iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C? 10 Good Reasons to Pick One or the Other

 
 
By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-09-20 Email Print this article Print
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Apple's iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are officially available in several countries around the world. Both devices look somewhat similar to the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 5C comes with a polycarbonate finish that includes different colors. The iPhone 5S, meanwhile, has three finishes—black, silver and gold. Apple is trying to push the gold version hard, and as of this writing, it seems to be working. It's gotten so many orders that gold iPhone shipments are pushed back to October. But deciding whether the iPhone 5S or the iPhone 5C is right for the average customer might not be so simple. Both devices are nice products, and they deliver an experience with iOS that folks won't find elsewhere. However, most customers can only choose one handset. For some folks, the iPhone 5S is the clear winner for its full set of features. For others, the iPhone 5C wins for its combination of economy and utility. This eWEEK slide show looks at both devices to determine what features make either handset a standout for different customers.

 
 
 
  • iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C? 10 Good Reasons to Pick One or the Other

    by Don Reisinger
    1 - iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C? 10 Good Reasons to Pick One or the Other
  • iPhone 5S: Touch ID is a decisive factor

    Apple's iPhone 5S comes with a new fingerprint sensor known as the Touch ID. The company says that the feature will allow for more security and could enhance the overall protection of data. That appears to be the case.
    2 - iPhone 5S: Touch ID is a decisive factor
  • iPhone 5C: The Price Can't Be Beaten

    Who can argue with the iPhone 5C's price? For a 16GB handset, customers will be set back just $100 with a two-year agreement. Granted, the iPhone 4S is available for free with a mobile service contract. But that a new iPhone can be purchased for so little is good news for many customers.
    3 - iPhone 5C: The Price Can't Be Beaten
  • iPhone 5S: The A7 Processor Is Great

    Apple's iPhone 5S A7 processor is a notable step up over the A6 and A6X that were made available in previous handset versions. The chip is faster and more powerful, and thanks to its 64-bit architecture, it will allow for applications to load and respond very quickly.
    4 - iPhone 5S: The A7 Processor Is Great
  • iPhone 5C: It's a Little More Colorful Now

    Apple's iPhone 5C brings color back to the company's world. The device comes in a wide array of colors for customers to choose from, and in most cases, they're quite nice. The iPhone 5C might not have the 5S' firepower, but it might just win out on colorful looks.
    5 - iPhone 5C: It's a Little More Colorful Now
  • iPhone 5S: The M7 Coprocessor Has Value

    The iPhone 5S comes with another chip, called the M7 coprocessor. According to Apple, that feature will allow the device to analyze movement constantly and allow for applications to respond in kind. It's a feature that could be integrated quite heavily into fitness and health apps.
    6 - iPhone 5S: The M7 Coprocessor Has Value
  • iPhone 5C: An Ideal Choice for Novices

    There are still many people out there who don't have an iPhone and want to jump into the smartphone game. For them, the iPhone 5C might be just what they need. The device is cheap, it's running the same iOS version found in the iPhone 5S, and it can come with enough storage for entry-level users to get by. It's not a bad option.
    7 - iPhone 5C: An Ideal Choice for Novices
  • iPhone 5S: The Best Answer Yet to the Galaxy S 4

    There are some customers who just don't like Android, and the thought of adopting the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone is anathema. For those folks, the iPhone 5S seems like a better bet. The device has a nice design and is about as powerful, thanks to the A7 processor, as Samsung's option. Overall, it's a nice device.
    8 - iPhone 5S: The Best Answer Yet to the Galaxy S 4
  • iPhone 5C: A Not-So Midtier Handset

    The iPhone 5C was supposed to be a midtier handset to compete against products like Nokia's Lumia line and Samsung's second-line products. However, the device has a 4-inch screen and a Retina display, and can run iOS 7 with ease. If that's a midtier device, it's providing an awful lot of value to customers.
    9 - iPhone 5C: A Not-So Midtier Handset
  • iPhone 5S: The Gold-Colored Option

    It's no surprise that Apple quickly sold out its initial stock of the gold-colored iPhone 5S. Current buyers will have to wait until at least October to take delivery of a gold iPhone. The device is good-looking and appeals to customers who want a special, stylish experience. It's a nice option for quite a few customers.
    10 - iPhone 5S: The Gold-Colored Option
  • iPhone 5C: A Camera Lover's Paradise?

    The iPhone 5C, again, was supposed to be a midtier device. However, the handset comes with a camera that can match just about any device on the market. The iPhone 5C has an 8-megapixel camera that can snap high-fidelity photos with ease. Plus, its video-recording capabilities are stellar. Overall, the iPhone 5C performs quite well from an image-capturing perspective.
    11 - iPhone 5C: A Camera Lover's Paradise?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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