The highly anticipated new iPhones are finally coming to India on November 1. While many Apple loyalists wait impatiently for the phones to hit the market, some consumers ponder on whether buying either of the Apple smartphones is actually worth the money.
The iPhone 5C and 5S series was launched by Apple in September. It has proved to be a massive hit in international markets, with 9 million iPhone 5s and 5c phones being sold in just three days.
This is the first time Apple has actually announced a launch date for India indicating that the country is a serious potential market for the tech giant.
- 4-inch Retina Display.
- Powered by A7 chipset – based on 64-bit PC architecture.
- Co-processor called M7 for motion sensing activities.
- 8-mega pixel camera,
- Dual LED flashlight, and a rear back camera that can record 720p HD movie in 120fps.
- 4G LTE (TD-LTE).
- Plastic shell and has a bigger battery as compared to that of the iPhone 5.
- 4-inch Retina display
- Powered by Apple A6x chipset (dual core)
- 8MP rear facing camera along with a FaceTime HD camera.
- 4G LTE (TD-LTE).
||Height: 4.87 inches; width: 2.31 inches; depth: 0.30 inch (123.8 by 58.6 by 7.6 millimeters)||Height: 4.90 inches; width: 2.33 inches; depth: 0.35 inch (124.4 by 59.2 by 8.97 millimeters).|
||Talk time is up to 10 hours on 3G. Internet works for up to 10 hours on LTE and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Up to 10 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by service personnel only.||Talk time is up to 10 hours on 3G. Internet works for up to 10 hours on LTE and up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi. Up to 10 hours of video playback. Battery can be replaced by service personnel only.|
||Back camera is 8 megapixels, with individual pixels at 1.5 microns and a maximum aperture of f/2.2. Front camera is 1.2 megapixels, with individual pixels at 1.9 microns.||Back camera is 8 megapixels, with individual pixels at 1.4 microns and a maximum aperture of f/2.4. Front camera is 1.2 megapixels, with individual pixels at 1.9 microns.|
||4-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels at 326 pixels per inch.||4-inch (diagonal) with a resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels at 326 pixels per inch.|
||High-definition (1080p - comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio. Slow-motion mode records at 120 frames per second, which makes video appear slower when spaced out at 30 frames per second.||high-definition (1080p - comparable to the resolution of a 40-inch flat panel TV) up to 30 frames per second with audio. No slow-motion mode.|
||3.95 ounces (112 grams)||4.65 ounces (132 grams).|
||Silver, gold, gray||white, pink, yellow, blue or green|
Apart from the price, here are some key differences between the phones:
The iPhone 5S has a faster processor than the 5C. The 5S sports an Apple A7 processor, while the heart of the 5C is a 1Ghz Apple A6. According to Apple, the iPhone 5s is the first smartphone in the world to be powered by a chip with a 64-bit architecture. The iPhone 5s' A7 chip delivers CPU and graphics performance up to 2x faster than the A6 chip.
* M7 co-processor
The iPhone 5S is the first iPhone to include a motion co-processor. This is a chip that interacts with the iPhone's physical sensors--the accelerometer, compass, and gyroscope--to provide new feedback and options to apps. This could include much more detailed fitness and exercise apps, and the ability to know whether the user is sitting or standing. It's such a new feature that there won't be a lot of apps that use it right away, but it could be a major asset.
The camera on the 5S offers dual-flash for truer-to-life colors, the ability to record slow-motion video at 120 frames/second in 720p HD, and a burst mode that captures up to 10 photos per second. The 5C's camera, while very good, offers none of these advanced features. Both 5S and 5C max out at 8 megapixel still images and 1080p HD video but 5C lacks the advanced features.
* iOS 7
The new iPhone 5s will run iOS 7 that leverages its 64-bit A7 chip, the Touch ID fingerprint identity sensor, and the new iSight camera. It also sports a brand new user interface and brings new features, such as a refreshed multitasking view, AirDrop, and Control Center. It also offers new native apps and a new version of Siri.
* Touch ID - the fingerprint scanner
The most talked about feature of the iPhone 5s, the Touch ID is a new fingerprint identity sensor integrated with the phone's Home button. Fingerprint recognition can be used for unlocking the phone and also for approving purchases from iTunes Store, the App Store, and the iBooks Store. The Touch ID feature is capable of 360-degree readability allowing users to enter fingerprints in portrait, landscape, or any other position. It even supports multiple fingerprints. The iPhone 5s Home button is made from sapphire and is scratch resistant. For now, the scanner is only available on the 5S, not the 5C.
If bright colors are what you are looking for in a smartphone then the 5C suits best for you. iPhone 5C comes in yellow, green, blue, pink, and white. The iPhone 5S has more colors than previous models--in addition to the standard slate and gray, it now also has a gold option.
If memory is priority then iPhone 5S offers a maximum storage of 64GB. The 5C is only available is 16GB and 32 GB models.
If you are capacity-hungry and the new fingerprint sensor excites you then the 5S should be worth the extra cost. It does have a better processor and therefore will perform better and faster than the 5C.
However, for an average user the 5C would suffice too. The fingerprint sensor is definitely an avoidable feature and something that one is not losing out much on. The plastic on the iPhone 5C is personally disappointing but that does not take much away from the 5C from being a potential buy.
Depending on the usability, budget and preferences one should make a buying decision. If you are an Apple enthusiast in dilemma, hopefully now you can make an informed decision.