Wednesday, September 11, 2013

iPhone 5S vs. iPhone 5C: Which Should You Buy?


If you're looking to upgrade your iPhone, it's the first time you have to decide between two brand new models: the iPhone 5S or the lower-priced iPhone 5C.
We don't have the right answer to which you should choose — it's all about picking what's best for your preferences, whether you're an app power user and crave more security features (iPhone 5S specialties) or want a cheaper option (the iPhone 5C would win here). The good news is both options are pretty solid.
Still, major differences exist between the two. The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are similar in size, but the casing on the budget 5C is soft silicon rubber rather than anodized aluminum. Plus, the 5C comes in brighter colors — blue, green, yellow, pink and white — while the 5S is more subtle in gray, silver and gold.
But perhaps the biggest difference is the 64-bit mobile processor on the 5S, which has twice the performance of the iPhone 5C. If you're an avid gamer or app user, the 5S is your go-to. But then again, apps that take advantage of the full power likely won't hit the App Store for a while.
The iPhone 5S also has a lot of incentive for mobile photographers. The camera upgrades are significant, including a five-element lens, a larger sensor and more sophisticated image processing.
Another neat feature is the fingerprint sensor on the iPhone 5S called Touch ID, which can replace the lock screen code. With the touch of a finger, you can bypass the log-in screen and even purchase items in iTunes. The sensor lives at the top of the touch home button. The iPhone 5S also touts a new CoreMotion API, which could lead to smarter health and fitness apps. If you live by those, the 5S sounds like a better option.
However, the iPhone 5C is nothing to scoff at — in fact, it's basically an iPhone 5 disguised in a fluorescent body. Sure, it comes with only a few upgrades — including improved FaceTime and support for more LTE networks — but it features virtually everything its predecessor had at a lower price.
For a full look at how the devices compare, check out the chart below. Which do you think is the better iPhone for you? Let us know in the comments.

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