Apple iPhone 5s vs Apple iPhone 5c
This year is different for Apple, seeing that instead of offering one brand new iPhone, the company in fact decided to bring to market TWO new iPhones. Before, the decision was a bit easier, and at times, a no-brainer decision for some. However, that’s all changing now as both the Apple iPhone 5s is going to be doing business with its sibling in the iPhone 5c. Naturally, there are significantly more hardware advantages going with the iPhone 5s, but the cheaper iPhone 5c packs its own snappy punch.
Distinctively iPhones from the front, as they bear many of the iconic design characteristics of iPhones past, but that’s where it ends. Flipping them to the rear, it’s quite noticeable that the iPhone 5s is regarded as the more premium smartphone, as it employs an aluminum casing – whereas the iPhone 5c opts for a polycarbonate plastic casing. If you’re all about quality construction with a premium look, the iPhone 5s is hands down the device for you. However, you can’t quite count out the iPhone 5c, seeing that it stands out from a sea of crowded smartphones thanks to the bright color options available with it. And at the same time, its rounded edges make it more comfortable to hold. Needless to say, the iPhone 5s continues to catch eyes with its luxury appearance, but in all fairness, we find the iPhone 5c to have an even bigger drawing factor – thanks in part to its colorful looks.
Looking around the bodies of both phones, all the ports and buttons are featured in both. However, there are a few differences. First, the volume control buttons are different, as the iPhone 5c switches it up with its narrower set. Secondly, the iPhone 5s incorporates a biometric fingerprint reader into its home button, which enables us to unlock the device and confirm our iTunes password for app purchases with a touch. Thirdly, there are more cutouts for the speaker grill on the iPhone 5s. Although they both size up evenly with their 8-megapixel iSight cameras, the iPhone 5s benefits from newer hardware gear – it has a larger f2.2 aperture lens, dual-LED flash, and larger sized pixels at 1.5µm thanks to 15% bigger image sensor.
4.87 x 2.31 x 0.3 inches
123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm
3.95 oz (112 g)
4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches
124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97 mm
4.66 oz (132 g)
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The iPhone 5s is sporting some killer hardware under the hood, which is fitting seeing that it’s Apple’s flagship phone, however, the iPhone 5c manages to sport the same display as its highly esteemed sibling – a 4-inch Retina Display that features a resolution of 640 x 1136 pixels. Meticulously looking at the two in various lighting conditions and angles, we realize that there’s no difference between the two, as everything is identical. From their very accurate color reproduction, wide viewing angles, strong brightness output, and superb outdoor visibility, everything is remarkable spot-on with these two.
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