iPhone 5 still good 2018

Is the iPhone 5 Still Good in 2019?

It’s amazing to think that it’s already been six years since the iPhone 5 came out. Within 3 days of its release, Apple had already sold upwards of 5 million of these phones. In only 12 months of production, more than 70 million were sold worldwide.

This means that there are a lot of used iPhone 5’s available for sale on classified sites like Kijiji, and on online marketplaces like Orchard. You can save money choosing the iPhone 5 over a newer iPhone, but here’s the big question: is the iPhone 5 still good in 2019?

Why is the iPhone 5 Still Good?

It can handle all of your day-to-day needs

Calling, texting, emails, web browsing, FaceTime… essentially everything that you need on a daily basis is handled with ease by the iPhone 5. While you could get all of this out of older phones, none deliver with as much style as the iPhone 5.

The 16:9 aspect ratio of the screen is arguably the perfect design for use with one hand. The design of the iPhone 5 was so revolutionary, its form factor is still used today for the production of the iPhone SE. Add to that the fact that the iPhone 5 is the oldest iPhone compatible with lighting cables and most other Apple accessories, and you can see why it’s still an attractive option.

Pictures and video

Smartphone cameras have come a long way in recent years, but all things considered, the iPhone 5 still gets the job done with good results. It has an 8-megapixel iSight back camera and a 1.2-megapixel front (selfie) camera, both with LED flash. It can shoot HD video at 1080p. The iPhone 5 is the first iPhone with both a low light mode and a panorama mode. Not to mention it captures photos 40% faster than iPhone 4S.

These specs might not mean much to you, but what it translates to is a camera that can still shoot pictures and videos that you won’t be embarrassed to post on Instagram.

A wide range of available apps

Since the iPhone 5 can’t update to iOS 11, some of the most cutting-edge apps won’t run perfectly on it. Down the line, it’s likely that they may stop working entirely. The good news is thousands of apps still do work. This includes functional apps like those for banking and transportation. Plus, there is actually a huge range of apps that only work on older versions of iOS.

Downsides of Using an iPhone 5 in 2019

No more iOS updates

iOS 11 requires a 64-bit processor to support updates, and with its 32-bit chip, the iPhone 5 is left behind. As mentioned above, this means that not all apps will work. If they do they might be a bit buggy. This also means that things like the improved control center, revamped app store, improvements to Siri, and all future upgrades will be out of your reach.

Limited features

The iPhone 5 is packed full of great features, but there are also a number of things that you’ll get on newer phones that aren’t available. You’ll have to do without Touch ID, 3D Touch, stereo speakers, live photos, wireless charging, and much more.

iPhone 5 still good

The Verdict

As far as cheap phones go, the iPhone 5 is the best you can do. If you’re only looking for something to cover the basics, or if want something to last you for a while until you upgrade to something more current, it’s a great choice.

Although the enduring design appeal of the iPhone 5 makes it look modern, it really is not. 5 years is a very long time when it comes to smartphones. If you’re in the market for a phone that you’ll be happy with for the long haul, consider moving up to at least the iPhone 5S.

If you might even want to go one step further up, check out our breakdown of the pros and cons of the iPhone 6.

Or… head on over to our shop and pick up an iPhone 5 for as low as $79 today!

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  • Michael De Jesus 14 October, 2018   Reply →

    Does a 5 have to upgrade in order to use the face time or download certain apps. I need to know as soon as possible.

  • MC 21 October, 2018   Reply →

    I still own a 5 and have iOS 10.3. Facetime still works and so do most apps. However a few have stopped working, so it really depends on what you are looking for. Mine is 6 years old now and has started to show signs of an old phone – it freezes, runs out of space often even with no addition of data, so much so that I have to constantly remove some of lesser used apps. I am done with this phone and am just waiting for Black Friday to get a new iPhone on sale.

  • Name *sunilkumar 16 December, 2018   Reply →

    Jio 4g is supported in iphone 5

  • parshv 5 February, 2019   Reply →

    my iphone is between iphone 5 and 6

  • MeatYou 25 June, 2019   Reply →

    iphone 5s here and i have never noticed any problems with any apps. camera is decent too. great day-to-day phone. i’m on OS 12.3. what is not so great is the original battery.. suggest you find a new one from reputable source . also the 16gig storage is killing me.. my apps are nearly 16 gigs.

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