iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C: Which Apple Smartphone Is the Best Buy?

By Don Reisinger  |  Posted 2013-09-10

Apple's big day is set for Sept. 10. The company will be delivering to customers not one but two new smartphones media and analyst reports agree will be named the iPhone 5C and the iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5C will have the same basic design as the iPhone 5, but will offer more colors and a lower price compared with the iPhone 5S. That device will be Apple's top-of-the-line handset for at least the next year and will feature enhanced components. In either case, the technology world is abuzz with what Apple might (and might not) announce at the event. But actually determining what to do when the dust settles might not be so simple. Sure, both smartphones promise something special, but which device would be right for one customer or another? Perhaps more importantly, which type of customer would like the iPhone 5S, and which type of customer would prefer the iPhone 5C? Apple is targeting several different market segments with its handsets, and it's high time to parse out the differences. This eWEEK slide show will help prospective buyers decide which one might best suit their needs.


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