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Value for money: Apple iPhone 5c pricing stacked up against the competition (not pretty)

Value for money: Apple iPhone 5c pricing stacked up against the competition (not pretty)
Apple lost more than $20 billion of its market cap yesterday, after investors freed themselves of some shares they owned, worried that the price of what was supposed to be the "affordable" iPhone 5c was in fact too high to gain Cupertino any meaningful market share gain.

The basic 16 GB iPhone 5c will sell for $99 on a two-year contract, and the whopping $549 unsubsidized, and the difference is bound to be annoying for carriers. A quick look at both subsidized and unsubsidized prices of current popular Android and Windows Phone handsets is enough to gauge why Apple's shares slipped more than 5% yesterday. Let's see what handsets you can get at, above, or below the iPhone 5c price tag.

In fact, there are only a handful of flagship handsets that are more expensive than the iPhone 5c at the moment - the Samsung Galaxy S4 ($614 from Amazon), Nokia Lumia 1020 ($610 from Amazon), Xperia Z1 (£599.99 from Amazon UK), LG G2 ($575 from AT&T), HTC One ($599 from AT&T), Xperia Z Ultra ($649.99 from Amazon) and so on. You catch the drift - these are all phones stuffed to the gills with this season's mobile tech, while being priced within a Benjamin or even less of a difference with the iPhone 5c.

The more interesting part comes when you see what you can get for less or much less than Apple's colorful plastic 4-incher. Take a peek at the slideshow and tell us whether you'd consider the iPhone 5c at that price, or one of these other handsets below, even if you are already entrenched in the iOS universe.

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posted on 12 Sep 2013, 03:24 57

1. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 152; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Apple is just retarded for those prices. I'll take anyone of those phones over the 5C.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 06:23 4

35. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


The only real competition for iPhone 5C is HTC One mini and Nokia lumia 925. I have to agree with you about the off contract price but the on contract price is good.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 09:24 7

79. lalalaman (Posts: 234; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


i will take s3 or lumia 925 anytime....if i had money :D

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 09:39 4

82. FCB-Eto (Posts: 19; Member since: 17 Aug 2013)


Really well i would think the xperia zr is better competition for the 5c than the one mini phone arena is just bias the zr is the best mini phone on the market and that's a fact.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 10:08 1

86. xtian1103 (Posts: 352; Member since: 11 Feb 2012)


agree with you. zr is better than xperia z imo with longer battery life because it's only 720p but still easier to use and waterproof, not only water resistant

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 10:42

91. lalalaman (Posts: 234; Member since: 19 Aug 2013)


4.7 inch and it is mini???Xperia M and L should b called mini phones IMO

bt ur rite that zr should b on that list :)

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 12:24 1

107. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


mini=smaller version whatever size it is as long as it is smaller than the previous...

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 09:30 4

81. akki20892 (Posts: 2699; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


just think about iphone 5s price............................1000$ up

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 10:10 2

87. Trololol (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


just don't buy if u don't like. simple

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 12:14 3

106. akki20892 (Posts: 2699; Member since: 04 Feb 2013)


what u think i'm talking about to buy.
i don't even want to look and touch that iphone.

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 02:37

128. Trololol (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


so whats the problem then?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 22:46 1

125. Gigabinzle (Posts: 37; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


just dont reply if u dont like. simple

posted on 13 Sep 2013, 02:36

127. Trololol (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


u like my comment? lol

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 03:25 46

2. panjgoori (Posts: 10; Member since: 17 Nov 2012)


don't know why phonearena hates Samsung and sony so much. In what aspects iPhone 5C is better than Galaxy S3 and Xperia Z ?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:01 10

16. _god_ (banned) (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Samsung is crap

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:12 22

18. sniperdroid (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Hater alert!

