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iPhone 5s Overview

Even though the iPhone 5s is similar in so many ways to the earlier iPhone 5, it is also better in many ways that really count. The iPhone 5s is the first to feature Touch ID, Apple's fingerprint recognition system for enhanced security and effortless unlocking. Its camera is updated with a larger aperture and dual-LED flash optimized for different color temperatures.

All the new bells and whistles on the iPhone 5s are powered by the A7 dual-core processor and the M7 motion co-processor. The A7 is a monster of a processor that makes the iPhone 5s run smoothly and enables things like Touch ID, Burst Mode, Auto HDR, dynamic exposure, and more.

The iPhone 5s is great for graphics-heavy apps and taking capturing better photos in more situations. With all these powerful features, the iPhone 5s is still able to get 10 hours of battery life. Recently discontinued from production, the iPhone 5s remains one of the greatest iPhones ever built.

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Before buying a used iPhone 5s

The iPhone 5s is close to being as good a phone as it was when it was first manufactured. In many ways, it's even better. With all of the features packed into its 4-inch frame, most people would be served well buying any used iPhone 5s for sale. Unless you're dead set on having a larger screen size, that is.

What makes a used iPhone 5s so great?

1. It's still powerful enough to do just about anything

Even though it might not be brand new, the iPhone 5s runs on Apple's A7 chip, which is a 64-bit processor. This makes the iPhone 5s powerful enough to handle most things you throw its way. Not only that, but more and more iOS developers have been making apps for phones with a 64-bit processor. Opting for older models, like the iPhone 5, means you might lose out on some games or other apps that aren't built for the older 32-bit processor it has. The term to use is "future proof" and in terms of future compatibility, you can't go wrong with a used iPhone 5s— all thanks to that A7 chip.

2. It's basically like buying an iPhone on sale

In the secondhand market, the used iPhone 5s is in very high demand. Part of this is how cheaply you can buy an iPhone 5s for now. You can expect to find a used iPhone 5s for most Canadian carriers starting at just 300 If you're on a budget but you want a pristine-looking Like New iPhone 5s with tons of storage, you can expect to pay less than $520. No matter how you think about it, that is a good deal.

3. It's compact enough to use with 1 hand

If you want to buy a small-sized smartphone, the iPhone 5s is the most sensible deal right now. Since Apple has moved to larger screens with the newer iPhone 6 and 6s series, it's almost impossible to get a premium smartphone with a 4 inch size. Critics agree that the iPhone 5s is one of the last good small phones you can buy in the United States.

But the iPhone 5s might not be enough if...

1. You want something lightning fast

With any iPhone that is a few years old, you'll have to be ready for a few compromises. Sure, the iPhone 5s will still perform great but it isn't as fast and peppy as the newer iPhone 6s. If you're a power user, you might find that the amount of RAM in the iPhone 5s isn't enough for browsing several tabs and juggling a few Facebook Messenger conversations.

2. You want a big screen to play games or watch movies

This one is pretty self-explanatory. The iPhone 5s is a modest 4 inches, which just might not be enough if you're an avid gamer or you plan to watch videos on your phone. If you find yourself dazzled by the big, bright display of the bigger iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus, an iPhone 5s might be a better option for someone else.

iPhone 5s Trivia

  • the iPhone 5s was the first time Apple included a new color to its flagship lineup
  • after the success of the gold iPhone 5s, Apple added two gold options for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus
  • after its release, Apple used the slogan "Forward thinking" to market the iPhone 5s
  • starting in April 2014, Apple used the slogan "You're more powerful than you think" to market the iPhone 5s
  • the iPhone 5 and 5s design was regarded as "the golden child of Apple phone design and a benchmark for phones in general"
  • though they were released at the same time, the iPhone 5s sold 3x more units than the iPhone 5c
  • after the first day of its release, 1% of all iPhones in the US were iPhone5s
  • on March 25, 2014, six months after the release of the iPhone 5s, Apple announced it had sold over 500 million iPhones to date
  • the iPhone 5s was the best selling phone on all major US carriers in September 2013
  • despite being 8 months old, the iPhone 5s reportedly outsold the Samsung Galaxy S5 when it was released in May 2014— this was a major setback for Samsung Mobile as phones in the galaxy series had outsold the flagship iPhones for two years in a row
  • Apple removed the "squircle" icon on the home button of the iPhone 5s so that nothing would obstruct the fingerprint sensor
  • the Apple A7 dual-core processor in the iPhone 5s was the first time a 64-bit processor was used in a smartphone
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