iPhone 5C a complete waste of time

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by mac00l, Sep 10, 2013.

  1. mac00l macrumors 6502

    May 3, 2011
    This is the very first iPhone that I'm absolutely not considering to get. Heck, I'm not even curious about it.

    Right now I'm phone-less. I was waiting for the 5C to be a lot cheaper. I'm done with 2 years contracts and getting a brand new iPhone unlocked makes less and less sense every day. I was waiting for the 5C to change that...

    My reasoning is as follows:

    I really like iOS ecosystem, but I'm finding that my iPad mini is a better delivery system for most of their apps, than my (now ex) iPhone 5. I was in the situation that I used my iPhone only to check on twitter, web browsing, and music. Whenever I tried to play a game, or be for longer periods browsing the web I was pulling my iPad mini almost automatically.

    Then I moved out of the country and I left my iPhone behind because it was on contract (I sold it for $300 + they will take care of what's left of the contract).

    Being without a phone for almost 4 weeks now, I realized that I don't really need a fancy gadget. I just need a device capable of websurfing, social networking, calls... basic stuff that any smartphone can do now.

    The reason why I don't get a cheap phone is because it is hard for me to detach from Apple ecosystem. Having a MBP, apple tv and iPad, only makes it feel natural to get an iPhone again. Therefore I was hoping that the 5C would be more in line with what I believe a reasonable price for a phone should be.

    My point is that iOS is getting more accessible from different devices, that having an iPhone is not mandatory to enjoy it almost at it fullest. Maybe if I were in a position were I could get a plan, I might consider getting the 5S, but in my current position, it makes me realize why Android is getting so much traction.

    I can make a long list of why I'm willing to pay $1,200-$1,500 to get a MBP instead of a crappy windows for $300. I can explain how paying $430 for my iPad mini was such a good decision. But I can't come up with any answer to why I would pay $550 for a phone that can do almost the same as one that cost less than $300.

    Don't get me wrong, I think the iPhone 5S is the best phone in the world (but the 5C for the price is rubbish IMO). But with some Android phones catching up so quickly, it's not day and night difference as it used to be. Bottom line is, with technology advancing so fast, being the best phone in the world doesn't mean much anymore. And the stuff that the 400 dollars difference would allow me to do, is not worth it.

    After 4 years I think I'm going to say goodbye to the iPhone. I think I'm just a very representative average Joe. Said goodbye to Nokia; Symbian crash and burn. Said goodbye to BB; begins their long way downhill. Saying goodbye to iPhone; ????.
  2. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    I stopped reading after this.

    Anyone who thinks the iPhone 5C won't sell like gangbusters (especially among the younger crowd) should get checked into a psych hospital.
  3. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    It will sell, but will it live up to the average expectation of iPhone sales? I have a strong feeling more than what Apple expects will pass on getting the 5C.
  4. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    I would trust Apple and their 100+ billion in cash to have the educated specialists that know the market much more than you or I do before releasing products.
  5. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    If you only need a basic smartphone, buy a cheap used 4 or 4S.
  6. Velin macrumors 65816


    Jul 23, 2008
    Hearst Castle
    Totally agree. I need a phone to make and hold quality calls, check emails, send messages. Give me HD voice, wifi calling, great antenna, ease of use.

    All the rest of it is a waste. I don't need dual video cards in an iPhone to play games. I'm not shooting Hollywood movies or weddings with an iPhone. I'll use an iPad or Mac for the heavy lifting.

    Just give us a reaonably priced phone that works, along with ios7 infrastructure that makes the iPhone a great communications device. Not all of this overpriced nonsense that turns the iPhone into a glorified Nintendo DS.
  7. Dambuster43 macrumors member

    May 20, 2013
    5c. Steve must be crying in heaven.....

    What do they smoke at Apple? whatever it is they should stop, clear their heads and get real. I thought the idea of a plastic phone and maybe less a few gizmo's seen in the full "normal"metal iPhone, was the marketting pitch to compete against Samsung et al and to make more sales in Asias poorer countries.
    BIG MISTAKE.....Apple have lost the plot.
    Sales of iMacs are down and iPad Mini is selling while versions of"big"iPads are also falling due to people saving money by buying the mini. That may have been the thought about offering a low price iPhone... lost sales of the 5s.

    Is Apple heading back to the oblivion that Steve came back to rescue it from?
  8. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Cause Apple and big money never make mistakes ...... :cool:
  9. identity macrumors 6502

    Nov 18, 2011
    Yeah I mean, it's not like Apple's ever gone bankrupt or had a bad idea before.
  10. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    Not that the market can't turn on them or that mistakes can't happen, but betting against Apple products at this point in time is just plain foolish.
    Yeah, and of course back then they had products as popular as the iPhone and Macbook Air :rolleyes:
  11. Tzuten macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    No you didn't. You clicked on a thread with that title. If you did not want to read further you could have not clicked it. Maybe you're the one that needs checking.

    As far as the C... It if overpriced. Apple isn't giving a better deal or price break at all. They are actually offering a lesser product than they would have if they continued their former model.

