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

57. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

iphone 5 has best 8 mp camera tbh

13. Alex123

Posts: 241; Member since: Oct 17, 2012

iphone 5C falls behind any of those phone. Funny Apple. Battery life is poor, Screen resolution is behind the others (the phone that it compares with), cheap plastic body. If Apple really wants to sell this phone, i think the price should be around US$ 300. Apple always give a highest value its product. haha....

14. amiaq

Posts: 509; Member since: Jun 30, 2012

In the next 12 months either you are fan boys or extremely ignorant if you still go with the iphone.

15. _god_

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Take that Xperia Z off the list and replace it with the Xperia ZL ! I always liked the ZL over the Z The ZL's display is better calibrated , to my eyes looks better than the Z It comes with a dedicated shutter button Cheaper than Xperia Z Nice , Slim bezel , smaller device footprint , nicer to hold ! Xperia Z is a fingerprint magnet , ZL is not ! I heard that the Z's speaker wasn't that good , and ZL's speaker is slightly better . Also , this is personal but , I don't need those waterproof stuff and Xperia Z will always get a black face no matter what colour you pick , while in the white ZL you get a white face . One of the reasonwhy i like my white Galaxy s2 over the black one . Hmm , dont know much about the P6 but i think the ZL is defitnately better than the One mini and the fugly Galaxy s3

58. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Xperia z is the worst phone I ever had

105. _god_

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

Why ? And why you pick it over the ZL ?

110. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

Worst display,crappy camera, battery life is bad,feeble loudspeaker, has so much Wi-Fi issues,lags and produces so much heat. I picked it over ZL because of water resistance and better reviews

122. _god_

Posts: 47; Member since: Aug 13, 2013

I was seriously considering a ZL to replace my Galaxy S3 lol . The xperia Z looks a little like the Galaxy s2 , hate the new crapsung design All the thing Sony advertised like Superior Auto , clear Audio+ and stamina mode not working for you ? I like the screen of the Xperia Z series , it looks natural . I hate took a photo and edit it on the phone using the build in photo editor thinking it looks perfect post it to flickr , instagram and then only later to find out colour wasnt quite right lol . But thanks , I will be more aware of the Z/ZL problems

126. HalaMadrid

Posts: 92; Member since: Sep 04, 2013

I tried all of them but it gave me just little bit of improvements (still not good for me) Yeah but it's not saturated and looks very bad in sunlight

17. SonyPS4

Posts: 347; Member since: May 21, 2013

Get Iphone 4s than this if you want IOS. Dont let them fool you

24. robocopvn

Posts: 504; Member since: Mar 10, 2010

haha normally when the new Iphone5S released, you will get the Iphone5 with $99 on contract, not this cheap 5C haha. Wanna play some bad trick Apple ? watch your stock price

59. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Dude the 5c is the same as the 5 with a colorful case. Not a trick.

27. fanboy1974

Posts: 1345; Member since: Nov 12, 2011

What was the reason for not including the Nexus 4?

31. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Yes, I'll take any of the mobiles shown in the pics. over 5C or there are also more alternatives with new flagships out there. Apple's new innovation that Cheap is actually Costly. :D

32. THE.DARK.KNIGHT

Posts: 269; Member since: Sep 09, 2013

WHF phonearena? Galaxy s3 was one of the best (if not the best) android camera phones in 2012!

36. ryq24

Posts: 875; Member since: Oct 17, 2011

Apple will continue to lose market share with those price.

37. ddeath

Posts: 170; Member since: Apr 14, 2012

Seriously at this price, they should just continue to release iPhone 5 in different colours instead. That would be more appealing! For example like the HTC One in red. But now, we get this plastic body that cost as much as the old iPhone 5. Man...

76. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

But that would net them less profit. This is a ploy to sell people last years phone with lower cost materials.

41. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

That "value for the money" equation REALLY looks bad against the LG G2, also brand new this month. They're both plastic, both $200 contract for 32 GB, but the G2 gives you a new 13 MP OIS camera and a 60% bigger screen. Beyond the usual arguments of resale value and "it's an iPhone", how do you justify that?

47. good2great

Posts: 1042; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

why is everyone whining about iphone 5c vs other handsets? PA never said that this phone was better... all they are asking us is which popular android phone would we choose that costs much less than the iphone 5c. smh

60. clevername

Posts: 1436; Member since: Jul 11, 2008

Because people get their feelings hurt over the phones they like. And if you don't agree they have to argue until you're convinced or you are stupid. This is the internet bro.

53. Tuxedo

Posts: 356; Member since: Mar 19, 2013

LG Optimus G Pro is one of the best value of 2013, if not The Best.

54. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

61. _PHug_

Posts: 482; Member since: Oct 11, 2011

Price does not matter to Apple fans. They have been overpaying for mediocre products for years. Slap a picture of an apple on the back of anything and it sells.

70. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Eh, the pricing was fair a few years back. After they fixed the death-grip antenna, the iPhone 4 was a brilliant device with an unbeaten screen and great camera. Everything since has been grossly overpriced, especially the 32 GB and 64 GB versions.

77. tedkord

Posts: 17356; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

The iPhone 4 was also about the peak of iPhone exterior design. Though I do like the new gray model of the 5s.

85. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

The iPhone 5 is still a sweet design, incredibly light and thin. But the pricing was all wrong. No comparable (32 GB) phone can get away with a full price of $750/$300 contract. You pay at least a $100 premium "because it's the iPhone".

65. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

This page is a joke.... Iphonearena.com

71. roldefol

Posts: 4744; Member since: Jan 28, 2011

Did you even read the article? They're saying the 5c is a waste of money!

74. amilcarmz86

Posts: 95; Member since: Jul 09, 2013

did you read the article? they are saying that each of this phones have disadvantages in front of the iphone 5c. Take a look again.

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