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:21 4

22. sniperdroid (Posts: 89; Member since: 23 May 2013)


Wow! Worse is a pretty strong word you should use terms like 'slightly better'. Either way I'd take the S3, the Z and the P6. I'm still not a fan of windows phone but if they get the full windows desktop version to work on the phone I'd definitely get one.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 10:53 1

93. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1476; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Hey its Samsung hater legend, what happened to your old screen name LOL

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 11:51

104. _god_ (banned) (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


I prefer god , so I deleted my account and created a new one . Tried some names like fuxker.sunofabeach and moderators.fuxkoff but my accounts got banned a day after creation

The only Samsung device I like is Galaxy s2 and Galaxy s4 Google edition .

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 15:15 1

116. donfem (Posts: 481; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Just like you. :)

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:17

20. Trololol (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


optimization

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 06:20 1

34. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 127; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Better optimised OS, physical phone looks better and the App Store. You're welcome..

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 08:55 8

66. tedkord (Posts: 3953; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Yes, those Fisher Price colors sure do look better. Not only are they copying all the features from other operating systems, now they're copying Nokia's shells.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 11:07 2

98. RebelwithoutaClue (Posts: 227; Member since: 05 Apr 2013)


Wow, IOS 7 is not even live and you know it's better optimized. Ever tried IOS 7 beta? I did and it sucks.
And anyone of those phones look better than a 5c.
Appstore is a plus? lol some apps might be better on iphone, but the playstore is catching up quickly. Besides, appstore wont allow wifi sniffers, so that sucks.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 11:34

100. Trololol (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


wogh.. calm down boy. let see when ios7 comes out and you just tried beta version
catching up because to many phones running android os and will take more time and more update to optimize it

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 12:28 1

108. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


apps are all the same, It depends on the gadget how it runs well... =)

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 07:36 4

52. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Not a hater of Sony but xperia z display is worst

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 07:51 3

55. THE.DARK.KNIGHT (banned) (Posts: 269; Member since: 09 Sep 2013)


No one hates Sony. Infact I love Sony for creating xperia Z1 and the Z ultra. But then xperia Z is pathetic.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 07:55 2

56. HalaMadrid (Posts: 92; Member since: 04 Sep 2013)


Yeah True.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 16:29

118. SonyCraperiaSucks (banned) (Posts: 25; Member since: 30 Aug 2013)


Xperia Z1 and ZU is basically a slightly better version of the Z but still utilises that ugly design and a poor screen...Sony=Bad

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 20:25

121. _god_ (banned) (Posts: 47; Member since: 13 Aug 2013)


Trilumimous is awesome

Saw the Sony VAIO Pro , XZU screen ? Nice

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 08:34 12

62. raghu67 (Posts: 23; Member since: 23 Aug 2012)


S3 was one of the best camera phones and even topped iPhone 5 in the camera tests... this was in 2012
come to 2013.... the same old iPhone 5 in a new plastic body is way better than S3...
WOW.... what a difference in just 1 year..

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 09:49 8

84. saiki4116 (Posts: 302; Member since: 31 Mar 2011)


Welcome to iPhonearena.. lol

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 11:04

96. Kishin (Posts: 548; Member since: 30 May 2013)


Hey the xperia Z beats iphone 5c in everyway

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 11:36 2

101. Trololol (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


u mean lag?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 03:26

3. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 127; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Ummm nope, none of those phones float my boat..

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:14 3

19. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


That's exactly what I'm thinking. I guess I'd take either the iPhone 5C or the HTC One mini.

The iPhone 5 goes head to head with the Galaxy S IV and suddenly putting a plastic back makes it comparable to the Galaxy S3?? Don't think so.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 07:09 3

44. blingblingthing (Posts: 385; Member since: 23 Oct 2012)


The iPhone 5 goes head to head with the S4.........?
Is it price wise you are talking about because I doubt you are suggesting features.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 07:19 4

46. jaytai0106 (Posts: 859; Member since: 30 Mar 2011)


Agree. iPhone 5S or 5C have no real update from the 5. SGS4 has more feature that iPhone 5 has. Even thought personally I wouldn't pick up neither of those phone. I'm still rocking the good old Nexus 4 and I think it is basic and awesome. However, I am waiting for the Nexus 5 to come out so I can compare that to the Z1. I just want a phone that is waterproof... XD

