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iPhone 5S vs iPhone 5C head to head review

Wed Jan 22 2014, 08:51

The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C both come with an 8MP rear-facing camera. However, while the iPhone 5C features a single LED flash, the iPhone 5S comes with a dual-LED flash along with optical image stablisation and a larger pixel size.

While neither the iPhone 5S nor iPhone 5C can challenge the Nokia Lumia 1020 in image taking, it's clear that the iPhone 5S is the more impressive of the two.

iPhone 5S test shot 3

Taken on the iPhone 5S

iPhone 5C has an 8MP rear-facing camera

Taken on the iPhone 5C

The larger pixel size used by the higher-end iPhone 5S means that pictures are noticeably clearer and sharper, while the dual-LED flash lights up dark surroundings with a more natural, two-tone light, which means that pictures aren't as noisy as those shot on the iPhone 5C.

The iPhone 5S also comes with slow-motion mode, which has provided us with hours of fun.

Winner: iPhone 5S

Battery and storage
There's not much difference in battery life between the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. However, the iPhone 5S slightly pipped the iPhone 5C during our time with the two phones, managing 10 hours of constant video playback compared to around nine hours from the iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5C vs iPhone 5S

Both handsets have fairly similar internal storage, too. The iPhone 5S is available in 16GB, 32GB and 64GB internal storage versions, while the iPhone 5C comes in 16GB and 32GB models.

Winner: iPhone 5S

Of course the iPhone 5C is the winner on price, retailing for around £80 less than its high-end big brother.

The iPhone 5S is priced at £549, £629 and £709, depending on whether you choose the 16GB, 32GB or 64GB model. The iPhone 5C is available for £469 or £549 for the 16GB or 32GB model, respectively.

Winner: iPhone 5C

Overall winner
The iPhone 5S might be £80 more expensive than the iPhone 5C, but in our opinion it's worth the additional money.

As well as design, we found that the iPhone 5S Touch ID fingerprint scanner and A7 chip made for a smoother, nippier experience. The iPhone 5S camera also delivers more natural-looking and detailed images compared to those shot on the iPhone 5C, and we also found that it came out on top in battery life. µ


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