Apple iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5 – Comparison

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In summary, Apple iPhone 5C is like the iPhone 5 in a plastic body. Usually when Apple launches a new flagship, they keep previous year flagship as the low cost device. This year however, Apple decides to kill off last year’s flagship, the iPhone 5 and position a new smart phone, the iPhone 5C as the low cost iPhone. The iPhone 13, iPhone 13 Pro Max and iPhone 12 Pro Max are the latest flagship from Apple.

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What this means is that if existing stock of iPhone 5 sells out, you will no longer be able to find new models of the gorgeous smart phone. So, now is the time to decide whether to buy the iPhone 5 or the iPhone 5C. In terms of performance, the two phones will be the same.

You may also consider the iPhone 6S.

The iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C are now selling side by side at Jumia store with the iPhone 5 about 6,000 Naira cheaper, so now is the time to make your choice before existing stock of iPhone 5 sells out. This articles shows some of the key differences.

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The Design

The design is where the two phones differ. While the iPhone 5C’s body is made of polycarbonate plastic, iPhone 5 is built with top grade Aluminium. This difference in material makes the two phones feel different. iPhone 5 is more than 1 mm slimmer than the iPhone 5C and is also 20 grammes lighter.

iPhone 5C though heavier due to the plastic body, offer more colour options for this reason. While the iPhone 5 can be found in just black or white, iPhone 5C is available in yellow, green, blue, red, or white.

Hardware & Software

Apple iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C feature the same A6 processor, but iPhone 5C will be shipping with iOS 7 while iOS 7 update for iPhone 5 are already available. It is not clear at the time of writing whether the iPhone 5C will be coming with the same 1GB RAM or something higher. All this points to the fact that in terms of smooth performance both devices would not have much on each other.

The big performance boost that the iPhone 5C has over the iPhone 5 is its larger battery that offers up to 2 hours more talk time. While iPhone 5 can only offer up to 8 hours, iPhone 5C can do up to 10 hours.

Aside these the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C is largely the same. They both feature the same 4.0-inch Retina display and same 8 megapixel iSight camera with 1.2 MP FaceTime camera, although iPhone 5C adds a BSI sensor to the front camera. They both feature 4G LTE and dual-band Wi-Fi.

The Bottom Line

Compared to the iPhone 5C, the iPhone 5 is still a great device. It is sleek and stylish and will not be known as the cheap iPhone even that while stocks lasts it will sell cheaper than the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5C offers you more colour options and more use time. Apple has discontinued the iPhone 5, so if you fancy the smart phone, the time to buy is now.

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Paschal Okafor is NaijaTechGuide Team Lead. The article Apple iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5 – Comparison was written by Paschal Okafor. The article was last modified: February 16th, 2022
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