iPhone 5s vs. iPhone 5c – Spec Sheet Comparison

As we say time and time again, specs aren’t the be-all and end-all of a phone’s experience. They’re important, but they don’t full portray the quality of the device. With many people expecting a low-cost iPhone, the iPhone 5c was something of an anti-climax. Especially to investors. They were expecting a $300 phone that would increase Apple’s growth and see its profit margins sky rocket. What they got was an iPhone 5 with a plastic back.

So, how do this new generation of phones compare? All in all, they’re very similar but the one thing that’s going to make the biggest difference to users is the A7 chip. It’s 64-bit, making it ridiculously quick and able handle animations and graphics with ease as well as speeding up the camera shutter speed and enabling fantastic images to be processed.

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My own personal preference may surprise some of you, but, I’m almost certainly going to buy the iPhone 5c to use as my primary device. The reason is pretty simple. My ideal phone has always been something like the iPhone 3GS, but with a Retina display. iPhone 5c is the closest thing we’ve ever had to that and it’s probably the closest we’ll ever get. I much prefer the feel of curved plastic to flat, right angled glass and metal. And, although I love a good camera and fast performer, the A7 chip and brand new camera aren’t enough to persuade my hand it wants something less comfortable to hold.

One key distinguishing feature is Touch ID. The fingerprint sensor embedded in the home button isn’t something I thought was definitely going to come. And yet, it did. It’ll add some much needed security in to our iDevices, and make the hassle of inputting passwords and pass codes a thing of the past. Is it a gimmick? Probably for now, but it’ll undoubtedly become more useful once Apple opens it up to third party developers for apps like PayPal.

Which do you prefer of the two, and why? Let us know in the comments, or tweet me: @TiP_CamĀ 


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  • Tom73

    5S has a 4.5 inch display?

  • squiggs77

    The iPhone 5s does NOT have a 4.5in display.

  • Bendabombbb

    I thought the screen on the 5S was 4 inches not 4.5 inches

  • nenes78

    Hey Cam, the display size for the 5s in the chart is off a 1/2 inch.

  • nenes78

    hey Cam, the 5s display size is off 1/2 an inch

  • renewablesoc

    @TiP_Cam I think the iPhone 5s only captures 120fps on 720p