iPhone 5S or 5C?

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  1. Rhyno37 macrumors regular

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    Hey guys, so making a long story short I had an iPhone 6 on Verizon. It bent, and shortly after I switched to US Cellular since they offered to buy out my contract and I got 6gb more data for the same price. I went with an Android, and now regret it. I am past my exchange period. That leaves me with buying a phone off contract, new or used.

    I don't want another 6 due to obvious reasons. Even if I was one of the unlucky ones, I'd rather wait things out for the 6S. That leaves me with the 5S or 5C (US Cellular never had the 5). I am not sure which is the better choice. It's hard to find used US Cellular phones since its a small carrier. Mint condition 5C usually runs $240 and 5S $350-375. I am also kicking around the idea of just purchasing a new 5S since I am particular, which would be $550.

    What do y'all suggest?
     
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  3. jenni122701 macrumors regular

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    I got the 5C and ended up sending it back and getting the 5S. Best decision ever. Go with the 5S if you can, you will be glad you did.
     
  4. AppleUser13 macrumors newbie

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    why don't people like the 5C? I have one and mine works just fine.
     
  5. Tobias Funke macrumors 6502a

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    Depends!

    If you work in an office get the 5s,

    If your a plumber get the 5c. :D
     
  6. Septembersrain Contributor

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    Loved my 5c but the 5s is the better deal right now honestly. I've still got my 5c and I'll still play with it in adoration. However the 5s has the better processor and finger print scanner. Better flash for the camera too.

    Really it's your decision but if you plan to keep it awhile, I'd go with the 5s.
     
  7. Roessnakhan macrumors 68040

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    The 5c is the phone with the better look and feel, but the 5s is the better deal.
     
  8. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Go with the 5c and save some money. You're planning on buying the 6s in less than a year anyway!
     
  9. koulmj macrumors 6502

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    I will never give up my 5c...staying small and mobile.:)
     
  10. AppleUser13 macrumors newbie

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    YEAH!!!! I have the 5C!!:apple:
     
  11. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    But the 5s would have a higher resale value..
     
  12. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    They're both going to lose value, I don't imagine one will depreciate that much more than the other.
     
  13. Yakibomb macrumors 6502

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    I can, it's all based on demand and seeing as the 5S has touch ID, better flash and 'most importantly' a faster processor it would probably be the more popular choice. And this is not just me speculating, I know people who've struggled to sell their 5C's to get 6/6+'s where as 5S's sell very easily here.
     
  14. Chatter macrumors 6502a

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    I'm selling a 32GB 5C so ... go with the 5C and buy mine. :D
     
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  16. Rhyno37 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Is it US Cellular? ;)

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    Seems like 5S is winning the popular vote. Do y'all think I should buy new or used. New would be $550 plus tax, used could be anything depending on price. I found a Space Gray 5S 16gb on eBay for $400, seller claims it is mint condition, only used 10 days comes with all original stuff. Does this seem like a good price?

    Like I said, it's hard finding used phones for US Cellular.
     
  17. AppleUser13 macrumors newbie

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    How Much?
     
  18. rui no onna macrumors 601

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    I prefer the form factor of the 5c and to be honest, I'm unable to tell the difference in performance in everyday tasks between the 5/5c and 5s with both running iOS 8. The performance disparity might change next year but as you've already mentioned, you plan on getting a 6s next year so iOS 9 performance is moot. I guess it all boils down to whether TouchID and the better camera is worth the extra money for you.

    Personally, I'd pony up for the 5s. I find TouchID really convenient, you can likely recover most of the price difference between the 5c/5s if you resell and if you decide not to upgrade, the 5s has better hardware than the 5c.
     
  19. Chatter macrumors 6502a

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    I think we will get in trouble for conducting "business" in these forums. I dont want to get banned so no price discussions!!!
    I can tell you it is 32GB, green, unlocked in great shape as I always used a case. I know, I know - that thing is made of plastic and I used a case. :rolleyes: But I am nutty like that. Want my things in great condition.

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    My 5C is Apple unlocked but not sure if that helps with US Cellular.
    As for the $400 price, that seems high but that is just my opinion. The seller can claim they used the phone for 10 days but there is no real way to tell. I would probably not pay more than $350-$375 but maybe I am just cheap.
     
  20. Appl3FTW macrumors 601

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    I just purchased a 32gb space gray 5s for 386 the other day... I'm actually excited lol
     
  21. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    5S definitely. The 5C is basically the previous gen hardware, so it will be obsolete that much sooner.
     
  22. Weiser878 macrumors regular

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    This.

    The 5C was the iPhone 5 in a plastic case so they could sell it cheaper. It was already a year old when it came out and the 5S was the new model. Anyone you see with one is basically carrying a sign saying I'm technologically illiterate and know nothing about the products I purchase.
     
  23. geoff5093 macrumors 68000

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    Or they buy the phones for the pretty colors ;)
     
  24. Rhyno37 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well I've got a dilemma. For a week now I've been looking closely at eBay, Craigslist, and Swappa for an iPhone 5C/5S. On the rare occasion that a decent condition phone pops up it almost sells immediately or is way overpriced. There's a few iPhones 5Cs for around $240 that might be decent. I'm toying with the idea of just buying a new one.

    Straight from US Cellular it'd be $549 + tax, so about $595 said and done. Looking on eBay, I see a few sealed new in box for $499. This seems shady to me. Do they seem legitimate? Would Apple honor the warranty?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhon...1606115325?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item3398c0f7fd

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/Apple-iPhon...1716688614?pt=Cell_Phones&hash=item3a9b7bdae6

    Also, should I purchase Apple Care?
     

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