3. Aaron B says:

    Nope. I have a slight preference for iPhones over my Galaxy S3, but I have a much stronger preference for staying with my lost-cost Ting mobile services and not spending through the nose for a phone, either.

  4. JT says:

    Yes, I’ll be getting the 5S. But I’ll wait a day or two to avoid the crowds. Just getting the 16GB (never understood why the extra space was worth the money). My contract is up, so I can just spend the $199 to get the new phone. But I’m also reselling my old 4S on Gazelle for $200, so I’m breaking even!

  5. Anthony K says:

    No, there are much cheaper phones with better functionality and usefulness.

  6. GD says:

    Yup just got my HTC One mini…

  7. CTMike says:

    No thanks!!! Data plans if not grandfathered in are out of control. I use my computer which has security that I trust. I can read the screen and no one will break into my house and steal it!! I like my Casio G’Zone which is waterproof, has great outdoor features and can use apps if desired (NOT)!!!!

  8. Richard says:

    Have never owned nor never will own anything with an apple on it! Over hyped and over priced!

  9. Dwight Johnson says:

    I’ll get the 5s, but only because I’ll switch from Verizon to US Cellular (where the rest of my family has a plan), which will pay for itself in savings within 5 months because we’ll be on 1 family plan instead of the two plans (my Verizon plan and the family’s US Cellular plan).

    Given this info, I have to switch ASAP…but I want the 5s only after it becomes available on US Cellular. I’ll pay the cancellation fee because of the savings coming up.

  10. admiral58 says:

    i’m gonna get one. can’t wait

  11. No – waste of money.


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