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 08:37 1

64. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 127; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Had enough of my S4, too much bloatware and slow to update (apparently the S3 is still on 4.1??). Enjoyed the Nexus 4 and if i ever go back to Android i'll be back with the Nexus line. I just think the Google Play store is awful, getting better, but still awful. The App Store is one of the main reasons i'll be staying with iOS going forward.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 08:57 5

69. tedkord (Posts: 3953; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


My S3 is flying right now on Android 4.3

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 12:31

109. AKumar47 (Posts: 48; Member since: 11 Sep 2013)


dude just take care, you'll gonna blow you head with those rooted androids...

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:50

114. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


The Galaxy S4 has the most useless features, terrible design, most saturated screen, laggiest Android device of 2013, poorly constructed and ugly skin and also has poor build materials, even worse than that of the 5C (according to reviewers). The only thing positive I can say about the phone is it has a great camera.

I'm sure that you can make your own list of complaints about the iPhone 5, but the iPhone 5 is a much better buy than the GS3, with or without plastic on its back.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 08:56 4

67. tedkord (Posts: 3953; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


The iPhone 5 barely went head to head with the Galaxy S3.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 10:34 2

89. iDroid8 (Posts: 155; Member since: 16 Oct 2012)


iPhone5 was a direct competitor of the GS3, and so will be the 5c.
S4 can handle blows with the current top dogs(G2, One, Z1 etc) and the 5s is meant to compete with these

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 14:53

115. E.N. (Posts: 2218; Member since: 25 Jan 2009)


People are still buying the iPhone 5 over the S4 as is.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 03:36 24

4. rms.max (Posts: 69; Member since: 26 Sep 2012)


5c = biggest flop .

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 03:48 16

5. scriptwriter (Posts: 396; Member since: 13 Nov 2012)


i have my own theories on what the 'S' and the 'C' stand for. Typing them here would probably get me banned. But i bet we're all thinking the same thing

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 04:07 5

10. cosimonh (Posts: 8; Member since: 27 Apr 2013)


Same or Superior
Cheap or China or Colorful

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:42 14

25. robocopvn (Posts: 155; Member since: 10 Mar 2010)


S = Shame
C = Cheat people who wait for 1 year and wanna buy cheaper Iphone5 (discontinued)

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 06:18 13

33. Mk_08 (Posts: 1; Member since: 01 Sep 2013)


iPhone S*#t
iPhone Crap

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 06:57

40. quakan (Posts: 1084; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


S = Security
C = Color

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 09:00 3

72. tedkord (Posts: 3953; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


S = Sushi
C = Chirashizushi

Now I'm hungry.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 10:55 1

94. EclipseGSX (Posts: 1476; Member since: 18 Oct 2011)


Haha.....NO! What does that make the 3GS and 4S then? Sure as hell aint secure. iOS has been hacked easier and faster than any other OS at all the conventions.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 11:37

102. Trololol (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


oh really?

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 03:50 13

6. Akfred (Posts: 67; Member since: 08 Nov 2012)


The Sony Xperia z camera is way better now after the 4.2.2
Update from Sony, so pls PA do ur camera test comparison
Again, its way better than iphone 5s and 5c in every aspect.
IMO

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:20 4

21. Martin_Cooper (Posts: 314; Member since: 30 Jul 2013)


s**tty viewing angles, not so great screen, laggy at times, waterproof wears out after months of use cause the heat of the phone makes some glue get unstick etc. Iphone 5/5C has amazing screen(still the best colours presentation than any phone), amazing viewing angles, doesnt lag. Yeah Z is amazing compared to 5C if you are android sheep.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:29 4

23. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 854; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Iphones are still using old-school specs and hardware. Can't compare these with early 2013 flagships.What is amazing about the iphone is how Apple manages to fool the sh££p into buying it.

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 05:56 2

28. Trololol (Posts: 33; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


but with old-school specs and hardware it can handle any games smoothly than android :)

posted on 12 Sep 2013, 07:06 2

42. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 854; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Only games with low quality graphics.

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