Apple iPhone 5s is starting at Rs 21,899 online: But should you buy?

Apple’s iPhone 5s is now retailing for half the launch price in India, starting at close to Rs 25,000, although the company has not officially announced a price-cut. Apple iPhone 5s with 16GB storage is now available on Infibeam for Rs 21,899. While this price is for the space grey model, the 16GB silver version is available for Rs 27,289.

While the price cut sounds like an attractive deal, is the iPhone 5s the best option for you? If your budget is tight, and Apple iPhone is what you desire above all, iPhone 5s is not a bad option. Knowing the quality of Apple devices, this one will easily last you two years without trouble. However, there’s a caveat to keep in mind.

There’s a good chance that the iPhone 5s, (launched in 2013) won’t get the iOS 10 update. Apple might totally stop software updates to iPhone 5s in order to push iPhone 6, which will be two years old in 2016. With iOS 9, Apple restricted the update to iPhone 5s and stopped supporting iPhone 4s, one of its most popular devices.

Unlike Google where not every OEM pushes out updates on time, Apple’s iOS updates are what make the whole experience worthwhile and not getting the latest OS means missing out on new features. But if you plan to use this phone for a year and will upgrade soon, the iPhone 5s is a great deal. However if you plan to use this phone for more than two years, it just seems overpriced.  The iPhone 6 makes a better choice, even though it’s currently retailing for over Rs 40,000 on sites like Infibeam and Amazon.

If you buy the iPhone 6 via Paytm, you get Rs 6000-7000 cashback. If you buy the iPhone 6 on Amazon, the e-commerce portal has tied up with Reglobe to offer assured 50 per cent buyback within six months of purchase and assured 40 per cent buyback within 15 months of purchase. You can consider this option, and it might make upgrading to the iPhone 7 a slightly cheaper exercise in 2016. Snapdeal also has a similar offer of buyback on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 6, which you can consider, before hitting buy on any one site.

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