If you’re in the market for a new iPhone, you are going to want to avoid the iPhone 5C at all costs. Of course, it comes free with a two-year signed contract, and that sounds great, but when you truly put it into perspective, you’re not even getting your money’s worth and are basically throwing away a useful upgrade.
The iPhone 5C was released in 2014 alongside the iPhone 5s. It’s 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.4 inches all around and weighs in at just 132 grams. Instead of being made by Apple’s signature aluminum body, it is made entirely of plastic. It comes with a 640 x 1136 4-inch IPS LCD display featuring 326 pixels per inch, an Apple A6 processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera, a 1.2MP front camera, and a 1,507mAh battery.
The device was originally available in a 16GB model for $99 with a two-year contract and a 32GB model for $199. Now, you’ll find it free with a two-year contract in an 8GB model, and this brings us to our first issue.
The 16GB model and 32GB model are now unavailable – you can only get the 8GB model. 8GB models were phased out long ago in the iPhone world as they offer little to no space. The latest iOS 8 update takes up over 3GB of your space, leaving you with little room to work with for apps and such. Of course, the iCloud is always an option, but nothing beats local storage, and paying for storage will get old eventually.
If you’re truly set on getting an iPhone for little to no money whatsoever, definitely throw down the extra $99 to get an iPhone 5S. The iPhone 5S is currently available in a 16GB model for $99 down with a two-year contract, and you still have the option for 32GB for just $149 down. Of course, Apple just sliced the price in half with the release of its successor, the iPhone 6, but it’s likely we’ll see even heavier price cuts as we get closer to the holiday season – so if you’re still looking for a cheap iPhone, you may be able to get one. With 8GB of extra storage, the iPhone 5S already has the iPhone 5C beat, but there are plenty of other reasons why the device beats it.
The iPhone 5S is 4.9 x 2.3 x 0.30 inches of pure aluminum, giving the device a much more premium look. It also weighs slightly less than the iPhone 5C, coming in at just 112 grams. It comes equipped with a 640 x 1136 4-inch IPS LCD display running 326 pixels per inch, an Apple A7 processor, an M7 co-processor, 1GB of DDR3 RAM, an 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash, a 1.2MP front camera, and a 1,560mAh processor.
Of course, you get the neat little TouchID sensor along with it, which allows you to unlock your device and make App Store purchases with ease; an upgraded camera with better sensors and the ability to produce slow-mo videos; an updated, better functioning processor; and, last but not least, the M7 motion processor that helps take a load off of the A7 processor, allowing your device to run much faster and smoother.
Something else to keep in mind is that the iPhone 5C likely only has one more update cycle left in it, and that means, after the next release of iOS, the phone will be obsolete and not available for any new updates. This is due to the older processor, and this includes the iPhone 5 right along with it. The iPhone 5S, on the other hand, definitely has at least two more updates in it, because it has a newer processor. This means that within the two-year contract time you have, you’ll still have the most updated software. With the iPhone 5C, you will likely not.
If you don’t have the extra $100 to shell out at the moment, there are still options to be had. All four of the major U.S. carriers – AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, and T-Mobile – have monthly payment plans. On all carriers, you would pay anywhere from $22.49 to $27.49 depending on whether you choose an iPhone 5S 16GB model or 32GB model, and how many months you decide to pay for (18-24 months). The extra $20 would be added straight onto your monthly bill.
The iPhone 5S is the clear choice and well worth the extra cash you would need to dish out. If you’re in the market for an iPhone, but don’t want to pay the $200 fee for the iPhone 6, definitely check out the iPhone 5S. Don’t forget the discounts and deals that will likely be coming up in the next few months with the holiday season around the corner.
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