The Complete Guide to Buying an Apple iPhone 5

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The Complete Guide to Buying an Apple iPhone 5

The Apple iPhone is the most widely used smartphone in the world. It has had many incarnations, with the iPhone 5 being the 6 th version.

In comparison to its predecessors, the iPhone 5 is sleeker, lighter and has enhanced performance capabilities. It received over 2 million pre-orders in two days, and was the quickest selling phone of its kind.

This guide aims to provide all the necessary information needed before purchasing an Apple iPhone 5.

Apple iPhone 5 Features

The Apple iPhone 5 has a number of features that sets it out from the rest of the smartphone crowd. Knowing what these are and understanding them can make a big difference with whether or not to make the purchase of an iPhone 5:

· Siri: Siri is Apple's own voice recognition and intelligent assistant feature. Apple were the first of their kind to introduce such a software feature and many people choose the iPhone over other phones because of it. Whether one wishes to make a phone call, send a message, open an app or take a picture, Siri can ensure that this happens with one press of a button. The voice recognition system can perform a large number of different functions and has led to Apple's competitors designing their own Siri-style software in order to keep a hold in the market.

· Maps: Apple also have their own Maps app that comes fully integrated upon purchase of the phone. The Maps app has maps from all over the world and allows for users to find effective and efficient directions or routes to their desired destination.

· The App Store: Apple's app store plays home to millions of applications specially designed for use on the Apple iPhone. With the 64GB version of the phone having such a large amount of memory, an enormous amount of useful apps can be stored on the phone. The iPhone 5 also comes with the Facebook app already installed, and other social networks and sharing sites such as Twitter and Instagram can also be downloaded.

· iMessage: iMessage is Apple's specially designed messaging software that allows for free messages to be sent between those who have Apple devices that are equipped with iOS 5 or above. The advantage of this is that it cuts out the standard cost of text messaging and it also allows for the user to see when messages have been both delivered and read.

Apple iPhone 5 Colours

The Apple iPhone is available in two different colours. The first of the two colours in Black with Slate trimming, and the other is White with a Silver trim.

Apple iPhone 5 Specifications


Apple iPhone 5

Operating System

The iPhone 5 uses iOS 6.


The iPhone 5 is 123.8mm in height, 58.6mm wide, and 7.6mm in depth.

It weighs 112 grams.


One of the unique features of the iPhone 5 is its retina display. It has a 4-inch wide screen and has 1136 x 640 pixel resolution.


The iPhone 5 has a battery with 8 hours talk time on 3G, and 225 hours Standby time. When using the internet with 3G it has 8 hours, and on Wi-Fi this is 10 hours.


The iPhone 5 is 2G, 3G, and 4G capable and is enabled for Bluetooth connectivity.

It is also fully Wi-Fi enabled and Apple claim that it has faster Wi-Fi connectivity than any of its predecessors.


The main camera on the iPhone 5 is 8 Megapixels and has a Panorama setting fitted. This camera can record video is 1080p HD with audio.

The front camera (also known as the FaceTime HD camera) can take 1.2 Megapixel photos and records video in 720p HD.

Apple iPhone 5 Accessories

There are a number of accessories available for the iPhone 5:

· Cases: The amount of different cases available for the iPhone 5 is vast. There are hard plastic cases for the back of the phone, as well as rubberised cases to prevent chips and scratches from occurring, whilst keeping the phone as light as possible. There are also leather cases available that can protect both the front and the back of the handset. However, when buying a case for the iPhone 5 , ensure that the product description clearly states that the case is compatible with the handset, as any other iPhone case will not fit properly.

  • Docks: iPhone docks can keep a phone safe during a car journey (for hands-free talking or satellite navigation purposes) and those that are specially designed can also be made to play audio when fitted onto a speaker system. This means that the iPhone 5 becomes much more than just a phone handset.

How to Buy an Apple iPhone 5 on eBay

Due to the fact that the Apple iPhone 5 is one of the most popular mobile phone handsets on the market, they can be found in large numbers on eBay.

When buying any phone from eBay the first thing to do is to make sure that the handset being purchased is compatible with one's service carrier. Whilst iPhone 5 handsets can be found that are unlocked, they are rare to find and may be less affordable. The same care should be taken when buying a used handset in order to make sure that the phone is in full working condition, and when searching through a seller's previous transaction history.

Head to the Mobile Phone (or the Deals) section of eBay and use the filter tabs to ensure that the search is as personal as possible before making the purchase using theBuy It Now or Bidding options.


The Apple iPhone 5 is the markets most highly sought after and most purchased smartphone. This is down to the fact that they have technologies and software installed that cannot be found elsewhere.

Be thorough in the search for an iPhone 5 on eBay to ensure that the best price is found, whilst maintaining a safe and efficient transaction.

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