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iPhone 5

What is an iPhone 5?

The iPhone 5 is the latest version of Apple's iPhone, thinner and lighter than the previous iPhone 4S but with a slightly taller display for a better web browsing experience. It is noticeably faster than the 4S thanks to it's upgraded processor and RAM and the touch screen is more sensitive making the iPhone 5 very responsive. One major change is the introduction of a new dock connector which although better than the 30-pin connector used on all other iPhones & iPads, has the disadvantage of requiring an adaptor to use any accessories with the old connector. This problem will disappear in time as the new connector becomes more widely adopted, and in the meantime it is easily overcome with a cheap adaptor.

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Second hand iPhone 5 phones

We have also searched eBay to find the best deals on second hand iPhone 5. These may include some refurbished and nearly new items, as well as secondhand. You will find some iPhone bargains here...

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Should I buy one?

ProsConsAlso consider
  • Faster, lighter, thinner
  • Taller display shows more on the page
  • 4G ready
  • 350,000 Apps available from the App Store
  • New connector requires an adaptor for old accessories
  • Back is easily scratched but this is avoided if you use a case
  • Samsung Galaxy S4
  • BlackBerry Torch 9800
  • Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc

What do I need to know?

The iPhone 5 is an excellent phone, arguably the best phone on the market today. There are no real warnings or snags, other than the need for an adaptor if you want to connect old accessories and the susceptibility of the back to scratching if you don't use a case or cover.

Where can I buy one?

There are two ways to buy an iPhone 5 - as part of a contract with a network such as Vodafone or O2 (either directly from the network or through as reseller such as Carphone Warehouse, Phones 4 U or Dial A Phone) or to buy it outright and buy your phone service/SIM card separately. Amazon and eBay are good places to find cheap deals on iPhones for outright purchase. We have put together an iPhone 5 price comparison page checking prices from all these sources to find the best deals for you.

What about secondhand iPhones?

Secondhand can be an attractive option, saving you the initial depreciation that happens as soon as you open the box, and if you buy a fairly new secondhand one, all the manufacturer's warranty will still be in place so you will be fully covered in the event of any faults. If you're prepared to go slightly older, you can often pick up some real bargains with last year's model going for a fraction of it's original price. eBay is of course one of the best places to find secondhand iPhone bargains and we have created a page that searches eBay for you to find the best deals on secondhand iPhone 5 for sale. Our unique filtering system trawls through the eBay database selecting only the most relevant offers and best deals to save you time.

More information

For a very detailed look at the iPhone, the different models, technology and development, take a look at this great Wikipedia article on the iPhone.