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Are You Buying a New iPhone? [MakeUseOf Poll]

Yaara Lancet 15-09-2013

Last week, we asked for your opinions and feedback regarding our new design and look. I’d like to take this opportunity to thank you for the great response and comments. While it may seem like we’re not listening, we are. And while we can’t take each and every one of your opinions into account, we are constantly working to make the website better. Thanks again for taking the time and showing the interest! You are what makes MakeUseOf so awesome.


On to the results! Out of 650 readers who voted, the breakdown was as follows: 10% of you think the new look is mainly good but needs some changes, 12% think some parts are nice but most aren’t, 14% are getting used to it, 23% love it, and 41% of you dislike the new look and want us to go back.

While it might look dismal, it actually means that almost 60% of you either love it, think it’s partly nice, or are getting used to it. Thank you!

Don’t forget to check out last week’s best comment by G P Witteveen, who suggested a short video showcasing the new look for all of those who are having a hard time getting used to it. He/she get a free MakeUseOf t-shirt! Yay!


This week’s poll question is: Are You Buying A New iPhone?

Love our t-shirts? The best comment in this poll will get one of our geeky t-shirts. That’s right, for free! So get commenting!

Surely you can’t have missed the much-discussed Apple event last week where two new iPhones were announced Apple Releases iPhone 5s With Touch ID, Faster Processor & New Camera Features As expected, Apple introduced the iPhone 5s and the iPhone 5c this week. iPhone 5s now comes in two new colors, gold and silver, has a fingerprint identity sensor, and a faster iSight camera. Read More . As usual, opinions vary, and while some think the iPhone 5c and 5s are a disappointment, others are excited and can’t wait to get their hands on them. Are you one of the latter? Or maybe you’re not willing to jump on the “s” wagon again, and are waiting for the real thing in shape of the iPhone 6? Are you an avid Android user who wouldn’t touch an iPhone with a stick? All your opinions count, so make them heard!

What do you like or dislike about the new iPhones? What are your reasons for buying or not to buying them? Share your thoughts below.

Related topics: iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, Opinion & Polls.

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  1. Elaina
    September 21, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I think this constant announcement of "new" iPhones is a terrific way for Apple to make money and stay in business. I'll stick with Android devices and avoid all the Apple frenzy... I can't believe how well all the "hype" works and the amounts of money being spent. If you have so much extra cash, why not give some of it away to charity and skip a model or two of the iPhone? I'll bet you won't even miss the interim models.

  2. Cehtmsatis B
    September 18, 2013 at 9:01 am

    No, it's too expensive for me to buy.

  3. Alan W
    September 18, 2013 at 6:41 am

    I definately will not be buying an iPhone. Why? The answer is simple, I am not an Apple fanboy, never have and never will be! I dislike their "bumped" up prices and the fact that they have to try to patent everything in a feeble attempt to stop the consumer from buying anything else.

  4. Patrick
    September 17, 2013 at 1:10 pm

    I won't be buying an iPhone. Here's why. For a few years now, I have been using an iPod Touch for music, podcasts, audio books and various apps, and have an old prepaid phone for very occasional mobile calling. But I'm now switching to a Lumia 520 running Windows Phone 8. I have bought the phone and am just transitioning to it. The phone cost $100 and I'm adding a 32GB Micro SD card for about $35 and my carrier lets me switch my prepaid time on my old phone to the Lumia. So this lets me replace the 4th gen iPod Touch for much less than a new one from Apple and also combine my two old devices into one new one. I've already got my podcasts and audio books onto the Lumia and I'm moving my email accounts and adding apps now. And this phone even comes with Office. Since I used Skydrive already to store docs from Office on my PC and my Mac, now I can get at these on my phone as well.

  5. aman
    September 17, 2013 at 10:54 am

    I don't know why people are not appreciating apple's effort but ,they bring whole new concept of biometrics on mobile.

  6. Tom H
    September 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

    I own an iPhone 4. I don't see a lot of difference in the 5S or 5C apart from the fact that both are very expensive.
    I would need a really good financial incentive to upgrade.

  7. Graylin G
    September 17, 2013 at 10:01 am

    This new poll is incomplete. It asked if I plan to purchase a "New" iPhone, but only displays new models. I do, indeed, plan to purchase a new iPhone, a 64GB 5. Here is the reason: I am tethered to Verizon Wireless. They are, simply put, the only truly reliable network in this small city. Liability issues demand 24/7 access and no other network can provide it. I wanted a 64GB phone and the pricing structure for Verizon gave me two options, a 5 for $300 or a 5s for $400. With the 5 purchase, on a 2-years contract, the numbers looked like this: Phone, $357; Case, $32; Square Trade warranty, $96, for a total of $485. Now, with tax, the total for a 5s would have hit $600. This new iPhone is going to my daughter, who is in law school, and I am taking her 64GB 4s, which Apple replaced less than a year ago. Next September will be a different story. I will purchase a 6, likely with 128GB of memory, send that along to my daughter and assume control of her 5, thus skipping the 5s altogether. The 5s brought 3 things to the table: 64-bit processing, biometrics and speedier video. None of these were gotta's for me - now. The combination of the iPhone 6 hardware upgrades, iOS 8 (which is already in beta) and a year of 64-bit app development is going to put the iPhone 6 at the top of the smartphone ladder. Apple thinks 10 years out, I try to get at least 12 months.

    • Yaara L
      September 22, 2013 at 6:07 am

      Well, the poll was about the new models. The question was "are you buying a new iPhone" because there are two models, but it obviously wasn't asking if you're buying one in general. :)

      I could have included many more options like "yes, an iPhone 5", "yes, an iPhone 4S", etc., but that wasn't the point for this poll. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this anyway, it's interesting.

