Yes - The 5C is basically the 5 with a plastic shell. But in my opinion it's much more than that. I believe the iPhone 5C has 5 main reasons for why it's better than the iPhone 5 1) Better battery life 2) Better LTE bands (as a Verizon customer who travels internationally, this is big) 3) Better FaceTime camera (front camera) 4) More durable (without a case) and won't scuff 5) The front is always black (which looks better when using your phone over long periods of time [I hated my White 4S compared to my Black 5]) I know many hate the 5C but I feel like it's the last phone I want to own. I don't want to have to slap a case over my device and with the 5 and 5S you're pretty much asking for scuffs unless you have a case. The 5S has a powerful processor (won't be relevant until next year when iOS 8 comes into play) and a finger scanner. I think the scanner is cool but not a deal breaker. And a "better" camera? I guarantee if you take pictures with the 5C vs 5S no one would be able to tell the difference. The 5S may be the SMALLEST update ever. The original iPhone (through the 3GS) was plastic because I believe that's the way they intended it to be for durability. Aluminum looks better (and that's an opinion, not a statement) but with the single piece of plastic I think the design is still beautiful. Won't be getting a funky color though, I'll stick with the white.