How Different Is The iPhone 5C From the iPhone 5?

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Today is the day – the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C are launching in stores around the world. People are no doubt picking up the iPhone 5S in droves, but what about its cheaper counterpart – the iPhone 5C? Is there any reason to upgrade to the 5C from the iPhone 5?

In a new teardown video from cellhelmet, he takes apart both the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C to see just how different they are. In short, the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5C are nearly identical spec wise. The difference comes from how the two devices are built which is sure to please those who like to take apart and rebuild mobile devices.

So, what does this mean to the average consumer? Not much. If you already own an iPhone 5, you won’t see any performance improvement from the iPhone 5C. The only reason to buy the iPhone 5C is if you like its colorful plastic casing. For everybody else, the iPhone 5S is your best option when looking for a noticeable upgrade in performance.

[h/t: Gizmodo]
[Image: Michael Kane/YouTube]

How Different Is The iPhone 5C From the iPhone 5?
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  • GCV

    The iPhone 5c is the result of something called “value engineering” or “decontenting”. It’s all about finding a way to achieve the same function, at a lower price point. All Apple did was find a cheaper way to make a phone to the original iPhone 5 spec – by eliminating the expensive casing in favor of cheaper to produce plastic. Sure, it’s nice plastic, but it is not an upgrade from the iPhone 5.

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