Earlier this year, Apple broke with tradition and released two new iPhones instead of one. The much-anticipated iPhone 5s was designed to serve as the flagship model, while the 5c was supposed to be the mid-range model, thereby allowing Apple to discontinue the iPhone 5. Both of the new phones were also released with Apple’s new software, iOS7.
Standing with Apple’s tradition of providing top-quality products, both phones are great choices but have some key differences. Read on to learn more about each one and how they compare.
iPhone 5S Or IPhone 5C: A Comparative Analysis
The iPhone 5S is built like the iPhone 5, with a shiny chrome exterior available in black and grey. There is also a new gold option as well. It carries on the iPhone tradition of sleekness and style. It is the perfect phone to fit the professional image of a business-person.
On the other hand, the iPhone 5c comes in flashy colors like sky blue or neon green. Instead of the chrome finish found on previous iPhones, the 5c sports a plastic coating. That doesn’t diminish from the phone’s durability though. It still feels solid and well-built.
One of the most anticipated new features of the 5s was the ability of the phone to recognize your fingerprint and only open the home screen for you. All you have to do is touch your finger to the home button beneath the touch screen. It’s a great way to add an extra layer of security to your phone. However, the fingerprint technology is not present in the 5c. For that one, you’ll have to make do with the standard passcode.
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Both phones come equipped with an 8-megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080pHD video. But the 5s has more bangs and whistles, including dual flash for a better color balance, a larger aperture (f/2.2) and larger pixels. It also comes with the ability to shoot slow-motion video. The 5c doesn’t offer any of these extra features, but still comes with the quality camera found in the iPhone 5 that you can use to take pictures of cupcakes, cats or an artsy cushion on the bed.
A Motion Co-Processor
The 5s also introduced a co-processor that moves with the phone’s gyroscope, personal gps and accelerometer, so that if you shake it or flip it you can make changes within apps. This new part of the user-interface is expected to perform particularly well with personal trainer apps that will now be able to count how many squats you’ve done or whether you are performing that aerobics move correctly. So if you’re a fitness junkie, then this feature will no doubt appeal to you. It is not, however, available in the 5c.
Starting at $99 with a two-year contract, the iPhone 5c is definitely the cheaper of the two phones. The 5s starts at $199 with a contract, and the 64GB model will set you back $399.
If you’re looking for all sorts of nifty features you won’t find anywhere else, then the 5s is the phone for you. The fingerprint Touch ID is great for security, the camera is top-of-the-line, and the motion co-processor is only found there. It is for sure the most advanced iPhone that Apple has released to date.
On the other hand, if you’re looking for a reliable, well-performing phone with all of the bangs and whistles from 2012 at a 2013 price, then the 5c will suit you just fine. Plus, you can’t beat that delicious candy coloring!
Donna Jane is a marketing manager at DearJane. She has lived and worked in Australia working in the medical marketing field for over 10 years. Before this Donna was a nurse in the geriatric care.