is it worht it buying the iphone 5??

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by jcishere93, Jun 29, 2015.

  1. jcishere93 macrumors newbie


    Jun 27, 2015
    i want to buy the iphone 5 but it is an old phone.... came out in 2012 and now its 2015. will it be like the iphone 5s apple has on its site ??
  2. Paddle1 macrumors 68040

    May 1, 2013
    Apple doesn't sell the iPhone 5, it was discontinued after 1 year.
  3. eyoungren macrumors Core


    Aug 31, 2011
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    What do you mean "would it be like the 5s?"

    The iPhone 5 is 32bit. The iPhone 5s is 64bit. The iPhone 5 does not have Touch ID. The iPhone 5s does have Touch ID. The iPhone 5 is discontinued. The iPhone 5s is still being made. The iPhone 5 has a Black/Slate color option. The iPhone 5s only has Black/Space Gray. So on and so on.

    I love my iPhone 5, but it's only similar to the 5s in shape and size.
  4. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    It will look very similar to iPhone 5s, but it's not 5s. It doesn't have TouchID, it doesn't have 64-bit architecture and improved faster CPU, support for more LTE bands, and some other changes.
  5. eelw macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2012
    The iPhone 5 is still a fully usable device if you can pick up an used one for cheap.
  6. niji macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    the iPhone 5 is a good choice, if you can get it a reasonable price, and, you understand its problems.

    the problems associated with the iPhone 5 are:

    - poor battery life
    - temperamental sleep/wake / on/off button
    - very few LTE bands
    - potentially laggish performance on iOS 9
    - limited likelihood of being supported past iOS 9
    - apple Care warranty paid for repairs probably already run out

    a used iPhone 5c doesn't necessarily have any of the above problems and would cost less.

    i have an iPhone 5. and am trying to make it last until September 2016 to buy iPhone probably called iPhone 7.
    but my battery is lasting about 4 hours now.
    and i frequently can't turn it off or on on-demand due to its button problems
    (both the battery and the button problems are known issues, and certain serial numbers are available for replacement. but mine is not in the range of serial numbers that were offered replacement, but still has these issues)
  7. macher macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2012
    Prices for a good used one is around $200-$225.
  8. macher macrumors 65816


    Oct 13, 2012
    Wouldn't a battery be covered under Apple Care without it being considered an incident?
  9. niji macrumors 6502a


    Feb 9, 2003
    no. thats the point.
    apple care is expired on this phone. the new policy from now is that less than 80% capacity will get the battery replaced, if apple care is not expired.
    but before, even with apple care, poor battery life was NOT an incident and therefore always needed to be paid for.
  10. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    The iPhone 5 is a far worse phone than the 5s. Why?

    1. Too little LTE bands compared to the 5s.
    2. Worse battery life
    3. No 64-bit processor (and hence no Metal support)
    4. No Touch ID

    Between the 5s and the 6/6+, there wasn't much of a difference (aside from physical size and the way better camera in the 6/6+ due to the superfast phase detection AF).

    The 5s will last way longer than the 5 did, solely because of the 64 bit processor. I'll wager that the 5s will see at least 2 more iOS updates compared to the 5.
  11. EdenTan macrumors member


    Apr 19, 2015
    I think it's worth it if you can get it at the right price

    I'm currently using an iPhone 5 and it is working well for me. Very smooth on 8.3
  12. laudern macrumors 6502a

    Jan 5, 2011
    The iPhone 5 is getting a bit long in the tooth as others have started. Although it is the phone that I currently use and am completely satisfied with it.

    But having said that, I would not be paying too much for a (nearly) 3 year old phone that you have no idea what it has been put through. It you could find a brand new iPhone 5 for under $200 I'd go for it!
  13. passivecool Suspended

    Jun 29, 2015
    Some already mentioned a few negatives, like the power button and the battery, so I'll focus on some notable positives. The iPhone 5:
    • Introduced support for LTE. (Get the right model for the carrier you want to use.)
    • Was the first iPhone to use a nano-SIM card.
    • Was the first iPhone to have a Lightning port.
    • Introduced the ~16:9 aspect ratio (compared to the 3:2 aspect ratio on the 4S).
    • Was the last iPhone in black/white before Apple introduced silver/gold/space gray.
  14. C DM macrumors Westmere

    Oct 17, 2011
    They are positives as far as comparing to iPhones prior to iPhone 5, but not really to anything after 5, and in particular the 5s that was referenced (short of perhaps that last item, mainly as far as the black color goes, even though it was still a bit off with slate being used there too).
  15. jetlagged macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2012
    I would advice getting an iPhone 5s instead.

    I own an iPhone 5 since 2012. I would love to replace it and get an iPhone 6s, but I probably won't be upgrading my phone until 2016. my iPhone 5 is still very capable, and takes amazing pictures in bright conditions. I would buy a used iPhone 5S on ebay, but it's still pretty expensive. if I sell my iPhone 5, I can probably get 200$ at most.
  16. lakaiordie macrumors 65816

    Jun 17, 2008
    The change applies to AppleCare+ purchased for iPhone, iPad, iPod and all Apple Watch models on April 10, 2015 or later.
  17. thedeske macrumors 6502a

    Feb 17, 2013
    Yep - fantastic design - the distance between it and current is so small in real world use, it's silly.
  18. sunking101, Jul 1, 2015
    Last edited: Jul 1, 2015

    sunking101 macrumors 604


    Sep 19, 2013
    I wouldn't buy the 5S/6/6+ now as they are all scuppered by insufficient RAM.
    However, if the price was right I would actually prefer the iPhone 5 to any of the aforementioned. Some are saying that the fact it's 32Bit is a hindrance but it actually means you have more available RAM.

    It was the last great phone that Apple have made but it is showing its age now in a few areas, namely:

    A lack of LTE bands (4G)
    Poor battery life
    Small screen

    It also has no Touch ID or Apple Pay but I don't use either of those features on my 6+ so they wouldn't be even remotely a dealbreaker for me.

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