iPhone 5 or 5c?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Norcal., Sep 14, 2013.


Which would you prefer to have?

  1. iPhone 5

  2. iPhone 5c

  1. Norcal. macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2012
    If you were upgrading from an iPhone 4 and had to choose between the 5 or 5c which would you go for? Most carriers are now offering both of them at the same price ($99). It seems like the difference between the two is very minimal and the 5 has arguably better build quality and a more appealing look & feel compared to the sort of cheap looking plastic 5c.
  2. Norcal. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2012
  3. ouankou macrumors newbie


    Oct 20, 2011
    Erlangen, Germany
    I bought a black iPhone 5 16GB the day right after the recent announcement. It is a little cheaper than 5c, with the very similar specs and more beautiful and lighter metal case. With limited budget, I think iPhone 5 is much better than 5c.
  4. saving107 macrumors 603


    Oct 14, 2007
    San Jose, Ca
    This is not an original poll, theirs no need for a bump.
  5. Adelphos33 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 13, 2012
    I need higher storage, so 5C at $199 is really the only option.
  6. FlatlinerG macrumors 6502a


    Dec 21, 2011
    Ontario, Canada
    5c. They are both essentially the same device. With the 5c, you get color choice and free iWork apps.
  7. Norcal. thread starter macrumors regular

    Dec 7, 2012
    You can also get an iPhone 5 32gb at that price.
  8. LizKat macrumors 601


    Aug 5, 2004
    Catskill Mountains
    And, sturdier body construction.
  9. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    And, longer LTE battery life.
  10. Retired Cat macrumors 65816

    Jun 12, 2013
    iPhone 5 or 5c?

    I really like the 5C, but if the price is the same, and I had to buy right now, I would choose the 5, for the following reasons:

    1) The 5 is available in black/slate, currently my favorite combination.

    2) There are plenty of case options for the 5 today. It will take a few weeks or months for 5C accessories to be readily available.

    3) The iPhone 5 is a tried and true design. While it has its issues, they are a known quantity. I expect that the 5C will be fine, but with a new physical exterior you never know for sure at first. Remember antennagate.

    A few months down the line, if the 5C proves to be a durable, good design in the field, I would choose the 5C because I believe that the plastic would hold up better in terns of dent resistance. The slightly better battery life helps too.
  11. R.Stoychev macrumors 6502a


    Dec 23, 2012
  12. Ramio macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2011
    Houston, TeXas
    5 for sure. Pretty much same phone with premium materials.
  13. Dented macrumors 6502a

    Oct 16, 2009
    If you want to be all "premium" looking then obviously the 5.

    If you want the premium internals then it has to be 5c. More LTE bands, bigger battery, better FaceTime camera, and probably all the little quirks of the first gen 5 hardware worked out. It's in a plastic case sure, but lets be honest, that'll age better than the 5 (or 5s for that matter)..
  14. tensiondeadache macrumors regular

    Sep 18, 2012
    Southern California
    The polycarbonate on the 5C is an upgrade from the aluminum on the 5. 5C.

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