What's right (and wrong) with the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s

Summary:Apple has lifted the lid on the new iPhone, so it's time to take a look at what's on offer and see what's right and wrong with these flagship smartphones.

Apple's iPhone event is over and all the speculation and rumor-mongering is finally over (for now). Apple has unveiled the flagship iPhone 5s and a lower-speced iPhone 5c.

So, now we know the official specification of both devices, we can take a preliminary look at Apple's new pair of smartphones.

Let's begin with the iPhone 5c.

What's right with the iPhone 5c?

  • New colors – These will appeal to people who want a more personalized iPhone experience.
  • Same old pricing – No price premium on getting your hands on the latest tech.
  • Better battery capacity – At least on paper.
  • Better FaceTime camera – See your friends and family in greater detail.
  • Better LTE support – Get LTE in more places.
  • Robust shell – The polycarbonate-coated steel shell should be able to put up with the rough-and-tumble that most smartphones go through daily.
  • Pre-order – You can beat the queues and pre-order the new handset, unlike those who want the iPhone 5s.
  • China – Both the iPhone 5c and 5s will be available in China on launch day, which is good for Chinese consumers and good for Apple.

What's wrong with the iPhone 5c?

  • iPhone 5 in sheep's clothing – The iPhone 5C is essentially a rebadged iPhone 5, with many of the specs unchanged. This gives Apple a way to sell last year's tech in a way that makes it look like this year's cool stuff.
  • No budget price tag – If you were expecting the 'c' in 5c to stand for cheap, you're going to be disappointed. An unlocked 16GB iPhone 5C will set you back $549.

Let's now take a look at the flagship handset, the iPhone 5s.

Topics: iPhone, Apple

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