An Overview of the iPhone 5

Though the iPhone 5 was formally discontinued by Apple in late 2013, sales of it are still fairly strong. Users find that the phone is comparable in power and features to its successors, the iPhone 5S and 5C, but can be had for a much lower price. Users with smaller hands often find this model comfortable to hold, despite being slightly larger than its predecessor, the iPhone 4S.

Apple does not make the original iPhone 5 available any longer, but does still sell the iPhone 5S and 5C. The 5S has the same specs as the original version, with the only major new features being fingerprint unlocking of the phone, a better camera and a slightly better processor. It was also the first of Apple’s mobile products to come with the iOS 7 operating system. The 5C is a budget version of the phone that does not have the faster processor or the fingerprint functionality, but is roughly on par with the original iPhone 5 release.

Regardless of what iPhone 5 model users select, they can expect at least a dual-core 1.3 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM. The unit is also Wi-Fi enabled, supports Bluetooth 4.0, and has GPS and a USB connector. The battery offers roughly nine days of standby time, eight hours of talk time, and 40 hours of music playback. Users can also expect roughly nine to ten hours of video playback or active Web browsing depending on the model that they get.

Built-in sensors include an accelerometer, gyrometer, compass, and proximity sensor. The phone is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass with an oleophobic coating.

One weakness of the phone, and one that is shared with many other Apple devices, is that it does not support SD cards or any other simple form of adding external storage. The device can be purchased with 16, 32 or 64 GB of internal storage, but it is difficult to add any more without cumbersome workarounds.

The only other major weakness of the device is that it lacks support for Flash and Java while browsing the Web. Restricting the user to HTML5 support actually has a benefit in saving battery life, however.