5C or 5S? That is the Question

Catia Sleet, Staff Writer

On September 20, Apple released two new versions of their best-selling invention; the iPhone. The iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C are two faster and very different editions of the iPhone. Both contain the iOS 7 update and LTE wireless, yet one is $100 more than the other. Students contemplated the perks and disadvantages of both phones, especially the iPhone 5C.

The 5C is a vibrant, colorful edition of the iPhone on top of all of the major functions. With an A6 chip, LTE wireless, and an 8MP iSight camera, the 5C is faster and “better” than the 4S, but is very similiar to the iPhone 5. The 5C comes in 5 colors, has a rounded-edge 3G shape, and is made of mostly plastic (which means no cracks).

The 5S comes in three new colors- space gray, silver, and gold. It contains an A7 chip and an iSight camera with a larger 8MP sensor, and it costs $100 more than the iPhone 5C, because it is made of metal.

Many students had different opinions and preferences on the two choices. Sophomore Stella Henderson thought the physical appearance of the phone is important.

“I’d rather buy the 5S because it’s sleeker and I believe that it’s all about looks,” Henderson said, “The 5C is a downgrade because it’s mostly plastic and I like the glass.”

Drew Glisson (’16) took advantage of the new green color available for the iPhone 5C.

“I bought the 5C because the colors are really cool, and it was cheaper than the 5S,” Glisson said, “I had to pay for it with my own money and it seemed like the better choice.”

Students like sophomore Joseph Navarro had no desire to be swept up in the hype of the new Apple product.

“Do I look like I’m five years old?” Android owner Navarro said, “Why would I buy the iPhone 5C?”

Reid Howard (’16) recently bought the iPhone 5S.

“I love it because it’s slimmer and much faster than my other phone,” said Howard. “I would not buy the iPhone 5C because it looks like a toy phone.”

Prefering the less expensive option, sophomore Diana Cabrera had a solution to avoid the toy phone look.

“I would buy the iPhone 5C because it’s cheaper,” said Cabrera, “But I would buy a white one so it doesn’t look as tacky.”

Students who do not own iPhones, like senior Justin Brennan, still had opinions about the new editions.

“I like the 5C because the colors are new, but it looks too much like the 3G S,” Brennan said. “I honestly think that the Samsung Galaxy S4, the phone I own, is better than these Apple products.”

Other students, such as Joshua Hall (’17),  had concerns about the phone’s durability.

“The colors make it look nice,” Hall said. “But it would easily break if I dropped it.”

Not everyone loves a new trend or fad, and the iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S are no exceptions. Whether consumers like it or not, Apple products, such as the iPhone, are still extremely popular in our society.