1. iMore Question's Avatar
    Hello, I'm looking to purchase my first iphone after being an android user.
    It would need to be factory unlocked so I'm buying one in a used condition secondhand given my price range.

    The iphone 5 has lower listed prices than the iphone 5c and is available in 64 gb which is convenient given
    that my 32 gb sd card is nearly full on my android phone.

    I have a coworker who suggested that I get the iphone 5c because apple's latest software updates can sometimes
    have poorer performance on older models and the iphone 5 is a year older than the 5c.

    However as I looked up reviews on both devices, there seems to be little difference between them in regards to
    hardware so I'm not sure how accurate that would be.

    With the iphone 6/ios 8 releasing this year, would I be better off in purchasing an iphone 5c or would the iphone 5
    still be a good choice for at least another 1-2 years?
    04-18-2014 11:35 AM
  2. Speedygi's Avatar
    I don't really buy the myth that software would run poorer on older models even if the specs are exactly the same as another. However, I would recommend the 5c just because it looks good, and the smooth polycarbonate back makes for a good feel as well.

    That is, if you don't mind waiting a good few more months for possibly bigger C series phones, who knows ...
    04-18-2014 11:44 AM
  3. Jaguarr40's Avatar
    I would get the new phone for the simple reason in the long run I think you would be happier with the latest there is in phone and software. My personal opinion.
    04-18-2014 11:49 AM
  4. kataran's Avatar
    If you can get the i5 in 64GB cheaper than the i5c that would be the deal and like you said the difference is minor

    5c has a better front facing camera and more wifi frequencies but the i5 has a more quality build in my opinion

    Ultimately your the one that has to make the decision
    Highrisedrifter likes this.
    04-18-2014 11:51 AM
  5. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    I use the 5. It's great and runs smooth and fast. I've had it since August. My wife has a new 5c. It's also great and is fast and smooth. Either is a good phone and works well on iOS 7.1. So it comes down to your other needs like gb space.


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
    04-18-2014 11:54 AM
  6. Highrisedrifter's Avatar
    If you can get the i5 in 64GB cheaper than the i5c that would be the deal and like you said the difference is minor

    5c has a better front facing camera and more wifi frequencies but the i5 has a more quality build in my opinion

    Ultimately your the one that has to make the decision
    I agree with this completely.
    04-18-2014 12:42 PM
  7. Speedygi's Avatar
    For a plastic-backed phone, the 5c isn't a slouch, just to make that point clear.
    04-18-2014 12:58 PM
  8. Just_Me_D's Avatar
    I am quick to recommend that you get the latest and greatest available according to your financial status. Having said that, I recommend the iPhone 5C, but as has already been stated, if you can swing a 64 GB iPhone 5 for around what you'll be paying for a 16 GB iPhone 5C, get the 5 with the larger capacity.
    04-18-2014 03:11 PM
  9. iOS Gravity's Avatar
    The 5C has more LTE Bands than the 5 and its basically the same interiors. I'd say to get the 5 since it has more memory.
    04-18-2014 03:19 PM
  10. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    The 5c is a nice upgrade to the 5.
    04-18-2014 03:49 PM
  11. fredriks's Avatar
    I would say IPhone 5 just for the build quality.


    Skickat frn Tapatalk 2
    04-18-2014 03:50 PM
  12. machzk's Avatar
    I would get the new phone for the simple reason in the long run I think you would be happier with the latest there is in phone and software. My personal opinion.
    He is comparing the 5 and the 5c, the difference in hardware in almost negligible and the latest in software is available to both devices. I had the choice between a 64GB 5 and 165C last year, and I went for the 5. Why? The front camera improvement was a non issue for me as were the increase in bands.

    So considering that I had a choice between two basically exact phones, the choice came down the price per GB storage and build. I prefered the 5. Personally I find the 5C very nice to hold, but I dont like the plastic look.
    04-19-2014 01:36 AM
  13. machzk's Avatar
    The 5c is a nice upgrade to the 5.
    In order to help the OP, maybe you should specify what exactly constitutes this "nice upgrade". I differ in opinion though.
    04-19-2014 01:37 AM
  14. koerk's Avatar
    Right, the 5c is not an upgrade over the 5.

    Go for the 5 with more GB if you do not prefer the looks of the 5C over the 5. Simple!
    04-19-2014 01:51 AM
  15. EmceeGeek's Avatar
    In order to help the OP, maybe you should specify what exactly constitutes this "nice upgrade". I differ in opinion though.
    Hasn't everyone else gave their input? I would be repeating myself.....
    04-19-2014 04:55 PM
  16. machzk's Avatar
    Hasn't everyone else gave their input? I would be repeating myself.....
    Well you won't be repeating yourself per say as you haven't said anything. You would explaining your reasoning which may or may not concur with what other posters wrote.

    Sent from my Nexus 7 using Tapatalk
    04-19-2014 09:53 PM
  17. Popnbake's Avatar
    Hey, I'm the OP who asked the question for this thread.

    I recently got the 5C and so far it's been great using the device as my first iphone.

    Thank you for the replies in helping me with my decision.
    Speedygi likes this.
    05-11-2014 05:49 PM
  18. Ledsteplin's Avatar
    Hey, I'm the OP who asked the question for this thread.

    I recently got the 5C and so far it's been great using the device as my first iphone.

    Thank you for the replies in helping me with my decision.
    Well, what color did you get? That's the main thing with the 5c.


    Sent from from my iPhone 5
    05-11-2014 09:10 PM
  19. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Hey, I'm the OP who asked the question for this thread.

    I recently got the 5C and so far it's been great using the device as my first iphone.

    Thank you for the replies in helping me with my decision.
    Yay! Welcome to the 5c club!

    I've got a blue one myself. It's my very first iPhone and I positively love it.


    Sent from the one in beautiful blue using Tapatalk.
    05-12-2014 12:38 AM
  20. nason54's Avatar
    Congratulations. Did you get a yellow one?


    Sent from my awesome iPhone 5, soon to be 6 later this year.
    05-12-2014 02:57 AM
  21. Popnbake's Avatar
    Well, what color did you get? That's the main thing with the 5c.
    Congratulations. Did you get a yellow one?
    I got the white 5C.
    05-12-2014 01:24 PM
  22. nason54's Avatar
    Well enjoy your new iPhone!


    Sent from my awesome iPhone 5, soon to be 6 later this year.
    05-12-2014 04:25 PM
  23. Speedygi's Avatar
    The white 5c looks fantastic IMO
    05-13-2014 09:39 AM
  24. Septembersrain's Avatar
    Yay! The white one is cool because you can put ANY case you want on it!


    Sent from the one in beautiful blue using Tapatalk.
    joemd60 likes this.
    05-13-2014 04:47 PM

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