Would be the iPhone 5C be a bad gift?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by powerbook911, Dec 19, 2014.

  1. powerbook911, Dec 19, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014

    powerbook911 macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    I have an older family member on an iPhone 4S. They have had it 2.5 years.

    I was considering putting them up to an iPhone 5C. They would get the SLIGHTLY larger screen and a bit of a processor speed bump, plus a shiny new phone.

    I would like to get them an iPhone 6, but it is $220 more (considering additional tax too, and $220 feels significant right now).

    They are not a particularly tech person. If I don't get the 5C, they will probably have to keep waiting 6 months to a year to get another phone.

    Does the iPhone 5C have any inherent flaws or defects? Does it always crack or have some technical issue that almost always comes up after a while?

  2. mofunk macrumors 68020


    Aug 26, 2009
    The 5s is also available. Going from a 5c from a 4s is only giving you a small bump. When you put the 5c in a case you can't tell the difference if you have a 5 or a 5c. The 5s has the two processors which is suppose to be faster. Both 5c and 5s struggle in low light photos. If you were looking at the 6, the two things that stand out is the screen and Apple Pay. There are a lot of apps that allow you to pay in store, so you won't miss APple Pay on the 5s/5c.

    If your older family member has a 4s, they can basically sell and use the money to upgrade to either 5s or 6. Most carriers will give you $$ for a 4s. Or you can wait until the next iPhone comes out. Maybe get them an accessory like a battery pack.
  3. JulesJam Suspended


    Sep 20, 2014
    It depends on the carrier. On Verizon going from the 4s to the 5c is a HUGE step up b/c you are going from Verizon's pitifully slow 3G network to its blazing fast 4G LTE network. The person will be impressed if they go from the 4s to the 5c on Verizon.

    On ATT and TMobile, it won't be a big difference b/c HSPA+ is pretty fast.


    What carrier?
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    I'd go with the 5s. Even if the recipient isn't very techie, 8GB gets used up awfully quickly. Even 16GB is tight with photos and music, but 8GB leaves almost nothing left for content of any kind. Also, the Touch ID is nice and not very difficult to figure out. It adds an element of security. For $99 more than the 5c pre-tax, the base 5s is a much better deal, IMO.
  5. powerbook911, Dec 19, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 19, 2014

    powerbook911 thread starter macrumors 68040


    Mar 15, 2005
    Thanks. I will keep all the above in mind. It is AT&T.

    The 5S is a great phone. I feel like at that point, you're only $100 away from the 6 though.

    UPDATE - I see Best Buy has the 5S for only $49.00. Pretty good deal and still $150 savings over a 6.

    If I buy on Bestbuy.com will they ship the phone still sealed, and as long as I don't power it on, the recipient's other phone should stay activated until they open it on Christmas?

    Thanks, I like the 5C for the free on contract, but $49.00 for a 5S is worth it, it is faster and will be more likely to be fast enough to last 2 years I think. They use a huge case, so the 6 might have even been a bit big for them once they put the survivor case on.

    Thanks again, if anyone know how Bestbuy works it if it is like Apple where they keep it unactivated and ship a sealed unit? I wonder if I called Apple.com if they would price match Best Buy?

    Thanks again.
  6. JulesJam Suspended


    Sep 20, 2014
    The 5c has only 8GB of internal storage and iOS 8 takes up 4GB. So it would depend on what they store on their phone and if future iOS upgrades take up even more internal storage (which is highly likely)
  7. EM2013 macrumors 65816


    Sep 2, 2013
    Yes the other phone will stay activated, I did this last year for Christmas.
  8. nouveau-apple macrumors 6502a

    Sep 29, 2014
  9. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I think the 5/5S would be a bigger bump in technology.
  10. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I would opt for the 5s, but I think the 5c would be a great gift in of its own.
  11. rigormortis, Dec 20, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 20, 2014

    rigormortis macrumors 68000


    Jun 11, 2009
    my 2 cents

    if you can't afford a 5s and your budget says get the 5c, get it used.

    like everyone says 8 gb is not enough. do not buy 8gb. , if all you can get is a 8gb 5c please disregard the rest of this post

    but if you can get your hands on a 16 or 32 gb used model on a good deal. then go for it. it can be $100 to $200 cheaper on the used market for a 5c versus a 5s. theres a lot of people out there, like Boy Genius that really have it in for the 5c. but its got the second greatest cell phone radio on the market and it supports 13 lte channels

    when it comes time to sell the 5c vs a 5 , your going to able to sell it to AT&T or t-mobile people ( or even verizon people if you get that model ), and those people will be able to use that iPhone 5c on the fastest LTE speed on their networks.

    you do the same thing with the iPhone 5 , which everyone thinks it is except or the plastic case, and your stuck with slower speeds.

