Even though my contract wasn’t up, I decided to upgrade because it was actually cheaper for me to do so with a BestBuy trade in. My 64gb 5 was worth a $400 dollar gift card from BestBuy. With that and my early upgrade price, I walked out with a Gold iPhone 64gb for about $250.
I’ve had the new iPhone5s for about a week now and I have to say, though on paper it does not seem that much of an upgrade from the 5, for me, it’s been a pleasure to use. The two main reasons I upgraded was for the camera and the touch ID.
During the last couple months of owning the 5, I abandoned the passcode. I’ve had a passcode on since the first gen iPhone and I’ve never lost a phone since then. Because of that, I decided I didn’t want the extra step to use the phone. Of course, the moment I took the passcode off, I already felt a bit less secure about my information.
So here we are now with this amazing ability to use our fingerprint in order to unlock the iPhone. It’s brilliant and works 95% of the time. I’ll get a “try again” here and there, usually when my thumb is damp from working out, but for the most part, wow. It works well. Thank you Apple for making the simplest of tasks… well… simpler. The question is no longer, “Should I use a passcode?” Instead, it’s “Why aren’t you?”
Without talking technical with the lack of added megapixels and addition of a larger sensor, let’s just say the camera is better. Both in performance and quality. In bright light, you probably can’t tell, but in low light and flash shots, it’s way better. Also to my surprise, the exposure, white balance, temperature and metering is better than my older 5. I’ve been spoiled with using the X-Trans sensors on Fuji’s and Sony’s RX1 sensor, but the iPhone does a great job for being a… PHONE.
I’ve owned almost every high rated enthusiast camera there is to own as well professional cameras Canon has to offer. But when I’m genuinely satisfied with image quality from a phone, it’s hard to put into words why. Photography is based off emotion as much as it is light and the images from the 5s give me more emotion. Call me crazy, maybe it’s the gold, but for me, I’m using the camera more without hesitation and a camera used is always better than a missed opportunity.
This camera is vscoCAM ready. It’s the perfect combination.
Some people probably wouldn’t understand the need to upgrade but that’s ok. The 5 was and still is a great phone. You don’t need to upgrade. The 5s is just better. And I like better. So better it is… for me at least. Here are some random photos I’ve taken with the 5s. All processed and edited through lightroom and photoshop. Not intended to show quality straight out of camera.