Apple iPhone 5s twice as popular as iPhone 5c

The Apple iPhone 5s is outselling the colorful and plastic iPhone 5c at a ratio of two to one, proving to be the main driver of iPhone sales in the United States…
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77 Comments

7. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

The idea of an affordable smart phone is on point. The problem is the 5C isn't affordable (and hideous). Cheap products aren't Apple's game. They should have, and should moving forward, stick to high quality, fashionable products their massive fanbase desires.

41. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

The only reason the 5Cheap was introduced is because of the cost to manufacture it.

42. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

*Edit: ...manufacture it compared to the iP5(non-S edition). PA, you really need to remove the 240 second edit limit. What is the benefit from keeping it?

61. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

D_x_D, that is your opinion. Apple's official story was that the 5 was not easy to scale as was the case with the 4S, 4, etc. If you ask me, the 5C is Apple's new way to leverage a new market. For example, look to 2014 when Apple tries to introduce the iPhone 6 -- the 5S will drop to its position, and now you have the 5C being offered at rock bottom prices. It will be a homerun for Apple to get a 5C for free or $49 in 2014. To get to those prices Apple needs a huge production run meaning it gets to produce the 5C for at least 2 years, thus further lowering their long term average cost curve via economies of scale and scope. Therefore, it's clear to me you really don't understand the concept "cost to manufacture it." The parts cost is what you are hinting at because of the plastic shell, but the lowering of the long run cost curve is the biggie. That is one serious mf*ker competitive edge that Apple has over android OEMs. For example, the processors are recycled or have long production runs, the 4" screen is being spread out over hundreds of millions of units, etc., etc. Android OEM cannot make this level of economies of scale and scope.

3. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

As I have said before, in my opinion majority of Apple product users are just trend followers, they don't want to buy "cheap" iPhones since according to such people cheap is not cool and it is not good device if you want just to show off.

25. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

uh no, after all the intellegent guesses in this forum you decide to go this route? lol The same can be said for Galaxy products then... hmmmm?

29. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"The same can be said for Galaxy products then... hmmmm?" No, because: 1. Android based smartphones (including Galaxy series products) are cheaper than iPhone. 2. People buys Android based smartphones not because they want look cool or trendy, but because of practical possibilities that Android based smartphones can give you. While majority of iPhone users buys iPhone just to show off.

34. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

you have to admit that samsung devices are pretty trendy and hip now. you see just as many galaxy phone as you do iphones nowadays.

39. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Samsung devices are populart because of practical thngs and people buys them because of practical thngs not because they are popular. While Apple products are popular just because brand name trend. And it is two totally different things.

50. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

thats your opinion PAU... the fact of both of our statements is that both phones are popular... so people buy them because they are popular. we both know half of the people who buy the galaxy phones use those gimmicky features... same with iphone... most people probably wont turn on the fingerprint scanner. samsung is a popular brand same as apple.

55. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

samsung is 70% gimmick features & 30% practical uses. in the world of popular/trendy phones it's well known that Samsung & Apple are top two in this category. you're in complete denial trying to justify Samsung as a non-trendy phone. ppl buy iPhones for 1 of 2 reasons...either a: b/c they have had too many bad exp. w/Android that they are sick of the OS (which is what i see more of) & b: most ppl can grasp the UI.

69. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

No, it is you in denial! It is doesn't matter it is Samsung phone or not, if it is Android based device then it has much more practical use than iPhone. 100 Things iPhone 5S - 5C Can't do Android Phones Can:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uVTrazT99Ps

73. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

dude why are you posting that video? The study of what's practical vs why people buy are two different things. how can you sit there and say iphone and samsung are popular but people only buy samsung because its practical features? That's dumb... its so easy to accept the fact that people are blind on both sides of the fence.

75. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

"how can you sit there and say iphone and samsung are popular but people only buy samsung because its practical features?" Because practical features made Android based devices popular.

74. 9thWonderful

Posts: 232; Member since: Jan 24, 2013

lol...this guy. ignorance (denial) is bliss i guess.

76. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

You are in denial.

10. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

Apple was trying to "redfine" the term "affordable" with 5C and failed miserably.

14. Sauce unregistered

$50.00 on a 2 year contract is really affordable compared to $200.00 for the 5s. The fact of the matter is, that there are two options, and one of them happens to be an iPhone that is cheaper than its posterboy model.

30. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

Remember that you are talking only about U.S. market. In the rest of the word it doesn't work in such way.

32. Sauce unregistered

Sigh. "The Apple iPhone 5s is outselling the colorful and plastic iPhone 5c at a ratio of two to one, proving to be the main driver of iPhone sales in the United States...."

36. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

rusticguy says: "Apple was trying to "redfine" the term "affordable" with 5C and failed miserably." Sauce's reply to rusticguy: "$50.00 on a 2 year contract is really affordable compared to $200.00 for the 5s." PhoneArenaUser's reply to Sauce: "Remember that you are talking only about U.S. market. In the rest of the word it doesn't work in such way." I hope that now you fell sequence.

62. ardent1

Posts: 2000; Member since: Apr 16, 2011

smh. PhoneArenaUser, Apple sold about 9 million units of 5S and 5C around the WORLD on launch weekend. What was your point again?

70. PhoneArenaUser

Posts: 5498; Member since: Aug 05, 2011

What your comment has to do with my comment??? Do you even realize that we were talking about prices not about how many devices Apple sold???

15. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Absolute super device. 5S is beast.

21. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

I think I may give in and upgrade my 4S when I come back to the US in December. If I can trade in the 4S and not pay a dime for the 5S (16 GB) then why not?!

22. PapaSmurf

Posts: 10457; Member since: May 14, 2012

You can sell your iPhone 4S on CL for $250 and have $50 extra in your pocket. :)

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

True.

28. darkkjedii

Posts: 30833; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Go for it.

43. Droid_X_Doug

Posts: 5993; Member since: Dec 22, 2010

And the 5Cheap is popular only for Timmy. If you had to choose between the 5 and the 5Cheap, would you buy the Cheap?

18. TechDork

Posts: 400; Member since: May 10, 2010

When I start my Spring semester & get my refund check from school, I may get the i5S......simply because I'll have the money to do so
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