    the old iPhone 5 came in different versions, for AT&T , verizon, and t-mobile
    and moving them from a different carrier worked fine, because of its GSM , but you were stuck with HSPDA+ , and that is if your lucky , and didn't have to put up with 3G

    the iPhone 6 has like 20 lte channels
    the 5c and 5s has about 11-13
    the 5 has 3 or 5 channels depending on the carrier
    the average "flagship" android phone owned by people who think apple has to "catch up" has the same number of channels as the iPhone 5
    the amazon flop phone and its cousin the google nexus 5 has 9

    the iPhone 5 is a really swell device for people who are on channel 2100 , because they all have 2100 heh, but no carrier in the entire united states uses channel 2100

    I'm only talking high speed lte channels, they all work on quad band gsm, edge, gprs, etc

    i think most people will want the 5s though. it will probably have a longer life on future iOS versions then the 5c or 5, but thats just speculation
  12. Zxxv macrumors 68040

    Nov 13, 2011
    5c is a nice feeling phone but its 32bit and low 8gb storage. It won't last as long as a 5s or 6 which are both 64bit and apple is moving to that with all their devices. A 5c now could be a dog next year. It seems like it could turn out to be a bad choice.
  13. Sumter macrumors 6502


    May 21, 2014
    Well, I have a 5c 16GB and it is that phone I am using on to submit this reply.

    I initially bought it because I really loved the plastic design. It's basically a 5 with a different design. A little better in some respects but essentially, in my book, almost same phone.

    It is running the latest iOS right now and almost no lags. I say almost because sometimes it stutters doing certain animations, but doesn't bother me too much.

    I dropped this phone for like maybe 20 times and I use it naked, but screen stays perfect and only the plastic casing suffers from small dents and scratches I never notice becase I look at the screen not the casing most of the time.

    The only thing I don't really like is whenever my friend looks at my phone she never forgets to comment on how much it looks like a toy not a phone. She has the bigger screen phone (s3) so that's probably why... and the plastic casing of the 5c does make it look a little toyish, although I hate to admit.

    iPhone 5c has served me well and probably will continue to for at least another year. Also, I came from iPhone 4 so I was very impressed when I experienced for the first time no lag on iOS 7 when I got it.

    That being said, I am switching to the new iPhone 6+ because of its size in January. I have big hands and I spend a lot of time on my phone so it seems great to me over 5c lol.

    Even though I just said the 5c is decent, I support the others' opinions for a 5s instead of 5c. I heard good things about the finger print scanner and.. well, it's probably faster than 5c. Not to mention it will last longer than a 5c. It's also not that costly compared to the iPhone 6 line up. Especially on contract.
  14. Shanghaichica macrumors G3


    Apr 8, 2013
    It depends on who you are buying it for. My mum for example is someone who would get on with the iPhone 5C. She's still using her iPhone 4 which she got on release and all she does is surf the web, check her emails and Facebook, message and play candy crush. So 8GB would be fine for he.
  15. ftaok macrumors 603


    Jan 23, 2002
    East Coast

    Is this family member on your account? If not, will you be putting the recipient of the gift onto a new 2 year contract? Doesn't sound like much of a gift to me, especially if they are able to get their own subsidized upgrade.
  16. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    I was thinking the same thing as I was reading that. Those prices are contract prices and if someone put me on a 2 year contract, I would probably yell at them lol
  17. ucfgrad93 macrumors P6


    Aug 17, 2007
    Agreed. I'd go for the 5s because it has better internal specs and more storage than the 5c.
  18. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    I never look a gift horse in the mouth.

    That said, if I were buying, I wouldn't go with a 5c, especially going outright. Overpriced phone for what it is IMO.

    If someone handed me one with a "Merry Christmas", I wouldn't think twice though.
  19. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    To clarify, the 5 and 5C have the same internals.
  20. Primejimbo macrumors 68040

    Aug 10, 2008
    If they bought outright and didn't re-new my contract, I would say the same. But those are contract pricing and if I am going to be stuck in a contract, I want the better phone that will have a better chance of lasting thought my contract.
  21. Paco II macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2009
    It's important to keep in mind how it will be used by the recipient. If it is unlikely they will ever add many apps, storage size is less important. If it is unlikely they will ever update the OS then 32bit/64bit is less important. Don't spend money on features you think they will never really make use of.
  22. nostresshere macrumors 68030

    Dec 30, 2010
    Based on what you indicated, they may not even notice the difference.

    And, as mentioned - are you buying the phone outright, or requiring them to be contracted?
  23. Bahroo macrumors 68000

    Jul 21, 2012
    5c is a nice appreciative gift, but if i was you i would most certainly and spend 50-75 more bucks on a 5s that also has more storage, the 5S is going to last ALOt longer then the 5C believe me when I say that.
  24. Newtons Apple macrumors Core

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    But the outside is quite different. The difference in night and day.
  25. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Obviously. The post I was replying to stated that it made more sense to get the 5 or 5S because of the better tech in them. The 5 has no difference over the 5C.

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