Taking a Closer Look at the iPhone 5, 5s and 5c

The iPhone 5 and its subphones have been out for a while now, with only rumors and whispers surrounding the release of the iPhone 6. So, for now, iPhone users have to content themselves with either the iPhone 5, 5s, or 5c. But with three different versions of the same number, what exactly separates each one?

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Processor Speed

The chip that's inside the iPhones determines how fast they go for apps and general use. iPhone chips are generally very good and ahead of the competition, but there are key differences.

iPhone 5

The first phone after the 4s got upgraded from an A5 to an A6 chip, which meant that the phone was theoretically be twice as fast and have twice as much graphics power as its predecessor.

iPhone 5c

This version also runs on the A6 chip, putting it on equal footing with the base iPhone 5.

iPhone 5s

The latest iPhone also gets the latest chip, with an A7 found inside. It's like driving a Corvette after using a Honda Civic. The A7 jumped from 32 bits to 64, letting it process twice as much data as the other iPhones.

Design

There hasn't been a huge body change since the 3GS/4, but smaller differences set the three models apart, which means that the luxury phone case you slip over may need to be adjusted, depending on the case.

iPhone 5

The biggest upgrade noticed in the iPhone was an aluminum composite frame, as opposed to the stainless steel used before. It was 18% thinner, 20% lighter, and contained 12% less volume.

iPhone 5c

It's hard to ignore the bright colors of this model (yellow, green, blue, pink, and white), as well as the polycarbonate casing.

iPhone 5s

It has an aluminum composite frame just like the 5, but the home button was treated to a laser-cut sapphire, making it ringed and flat. It also comes with a new end for the charger that eliminates upside down plug-ins.

Camera

Taking photos with any iPhone never really produced good images unless all conditions were perfect, but there is a step up with some.

iPhone 5

Although the 8 MP back camera remains the same as the 4s, it's more well-behaved in low-light conditions and responds to your touch 40% faster.

iPhone 5c

iPhone fans are out of luck, as this camera is exactly the same as the iPhone 5.

iPhone 5s

This is where the action heats up (even though the back camera is still 8 MP), as the lens aperture is larger and the flash comes in either amber LED or white LED, depending on the color temperature of the photo.

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Price

Smartphone users on a budget are well aware that any iPhone is a pricey investment, but some of the costs may surprise you.

iPhone 5

Apple doesn't list a price for the regular iPhone 5 on their site, but the 8 gig 4s is free on a contract, or $450 unlocked.

iPhone 5c

On a contract, the 16 gig is $99 and twice the space nets a $100 increase. Unlocked, they're $549 and $649, respectively.

iPhone 5s

This is the newest model, so costs are understandably higher, but there's more space, too: 16GB ($199 on contract, $649 unlocked); 32GB ($299 on contract, $749 unlocked); 64GB ($399 on contract, $849 unlocked).

There are other differences, like the iPhone 5s having a fingerprint scanner and motion-coprocessor, which the other two don't. Whichever iPhone you end up going with, make sure there's a Pad and Quill case on it to protect it. Our selection features a number of high-quality cases, and each one comes with a 30-day money back guarantee.
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