Apple announce iPhone 5C and 5S - which should you buy?

11 September 2013

apple logo So, Apple finally unveiled the newest iPhones and, just like everyone assumed, there's going to be the cheaper 5C and the finger-print scanner-having 5S). With the choice of two, which one should you get?

Well, with the iPhone 5S, you'll have a phone with new processors. Apple said that the new A7 chip will be twice as fast as the iPhone 5 and that it'll run 64-bit architecture, which they say makes it "desktop class".

The new fingerprint scanner is a neat gimmick that a lot of people will buy into (we've seen it before on other phones, obviously) but this time, Apple will no doubt combine it with the kind of technology that enables you to make contactless payments and such, which could be useful. The 5S will also have a new camera, with bigger pixels rather than more as well as 'True Tone' which will give a better balance of colour.

The new iPhone 5C meanwhile will come in five different colours - white, yellow, red, blue and green - with the design being described as "beautifully, unapologetically plastic". With that, Apple have made a more durable handset. However, the 5C is expensive and not at all cheap like many assumed.

Buying the 5C out of contract will cost you £469 for the 16GB version and £549 for the 32GB model. If you're looking for a budget handset, it won't be Apple you're going to. The innards and such are essentially the same as the iPhone 5 too, so basically, if you want the 5C, you'll be buying it for the case alone.

So there you have it. Two new iPhones to choose from - which will you Apple fans be going for?

TOPICS:   Mobile


  • Russ
    "Apple will no doubt combine it with the kind of technology that enables you to make contactless payments and such, which could be useful." Contactless payments require NFC, which apple have omitted again and which are coming to be standard on lots of android phones
  • shiftynifty
    5S for me....Chewbacca
  • jack p.
    Hey! Were is lucy?..............
  • tin
    Neither. They should have put 128GB in it and stopped charging quite so much just for a little extra flash storage. The arses.
  • Ian
    “beautifully, unapologetically plastic” Pretty sure that's what sneering iPhone users and Apple themselves have used as the main stick with which to beat the Samsung Galaxy S range, even though each iteration of it has been superior to the equivalent iPhone model.
  • smashingnicey
    I'm waiting for the 5B - made in 'resolutely inappropriate bakelite'. A bit ho hum really.
  • jokester
    So the new iPhones are built to compete with the Samsung Galaxy 2 ? The Galaxy S3, S4 and Note 2 all wipe the floor with these new iPhones, despite they have been out for far longer!
  • Fanboy
    IOS >>>>>>>>>>>>>>Android Deal with the facts. Don't be jealous.
  • jokester
    @ Fanboy LMFAO. Apart from the fact that Android is far more sophisticated, has more features and gives you much more for far less money........ even Steve Jobs said that Android will win! Dipshit!
  • Big M.
    @Jokester - HTC One ?
  • Fanboy
    @jokester more features?? Usable features? Give me a break. Garbage. Android will win because people are buying budget android phones for £70. ios profit vs android. You tell me?
  • jokester
    @Big Mozzer What about it? It is more sophisticated, has more features and costs less than a iPhone 5. @Fanboy iDiot More features - Yes, including: external memory, NFC, the ability to transfer files in a sensible manner without requiring data connections which are often impractical and expensive. Usable features - Yes, but only for people with some common sense and the ability to work more than 1 button. The only remotely valid point you make is regarding budget android phones - they are usually low-spec devices running an outdated version of Android. You can't compare a £100 Android phone to a £600 iPhone, but you can compare a £300 Android phone to a £600 iPhone and the Android will usually win hands-down on specification, functionality and value. The iPhone will win on aesthetics and usability depends on the user. Android's biggest problem is the fragmentation - far too many devices running outdated software. This is where the Nexus range comes in - always the latest software without being messed around with by both the phone manufacturer and the carrier.
  • Big M.
    @Jokester. Just saying there's more to life than Samsung. Prefer build quality of the HTC One.
  • Chewbacca
    @Keith Fucking Wankballs You forgot my good friend Tennant's. You fucking moron.
  • jack p.
    And Yet again i ask.............................. Where the fuck is Lucy?
  • ipeters345
    neither unless you have loads of money or are gullible in which case join the queues; will be a great sales opportunity to sell gullible/rich people loads of other overpriced over hyped products...
  • Chilled
    You people seem awfully angry. Maybe if you had a little more going on in your life, you would be less apt to make stupid comments about the benefits of one phone over another. Like everything else in this world, there are choices. And people make those choices based upon what is important to them. If it makes no difference on how you live your life, then why the hell do you care? And if you do care, then try obtaining more of a life, and less of opinion about what others do

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