Is iPhone 5 worth buying in 2014?

Discussion in 'iPhone Tips, Help and Troubleshooting' started by gdroel, Dec 4, 2014.

  1. gdroel macrumors newbie

    Dec 4, 2014
    Hey guys, I've been looking into getting an iPhone. I have gotten into making iPhone apps, and basically I need an ios device. I have an unlocked Tmobile plan, and I really want to stay on that plan. So I need an unlocked device. Anyway, eBay (daily deals) is selling a used unlocked iPhone 5 on ebay for $230, and I really want to spend less that $330. So, given my budget, should I try to find an iPhone 5s, or just pick up a 5? I will probably need one by the end of the month, so maybe there would be an unlocked 5s in the holiday sales? Anyway, is the iPhone 5 a capable device in 2014, and will be continue being capable for at least another two years? (getting software updates and such) I'd like to hear your guys' advice.

  2. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    You can count on the 5 being obsolete by next year's version. The 5S will probably stay strong for 2 years.

    You're into developing iOS apps but you don't want a 6/6+?

    In terms of savings, you're not saving anything on a 2 year old phone which you might soon replace with something newer if you're serious about developing apps.
  3. MaXimus666 macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2014
    I bought an iPhone 5 the moment it was released, it used to get VERY VERY hot when doing Skype calls and the battery would last only 4 hours so I sold it.

    the 5S is way better in terms of camera, specs, no heat issues. I can say that because my wife just recently bought a 5S and it doesn't get hot and the battery is not that bad
  4. rigormortis, Dec 5, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 5, 2014

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    i would still buy a iPhone 5, but it won't operate as fast as a 5c on T-Mobile's LTE network. if you are using t-mobile you should use a 5c (at least) because it runs on t-mobile's high speed LTE channels, where as the 5 only operates on verizon or att's high speed LTE channels

    okay i googled this. if you want LTE #4 on an iPhone 5, you have to buy the A1428 phone. its the canadian version. good luck

    on 4g on an iPhone 5 you might get 3-9 mbps
    on LTE on an iPhone 5c you might get 20+ mbps

    you get the same 11 or 13 LTE channels on a 5c then you do on a 5s.
    its too bad there are a lot of 5c haters out there

    but you have to understand apple only sells 8 gig iPhone 5c phones. so you should avoid the 8gb models.
    if you can only get your hands on a 8 gb 5c then please disregard my post entirely

    this is just my opinion but for the current selling price on used iPhone 5 phones, they sure are a better buy then a used or brand new iPod touch 5th gen

    try swappa. they guarantee that the iPhone has a clean esn

    and use apple's iCloud checker to make sure the iPhone your buying is ready to be activated

    another reason i suggested the 5c was you said that you are buying on price. and ithink u have a good chance of buying a iPhone 5c for the same price as a 5, and if u see a 5 and 5c for the same exact price and same exact specs and condition, get the 5c cuz it has a better lte radio

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