Which one would you recommend and why?
The iPhone 5c is just a cheaper to make version of the iPhone 5 (released date Sept 2012) with slightly improved front camera and more LTE band support.
You are getting a $100 msrp discount for older tech over the top of the line iPhone 5S.
Verizon is offering existing customers a 32GB 5c for free! So its a bit more than $100 msrp discount. I picked one up with the expectation if the iPhone 6 is all its supposed to be I can get at least $200 trade-in credit for 5c and still use another upgrade to get the 6 for a good price.
If I could go back to my old iPhone 5c I would. It felt more solid then my 5s and looks better IMO. I would miss this touch I.d though.
The 5S. For $100 more you get more features, longer battery life and faster phone. If you plan to sell your phone within the next 3 years, you'll get most - if not all - of that $100 back in added resale value. Whatever you don't get back in resale is what you've spent for the 3 things I mentioned above.
Design is subjective. I can see preferring the 5C if you prefer its design. In that case, it may be wise to save $100 and get the phone you like better. For me, I like the 5S design so it would be a very easy choice if I was in the market for a new phone.
The other reason to get a 5C, other than personal taste in design, is because you're short on money and can't afford the extra $100, which is fair enough. In that case, I have to ask why on earth you're buying a new phone either for $550-650 without contract or 100-200 on a costly monthly plan when you could get a used 4S for 200 off contract and use it on T-mobile's or Wind's $30 prepaid plans (assuming you're in Canada or US). If money really was that tight you'd be crazy to spend $1800 for two years of cell service when you could get away with spending more like $900.
I would vote for the 5S as well. Bigger storage options and the touch sensor. I didn't think I would care for the touch ID, but I really like it!
Agreed. I'd prefer a 5c in matte black but otherwise, I find the 5c feels much better in the hand than the 5s. Granted, I already figured that would be the case given I prefer the curves of the iPhone and 3GS over the 4/4S.In my opinion, I like the iPhone 5c. I got one brand new off contract in May. For me, it was a good bit cheaper, and I got 32GB of space. But the primary reason I went with the 5c was the feel. I love the plastic shell. It's much better in the hand than the 5/5s. I had a 64GB iPhone 5 for a month prior to this. So I can compare them directly.
I have always purchased the latest and greatest iPhone of the "S" generation. So Naturally I went with the 64gb Gold 5S. Love it!! But recently I've been reading a lot about the feel of the 5C being superior to the 5S. Initially I scoffed at such blasphemous assertion. But as I am writing this I am in an Apple Store, and boy I must say, the 5C feels absolutely awesome in your hand!!!! I can't believe the build quality of this device. It doesn't feel plastic at all and it "melts" into your hands. The 5S feels like it's always trying to escape your hands with its slippery texture. It still feels premium BUT so does the 5C!! I'm amazed and shocked and pleasantly surprised. Apple out did themselves with the 5C!!