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.
Thin waterproof body with still a memory card slot, and 5" Full HD display are the main selling points of Sony's Xperia Z. Granted, the display quality is no match for the excellent screen on the iPhone 5c, but the diagonal itself might make up for it. The camera might be 13 MP, but hasn't shown anything special in our tests, while the iPhone 5 has proven itself as a well-rounded mobile camera, and the iPhone 5c is basically an iPhone 5 wrapped in polycarb.
The golden oldie can be had for much less now, and it sports a larger 4.8" AMOLED display in a body as thin and light as the iPhone 5c. Granted, the screen is dimmer than on Apple's new creation, and the camera is worse, but the difference in price is significant, too.
As slim and light as the iPhone 5c, despite the larger 4.5" display, the Lumia 925 is a thing of beauty with its metal/polycarbonate unibody chassis, and the luminant AMOLED display with 600 nits of peak brightness. Its 8 MP camera also sports enhanced optical image stabilization that allows for blur-free night shots and steady video capture.
With its metal/glass housing and slimmest frame out there, the Huawei Ascend P6 actually resembles the iPhone 5 craftsmanship. It sports a brilliant 4.7" HD screen and a microSD slot for storage expansion. The main comparison downside here is its camera unit, whose pictures are much worse than what you'd get with Apple's iSight module and accompanying algorithms.
With an elongated aluminum frame that fits two excellent BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, the One Mini is actually lighter than the plastic iPhone 5c, and the UltraPixel camera shows decent results. When we add the bright 341ppi 4.3" display, you might think twice before picking the iPhone 5c for more money.