Let’s find out which is better: the original iPhone 5 that was released on September 12 of 2012, or the iPhone 5C which appeared on the market on the 20th of September, the following year. Here’s a comparison between the two to establish once and for all the differences between the two Apple smartphones.

Display and Design

Apple equipped the iPhone 5 with an IPS LCD display that is backlit and measures 4 inches. The resolution rendered on this device is of 640 x 1136 pixels. The weight of this device is of 112 g, while regarding size, we see the following dimensions: 123.8 x 58.6 x 7.6 mm.

Apple equipped the iPhone 5C with the same type of display: IPS LCD LED-backlit display that has a diagonal of 4 inches. This device is heavier, weighing 132 g and is also bigger (dimensions: 124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm).

Hardware and Operating System

The Swift processor (dual core working at 1.3 GHz) that powers the iPhone 5 is paired up with the Apple A6 chipset. The device has multiple options regarding internal storage space: 16GB, 32GB and 64GB (there is no microSD card, meaning that the memory is not expandable). The iPhone 5 runs on iOS 6 (upgradable to iOS 7).

The iPhone 5C is also powered by the same processor + chipset combination. This device can be purchased with two variants of internal storage space: 16GB and 32GB (this memory is not expandable via microSD card). The operating system for the iPhone 5C is iOS 7.


Apple equipped both devices with the same features regarding camera. The rear-facing camera is an 8MP one which has features like: LED flash, touch focus, face detection, HDR photo, autofocus, geo-tagging, simultaneous HD video and image recording.

The front-facing camera on both devices has 1.2MP.


There is not much of a difference, but if you are looking for a device that has a long lasting battery life, between the two we think you should opt for iPhone 5C.

The 5C has a Li-Po battery unit with a capacity of 1510 mAh that is estimated to last around 10 hours of talking time on 3G (or 40 hours of music play).

The iPhone 5 also has a Li-Po battery unit, but this one comes with a capacity of 1440 mAh that is approximated to last around 8 hours of talking time on 3G (or 40 hours of music play).


Both devices have similar specs, so they are both situated in the same price range: the iPhone 5 (16 GB) can be found at the price of $495.00, while the iPhone 5C (16 GB) is priced at $490.00.


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