With the holidays, and birthdays always in the background, everyone keeps asking, “What are the differences and similarities between Apple's iPhone 5S and 5C? Here are a few things to keep in mind if you decide to go shopping or upgrade your phone.
The first thing one might want to look at is the price. The iPhone 5S prices are as follows: $199 (16 GB), $299 (32 GB), $399 (64 GB). These costs reflect how much it would cost to upgrade your phone and/or purchase a new, two-year service contract with ATT, Sprint, or Verizon.
iPhone 5S plans that are not yet eligible for upgrade, or T•Mobile phones would cost: $649 (16 GB), $749 (32 GB), and $849 (64 GB).
The prices for Apple’s 5C iPhone are as follows: $99 (16GB), $199 (32 GB), $299 (64 GB) for new contracts and iPhones that are available for upgrade – each locking the purchaser into a two-year contract with ATT, Sprint, or Verizon.
iPhones that are not yet eligible for upgrade, or T•Mobile phones would cost: $549 (16 GB) and $649 (32 GB). Right now, it seems as if T•Mobile does not offer a 5C – 64 GB phone.
The next option one might want consider is the phone’s processor. iPhone 5S (7A processor) is supposed to process data twice as fast as the 5C (6A processor), but in the world of phones, most say this isn’t such a big deal. The 7A processor seems to be a little quicker than the 6A.
iPhone 5S has a motion co-processor. This affects your accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and app feedback options. These options might affect exercise/fitness apps in the future, and can actually tell the user if he or she is sitting or standing. Why would this be necessary? I’m not sure, but the ability is built into the iPhone 5S.
The Fingerprint ID Scanner has gotten a lot of press lately. Yes, it’s been cracked and hacked, and for many, it has its flaws. It should keep your phone secure, but there are supposedly some disadvantages to even having this option, such as will Apple be able to keep your fingerprint data safe, and inside only – your – phone; can people “lift” your fingerprints off objects and use them to gain access to your phone? Some people are very concerned about these issues, but if you want it, the Fingerprint ID Scanner is available only on the iPhone 5S.
The 5S and the 5C cameras both have 8 megapixels for still images, but the 5S offers other features, such as dual flash for better color resolution, slow-motion recording for video, and what I call “rapid fire” picture taking, allowing you to take up to ten photos per second.
The 5C comes in a variety of vibrant colors, and according to Apple and ATT, the original iPhone 5 was converted into the iPhone 5C. So, if you already have an iPhone 5, upgrading to a 5C will only get you a new phone in the color of your choice.
For additional information regarding the comparison between Apple's 5S and the 5C iPhones, please click: http://www.apple.com/iphone/compare/