Apple iPhone 5c vs iPhone 4s specs comparison: What’s different?

Apple iPhone 5c vs iPhone 4s specs comparison: What’s different?

The iPhone 5S and the colourful and (slightly) cheaper iPhone 5C have been on sale for a week now. The 16GB iPhone 5C is priced at £469 sim-free, with the 32GB model weighing in at £549. Apple has usually offered its previous year’s model – in this case the iPhone 5 – at a cheaper price on contracts, but this time around it has done away with the phone entirely, with the iPhone 4S being left as the more wallet-friendly alternative to the new handsets. Some simple maths shows that most iPhone 4S users are nearing the end or have completed their two year contract, so choosing a new iPhone is most likely on the cards.

But with Apple announcing two different models in a multitude of colours, which will it be? If an upgrade to another phone is what you’re looking for, and you don’t want to shell out £80 more for the latest and greatest iPhone 5S (at £549 sim-free), the iPhone 5C could be your next pick.

So in order to help your decision, here’s a side-by-side comparison between the iPhone 5C and the 4S.

While the iPhone 5C could be considered a colourful iPhone 5 rehash, the differences are more than cosmetic. As mentioned earlier, there are five eye-catching colours available that comprise the polycarbonate “unapologetically plastic” shell, according to Jony Ive. This should make it more durable when compared with the iPhone 4S and its glass back panel.

The 5C, in addition to being taller and thinner, uses Apple’s smaller Lightning connector. Older accessories like battery packs, cases, and cables for your iPhone 4S (pictured below) will be incompatible with the new phone. Accessories like battery packs that use a USB port instead of a built-in 30-pin connector, however, should be compatible with the 5C when using the Lightning to USB cable.

The 5C has the same 4in Retina display that’s in the iPhone 5 (compared to the 3.5in display on the 4S) and a FaceTime HD front-facing camera for 1.2-megapixel photos and 720p video recording, as well as an 8-megapixel iSight camera with a sapphire crystal lens cover, making the camera scratch-resistant. The iPhone 4S has the same resolution on its rear camera, but a lower quality VGA front-facing camera.

The iPhone 5C (pictured above) also features a multiband antenna supporting multiple LTE bands for fast 4G surfing. Couple the speedy LTE connection with Apple’s A6 processor (the same processor in the iPhone 5) that blew away the competition upon release, and a slightly larger battery than last year’s offering, and it seems like reason enough to make the leap.

For more, check out our hands-on with the iPhone 5C, and we’ve also got a review of the iPhone 5S, along with spec comparisons of the Apple iPhone 5S versus iPhone 5C, and the Apple iPhone 5S versus iPhone 5. Our full iPhone 5C review will be up early next week.

 

iPhone 5C

iPhone 4S

Display

   

Screen size

4in

 3.5in

Resolution

1,136 x 640 pixels

 960 x 640 pixels

Pixel density

326 PPI

 326 PPI

Type

IPS LCD

 IPS LCD

Processor and battery

   

Family

Apple A6

 Apple A5

CPU

Swift (ARMv7s)

 Cortex-A9

Cores

Dual-core

 Dual-core

Clock speed

1.3GHz

 1GHz

Battery

1,440 mAh

 1,432 mAh

Claimed 3G talk time

Up to 10 hours

 Up to 8 hours

Storage and memory

   

RAM

1GB

512MB

Internal storage

16GB / 32GB

8GB

microSD

No

 No

Camera

   

Rear

8-megapixel

 8-megapixel

Video

1080 @ 30fps

 1080 @ 30fps

Front

1.2-megapixel

 VGA

Wireless

   

Standard

4G LTE

 3G

Wi-Fi

802.11 a / b / g / n

 802.11 a / b / g / n

NFC

No

 No

Bluetooth

V4.0

 V4.0

Integrated wireless charging

No

 No

Dimensions

   

Size

124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97mm

115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3mm

Weight

132g

 140g

Operating System

iOS 7

 iOS 7

Price (SIM-free unless otherwise stated)

£469 (16GB) / £549 (32GB)

 £349 (8GB)

Availability

Available Now

 Available Now

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