    What do you get? A plastic iPhone 5. If the C was not introduced you would get an iPhone 5 at the same price. Unless you like pastel colored plastics over the sleek iPhone 5 than I guess you are happy now. This phone will also not assist them with market share overseas either.
  12. Dave Felix macrumors 6502a

    Dave Felix

    Apr 9, 2011
    Scranton, Pennsylvania
    lol exactly. When I heard its plastic, I imagined 12 year olds with iPhones.
  13. mytakeontech macrumors 6502a

    Jun 14, 2010
    I am big supporter of Apple but I think tide has been turning, albeit slowly, for Apple for the past year or so in Phone market.

    I still believe they make great hardware but they are kind of going away from "what customer actually wants". To me it feels like bunch of oldies making decisions and young blood is lacking in Apple management.

    I know people will hammer me with negative responses but I see Apple losing more and more market share on mobile (Phone) market.

    I still believe there is not much competition for Apple in iPad (tablet) market but Phone market is getting tougher and tougher to defend.

    May be Apple has bigger plans ahead such as moving to a totally different product category and that is why they don't care much about iPhone that much ..who knows...
  14. WilliamLondon macrumors 68000


    Dec 8, 2006
    A waste of time, eh? The average consumer will see two products sitting on a shelf in a phone store, one twice as expensive as the other, both iPhones. Do they both run latest OS? Yes. Do they both run all the apps from AppStore? Yes. Do they run Facebook and iMessage and are they both a phone? Yes. Thanks very much I'll take the cheaper one, the one that won't break if I drop it, the one that comes in all the different colours, the one that works, runs apps fast and well and is an iPhone.

    A waste of time? Just read the posts on this site, a tech site where people are biased toward faster, most recent technology, stating they will opt for the 5c over the 5s. To the average consumer the price/value of the iPhone will be the cost of the iPhone 5c, not the 5s. Apple made a stupid mistake today, they have just halved the price of the iPhone. Is this a sign of things to come?
  15. JobsGang macrumors regular


    Aug 18, 2013
    The mistake you guys made is listening to media.Apple never said the 5c was going to be cheap.
  16. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    If Steve Jobs were alive, there would be no 5C. Now, if the 5C were indeed in his plans, then the 5C would have taken over the 5S, and we would all be happy campers today, because the 6 would have made it's debut today.

    Sorry guys, but I don't buy it for a second, like many here believe, that Steve Jobs had some role into planning for the next few iPhone reiterations.
  17. Tzuten macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    Why??? Like I said in my other post you are essentially getting a plastic iPhone 5. For me I would look for a used iPhone 5 or buy a remaining stock one at a reduced price. The internals are the same. Unless you want to tote around a phone the easter bunny would be glad to have. If no C you could buy the 5 for 99 bucks too.

    There is absolutely no benefit for the consumer if Apple retained their previous model unless like I said you like plastic.
  18. LIVEFRMNYC macrumors 604

    Oct 27, 2009
    Nobody is short term betting against Apple. IMO, this just seems like the beginning of what can eventually lead the iPhone as no longer a top seller in the long run(within the next 5 years).
  19. user-name-here macrumors 65816

    Aug 31, 2013
    Do you think for profit corporations come out with products simply to "benefit the customer?"

    They discontinued the 5 because it's a win-win for them profit wise. Either a person doesn't like plastic and buys the more expensive 5S. Or they buy an 5C and they have higher margins than they would have if they kept around the 5.
  20. Tzuten macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    Smoke and mirrors. Apple is going on about how this is a new product and the consumer is better off. They are not. Using the iPhone 5 specs with a cheaper, to produce in sure, plastic case.

    With the iPhone 4 model line you could at least get the premium look of the design but for a reduced price with opting for the 4.

    Apple wins here with a better cost to profit margin.
  21. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    ^^ Exactly. It's a win/win for Apple. I can't understand why people have such a hard time understanding this.

    5C is cheaper to make than 5, they are selling a 5C (for the same price it would have been to buy a 5) and are making the same amount on a phone that costs LESS to make. UNDERSTAND? The 5 would have been $99 had they not discontinued it, so instead they are selling the 5C for $99, and it costs them less to make it.

    Also, for some people, they will want the latest, most top of the line iPhone, so they'll get the 5S.

    Either way they will all sell like hot cakes.
  22. Kurso macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2013
    The iPhone 5C will do what it is designed to do; bring a faster death to the iPhone 4/4S
  23. Tzuten macrumors 6502

    Sep 20, 2011
    The corporations that want to keep customer loyalty and trust absolutely should think about the benefit of the customer.
  24. emptysoul macrumors regular

    May 26, 2009
    When you stop benefiting the customer you stop making profits.
  25. AAPLinc macrumors 65816

    Jul 27, 2012
    Hollywood, CA
    Lol, that's not what it was designed to do. It was designed to take over the 5 and make them more money since it's cheaper to produce. First of all, the 4 is officially dead. 4S still has a year. :D

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