iPhone 5s vs 5c: What is Changed and Which one is For You?


Apple recently unveiled two new iPhones for the first time ever, creating a stir worldwide in smartphone markets. While the iPhone 5s is mostly well-received and is enjoying much fanfare already, the iPhone 5c is a bit controversial. It brings a new design and is supposedly aimed towards new markets, in short, the cheaper version. Despite this, it comes with a hard-to-swallow price tag.

But regardless of anything, iPhone 5C is cheaper than the iPhone 5s. Which one should you be buying? Your decision should depend on the following factors:


The iPhone 5s looks better than the previous iPhone 5 and also better than the 5c (despite the fact that it’s actually 5c which is replacing the 5). It is quite sleek, weighing in at just 112g and being 7.6mm thick. Compared to that, the 5c is a bit chubby at 132g heavy and 9mm thick.

Also, while the 5s is made of premium materials (high-grade aluminium), the 5c is made of polycarbonate plastic. But don’t let that fool you. We haven’t handled it ourselves yet but since it uses a reinforced steel structure within, it’s one of the sturdiest plastic phones yet. (At least according to journalists who’ve used it.) It still won’t be beating aluminium though.

The 5c comes in a wide range of colours (five to be precise) while the 5s comes in three colour combinations, which come with more serious looks.

As for the screen, both have 4 inch Retina Displays with Gorilla Glass.

One huge addition on the 5s is Touch ID, which is a great substitute for passwords. The fingerprint scanner can memorize multiple fingerprints, is made of sapphire and has 500 pixels per inch. That is something not found on the 5c.


This is probably where the 5s has taken the biggest strides. The new A7 is the first 64-bit processor in a smartphone which is twice as fast as the A6 found in the 5c. Graphics are twice as fast too. Also making an entry is the M7 motion co-processor.

Now, of course, the A6 is not too bad either and will get the job done if you plan on playing casual games but to really believe in the A7, you have to see the Infinity Blade III demo. If that doesn’t impress you, nothing will.


On the software side, both the 5s and 5c are almost similar, with the former getting an edge due to the Touch ID. The technology has been incorporated cleverly in several aspects of the user interface such as software and music purchases in App Store and iTunes.

The iWork suite and iMovie & iPhoto are free too which should really boost productivity from your iOS device.


The cameras on both the 5s and 5c are of 8 megapixels. But again, the camera on the 5s is better, with a larger sensor, larger pixel size and a True Tone dual-led Flash. It also does 720p videos at 120fps, slow motion videos and of course, 1080p videos at 30fps. The 5c can only stand its ground in that last instance.


The iPhone 5c is considerably cheaper, at $549 for the starting model. The 5s however, will be starting at around $700 for the starting model. That’s a difference of around 20,000 PKR when the phones will hit the Pakistani market initially.


The difference of 20,000 PKR is quite a lot but spending that extra money gets justified easily in the case of 5s. The upper-end model easily outclasses its younger brother in virtually every category.

Or you may as well get the iPhone 5 which can be found for even cheaper. It won’t be supported by its manufacturer as much though. One last choice is the 4S which is the cheapest right now but its aging hardware makes it a less than ideal choice.

And lastly, here’s the recap:

Why should I choose iPhone 5S

  • More serious design
  • Thinner, Lighter
  • Touch ID, Better home button
  • Apple A7, M7 processor
  • Better 8 megapixel camera, True Tone, Slow-motion videos

Why should I choose iPhone 5C

  • Cheaper
  • More colorful, youthful and glossy
  • Plastic can take more hits on the ground
  • Basically a redesigned iPhone 5 (if that’s a plus point for you)

  • “The iPhone 5s looks better than the previous iPhone 5”

    wow.. can you please elaborate the apparent difference between the two? as far as I can understand, they look identical!

      • PeeDroid …

        why are you keep talking nonsense to everyone and writing negative comments on each and every person who is not in favor of apple… if you have grudges with android keep it to yourself or by max give your opinion separately who the hell are you to comment and negate others….try to learn how to give respect if need to be respected.

