iPhone 5 is still useful

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  1. Booji macrumors 6502a

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    My wife is certainly no early adopter, so she is very happy with my old gear every time I upgrade.
    When I got my 6 plus, she got my 5. Now that i have my 7 plus, she has the 6 plus.

    Now I've got the 5 back in my hands, I'm keeping it as a backup. I've been spending some time playing with it, and I find it surprisingly capable considering it is already 4 years old now. Even on iOS 10 it seems to run just fine, with some stutter, but not all that bad. I would have no problem using this on a daily basis still, but recognizing that the 5's days are numbered give the fact that it's the last 32bit iPhone.
     
  2. sunking101 macrumors 603

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    My dad is still using my old i5. It's on iOS7 and runs like a champ. The battery life was always poor on iOS7 but it flies and has no lag.
     
  3. C DM macrumors Westmere

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    Parents are still using iPhone 5 now with iOS 10 (and prior to that with iOS 9 and 8 before that).
     
  4. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    My Black/Slate iPhone 5, 64GB is used as a media device. Running 9.0.1 jailbroken. Still works great.

    Just got my son a 4s a couple weeks ago and he's been using that. I'd have given him my 5, but it's locked to Sprint and we're with T-Mobile now.
     
  5. metzy25 macrumors 6502a

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    The slate iPhone 5 is still my most favorite iPhone of all time.
     
  6. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    Same here. Still love that 2001 (movie) monolith look!
     
  7. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I love the slate too, however mine suffers from a bad case of scuffgate. Even though I've always used a case, just by removing the hard plastic case every now and then to swap a SIM card, the edges still got scuffed.
     
  8. Relentless Power macrumors G5

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    I would have much preferred Slate over Jet Black. Matte Black looks decent. Slate was always my favorite.
     
  9. eyoungren macrumors P6

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  10. metzy25 macrumors 6502a

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    Couldn't agree more! Such a nice color.
     
  11. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    Still using my 5 and iOS 10, and happy as a clam. Replaced the battery a few months back and it gave it a new lease on life. Very occasionally it resets for not good reason, which I haven't figured out...

    Design wise though, the 4 series was my favorite.
     
  12. VesselA macrumors regular

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    I have an old 5 running ios 8, it's smoother than ios 9 or 10 on the newer phones
     
  13. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    4 was my favorite too. It looked so premium - like a classic Leica camera. Best thing was the glass back - very easy to go naked or just put a skin on it.
     
  14. fedecape macrumors 6502

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    The slate was nice, but coating wasn't firm enough. My girlfriend's 5 had way too many marks after a year.
     
  15. BrodieApple macrumors 6502

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    I'm using iPhone 5 and will finally be upgrading to the iPhone 8
     
  16. Booji thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    That will be a yuuuuge upgrade!
     
  17. BrodieApple macrumors 6502

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    Yep. And I'm getting the Plus. It'll likely be when the iPhone 5 stops getting software support too I'm so excited if it's going to be like the rumours
     
  18. geta macrumors 6502a

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    The 4s is still a capable phone as well as the 5, just because its not the latest and the greatest, it doesn't mean its not useful - its all about your needs.
    I really don't see the point of getting new phone every single year as long as the correct one in use is fully function. In real life, in my surroundings 99% of the people using "old" phones, they're using them till they're dead, broken or not working for some reason before they buying new one.
     
  19. Ev0d3vil macrumors 6502

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    The last iPhone Steve job supposedly had an input in..
     
  20. wymi macrumors regular

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    My previous i5c was the best of all my iPhones for reception, call and ringer volume. Spoiled with the larger iPhones now and could never go back.
     
  21. eyoungren, Oct 12, 2016
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    eyoungren macrumors P6

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    I agree. If not for circumstances in 2015 my wife and I would still be using our iPhone 5's.

    The 4s was perfect for my son's needs (he wouldn't see it that way, LOL). It's an 8GB phone so he has to really think about what he wants on it. That and the fact that it's limited to 4G (not LTE) means less tempation to use the phone when he isn't supposed to (in class). He also has a 2GB data cap so most of his data is on WiFi.

    But we can call him and text him which is the main purpose for the phone. Which means his 4s is still relevant.
     
  22. Sunny1990 Suspended

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    I like the 5 series design than any other iPhone
     
  23. geta macrumors 6502a

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    The 4s limited to 3G... ;)
     
  24. eyoungren macrumors P6

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    The icon says 4G on my son's phone. We're on T-Mobile.

    With T-Mobile there's 4G and then there is LTE. My son does not get LTE because the phone is not capable of it.

    [​IMG]
     
  25. geta macrumors 6502a

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    My bad, so im guessing in Euroland its different.
    On my 4s i can only 'Enable 3G' under Setting\Cellular, even though my carrier supports 4G\LTE.

    PS - So nice to see old iOS (6, right?) :)
     

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