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

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.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

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.

(Source: Apple)

Time now to shift our gaze to the flagship iphone.

What's right with the iPhone 5s?

  • A7 processor – Twice the CPU and GPU performance compared to the iPhone 5. It also bring 64-bit support to the iPhone, which paves the way for some innovative, high-performance apps. This is a first for Apple and a really big win.
  • Better camera – Since the smartphone is most people's default camera, and the iPhone is the single most popular smartphone on the market, it makes sense for Apple to revamp the camera. This new camera can do slow-mo captures and also shoot in burst mode and grab the best photo from the bunch.
  • Touch ID – Dramatically improves security, especially in BYOD or enterprise scenarios.
  • Motion coprocessor – This is used to continually measure motion data, and opens up a whole new range of possibilities as far as fitness apps are concerned.
  • Price – Exactly the same as the iPhone 5, so no surprises there.
  • 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 5s?

  • No pre-order – this means you'll have to endure queues if you want it on launch day.
  • Evolutionary not revolutionary – The iPhone 5s is nice, but there's nothing groundbreaking there (barring perhaps the fingerprint sensor). What you get here is a refinement of what was on the iPhone 5. If you want revolutionary you'll have to wait until next year.
  • Fragmentation – The 64-bit processor is only available on the 5s means that developers might be reluctant to take advantage of it.
  • The 64-bit advantage – While having a 64-bit processor inside the iPhone 5s might sound cool, it is unclear at present what this will mean in real terms.
  • No 128GB version – Data pack rats are out of luck.
  • Gold version – Yuck. I know, that's a personal preference, and I'm sure it will appeal to some, but it seems like a lame addition to the lineup.
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