  • lol. do you even do your study or make comments in the air? people are laughing at this launch and Nokia is having a field day!

  • Stock prices down by 4%-6%, investors not impressed. It [5C] was supposed to be the cheaper option for emerging markets and it isn’t.
    ~$600 after taxes is S4 price range, just wait for the nexus5 it should be ~350 for 16GB version.

  • Samsuck: We Will Be Using 64 Bit Processor In Upcoming Models.. Oh Really Samsuck!!
    Next Samsuck Will Have Its Finger Print Sensor On Its “Home” Button Like Apple.. They Will Name It Galaxy Sensor.
    Apple Invent For Others To Follow.
    One More Thing: Apple Dont Make Products For Middle Or Poor Class. So 5c Price Is For Upper Middle Class & 5S For Upper Class.

    • samsung kahan ponch gaya aur ye log usi jagha pe hai jahan se chalay thay same design nothing new jo log hawai type k hotay hai ziyada tar wohe log ye apple k phone kharidtay hain
      joke of the year apple 5s and 5c

      • Kahan Poncha Ha Samsung??
        Apple Ek Product Se Itna Kama Leta Ha Jub Ke Samsung Har Month New Mobile Nikalta Ha..
        Usme Kya Faraq Hota Ha Koi 4.3 Inch, Koi 4.6 Inch, Koi 5.2 Inch, Koi 5.7 Inch..
        Phir Ek Update Deta Ha Samsung Chaly Usmain Bugs Hoon Ya Na Ho.. 3GS Ko Apple Ne 4 Sall Free Software Update Di Ha..
        Samsung Woh Log Letay Hain Jiki Eyesight Weak Ho..

        • Mera nahi khayal kay Iphone ko itne bare ceremony karni ki zarorat te.

          Sirf style, design, ram, processor, color etc change karnay say koe new invention nahi hue.

          Yeh sare cheezain android karta rehta hai aur sath sath samung, huwei, HTC etc tu kafi kuch kar raha hai.

          Bus log waisay hi pagal ho rahay hai iphone kay pechay.

          We have two Iphone 4, 4s with my brother and when i am comparing with my android then really i am feeling i am not wasting my money even design wise etc i am is the best. and when you see the market, android is giving everything.

          Bus wahi bat kay log waisay hi pagal diwana ho rahay hai shahrukh, salman, amir khan kay filmaon par jaisay indian industry pagal hai.

          Iphone hath main lainay ka maqsad hai kay nokia 3310 pehlay hota ta samung etc set kay muqbalay main.

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      If You Use Thumb Then It Will Automatically Unlock It.
      Hope You Get It!!

  • everyone has their own preferences,,, some like apple some like android, and in android ppl have many choices, you can go for samsung, htc, sony, LG and some very solid fones but with lower brand ratings like huawei, acer ZTE and etc

    but why do people start comparing apple and google with their operating systems, its time to grow up, both are offering an OS, its up to you which ever you choose and whatever you like.

    I guess i will definitely sound dumb if i start saying that Windows 8 is useless and Apple’s Mac OS is the OS of choice and should be used by everyone. WTH man, its your choice, you can choose and use whatever you like. be it iphone or android or even windows 8 mobile, its your choice.

    Now, as per my personal opinion (MY VERY OWN 2-CENTS) I like IOS and I like APPLE, but my choice of phones are ALWAYS GALAXY, why, because it doesnt matter if it lags, it doesnt matter if its skinned with touchwiz, the things i want to do, and the way i like them to do, only that thing is giving me.

    it doesnt mean that i should start talking against apple, its just my personal preference. within my family there are many kinds of users, I personally use android, my sister always prefers apple, and my brother, he is still stuck at symbian, and he does not want to change, so its his choice. if he is satisfied in symbian, he should use it.

    i dont get it what is all this fighting in comparison about android and apple all the time ?

    it seems like we dont have anything else to do so we are coming here at forums and releasing all our stresses.

    I have been a long time reader of PROPK but i never posted, this is the first time I am posting something, and I do know that I am simply wasting my time cos this fight is never going to stop. :)

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