This may be long so my apologies to those who may lose focus or interest. I've been an iPhone owner since 2009. First got a 3GS. Then went to a 4, then a 4s. For some reason last year, I just wasn't moved by the 5. So I said the hell with it. I don't actually NEED a new phone. I'll just wait a year. And so I did. This year they came out with the 5c and the 5s. Now I know the 5s is by far the best, most forward thinking phone on the market and from what I read, this is the best s upgrade ever. Now from a technical perspective, that may be true. But for me, I felt like someone let the air out of my balloon. It was so blah. Same form factor, same screen. Faster internals, which are always good, but really, I never had an issue with my phone being too slow to begin with. Touch ID ill never use because I'm a privacy nut. Don't get me started. So a slightly better camera? That's basically what was useful to me. Now I realize, for $100 more, financially and in terms of resale, getting the 5s just makes sense. Plus the 5c has no 64gb option. So that's what I did. In Space Gay. (That's what Doug Heffernan would call it). So I got the phone, put a Spigen tough armor on it, and called it a day. Bought it outright too so the bastards can't tie me to a contract. So $922 including tax. Use it for a few days. Battery BLOWS. Reset it, set up as new, take it to the Genius Bar (which is scary because I remember back in the day when they WERE geniuses. Now, I know more than most of them). They test the battery, tell me it's fine. So I keep it a few more days. MAX I'm getting is 7 hours. Sometimes 5-6. MAX is 7. Calls, texts, wifi. Nothing crazy. Mostly wifi actually. No infinity blade or anything like that. So to me this is unacceptable. I bring it back for a new one. Keep it for a few days. Same thing. Although to be fair, this one peaked at 7.5 hours. To boot, now I'm hearing about the compass and the level being off. So I check it (never bothered checking the first phone) and sure enough, it's screwed. This is just nuts for over $900. And nuts for Apple. So I call up my store again and they're more than willing to let me try a 3rd phone but he says to me I'll likely have the same issues. He's blaming apps for the battery drain (even ones that aren't running) and says the compass and level have no known fixes. So now I'm fed up. I realized that I just don't want this piece of crap. No matter how "amazing" it is. So I returned it and got a 5c. Sure, my storage is in half now. And yes I'll take a big hit on resale. But you know what? I'm HAPPY. I LOVE the color, but most importantly, I LLLLLOOOOOOVVVVEEEEE the way it feels. Omg. It's SO much better than the sharp edges of my 4s and 5s. This truly feels like a new phone. A different phone. Not the same old phone from 2010. (Yes, the 4 felt just like the 5s, albeit heavier). Does my battery hold up better? I have no idea yet. I just got the phone last night. But I'll tell you what. If it doesn't, at least this phone set me back $200 LESS than the 5s. And I have a working compass and level. I know most people will totally disagree with me and reprioritize what matters to me. Granted, my likes and needs can be a bit trivial. But the fact is the 5c, since it is "old tech" and not some "revolutionary" 64 bit chip, seems to be tried and true. Granted, in the long run, the 5s may clean up its problems and prove to be the better buy, but for right now, the 5c is the winner and I'm as happy as can be. Feel free to share your thoughts and comments.