For the first time this year, Apple unveiled two new versions of the iPhone at the same time: the top-tier iPhone 5s and the more budget-friendly iPhone 5c. While the devices have much in common, the 5s has several things to offer over the 5c, including a faster processing chip, a better camera, and a 64GB option.
Then again, you might prefer the 5c if you love color and don’t want to break the bank with your new phone purchase. Use the following information to determine which new iPhone is right for you.
- Capacity – iPhone 5s comes in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB storage sizes; iPhone 5c only comes in 16GB and 32GB capacities.
- Price – New two-year contract pricing for the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c is as follows:
16GB: $199 for 5s; $99 for 5c
32GB: $299 for 5s; $199 for 5c
64GB: $399 for 5s
- Color – iPhone 5s is offered in three different color schemes: gold-on-white, silver-on-white, and “space gray”-on-black. The 5c comes in more bold color options: yellow, green, blue, pink, and white.
- Construction – The 5s is has a durable aluminum chassis, while the 5c has a plastic shell, surrounding a steel-reinforced frame.
- Chip – iPhone 5s features the powerful A7 chip, which boasts significant speed and graphics processing improvements over the A6 chip that powers the iPhone 5c.
- Identity Sensor – The 5s has Touch ID, a feature allowing you to access your phone using your fingerprint. The 5c doesn’t have this feature.
- iSight Camera – Though both cameras are 8MP, the camera on the 5s features several improvements over the 5c camera, including a larger aperture for better low-light photography, True Tone flash for photographing people, Slo-mo video, and Burst Mode photography.
One more thing to note: The iPhone 5c is essentially the same phone as the now discontinued iPhone 5, but with a plastic shell. The 5c does offer a couple small improvements over the 5, including a slightly longer battery life and a marginally better front-facing camera, but for a significant upgrade, iPhone 5 users will have to opt for the 5s.