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

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.

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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.

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        • Personally

          I like Todd. I may not agree with everything he says, but that doesn't make him a bad fellow.
          roteague
  • Eh

    Lets be honest here and call the spade a spade. Apple is clueless on what to do or where to go. There isn't even much of an update here. The fingerprint sensor was inevitable but not exactly ground breaking. (Smartphones in Asian countries have been doing it for years.) Investors have spoken in a 2.4% drop today. Look for that number to continue to fall.
    topgun966
    • yeah right...

      Apple stock drops after every release. Absolutely normal. They still continue to sell millions of iPhones, so calling them clueless is just nonsensical.

      And please let us know which major phones in the Western world have fingerprint sensors? Ones that actually work well that is.
      Christo the Daddyo
      • Released in 2013?

        "And please let us know which major phones in the Western world have fingerprint sensors? Ones that actually work well that is."

        None. Not one.

        The iphone sensor doesn't work well.
        toddbottom3
        • really?

          You've got one already? That was some trick!
          Mac_PC_FenceSitter
        • Sensor does work well

          Reports from multiple journalists who were at the event (and the hands on after) are that the fingerprint sensor works very well and quite quickly.
          rbgaynor
          • And?

            Okay it works well.
            It is very limited and potentially useful for consumers but not for business.
            More like a gimmick.
            rhonin
        • And...

          you know this how???? What a freakin' tool, dude :-(
          Brich
          • Dressing Up

            an old sheep as a lamb. They needed a gimmick to sell it and fingerprint is it.
            Moosehouse
      • @Christo the Daddyo

        Until now(September 11) none.

        Lets see whether iPhone sensor works better later(after release).
        spicycheeks
        • Durability?

          I wonder as the Home button is currently a weak point in the idevice design.
          rhonin
  • What's wrong with the iPhone 5s?

    I can't believe it was not being mentioned. How about the most obvious? The screen size!
    CaliAsian
    • The screen size..

      is just fine for multiple millions of users..ymmv
      Brich
      • and yet...

        ... the iPhone 5 screen is too small for multiple millions of users too. Good for you if you like small screens, but why presume the rest of us are just like you?

        You'd have to be myopic in the extreme to believe that there isn't a HUGE market for a larger-screen iPhone.

        Correction: that there WASN'T a huge market for a larger-screen iPhone. I think a lot of people who wanted one may now lock into a 2-yr contract with a new Samsung 5" phone, instead of waiting YET ANOTHER YEAR for Apple.
        SbySW
        • So....

          Choice is good...4 inch screens are not an iPhone weakness unless you want a larger screen...don't YOU presume to think the rest of us are anything like you.
          Brich
  • Wow

    How innovative! I would have never guessed the colors! Nice job Nokia... Er... Apple!
    jamz2277
  • did the author write this while drunk?

    The Pros and Cons contradict each other...
    Christo the Daddyo
  • Sorry Adrian...

    You missed a few:

    Wrong:

    Still the same screen size
    Still the same battery size
    Memory upgrades are still price gauging

    As for your list of advantages:

    Processor - who cares? Isn't you Apple fans that balk at everyone else for making spec claims? This one is the worst of all, who needs a 64bit processor in a device with such little memory? Schiller was talking out of his $#@ when he was explaining this as it is clear now more than ever he is no more than a used car salesman!

    Motion coprocessor - Interesting idea, but I don't know about everyone else, but when I run, lift weights or ride a bike, there is no way I put my phone in my pocket, or strap it to my arm as I have smaller devices that I can use to listen to music, and if I wanted health tracking, fitness bands are a much better deal and I don't risk breaking the device during my workout

    Touch ID - Been done before and never went mainstream. I can almost guarantee shortly after the phone hits the wild, someone with a piece of tape will grab a fingerprint and get in. Also, stating this is more secure than passwords is questionable, while I am asleep you can't get my password, but I could grab your phone and unlock it with your finger. I call this the 'pass out in front of your buddies' scenario :-)

    Price - There is nothing good about this price, especially for the C. It equates to over $700 US in China (see Apple's China site for reference)

    China - See above

    Now I can't wait for Morgenstern and O'Grady to jump in claiming "Apple is back!!" and "this is the greatest thing to happen to the mobile industry" articles!
    omdguy
    • @omdguy

      I agree with all your points except the processor.

      64bit processor doesn't just translates to more memory. It just means it can handle more processor intensive tasks. Something like serious gaming, image editing, etc. This can really translates better in terms of iPad.

      But I cannot answer how you do those things in a 4inch phone. No clue at all.
      spicycheeks
      • Perhaps I didn't spell it out correctly...

        The requirement for a 64 bit processor arose on the desktop as RAM sizes increased beyond 4gb. To have a 64bit proc on machine with small amounts of RAM is useless, and it does NOT make the machine faster regardless of what Apple marketing has to say.

        That was the point I was trying to make...

        Thanks..
        omdguy