iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 5S

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iPhone 5 vs. iPhone 5S

For Apple's seventh-generation smartphone launch, the company released not one, but two devices: the iPhone 5C and the 5S. The iPhone 5S, the higher-end model of the two, replaced the iPhone 5 as the company's flagship model. Although physically the iPhone 5 and 5S are virtually identical, the 5S offers users notable improvements over its predecessor that may make it worth considering. Buyers should compare the features and performance capabilities of the two and evaluate which phone better suits their needs. When shoppers make the decision, they can turn to eBay to find the iPhone model that fits their needs the best.

iPhone 5

The iPhone 5 is the first Apple smartphone with a 4-inch screen. It raised the screen size from the 3.5 inches found the iPhone 4 and 4S, and increased the resolution to 1136x640 pixels. Therefore, the iPhone 5 falls short of a high-definition screen resolution, though it has a 326 ppi pixel density that gives it sharp and clear graphics. The colors are richer than in the phone's predecessor because, where the iPhone 4S screen was protected by a layer of glass, the iPhone 5 combines the screen and the glass, which also helps reduce glare.

The iPhone 5 features a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, the Apple A6 with 1 GB of RAM, making it significantly faster than the 800 MHz dual-core A5 chip in the iPhone 4S, which had only 512 MB of RAM. Beyond that, the iPhone 5 features an ambient light sensor, a proximity sensor, a magnetometer, an accelerometer, and a gyroscope.

iPhone 5S

The iPhone 5S preserves all the features of the iPhone 5 with a 4-inch retina display with the same specifications, but it adds a fingerprint scanner. Set on the home button and protected by sapphire glass, the scanner serves as a way to unlock the phone and allows users to make purchases with their Apple ID.

Beyond that, the seventh-generation smartphone features a massively upgraded processor. Running a 64-bit system design, which is the first smartphone to do so, the 5S has a new Apple A7 processor that is twice as fast as the A6 and improves the graphics as well. The system has the same 1 GB of RAM. Overall, Apple claims that the 5S is 40 times faster than the original iPhone in terms of CPU performance, and 56 times faster in terms of graphics.

The phone also adds something it calls a motion co-processor. The M7 chip accesses data from the phone's sensors and use them with fitness applications without having to engage the entire system. As a result, the phone runs more efficiently and preserves battery life.

Comparison of the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S

Dimension-wise, the iPhone 5 and 5S are the same, measuring 4.87 inches long by 2.31 inches wide. The phone is just 0.3 inches deep and weighs 3.95 oz, making it lightweight. Where the iPhone 5 is available inwhite andblack, the 5S is available inspace gray,gold, andsilver. The iPhone 5 offers16 GB,32 GB, and 64 GB storage capacities, while the iPhone 5S offers 16 GB,32 GB, and 64 GB varieties as well. They both use Lightning chargers and data cables.

The iPhone 5 launched with iOS 6 natively, while the iPhone 5S runs iOS 7. However, users can upgrade the 5 to run iOS 7 natively. This was the first iPhone to include genuine 4G LTE support. However, the 5S adds support for additional LTE bands, which means the 5S provides better international 4G coverage. Other than that, they both have built-in Bluetooth 4.0 for easy connections with headsets and other devices. Both phones have dual-band Wi-Fi that runs on 2.4 GHz and 5 GHz channels, allowing for stronger wireless connections because the devices can access the less-common 5 GHz channel where there is less interference.

Despite it's faster processor and added LTE support, battery life for the iPhone 5S is actually improved over the iPhone 5.

Features

iPhone 5

iPhone 5S

Talktime (3G)

10 hours

8 hours

Data Use

3G: 8 hours

LTE: 10 hours

Wi-Fi: 10 hours

3G: 8 hours

LTE: 8 hours

Wi-Fi: 10 hours

Video Playback

10 hours

10 hours

Audio Playback

40 hours

40 hours

Standby Time

250 hours

225 hours

In part, the improved battery life comes from a larger battery capacity. While the iPhone 5 has a 1440 mAh battery, the 5S runs a 1570 mAh battery.

The iSight camera in the iPhone 5S also has received several improvements over its predecessor. Although the resolution is the same at 8 MP, the 5S has a larger sensor and a higher aperture, which combine to give the 5S better light sensitivity. Users should see improvements particularly in low-light shooting. A dual LED flash improves lighting and color in photos. Feature-wise, the 5S adds a 10 fps burst mode for shooting photos and a 120 fps slow-motion video capture.

How to Buy

Browse the great smartphone selection eBay to find both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. Use a keyword search to quickly locate phones, and modify your search by specifying carrier, color, or capacity. You can also use eBay's refinement filters to narrow down your results. Read the seller's listing carefully so you know the condition of the item and what is included in your purchase. If you have never shopped on eBay before, you will need to create an account to complete your purchase. Signing in while you browse makes it easy for you to monitor items, communicate with sellers, and even create wish lists of items that you can share with friends and family. Shopping through eBay gives you a great selection of iPhones to choose from as well as a convenient experience.

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