Difference between iPhone 5C and iPhone 5

Key difference: The iPhone 5C is a cheaper variant of the iPhone 5S, by Apple Inc. iPhone 5 was the predecessor of iPhone 5S. It originally came with Apple iOS 6 which will now be upgradeable to 7. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM.

On September 10, 2013, Apple announced the latest of its phone models: iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. The iPhone 5C is mainly considered to a cheaper variant of the iPhone 5S. While, it is cheaper as compared to the iPhone 5S, it is still at a premium price when compared to other phones on the market. In lieu of the two new releases, the iPhone 5 has been discontinued, while the iPhone 4S will still be available.

The iPhone 5C is made of polycarbonate plastic, as opposed to the preferred iPhone material, glass. The biggest departure from iPhone tradition is the fact that the iPhone 5C is available in colors, specifically White, Pink, Yellow, Blue and Green. Cases in these colors, as well as black are also available, which the user can get separately and mix and match as per his/her discretion.

The phone itself comes in two internal memory variants: 16 GB and 32 GB. Both come with the latest iOS, that is the iOS 7, which is launched with the phone. The phone touts its 8 megapixel iSight camera, and a 1.2-megapixel front-facing FaceTime HD camera featuring enhanced light sensitivity.

The iPhone 5 was first launched on September 21, 2012. As compared to the previous iPhones, it was slicker, thinner and lighter with even more packed features. iPhone 5 originally came with Apple iOS 6 which will now be upgradeable to 7. It includes a 1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6 processor, PowerVR SGX543MP3 and 1GB RAM.

The phone was available with non-expandable 16, 32 or 64 GB internal storage capacity. The problem with the new OS was that many features that work only with the iOS 6 did not work in certain territories and Apple had a rolling program that it said will take time to implement across more regions. The phone could also act as a hotspot and can share internet connection over WiFi, Bluetooth, or USB. Similar to the older versions, iPhone 5 is equipped with Siri that allows the user to operate the iPhone via vocal commands. However, Siri has been improved to and supports additional features such as being able to make restaurant reservations, launch apps, make twitter updates, search the internet for queries, etc. iOS 6 features several new and/or updated apps, which includes Apple Maps and Passbook. Apple Maps has faced hostility as does not execute properly and has also been known to give wrong directions. The Passbook app is able to retrieve documents such as boarding passes, admission tickets, coupons and loyalty cards. The phone also offers a new charging port, which is much smaller and more compact compared to the old chargers. They will also require a converter if you want to use them with the old charger, docks and other accessories. The phone has also shifted the headphone jack to the bottom of the phone.

Comparison between iPhone 5C and iPhone 5:

The information for the detailed table about the two phones has been taken from the Apple website and GSMArena.com.

 

iPhone 5C

iPhone 5

Launch Date

September 2013

September 2012

Company

Apple Corporation

Apple Corporation

Size

4.90 inches (124.4 mm) x 2.33 inches (59.2 mm) x 0.35 inch (8.97 mm)

123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm

Display

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD, capacitive touchscreen

4.0 inches LED-backlit IPS LCD

Screen

640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors (~326 ppi pixel density)

 640 x 1136 pixels, 16M colors

Protection

Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Corning Gorilla Glass, oleophobic coating

Weight

4.65 ounces (132 grams)

112g

2G Network

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900

A1532 and A1456: CDMA 800 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 - GSM A1428

CDMA 800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

3G Network

A1532 (GSM), A1532 (CDMA) and A1456: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100

A1507, A1529

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - A1533 (CDMA) and A1453: HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100

HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100 - GSM A1428

CDMA2000 1xEV-DO - CDMA A1429

4G Network

LTE

LTE 700 MHz Class 17 / 1700 / 2100 - GSM A1428 or LTE 850 / 1800 / 2100 - GSM A1429

LTE 700 / 850 / 1800 / 1900 / 2100 - CDMA A1429

GUI

iUI

iUI

CPU speed

Dual-core 1.3 GHz

1.2 GHz dual core Apple A6

GPU

PowerVR SGX 543MP3

PowerVR SGX543MP3

OS

iOS 7.0

iOS 6, upgradable to iOS 6.1

Chipset

Apple A6

Apple A6

RAM

No official data available

1 GB

SIM Size

Nano-SIM

nanoSIM

Internal Memory

16/32 GB

16/32/64 GB

Expandable Memory

No

No

Sensors

Three-axis gyro, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor

Accelerometer, three-axis gyro, proximity, compass, ambient light sensor.

Connectivity

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)

Bluetooth 4.0 wireless technology. USB v2.0

Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot, micro-USB v2.0.

Data

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth, USB

GPRS, EDGE, WLAN, Bluetooth and USB.

Speed

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

DC-HSDPA, 42 Mbps; HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, LTE, 100 Mbps; EV-DO Rev. A, up to 3.1 Mbps

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi hotspot

Bluetooth

Yes, v4.0 with A2DP

Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP

USB

Yes, v2.0

micro-USB 2.0.

Primary Camera

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash

8 MP, 3264x2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash, check quality

Secondary Camera

1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

1.2 MP, [email protected], face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Video

  • 1080p HD video recording
  • 30 fps
  • LED light
  • Video stabilization
  • Take still photo while recording video
  • Face detection
  • 3x zoom
  • Video geotagging

[email protected], LED video light, video stabilization, geo-tagging, check quality

Camera Features

  • 8 megapixels
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • LED flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
  • Photo geotagging
  • Simultaneous HD video and image recording
  • touch focus
  • geo-tagging
  • face detection
  • panorama
  • HDR

Sound Enhancement

Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic

No

Audio supported formats

AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC (from iTunes Store), HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Audio formats supported: AAC (8 to 320 Kbps), Protected AAC, HE-AAC, MP3 (8 to 320 Kbps), MP3 VBR, Audible (formats 2, 3, 4, Audible Enhanced Audio, AAX, and AAX+), Apple Lossless, AIFF, and WAV

Video supported formats

H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; Motion JPEG (M-JPEG) up to 35 Mbps, 1280 by 720 pixels, 30 frames per second, audio in ulaw, PCM stereo audio in .avi file format

Video formats supported: H.264 video up to 1080p, 30 frames per second, High Profile level 4.1 with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats; MPEG-4 video up to 2.5 Mbps, 640 by 480 pixels, 30 frames per second, Simple Profile with AAC-LC audio up to 160 Kbps per channel, 48kHz, stereo audio in .m4v, .mp4, and .mov file formats.

Battery Capacity

Non-removable Li-Po 1510 mAh battery (5.73 Wh)

Non-removable Li-Po 1440 mAh battery

Stand-by

Up to 250 hours

Up to 225 hours

Talktime

Up to 10 hours on 3G

Up to 8 hours on 3G

Available Colors

White, Pink, Yellow, Blue, Green

Black & Slate and White & Silver.

Messaging

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

iMessage, SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email

Browser

HTML (Safari)

HTML (Safari)

Radio

No

No

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS support and GLONASS

Yes, A-GPS support and GLONASS

Java

No

No

Additional Features

  • AirDrop file sharing
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input
  • Siri natural language commands and dictation
  • iCloud cloud service
  • Twitter and Facebook integration
  • TV-out
  • Maps
  • iBooks
  • PDF reader
  • Audio/video player/editor
  • Organizer
  • Document viewer
  • Image viewer/editor
  • Voice memo/dial/command
  • Predictive text input

Image Courtesy: engadget.com, forbes.com

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