Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the iPhone 5s [July, 2014]

Apple’s iPhone 5s is still a phenomenal smartphone and a device that consumers should take a look at if they’re in the hunt for a new smartphone this month. However, there are fives phones that we think consumers must weigh before committing to Apple’s current flagship iPhone, the well known and best selling iPhone 5s.

Last year, Apple took to the stage in September and introduced a brand new iPhone in the iPhone 5s. The iPhone 5s, which replaced the iPhone 5 as the company’s flagship, immediately took over and went on sale just a few weeks after its announcement.

The iPhone 5s was a hot commodity last fall, selling out almost immediately in the United States, and it remained hard in the build up to Black Friday and the start of the holiday shopping season.

Apple’s iPhone 5s is much easier to find these days but it’s no worse for the wear. The iPhone 5s is still one of the best smartphones on the market, across all carriers, and it’s a device that should be on most smartphone shoppers shopping lists during the month of July. However, before committing to the iPhone 5s, there are some devices that we think consumers should take a look at.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which phones to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the phones consumers should weigh against the iPhone 5s before buying it. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

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That said, here are the top five smartphones to consider before buying the iPhone 5s.

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We've purposefully left the name generic. Before buying the iPhone 5s, we think consumers must consider the current iPhone alternatives. In our mind, there are three.

The iPhone 5c, the plastic $99 budget option that was recently dropped in price at Walmart and should get three more iOS updates down the road. The iPhone 5, Apple's out of comission iPhone that is still sold through retailers like eBay and a device that will get iOS 8 and at least one more iOS update. And the iPhone 4s, the free-on-contract iPhone that's solid at the Apple Store

They may not be top of the line but not everyone needs top of the line hardware or software. They're also much cheaper than the iPhone 5s.

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Remember, we're not saying that you must buy these phones. What we are saying is that they are worth ruling out before you buy the iPhone 5s, especially if you live inside of Apple's ecosystem. These must be ruled out.

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