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Difference between iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C – Which one to choose

If you’re planning to buy a new iPhone then you got two choices in the Apple store. You can either get iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. As both smartphones look similar so you can get confused easily. In order to get you out from that confusion I’m here with difference between iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. I’ll help you in choosing one among them.

Apple has not launched a complete new iPhone this year and if you’ve already used iPhone 5 then you’re going to find both new iPhones similar to that. If you want to use a complete new iPhone then you’ve to wait till the next announcements from Apple.

difference between iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

Difference between iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C

I used both the smartphones for about one day and found following differences. Both the iPhones are having same design and almost same look. In fact they are just an upgraded version of the iPhone 5.

Also check – Apple iPhone 5S Review


In design, there are no differences but still you can find few differences. The iPhone 5S is build up of metallic (aluminum) body as of iPhone 5 while the iPhone 5C is build up of a plastic material. This is the major difference in both these new iPhones.

iPhone 5C is heavier than iPhone 5S as it weighs 132 gram while the iPhone 5S weighs just 112 grams. iPhone 5C is also thicker than iPhone 5S. If you’re looking for a slimmer iPhone then iPhone 5S will be the one you should look at.

There is no difference in the display size and technology. You’re going to find everything similar in both the devices. But iPhone 5S is having a finger print scanner embedded in its home button.

Apple iPhone 5S Unique Features

You can put lock anywhere in your iPhone using your finger prints now using that finger print scanner. This is a unique feature which is introduced for the first time in an iPhone by Apple. But this feature is not there in the iPhone 5C.

iPhone 5C is available in 5 different colors while the iPhone 5S is available in 3 metallic colors consisting of white, black and gold.


iPhone 5C is running on the previous year chipset i.e. Apple A6 which is having a dual core processor clocked at 1.3GHz. It’s having triple core graphics processing unit inside along with 1GB of RAM. You can buy it with either 16 or 32GB of internal storage.

In case of iPhone 5S, Apple has introduced a new chipset which is based on 64bit architecture. It’s a first smartphone to have this feature so it’s another unique thing in the iPhone 5S. It’s still having dual core processor inside clocked at 1.3GHz with quad core graphics processing unit. The internal RAM storage is 1GB while you can buy it with 16 or 32 or 64GB internal storage.


The iPhone 5C is having same camera which was there in the iPhone 5 introduced last year. An 8MP rear camera and 1.2MP front facing camera for FaceTime.

difference between iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C camera

But iPhone 5S is having an updated camera. Its megapixels are still same but it has been improved in quality. It’s now supported by dual LED (True Tone) which helps in getting real life color tone in each picture. Photography in low light is further improved and you can take higher quality of pictures and videos easily. You can also record videos at 120 frames per second which is another unique feature.

Also check – Apple iPhone 5C Review

Wrap up

So friends, these were the differences in both the iPhones. Now it’s up to you whether you wish to buy iPhone 5S or iPhone 5C. If you’re already having iPhone 5 then you don’t need to get iPhone 5C but if you want to have an upgraded iPhone  then go for iPhone 5S. iPhone 5C is just an affordable form of the iPhone 5.