  8. Ed
    September 16, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I'm an Android user, but I must say iOS has a look and feel that just seems way more polished, more tightly integrated, and seems much smoother than most of what I see on Android. I wish the user experience was similar on Android.

    What I do like about Android is how open the experience is to install apps outside the Play Store and modify the interface with launchers, skins and themes. I also like the choice in browsers with different rendering engines. Though flash may more may not be stuck in the past, many sites still use it, and I appreciate being able to visit sites that use flash on my Android device with the choice of several free browsers.

    So, every time I see the iOS user interface, the smoothness, the transitions and the overall fit and finish of the user experience, I get tempted. But once I re-think the openness and freedom of Android, I choose to stick with Android.

    Another thing holding me back is my eventual transition to T-mobile and a BYOD payment structure. I just bought a 16GB Nexus 4 at $249 for my wife. Spread out over 24 months, it is much cheaper to go this route on T-mobile's $50/month plan than it would be to even get her a 5c. In this respect, Apple's low-price option still isn't an effective strategy.

    One device I might consider in the future would be an updated Apple TV box or an Apple branded TV set where the lack of openness is not quite as big a deal to me as it is on a computing device such as a phone or tablet.

    For now, I'll stick with Android.

    • Vasu Chawla
      November 6, 2013 at 8:33 am

      the best lines I ever read when it comes to war between apple and android users.. :)

  9. Shawn Rosvold
    September 16, 2013 at 12:15 pm

    I've never understood why people continue to buy under performing, over priced and over hyped Apple products.

    • Chinmay S
      September 17, 2013 at 10:11 am

      I think you have never used any Apple product.

    • aman
      September 17, 2013 at 10:57 am

      I think you have never used I-Phone its more secure and stable then android and their devices are much more polished then others

    • Elaina
      September 21, 2013 at 10:27 pm

      Me too. ?

  10. Ashwin S
    September 16, 2013 at 11:25 am

    Iphone 5c is launched for countries like India but after adding the all custom charges it's price go o 35000. If a person have 35000 he will buy a Samsung Galaxy S4 or any other phone better than iphone 5c.

    • Chinmay S
      September 17, 2013 at 10:09 am

      Samsung Galaxy S4 is not better than iPhone 5 or 5C. There is only one phone better than iPhone 5 or 5C and that is 5S.

  11. Stuart J
    September 16, 2013 at 2:20 am

    One might not upgrade from a 5 to a 5s, but I'm just coming to the end of a contract with an iPhone 4, so I'm a prime candidate.

    • Yannis V
      September 16, 2013 at 4:26 am

      I'm in the same exact boat as you are. I've had my iPhone 4 for over 2,5 years now so I think it's high time I upgraded to a 5S.

  12. Tim B
    September 16, 2013 at 1:34 am

    The S model is a big step up in terms of performance, even though nobody will notice it because the iPhone 5 is already ridiculously fast. If I lost my iPhone 5 I'd definitely replace it with a 5s, but as it stands I'm waiting for the new iPad announcement some time in October and would far prefer to spend my money on one of those instead.

    Also lol at how people who have no interest in buying Apple products put so much effort into discrediting them.

    • dragonmouth
      September 16, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      iPhones are elitist, yuppie snobs. I'm not discrediting the iPhone, I'm discrediting iPhone owners.

    • Tim B
      September 16, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      Then you are the sort of individual who judges one's character based on the device they have in their pocket.

      Ignorant? Judgemental? Shallow? Take your pick, I guess.

    • dragonmouth
      September 18, 2013 at 1:51 pm

      No, I am the sort of an individual that judges one's character based on the device they stick in my face. I rarely see people ostentatiously waving their Android tablets about. OTOH, iPad owners have them out whether it is warranted or not. Also, like you, iOwners will not tolerate anything remotely approaching negative to be said about Apple or its products.

      Elitist? Arrogant? Obnoxious? Take your pick.

    • Tim B
      September 19, 2013 at 1:11 am

      Haha pull the other one. You openly said you were "discrediting iPhone owners" – this has nothing to do with Apple or its products.

      Seems this boils down to people using their iPhones and iPads in front of you? So we should all buy gadgets and keep them hidden in our pockets and bags? Or is it possible that you're just taking offense to the way you interpret people using their smartphones and tablets? I can only imagine your furrowed brow and gritted teeth as the guy in front of you on the train reads his Twitter feed – openly – on an iOS device.

      Where I live I see Android devices consistently outnumbering iPhones two to one. I literally couldn't care less about this fact, people can wave whatever they like in my face. It's their choice what hardware they buy, and their choice to use it wherever they like. I won't judge them for it, but people like you will.

  13. Patricia Kline
    September 15, 2013 at 7:55 pm

    Nope! Getting a Windows Phone 8.

  14. Aibek
    September 15, 2013 at 7:14 pm

    I am planning to get one! I always found the s models over my expectations.

  15. Michael T
    September 15, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Sticking with my Galaxy 4. Apple hasn't done anything revolutionary since the original iPhone. They have no vision for the future since the death of Steve Jobs. Sell your Apple Stock now.

  16. Harshit J
    September 15, 2013 at 3:41 pm

    There is nothing exciting about the new iPhones. Same old phone with an 's' without major improvement. Atlease add a Micro-SD card slot. But no, they want to charge premium for almost the same thing. iPhone5 users already have most of the features and the OS runs completely fluid. So, I say no to new iPhones.

    • Chinmay S
      September 16, 2013 at 1:42 am

      'S' models are always without major improvement. There is no need to add Micro-SD slot. All Android phones have this slot but then some apps can be moved to sd card others can't so it's all rubbish. On iPhone you just need to download apps/games and play. That's it.

    • Paul-kristjan A
      September 16, 2013 at 12:29 pm

      I never have been in contact to an apple product, hopefully i never will