If you are a BE FORWARD fan you may already know that we are not only a used car exporter, but that we also sell low-cost used and new electronics such as the iPhone 5S. Why would a used car exporter also sell you an iPhone? It’s simple—a used iPhone that has been tested and proven to work will do wonders for your image and business while saving you a lot of money! Additionally, at BE FORWARD you will find 100% genuine iPhone models that have been verified to be in the best condition.
One thing you may notice is that there is not just one type of iPhone 5, but three variations in total. While the iPhone 5S is the most recent and preferred model for many, each of them offers varying specs and features which raises some questions—what are the differences between them? If you’re considering a used iPhone 5S, find out how it compares to the original iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C to see which model is right for you.
Used iPhone 5S Review
Released in September 2013 the iPhone 5S still remains one of the most sought after used smartphones on the market, especially by younger professionals. It has many useful features that, especially when bought used, offer an incredible amount of cost-performance, and even today it is still officially supported with regular OS updates from Apple that add even more modern functions.
iPhone 5S Specs
When compared to the iPhone 5 and 5C, the iPhone 5S is the most advanced. It weighs only 112g, and measures even less at 12.4cm by 5.9cm by 0.76cm. In comparison to the other iPhone 5 variants, the 5S is easy to grip and fits comfortably in one hand while also offering some slight design tweaks including smoother corners and edges.
iPhone 5S Features
The iPhone 5S runs on iOS 7 out of the box, which can be upgraded to the most recent iOS 11 version and is powered by a dual-core Apple A7 processor. It has 1GB of RAM, with the internal memory options of 16GB, 32GB and 64GB. For connectivity, there is Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth and USB 2.0. The display is a 4-inch multi-touch LCD screen with 640 by 1136p for resolution. On top of that, Corning Gorilla Glass has been added for extra protection.
The iPhone 5S comes with back and front cameras ready for taking happy snaps. The rear camera is 8MP with touch focus, face, and smile detection features, as well as a dual tone flash that works well in lower-lit conditions. The front camera has 1.2MP and also includes a face detection feature. Video shooting for the rear camera is offered at 720p (120fps) and for the front camera 720p (30fps).
iPhone 5S Pros, Cons and Used Prices
The iPhone 5S is still a viable option in 2018, and still possesses many features that have become standard despite its age. On the flip side of that, however, with that age does come some possible shortcomings to consider. These pros and cons, matched with current used iPhone 5S prices, should help you make an informed decision.
iPhone 5S Pros
iPhone 5S Cons
|Faster, more modern processor
|Slightly pricier than other iPhone 5 options
|Offers Touch ID capabilities
|iOS update support may end soon
|Bigger maximum storage
|Currently still supports Apple iOS updates
Used iPhone 5S Price at BE FORWARD
You can buy a single high-quality used iPhone 5S on BE FORWARD at an amazingly low price of $109 per phone, as well as 3-packs from $327 and 10-packs from $1,090!
iPhone 5S vs Standard iPhone 5: Worth the Upgrade?
The iPhone 5 was released for sale in September 2012. It initially came loaded with the iOS 6.1.4 operating system, an AppleA6 1.3GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal for your videos, photos, apps, and other media. However, this smartphone did not come with expandable memory, meaning that it does not support a microSD card.
Standard iPhone 5 Specs and Features
One of the most outstanding features of all Apple mobile devices is their camera power, and the iPhone 5 camera did not disappoint. It has a rear and front camera with 8MP and 1.2MP respectively, which allow you to both take nice shots and selfies no matter where you are.
It is a single-SIM smartphone that supports 3G and 4G networks. Another notable feature is the big 4-inch display with a screen resolution of 640 by 1136 pixels. Furthermore, a non-removable 1440mAh battery that lasts a long time powers this smartphone. Being a non-removable battery makes this device even more compact and sturdy.
Apart from mobile networks, there are a number of other connectivity features. It is Wi-Fi enabled across a number of bands, as well as Bluetooth and a reliable GPS. It also has sensors including a compass, ambient light sensor, and accelerometer (a sensor that senses the tilting or rotating motion of mobile device and enables the screen to rotate).
iPhone 5S vs Standard iPhone 5 Pros and Cons
Compared to the iPhone 5S, the Standard iPhone has some positive features going for it, but as you can see below, there may be issues that should be considered where an upgrade to the iPhone 5S is a better option.
Standard iPhone 5 Pros
Standard iPhone 5 Cons
|Very affordable used
|Can’t upgrade to most recent iOS
|Big internal memory
|May run slow with newer apps
|Solid, clear screen resolution
Used iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C: What’s the Difference?
Like the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5C also comes in a unibody design, meaning that the battery is non-removable. However, that is just about where the similarities stop. Having been produced to meet the lower-end demand for Apple smartphones, it is very affordable.
iPhone 5C Specs and Features
Visually, the iPhone 5C has a strong and colorful plastic casing and inside said casing is a strong steel framework. For size, the iPhone 5C measures 12.4cm by 5.92cm, is 0.9cm thick and weighs close to 132g. This is quite manageable in your pocket but comes in a bit heavier than its iPhone 5 siblings. The battery is a lithium polymer (LiPo) 1510 mAh battery, that has been rated for up to 250 hours standby time and up to 10 hours of talk time.
The initial operating system is iOS 7, which can be upgraded up to iOS 10.3.3, with 1GB RAM and a 1.3GHz Swift chipset. The internal memory capacity options are 8GB, 16GB or 32GB, but as with the original iPhone 5, expandable memory is not supported. For connectivity, there is Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS, and a USB 2.0 port. The display is a 4-inch capacitive display screen with a resolution of 640 by 1136 pixels.
If you buy a used iPhone 5C, be assured that excellent photo and video shooting options are available which you can easily transfer to your computer later for further processing. To make this possible, it comes with high quality front and back cameras—a 8.0MP rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, and a 1.2MP front camera with face detection. You can also shoot high quality videos at 1080p at 30 fps.
iPhone 5S vs Standard iPhone 5 Pros and Cons
As seen below, most of iPhone 5C’s advantages are aesthetic, but hardware wise, the iPhone 5S has better longevity.
iPhone 5C Pros
iPhone 5C Cons
|Most affordable used iPhone 5 model
|Plastic casing not premium
|Multiple color options
|Heavier than other iPhone 5 models
|Advanced photo/video options
|Not upgradable to most recent OS
iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5 vs 5C: Which Model is Best for You?
While each model of the iPhone 5 holds its own, in terms of features, newness, and the availability of OS updates—even 5+ years after its initial release—the iPhone 5S comes out on top in comparison to the original iPhone 5 and colourful iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5S can be recommended for all types of users, and with used models available at rock-bottom pricing, today it’s even easier to own one of your very own! Click or tap the button below to browse BE FORWARD’s current stock of high-quality used iPhone 5S devices.