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iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5c? 80% of users would prefer the 5s

iPhone 5s vs iPhone 5c? 80% of users would prefer the 5s
Here's a sweet little survey we did: last week, we published a poll asking you whether you prefer the cold and hard metal of the iPhone 5s, or the warm and inviting plastic of the iPhone 5c. Somewhat unsurprisingly, though, it appears that most users would go for Apple's new top model.

According to the results we got, the iPhone 5s is the preferred handset for 80% (2493 votes) of the users who have voted in our poll, while only 20% (623 votes) have picked the 5c. Of course, this is anything but shocking, as besides its way better construction quality, the iPhone 5s also sports a bunch of cool new features, such as a better 8 MP camera, 64-bit A7 processor, and the Touch ID fingerprint sensor that can be used for device unlocking and iTunes payment authorization. All of this has obviously tipped the scales in favor of the 5s.

One thing that should be considered, though, is that our poll didn't really factor in the lower price of the 5c. True, the price difference between the 5s and the 5c isn't really that big ($199 vs $99 on contract), but we guess that it will cause some users to side with Apple's new mid-ranger. having in mind that Apple seems willing to market the 5c more heavily, we should definitely expect new iPhone purchases to be more than 20% for the 5c, but exactly how much more we can't really tell just yet.

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Which one would you prefer: iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c?
80.01%
2493 votes
(2493 votes) I want the iPhone 5s.
19.99%
623 votes
(623 votes) I want the iPhone 5c.

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posted on 16 Sep 2013, 03:45 3

1. ihatesmartphone (unregistered)


Iphone 5C-heap :D

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 10:57

31. Long1 (banned) (Posts: 399; Member since: 18 May 2013)


But see, what our iClever Ray write:
"asking you whether you prefer the cold and hard metal of the iPhone 5s, or the warm and inviting plastic of the iPhone 5c"

They didn't ask that question. They asked wich phone ppl prefer to buy. Of course they would like the more high-end phone. But Ray didn't miss to modify the poll, and put some fight against the ENEMY. LOL

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 03:53 20

2. LetsBeHonest (Posts: 618; Member since: 04 Jun 2013)


Sorry but iPhone 5C is just an overpriced cheap looking iPhone.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 03:59 9

4. HeWhoDoesNothing (Posts: 154; Member since: 15 Jul 2013)


Very overpriced. Disappointingly so.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:36

27. criticism (Posts: 46; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Apple tags every thing overpriced! iPhone 5C is not the first one!

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 03:54 16

3. hateftotti (Posts: 134; Member since: 03 May 2011)


Just 3000 people voted
Others would choose none of them :))

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 04:20 3

5. mr.techdude (Posts: 536; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Ahhhhhhhh duh ppl will choose the iPhone 5s over the 5c cause the c is just an iPhone 5 but made out of plastic. Stupid apple don't u agree PA

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 04:20 8

6. woodshop20 (Posts: 459; Member since: 14 Sep 2013)


Doesn't really mean anything when there wasn't a "neither of them" option.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 04:28 1

7. mr.techdude (Posts: 536; Member since: 19 Nov 2012)


Lol nice one woodshop20, that would have had 3000 votes :)

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:54 1

25. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Only 3000? With the amount of Andoid fanbots in here i'm sure the number would be much much higher

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 05:01 2

8. bugsbunny00 (Posts: 885; Member since: 07 Jun 2013)


is this 80% in votes? for 5s heep 19% 5cheap

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 05:06 6

9. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


And even more shocking over 90% of potential iPhone 5s buyers wanted Apple to increase the screen size and do more with this iteration.

Sent from my day old LG G2 because Apple failed to earn my money; again.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:47

29. criticism (Posts: 46; Member since: 12 Sep 2013)


Larger screen size is the next apple's INNOVATION! for selling iPhone 6! and i$heeps believe that 4" is enough till next year! lol

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 06:43 3

10. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


A person walks into a store looking to buy an iPhone. Picks up the 5S, likes it, then notices the 5C is $100 cheaper and comes in 5 different colors, runs the exact same OS and the difference in speed and performance is the same. Guess which one they'll buy. Apple is making up for lost profit margins, and will do so in large numbers because the way it's set up.

5C was never meant to capture the low end Chinese market, they actually cost more in China than it does in the US. It's all about profit margins.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 06:59 2

12. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Googler... When your only reason for coming on PA, is to insult, harass, and be a bother to people, you don't take time to think about stuff like that. Excellent post my man +1. Wish there were more like you on this site, and less like Troll and his bunch of...well trolls.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:28 1

19. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Thanks. At first I bought into the stories about the 5C being for China, made perfect sense. After the pricing was revealed, and I read on another site the 5C was $30 more in China than the US, it got me thinking why Apple would price it this way. We'll know next Monday when the weekend sales are starting to get figured out.

