Are you considering upgrading to one of the new iPhone releases?
Often an upgrade involves a certain amount of risk, so we’ve put together a guide for upgraders, along with some information about the new iPhone releases so you can make a better, informed decision that helps you make up your mind.
So what are some of the highly anticipated features of the iPhone 5S and the 5C? To start with, these releases have been marketed as a new, low cost option (5S) and a follow on of all previous iPhone releases (5S.)
The major difference between the two models comes down to speed, storage and surprisingly, the camera.
With an A7 processor, the 5S is a smoother and easier ride. For those of you who need a smartphone that can handle lots of data at the one time, the 5S has got what it takes with the 64 bit processor that makes it twice as fast as the 5C.
NOTE: It’s still worth considering, given that the 5C processor has still improved on the version that the 4S was released with.
Love the iPhone camera?
The 5S should also stand out for those who can’t keep away from the camera. While the 5C camera is still very good, it lacks the features which make the 5S truly special, such as dual flash for hyper-real colour translation, burst mode that captures multiple pictures per second, and slow-mo video frames which catch 120 frames per second.
Storage space – how much do you need?
If you’ve cursed yourself for not upsizing your past smartphone choice to a model with more storage capacity, the 5S is the first smartphone to offer a whopping 64 GB version as opposed to the maximum of 32 GB in previous models. While 5C still offers either 16 or 32 GB, it’s important to consider the 5S if you need that extra space.
The two are visually separated by new hardware quirks such as the fun and bright range of pastel polycarbonate cases in the 5c series and the sultry hand cut aluminium bodies of the silver, gold, and dark grey hues in the 5S.
Fast processor, smooth app transitions
We’re looking at a faster phone that doesn’t baulk at running i0s7. Apple has marketed this phone as a far speedier relative of its predecessors, and it certainly makes the transition from application to application look effortless, skipping from page to page in a blink.
A look for all styles
Where the 5C is marketed with a fun and youthful vibe, the 5S has an air of superiority about it compared to other smartphones. Light and comfortable in the hand, it feels great to hold. For looks alone, the 5S wins hands down.
Noticeable style changes
One of the major distinctions between iPhone 5S and previous models is the ring around the home button, which is the first thing we noticed about the style detail of the phone apart from the obvious, colour, and weight.
Clean, smooth, minimalist software
The software has an extremely modern feel to it and seems to have been styled with a minimalist approach. Neither model has expanded in size when compared to iPhone 5 release.
Touch ID – a novelty?
Touch ID has been problematic for some but we experienced no problems with the fingerprint ID. This isn’t exactly an innovative approach to security but it’s certainly a welcome novelty aspect of the device at least.
The same camera you love
The camera is of extremely high quality when compared to the leading smartphone photography devices, with the same quality evident for both cameras as a leading camera on the market in smartphones. A few differences between the two (previously discussed) come down to features and tricks rather than capability.
A couple of buyers tips about the 5C
iPhone 5C is marketed as a more affordable iPhone. It’s not effectively a cheap product though. The 1136 x 640mm screen retina display is the same as the iPhone 5 and 5S, and you’ll find all the great features of iPhone 5 such as WIFI and Bluetooth, 4.0, a6 processor and a quality 1.9 MP front camera.
And what about the cons?
We still think battery life could be improved on, although Apple are obviously running to keep up with the competition here.
The jellybean hues of the 5C make it look a little clownish, which isn’t great for everyone.
We know there’ll be a lot of people asking for top quality cases for both models in the future. The 5C release is revisiting the polycarbonate days of the iPhone 3GS, but we’re also receiving a lot more reassurance that come with a glass-free screen and aluminium free-cladding. The not so great thing about polycarbonate cases is that they’re quite slippery in the hand. Invest in a rubber grip case to eliminate any concerns.
We give the new iPhone releases a combined score of 8 out of 10 based on aesthetic, speed, and optimised features.