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As the title says, I've never owned a cell phone or a smart phone before. I was looking at the iPhone 5s and wondering if it'd be a good place to start? If I purchase the unlocked version, does that mean I can use the phone without having to have a contract (i.e. WiFi only)?
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All smartphones are pretty easy to use for the most part, so any of the latest iPhones and most "upper scale" Android and Windows devices are pretty good "starter" phones.

As far as the "unlocked" phone and using it without a Data plan, it depends on the country and service provider.
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I love Apple stuff, it depends what you want from it though. Why don't you look for features you want and then see what offers it?

The 5S is a good phone. I prefer Apple because one of their 'weaknesses' is that they rehash their products year after year, but it makes me less likely to buy a phone, unlike all my Android friends who upgrade their phones every 3 months or so, and OCD on roms, kernels, governors and overclocking and undervolting. The 5S is simple, but you may be locked into Apple's ecosystem if you buy a lot of stuff from there.

I say yes though. thumb.gif

Buy one for a good deal. Try to find a 5 for $300-350. Its nearly the same.
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The 5s is a great phone, especially a starter phone. iOS is super simple to use, and requires no real knowledge of phones. (Both my parents (52 and 54) upgraded from flip phones to 4s's and have no problem using them. They facetime, skype, and everything else.

The 5s is the best iPhone, but not the best phone in terms of specifications. Other phones have larger, brighter, and higher resolution screens that make them great for movies. Many androids and windows phones have more ram, faster processors, and expandable storage with SD cards.
What the iPhone lacks in horsepower, it makes up for with optimization. It uses every bit of its processor and ram and never feels sluggish, where as my Droid DNA with a quad-core and 2gb of ram has stumbled one or twice.

That being said, if you would like customization further than changing backgrounds , lock screens, and organizing icons, a higher end droid would be a better choice. With droid, you can change just about everything. I had my phone look like it was an iPhone on one screen, and a Windows Phone on the other. Most of this can be done with just apps, and if a couple years down the line you really want to change things up, you can try rooting it.

I upgraded from an iPhone 5 to my current HTC Droid DNA. I do not regret my change in phone one bit. My phone has a 5 inch 1080p display and has great specs. There is nothing wrong with iPhones, or Droids, it is all preference. To me, having the same phone as everyone else gets boring. I haven't met anyone with the DNA, and no one will ever have my customized interface.

If it were my money, I would purchase the HTC One
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post #5 of 7
No the Iphone 5s isn't a good place to start. It's hella expensive and does many things poorly. If you're looking for a starter there are plenty of android alternatives that are much cheaper and can do more.
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^clueless

iPhone 5s is a great place to start. And if your a performance buff it's the fastest phone out right now. It does a lot of things really well. Android can do some things iPhones can't. Just like iPhones can do things androids can't. And it costs the same or cheaper than most top tier android phones. So people who say it's more expensive are talkin out their but.
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post #7 of 7
I had both iOS and current use an Android.
My suggestion would is if you prefer simple and easy to use(at stock), go with an iPhone. If you're the type who loves to tinker and customize a lot, go with an Android.
Some android phones like mine can use a usb OTG cable and plug-in USB drives or even an x-box controller for emulators. thumb.gif
Which ever you choose is still definitely a huge upgrade from what you use.

Good Luck!
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