Once you get past the stupid OS wars, it's easier to look at tech for what it is.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:37

23. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Well said goog...well said. +1

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:11 2

14. fanboy1974 (Posts: 1107; Member since: 12 Nov 2011)


A person walks into a store looking to buy an iPhone. Picks up the 5S, likes it, then notices the Note 3 with a 5.7" 1080p display, S-Pen, removable battery, SD Card, 3gig of ram and comes with different colored cases, runs a better OS and the difference in speed and performance is the same if not faster. Guess which one they'll buy? And the best part is that the 32gig Note 3 is the same price as a 32gig iPhone 5S.

It works both ways.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:22

16. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Not everyone wants a note 3, or an iPhone. This is why we have choice, which is based in our wants/needs. Apple aims their iPhone at the mainstream consumer, not the hardcore techie. That's something you obviously don't understand, or simply choose not to acknowledge. Millions will buy a note 3, millions will buy an iPhone. I stress to you CHOICE/PREFERENCE/NEEDS/WANTS create and drive the consumer electronics market. BTW I'm buying an iPhone 5S, and keeping my note 2. The note 3 simply didn't give me reason enough to ditch my note 2. See choice...

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:32 1

21. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Exactly. Plus, they don't sell Notes at Apple stores. Every Apple store I've seen is always full of people. They may not all be buying an item but for those who do, I'll just leave it at that.

For the stores like Best Buy, people usually have an idea of what they want prior to making that trip. If they are anything like me, they likely spent weeks on various sites looking at what there is to offer before dropping the cash.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:43

28. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Rite. People want what they want. The note 3 is a beast, and will no doubt sell well. Not everyone will want it though, many will choose an s4, many more wp8. Again choice lol.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 11:17 1

32. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Preferences are just that. I agree, Dark. But, I find it rather comical that you're running out to buy a 5s to replace your 5, but as you put it "the note 3 simply didn't give me reason enough to ditch my note 2". Not saying that the Note 3 is a huge upgrade over the Note 2, but neither is the 5s over the 5. But then again, you talk about how much you love both Android & iOS, but it's clear from most of your posts that you are a much bigger Apple fan. I would probably even use the word fanboy. Not trying to diss or offend, just saying I'm not surprised.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 12:20 1

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Ok that's cool, but I'll say this about the note 3. Looks matter to me, I do not like the look of the notes back, I also prefer the more pebble shape of the note 2. Call me fanboy or whatever, really doesn't matter. Come Friday I'm getting a 5S, which I'm not blown away by, but I do like what I've seen, and retaining my note 2. Not saying you're trying to insult me, but insults don't matter to me...choice does. +1 to your comment.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 12:53

34. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Well, thank you for the thumb, sir. I love Android & Android only, but I'm not one to bash anyone on a forum for their personal choices. Choice is great & everyone should have as many choices as they want. I'm also glad you realized that it wasn't my intent to insult. Thanks for the honest answer. +1 to you also.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 12:57

36. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


You got it, that's what it's all about...respect +1

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 13:05 1

37. g2a5b0e (Posts: 2097; Member since: 08 Jun 2012)


Also, I will say I wasn't blown away by the Note 3 myself. There were just no surprises with it. I was hoping for a bigger screen even though I pretty much knew they were gonna go with the bigger screen in a smaller body trend they started with the S4. I did, however, expect a more than 100mAh increase in the battery. That was a disappointment.

None of the new S-Pen features seem particularly intriguing either & just like you, I'm not impressed with the look. I would have been much happier with an enlarged S4. Now that being said, the Note 2 is by far the best device I've ever owned & clearly the Note 3 takes that legacy a few steps further. You might call me an Android fanboy or even more specifically a Samsung fanboy, so I will consider getting it anyway. Not interested in the Gear, though. My phone does NOT need a secretary.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 13:34 1

38. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Nope I call you a man that knows what he wants, based on prior experience, knowledge to make an informed decision, and choice. The new note will be a beast, the iPhone a beast jr lol. Enjoy your purchase bro. Can't go wrong with Samsung.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:22 3

17. jellmoo (Posts: 621; Member since: 31 Oct 2011)


I see your point here, but I have to question just how many people looking to buy a 4 inch iPhone are going to leave the store with a 5.7 inch Note 3.

