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

The basic 16 GB iPhone 5c will sell for $99 on a two-year contract, and the whopping $549 unsubsidized. A quick look at both subsidized and unsubsidized prices of current 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...
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129 Comments

121. _god_

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Trilumimous is awesome Saw the Sony VAIO Pro , XZU screen ? Nice

62. raghu67

Posts: 32; Member since: Aug 23, 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..

84. saiki4116

Posts: 413; Member since: Mar 31, 2011

Welcome to iPhonearena.. lol

96. Kishin

Posts: 706; Member since: May 30, 2013

Hey the xperia Z beats iphone 5c in everyway

101. Trololol

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

u mean lag?

3. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 2013

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

19. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

44. blingblingthing

Posts: 963; Member since: Oct 23, 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.

46. jaytai0106

Posts: 1888; Member since: Mar 30, 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

64. LiquidGalaxy

Posts: 332; Member since: Jul 03, 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.

69. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

My S3 is flying right now on Android 4.3

109. AKumar47

Posts: 48; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

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

114. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 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.

67. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

89. iDroid8

Posts: 155; Member since: Oct 16, 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

115. E.N.

Posts: 2610; Member since: Jan 25, 2009

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

4. rms.max

Posts: 95; Member since: Sep 26, 2012

5c = biggest flop .

5. scriptwriter

Posts: 396; Member since: Nov 13, 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

10. cosimonh

Posts: 12; Member since: Apr 27, 2013

Same or Superior Cheap or China or Colorful

25. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

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

33. Mk_08

Posts: 1; Member since: Sep 01, 2013

iPhone S*#t iPhone Crap

40. quakan

Posts: 1418; Member since: Mar 02, 2011

S = Security C = Color

72. tedkord

Posts: 17357; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

S = Sushi C = Chirashizushi Now I'm hungry.

94. EclipseGSX

Posts: 1776; Member since: Oct 18, 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.

102. Trololol

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

oh really?

6. Akfred

Posts: 76; Member since: Nov 08, 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

21. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 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.

23. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 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.

28. Trololol

Posts: 33; Member since: Sep 12, 2013

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

42. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Only games with low quality graphics.

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