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#1 kiddingguy

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Posted 15 November 2013 - 23:56

I currently have an iPhone 4S. My battery is wearing out, I can replace it.
However, I also read that the hardware of the 4S hardware isn't actually made for iOS7 in terms of lag, battery life etc.

Is the latter true? Can I better get the new 5S? Or just replace the battery?

The 4S suits me well, not really needing all features of the 5S. The point of hardware incompatibility of the 4S with iOS7 kinda "worries"' me for the replacement of the battery.

What should I do?


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Posted 16 November 2013 - 00:19

Depends on how much it would cost to upgrade. I upgrade every two years, so I went from 4 to 5. 4s to 5s is a decent upgrade.

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:06

I have the same issue. I think a 4S is still a great phone. You may have to charge it more often and it may get a bit hot, but it still handles everything you throw at it. I charge it every night when I sleep.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:33

I will get it retail price/Apple online, so not with a plan. Basically that means for the 32GB version 799 euro.
Still a huge amount of money, but I like Apple and Android/GS4 etc is no option.

Plus, I invested heavily in the App(le) eco-system and hate to see this money go down the drain...

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:35

Is it "true" about the older 4S-hardware and iOS slow down?!

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:36

I will get it retail price/Apple online, so not with a plan. Basically that means for the 32GB version 799 euro.
Still a huge amount of money, but I like Apple and Android/GS4 etc is no option.

Plus, I invested heavily in the App(le) eco-system and hate to see this money go down the drain...

 

I bought my phone outright... $860 up-front, but if you think about the 3-year plans they offered at the time, I actually saved $50 by buying and going on a monthly-to-month plan. About the slow-down... I would disagree. Sure it doesn't have the latest chip and gyro but its still bloody fast. If yours is slow, consider a complete re-install.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 06:43

I already did a complete reinstall last week and restored my iCloud backup.

I went to the Apple Store, they checked my battery and found no issues.
They thought some app might drain the battery and with a reinstall it should go away. Apparently not.

So, my battery drain might be (internal) hardware and other chips related. And that's why I am cautious about replacing the battery. Especially when the other phone internals might be damaged/causing this battery leak.

#8 Dinggus

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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:22

Buy GS4. period.

 

 

Let's not post a useless comment to a thread which asked about upgrading to the iPhone 5S, not any other phone.

 

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I'm in the same boat, but the 5/5C/5S have nothing that I'm interested in. I enjoy my 4S with it's jailbreak. But I'm sure once an iOS 7 jailbreak comes out then I'll want to upgrade. I use to upgrade every year but that slowed down once the 5 came out.

 

My friend's wife had the iPhone 4 and updated it to iOS 7 and had nothing but problems, so she upgraded to the 5S.



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Posted 16 November 2013 - 07:29

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My friend's wife had the iPhone 4 and updated it to iOS 7 and had nothing but problems, so she upgraded to the 5S.

 

Looks like there's two here :cry:

(although in my case it's the 4S)



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:37

Looks like there's two here :cry:
(although in my case it's the 4S)


I think I can hold off a year and get the iPhone 6.

Replace battery and stay on iOS 6.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 06:42

Is it "true" about the older 4S-hardware and iOS slow down?!

Yup.

 

iP4 and 4S just don't run as well on iOS7.

 

I replaced a 4 with a 5s due to iOS7.



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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:13

Personally, I jumped to Samsung Note 2 from 4S and the sheer screen size of Note 2 is worth to forget about my investments in Apple eco system. The 4S still remains in my house but gets ignored and looks like a small joke. Mind you iOS 7 runs perfectly on 4S.

I myself wouldn't mind going back to iOS device if the screen size is minimum 5.0".

If you want to upgrade, consider screen size from 4.5" to 5.0" to be the only criteria. So waiting for iPhone 6 is highly recommended.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:15

Yup.

iP4 and 4S just don't run as well on iOS7.

I replaced a 4 with a 5s due to iOS7.


And is there a noticeable difference in usage, battery life, speed etc on the 5S?

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:17

Yup.

iP4 and 4S just don't run as well on iOS7.

I replaced a 4 with a 5s due to iOS7.

Wrong. iPhone 4S runs as smooth as 5S on iOS 7.
It's the iPhone 4 which is struggling. Even the battery life is same.

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Posted 17 November 2013 - 07:20

(...)

I myself wouldn't mind going back to iOS device if the screen size is minimum 5.0".

If you want to upgrade, consider screen size from 4.5" to 5.0" to be the only criteria. So waiting for iPhone 6 is highly recommended.


Maybe I am the only one who thinks the screensize of the iPhone 4/4S is sufficient and large enough?!
I also own the newest iPod Touch with the larger screen; I am still getting used to its langer size.
Maybe it's because of my smaller hands... not to hold it as I would like to.......



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