iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C: which one suits you?

The iPhone 5S was rumoured to be the next big thing and the iPhone 5C was set to be a budget smartphone. However, how true are these claims? Yesterday Apple unveiled both devices alongside iOS7 and we’ve put together a breakdown of whether or not either iPhone is worth your hard earned cash.

The iPhone 5S costs £549 and the iPhone 5C is certainly not a budget smartphone at £469. Yet, apart from the price what else differentiates the two iPhones?

The iPhone 5S is available in silver, gold and grey and features a faster A7 processor, a Touch ID fingerprint sensor, an iSight camera with a larger 8MP sensor, which collects 33% more light than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5S is available in three different sizes, 16GB, 32GB and 64GB and weighs the same as its predecessor the iPhone 5, at 112g.

On the other hand, the iPhone 5C comes in a number of colours – blue, green, yellow, pink and white. The cheaper iPhone includes an A6 processor as well as an 8MP iSight camera but there is no Touch ID fingerprint sensor. The iPhone 5C is only available with 16GB or 32GB of storage space. The iPhone 5C weighs slightly more than the iPhone 5 and the iPhone 5S at 132g.

The iPhone 5C looks rather plastic and that’s because it is, however, Apple state that the steel-reinforced frame that has been laser-welded to individual plastic pieces grants the iPhone 5C it’s structural integrity and allows the iPhone 5C to look magnificent.

Both iPhones come with iOS7 preinstalled and ready to use from the box and both iPhones include a 4inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136×640 and 326ppi. More importantly, Apple boasts that both iPhones have a talktime battery life of up to 10hours on 3G. However, we will surely be putting that to the test.

Yet apart from the plastic case and the plastic covers available on the Apple site there are no other hints that this is anywhere near being a budget smartphone. In actual fact the iPhone 5C is a more colourful, less-powerful and heavier version of the iPhone 5S. However, if you want to upgrade your smartphone or get your hands on an iPhone we would have to pick the iPhone 5C over the iPhone 5S. Why? Well simple really, after the latest NSA scandal I would not want Apple having anyway of copying my fingerprint.

In actual fact Laptops.co.uk would recommend the iPhone 5, slightly slower than the iPhone 5S but in almost every other domain it equals its successor and does not feature fingerprint sensor technology.