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iPhone 5 (A1428) Review – Old but Gold?

The iPhone 5 was a drastic change from the 4S. It’s been 8 years since it was released, but it’s still worth your attention. The A4128 was the popular model sold by AT&T – let’s talk about it.

iPhone 5 Model A1428 Specs

Preview
iPhone 5 Model A1428
Apple iPhone 5 16GB 4G LTE GSM Black - AT&T Unlocked
Rating
Launch Date
2012
Weight
3.95 ounces (112 grams)
Measurements
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
Graphics Card
PowerVR SGX 543MP3 (triple-core graphics)
Display Screen
4-inch (101.6 mm) IPS LCD 640 x 1136 Pixels
Operating System
IOS 6
Chipset
Apple A6 (32 nm)
CPU
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift (ARM v7-based)
RAM
1 GB
Internal Space
16, 32, 64 GB
Front Camera
8 MP
Rear Camera
1.5 MP
Supported SIM types
Single (Nano Sim)
Network Coverage
2G, 3G, 4G
Battery Capacity
1440 mAh
iPhone 5 Model A1428
Preview
Apple iPhone 5 16GB 4G LTE GSM Black - AT&T Unlocked
Rating
Launch Date
2012
Weight
3.95 ounces (112 grams)
Measurements
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm)
Graphics Card
PowerVR SGX 543MP3 (triple-core graphics)
Display Screen
4-inch (101.6 mm) IPS LCD 640 x 1136 Pixels
Operating System
IOS 6
Chipset
Apple A6 (32 nm)
CPU
Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift (ARM v7-based)
RAM
1 GB
Internal Space
16, 32, 64 GB
Front Camera
8 MP
Rear Camera
1.5 MP
Supported SIM types
Single (Nano Sim)
Network Coverage
2G, 3G, 4G
Battery Capacity
1440 mAh

Features

iPhones are known to be well-built. The iPhone 5 is no exception. It’s probably better built than most handsets these days. It comes with a solid aluminum body. It makes the device durable yet light-weight. It weighs 3.95 ounces (112 grams) - it’s a feather. Its front is tough too, Gorilla Glass is in-place.

Unfortunately, it is really small. Its screen stretches 4 inches (101.6 mm) across. Its dimensions are the following; 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm).

If you have larger hands, using it might be difficult. Its buttons feel great against your fingers, though. They have superb resistance.

Something odd to see in an iPhone is the headphone jack. It started being removed from them in 2016. As the 5 was released in 2012, it has the port.

If you’re a fan of bright colours, you won’t be happy. You can only pick the A4128 up in black and silver.

Its display makes snacking easier. It comes with an oleophobic layer. This means that the oil from your fingers would not stick to it.

Let’s dive into its display:

The phone comes with a 640 x 1136-pixel resolution. Considering that its front is only 4 inches, it’s sharp.

Its display is an IPS LCD. It is not the most vibrant. However, the 5 is incredibly affordable. Products its price usually come with TFT panels, which are supbar.

Not only did screens lengthen over time, but bezels also reduced. Manufacturers try their best to make screen-to-body ratios as close to 100% as possible. The iPhone 5’s latest brother, the 12 mini, has a ratio of 85.1%. It’s a measly 60.8%. This explains the serious bezel action going on.

iPhone 5

Let’s talk about its insides:

You can pick it up with either 16, 32, or 64 GB space, along with 1 GB RAM. Apple devices are notorious for not coming with expandable storage, so you’re stuck with the memory you picked up. The A4128 is the model you can get from AT&T. It’ll have carrier bloatware, which you won’t be able to uninstall. You’ll have way less space than advertised.

The fact that you only get 1 GB of RAM is not good. With a lot of apps running in the background, you’ll experience force-closing.

Although it was released in 2012, it can be upgraded to IOS 10. If you’re wondering about IOS 14, know that it did not receive it. This is sad as it made the company’s OS more customizable than ever.

What’s the chip inside of it? The A6. It was once a processor fit for a flagship, but technology has come far. You’ll easily be able to handle everyday tasks, however, more extensive ones would not be possible.

Apple devices are not known for their battery life. The A4128 is no different. It comes with a 1440 mAh battery. It will barely let it last a day. To charge it, you’ll be making use of a lightning port. It goes from 0-100% in a little over 2 hours.

Its connectivity features are decent. It utilizes Bluetooth 4.0. You’ll be able to connect to 2G, 3G, and 4G networks as well.

What about its camera?

