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5 Effective Tips to Spot A Fake iPhone 5 for First Time Buyers

Aspiring to buy your very first iPhone device? Just pause for a while and take a short time to read these effective tips to spot a fake iPhone 5 from an authentic one to avoid any heart-breaking regrets after buying a fraudulent item later on.

The iPhone 5 is undeniably one of the hottest and in demand smartphone / gadget of our generation to date. Almost everyone want to get hold of this device known for its superb quality on both physical design and software performance. However, due to its popularity over  the masses, Chinese manufacturers and resellers are riding on to this high demand and seize this opportunity to sell almost perfect replicas of iPhones which, in the eyes of an ordinary buyer, can be pretty convincing.

You may want to read: iPhone 4S Postpaid & Prepaid Plan in the Philippines

So how do you spot a fake iPhone 5 from a real one? Here’s how.

iPhone 5 Fake vs Authentic

Tips to Spot A Fake iPhone 5

Just a note, some of the tips are generic and are applicable to for other iPhone models too.

Tip 1: Check and Authenticate the Serial Number

Since physical design can be easily copied nowadays, perhaps the most effective way of identifying whether an iPhone device is legitimate or fake is by looking into the device’s serial number by going to Settings > General > About. If you have an active internet connection, you can check the device’s legitimacy directly via Apple’s official website by going to:

https://selfsolve.apple.com/agreementWarrantyDynamic.do

fake iphone 5 serial number

Serial Number of a Fake iPhone 5

Just enter the device serial number and if doesn’t detect it, then it’s surely fake. If you don’t have access to the internet though, you can still check the serial number yourself if it follows this standard serial number naming convention by Apple: AABCCDDDDEEF.

  • AA = Factory and machine ID
  • B = Year manufactured (simplified to final digit, 2010 is 0, 2011 is 1, etc.)
  • CC = Week of production
  • DDD = Unique identifier (but unrelated to UDID)
  • EE = Color of device
  • F = Size of storage

If the iPhone’s serial number doesn’t follow this naming convention (like the one on the right), then you know already what it is. :)

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Tip 2: Memory Card Slot

Another distinct feature of an iPhone clone is that it has an expandable memory card slot which the authentic one doesn’t have. Authentic iPhone have a fixed storage capacities of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB whereas fake ones only have 4GB or 8GB at most that’s why they have expandable memory card slot to enable users to increase storage space. Their memory card slots are usually found at the back or at the sides of the fake device.

If you’re buying from a physical store, trick the store merchant and ask first if it has an expandable memory card slot. If he/she says yes, then it’s fake. :)

Tip 3: Dual Sim Feature

Probably one funny thing about iPhone clones is their dual sim feature. Though its quite a helpful feature, this is non-existent on the original iPhone version.

Tip 4: Custom Android OS

fake iphone 5 android

Another thing worth looking into before purchasing an iPhone is it’s mobile operating system (OS). iPhones runs on iOS, Apple’s sole mobile operating system. Only legitimate Apple devices can run it thus fake iPhone are using an iOS-like custom Android OS to  run the device. If you are not familiar with iOS, you can read more about it in Apple’s official website here.

Just a quick tip: On the main screen, find the App Store icon and click it. If it opens ‘Google Play’ (Google App Store) instead of Apple’s App Store, then it is fake. Also, let yourself be accompanied by a friend or someone who owns or has experienced using any Apple device to help you validate if it’s genuine or merely a clone.

Tip 5: Price is Amazingly Cheap

fake vs authentic iphone 5

Fake (left) vs Genuine (right)

It is important to note that the iPhone is a premium product with superb quality which Apple is very keen for. Thus, with great quality comes with great price. Brand new iPhone 5 (prepaid kit / no contact) prices here in the Philippines ranges from Php 30,000 to Php 45,000 Philippine pesos.  Anything significantly lower than those prices, let’s say Php 10,000 or less is probably fake.

More photos of fake iPhones can be found here:

So that’s my 5 effective tips to spot a fake iPhone. Please use this tips very well to avoid the disappointing and regretful feeling of purchasing a fake iPhone. If you think this post is helpful, please don’t hesitate to share it to your friends or any first time iPhone buyers out there.


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