(Plus: I think that for the typical iPhone user, just about none of your listed items actually matter to them)

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:39

24. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


For some people the only choice, is their choice. Fanboy1974 is one of those people. SMDH.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 08:02 1

26. LiquidGalaxy (Posts: 141; Member since: 03 Jul 2013)


Better OS? Debatable...very debatable...Not in my opinion after owning an S4 for the last 5 months and a Nexus 4 before that. About the only people that think Android is better are the 'root this, flash that' super geeks that like to tinker with the insides of everything. The rest of us either don't care or just don't want to spend a premium on a phone.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:17 1

15. Finalflash (Posts: 1436; Member since: 23 Jul 2013)


No they won't pick up the 5c, and hopefully not the 5s either. Hopefully they'll learn that this was Apple's most successful attempt to shaft them again and will go to someone else who doesn't shaft their own customer base this much. Once again, they have taken away the customer's primary choice and replaced it with a reduced alternative and forced them to either choose a very old and 8gb 4s or an expensive 5s (because almost no one above the age of 11 wants a 5c). Unfortunately for those that are either blind or trapped in the Apple ecosystem, the choice is now simpler as there is no choice. Time to pony up the cash for your beloved wallet rapist Apple overlord for the same phone they released last year.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 06:54

11. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


5S for me, c'mon Friday.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:00 1

13. 123456789 (Posts: 1; Member since: 15 Jul 2012)


iphone 5s ilike it m7 and ios 7 and finger scan verry nice

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:22

18. darkkjedii (Posts: 10102; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


+1 to that. I can't wait to get mine.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:30

20. palmguy (Posts: 214; Member since: 22 Mar 2011)


Hmm an Apple phone has been released and it hasn't sold out yet? Makes me wonder has the magic faded? Or will the 5c end up being in the bargain bin and the 5s is what really sells for Apple?

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 07:35 2

22. gixxerrider311 (Posts: 25; Member since: 14 Mar 2012)


I was going to go for the 5S but then I realized that I was gonna spend over $200 to upgrade from a 4S (and as much as I like Apple products it's just too much money for few features added), so I bought the HTC One which they have a sale at Best Buy for $50 and I have to say from the Android phones I've used in the past this is by far the best one, build quality is awesome on it, has a very nice display and is not as laggy as previous Android devices. I did keep my 4S to be used as an ipod just cause my whole library is on iTunes and I would hate to have to resync over 3000+ songs.

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 09:49

30. SellPhones82 (Posts: 473; Member since: 11 Dec 2008)


Shocker on the year so far! Still not sure why anyone would buy a 5C over even the 5, other than it being discontinued. Gonna take some time for the Carriers to unload all of the 5 they still have in stock and you know Apple is not going to let them return them either. Though all Apple has to do is pull the guts from the 5,place it in a plastic housing, and Boom! You have a 5C!

posted on 16 Sep 2013, 12:56

35. ChafedBanana (Posts: 355; Member since: 20 Sep 2011)


It won't take carriers long to unload the 5's. Not when their price dropped to $99. Allot of consumers would rather pick up a 5 with premium construction for $99 than a plastic one for the same price. I'd expect the 5's to pretty much be sold out everywhere by now.

posted on 17 Sep 2013, 10:14

39. sona22 (Posts: 1; Member since: 17 Sep 2013)


Here is where I am with this, I am an apple fan personally in fact you could easily call me an apple fan girl. However I have respect for other users of other mobile os. I have owned numerous android phones in the past from dell to htc to Samsung and in all of them I have noticed a drop in performance after a few months speed wise and after a year of use the phone has more glitches and issues than I can shake a stick at, this time period includes resetting the phone a few times and having the phone shop peeps take a look at it. The reason I like apple so much is not the design, I have seen far sexier designs on other phones but its the quality of the product that I see, yes it is over priced but for me, unlike android, I have never had any problem with either my 4 or my 4s in the 2 years of owning an iPhone, I am 14 months on from purchasing my 4s and it has neither slowed down nor had any faults what so ever. Also in the apple vs android war I think that a lot of people do not understand that some users just want a smartphone that works andnisneasy to use and powerful and smooth which is where apple comes in compared to androids developmentability that allows users to tinker with the core features along with having a powerful piece of kit. I think the whole debate needs to stop to be honest as in truth both operating systems are in a sense designed for 2 completely different sets of people and in reality anyway 70% of android users don't even use their phones to their fullest. I have 20+ friends who own android who lord it over me for having an iPhone but when u question them they don't use any of the dev features and just have them for the wow factor. So to sum up both os's are brilliant and it bils down to choice of what the individual likes and works for them, for me it's apple because I don't get any issues or performance over time issues like I do with android but I do understand and recognise androids brilliance and features in the mobile os development world

posted on 12 Feb 2014, 00:51

40. ndrey (Posts: 41; Member since: 30 Nov 2012)


Waiting for new iPhone 6

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