Don’t expect anything too fancy. There’s a single set-up on its rear. It is a standard 8 MP lens. Its front camera is 1.2 MP. Colours are far from accurate. If you’re looking to pick it up as a back-up device, this might not be an issue, though. Just know that the A4128 and the other models were all discontinued. The iPhone 5 released a long time, so you’ll have to pick it up used.

Apple iPhone 5 16GB 4G LTE GSM Black - AT&T Unlocked
The iPhone 5 offers a slim and stylish design that is both lightweight and easy to carry.

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Alternatives

Now that you know all about it, let’s run through alternatives. They are phones you can snag for the same price.

iPhone 5S

The A1533 is the 5S model sold by AT&T. You can find it sold in the same price range as its brother.

Its screen is 4 inches (101.6 mm). Its dimensions are 4.87 x 2.31 x 0.30 inches (123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm), and it’s made from aluminum too. This gives it the same build as its counterpart.

You’re met with a durable front. Gorilla Glass is in-place. It’s tough, but newer iPhones boast the toughest glass around.

Its 4-inch display rocks an IPS LCD panel. If you remember, you’d know that it isn’t the most vibrant. It also has the same screen-to-body ratio as its sibling. This explains the serious bezel action going on.

The oleophobic layer we loved on its predecessor is present. It’s still seen in Apple devices to this day.

The above points showed you that they have identical displays. But their insides are different. To begin with, you’re met with the A7 chip. It’s much faster than its counterpart. And you can upgrade the 5S to IOS 12.

No, it doesn’t come with a MicroSD slot. You’ll be able to pick it up with 16, 32, or 64 GB of space, and 1 GB of RAM.

As it was released in 2013, the headphone jack is still present. We appreciate this.

In terms of its battery:

A 1560 mAh unit is inside of it. It can last around an hour longer than the 5. They both make use of lightning cables, taking over 2 hours to go from 0-100%.

Did we mention the exciting new shade you can pick it up in? It’s gold.

There is a single shooter on its rear. It is an 8 MP lens. On its front, a 1.2 MP camera is present.

Samsung S3

When the iPhone 5 came out, its biggest competitor was the S3. But it’s not as well built. Its body is plastic. It isn’t the good kind either, the phone feels cheap. If it’s any consolation, you’ll be getting Gorilla Glass on its front. You already know that it’s durable.

In 2020, the larger the phone is, the better. You’d look less odd with the S3’s slightly larger screen.  Its display is 4.8 inches (121.92 mm). You’ll enjoy watching movies with it. It has a Super AMOLED panel. This means that colours are very vibrant. A superior screen-to-body ratio is present as well. It is 65.9%.

Considering its size, its display has an adequate resolution. You’re getting 720 x 1280 pixels.

Onto its insides:

Its chipset doesn’t compare to the iPhone 5. You’re met with the Exynos 4412.

We don’t like its UI. It’s not the easiest to use – the archaic Touchwiz is present. And out of the box, the S3 runs the old Android 4.

You can pick it up with 16, 32, and 64 GB space. The amount of RAM you’ll get would be 1 GB. AT&T offered the S3 too. Sadly, it was discontinued. Their variant is the one we’re reviewing. It’d come with carrier bloatware, which is why we appreciate that it has expandable storage.

Its battery is much larger than the Apple phone’s. It is 2100 mAh. It can last around a day. When charging it, get a good book ready, it’ll take over 2 hours.

There is a headphone jack on it. Like the iPhone 5, the S3 was a flagship. Newer higher-end Samsung units, unfortunately, don’t come with the port. Samsung didn’t remove them from newer phones in 2016, though. They started being excluded from 2019.

There’s a single shooter on its rear. It is an 8 MP lens. On its front, a 1.9 MP camera is present.

Final Thoughts

The iPhone 5 was raved about when it was released. It was a drastic change from the 4S. As it’s so old, it’s no surprise that it was discontinued. However, we think that picking it up used would be a good idea. It’ll make for a fabulous back-up device. It can run IOS 10, which isn’t too bad. And its processor is fit enough for basic tasks.

As it’s sold used, how much you can snag it for depends. If you look around, you could get it for very cheap.

If you’d like a look at older phones that are worth your time, do check out our Facebook page! We regularly talk about handsets and brands on it.

Author
Fabian Rozario
My love for tech started when I got the Motorola StarTac as my first phone. I’ve owned more than a dozen mobiles, tabs, and VR sets since then – my wife likes to joke that I hoard tech! My love especially for phones is what led me to become an app developer. When I’m not wracking my head with code, I spend my time on Converged Devices writing about all the devices you need to know.

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