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The New iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c: Which is Right for Me?

Everywhere you turn these days, chances are you are going to see a whole host of people with either their eyes or ears glued to a smartphone. These handy devices have gone from simple instruments with which to facilitate conversations with others, to something that rivals even desktop computers in terms of sheer features and capabilities. Read More

One of the clear leaders in the smartphone market, Apple, is credited with starting this incredible explosion in popularity with the original iPhone. Over the course of the last several years, Apple has released many newer models, each with a level of power and capability far above their predecessors.

As a result, whenever a new model of iPhone is released, it is virtually guaranteed to be a big event. People around the country wait with bated breath for stores to open or online retailer’s stock, in order to be among the first of their friends to own one of the newest and best smartphones currently on the market.

As such, it comes as no surprise that the newest incarnations of the iPhone, the 5s and 5c, have already proved themselves to be a huge hit. In fact, Apple has reported that over 9 million people have already snatched up one model or the other since its release on September 20th. Source

If you are contemplating getting yourself either a 5s or a 5c, it is important to know the differences between the two. By acquiring this knowledge, you can easily make an informed choice, which will help avoid any problems caused by getting the wrong model. Following is a list of the major spec categories, as well as which model shines the brightest in each.


The “brains” of the smartphone is always a good place to start when examining its specs. As with desktops, laptops and tablets, the processor in a smartphone is the component that pretty much runs the show, tying all other components together and performing the calculations and processing needed to make it function.

The processor in the 5c is slightly less powerful than what you will find in the 5s. The actual chip itself is named the A6, with the 5s sporting an A7 main processor, as well as an M7 coprocessor. While all of this may sound a bit technical, it basically boils down to the 5s performing slightly faster than the 5c. Click Here

Storage Capacity

Given that smartphones are used for so many different kinds of activities these days, having a sufficient amount of space to store all of your content is crucial. Both the 5s and the 5c come in models sporting both 16GB (GB = gigabytes) and 32GB of storage capacity. However, if you need a phone with a ton of storage space, the 5s also comes in an enormous 64GB model.


No matter how you look at it, in this category the 5c is the clear winner. Prices for the 5c start at $99 and $199 for the 16GB and 32GB models, respectively. The 5s prices for the same sized models are $199 and $299. As you can see, that hundred-dollar difference can be a big factor for many budget-conscious consumers. Visit Here


If you are looking for a phone that has several colors to choose from, the 5c is also going to be the model to take a look at. The 5c comes in five different colors: white, pink, yellow, blue and green, one of which is sure to please even the most color-conscious fashionista. On the flip side, the 5s comes in more standard colors, including silver, gray and gold.


Both the 5s and the 5c come in neck and neck in the category of display size and quality. Each model sports a 4-inch, diagonal display with Retina technology. In addition, each is capable of a resolution of 1136×640 pixels.


While both models include Apple’s iSight camera, the specs for each one are a little different. For example, while both models offer an 8-megapixel resolution quality, the actual pixels themselves are smaller in the 5s. This provides the capacity for greater detail in images taken with the 5s.

Other notable differences include the capacity for burst mode and image stabilization, a True Tone flash and a larger aperture to see through. All of these features are available in the 5s, not in the 5c.

Video Recording

In this category, the 5s and 5c are virtually the same. However, as with the camera section of this article, there are a few small differences, which can make one model more suitable than the other for some people. One of the most notable differences is the ability to take slow-motion videos, something found in the 5s. In addition, the burst mode also available in the 5s can be handy for those who shoot a lot of video content.

Fingerprint Scanner

For those of us who like a little extra security on our smartphone, or simply do not like to remember passwords, one of the coolest new features that Apple has released is the fingerprint scanner. With this scanner, your phone will scan your fingerprint, after which you can use it to unlock your phone and enter passwords. The fingerprint scanner is available only on the 5s.


Virtually every other feature found in both the 5s and 5c is the same, ranging from the basic on down to the cool stuff found only in an iPhone. For example, Facetime is one of Apple’s more popular features and can be found in both phones. Both also come standard with Apple Earpods, Siri and a comparable battery.

Regardless of whether or not you are a true Apple-product junkie, or just one who enjoys their devices alongside other platforms, the release of the 5s and the 5c is sure to be a cause for excitement. Armed with the knowledge in this article, you should have no problems selecting which model is the best for you.


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