iPhone5s 64GB has been the phone of choice for 2 years. The first note I will say is that this is the first phone in easily 5 years that I am not counting down the days to upgrade. I only have a month left and I am not sold on the iPhone6 but at the same time I am sold that I need to upgrade yet. I still really like the phone…
Battery: I get a day easy… light to moderate use one charge a day and I am good. Heavy use, a couple hours and I need an outlet. Now by light to moderate, I check emails, Facebook, twitter, linkedIn, play some words with friends and can surf the web a bit for a couple minutes here or there during the day and still have enough battery for a 30+ minute run with music going the whole time. I even turn the brightness way up when I am running. Otherwise the brightness is at maybe 25%. Increasing brightness for too long will drain it quick.
Apps: it’s apple… There’s a ton of apps and I haven’t found anything I wanted that Apple didn’t have an app for. I also have enjoyed iTunes cards as I can go buy these and use these instead of putting my credit card on the account.
Accessories: I am not a fan of thick, bulky cases. I started with an OtterBox and was ecstatic to have my wife’s break and thus I gave her mine and switched to a much smaller, thinner case. Now, of course, I know that I have to get use to a bigger phone in general and this is actually a reason I may hold off to upgrade. The only other accessory that I have is the ArmPocket arm band. It is awesome for running and no matter what phone I get I will be purchasing another one of these since they work with all phones.
Ecosystem: It’s Apple, as long as you are part of the ecosystem you are fine. I have as a result of this phone (had a 4s and didn’t go then) migrated to Apple for most things. I have a MacBook Pro, I still use my iPad way more than my Galaxy Tab and it doesn’t hurt to have the Apple TV around. However, If I go away from Apple and use, say, a Windows or Linux machine I better keep the mac close if I intend to do any IOS development. Otherwise as for transferring files it’s no problem with Drop Box, Google Drive and so many other options.
Would I get the phone again? absolutely… Not sure that there was any other phone out at the time that I would have been happier with.
Why would I move from an iPhone going forward? I am a tech guy. Curiosity over the latest stuff always gets the best of me. I also don’t see going to an Apple Watch as I am much more a Pebble Guy and get the feeling that Apple may stop playing so nice with them. I like when things play nice with multiple platforms. I don’t want to be tied down. Otherwise, I haven’t used Android in a while and my wife just got one and I am waiting to see what she thinks. Maybe a Turbo is in my future…