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The iPhone in review: Comparing Apple

The iPhone in review: Comparing Apple's most recent smartphones


Android's position as the mobile operating system of choice among consumers worldwide remains strong - but when it comes to press coverage for new products, no manufacturer has Apple beat. The final few months of 2013 saw no fewer than four new product releases - the iPhone 5S and 5C, as well as the iPad Air and iPad Mini 2. This means that even though those who prefer iOS don't have quite as many choices as enthusiasts for Android, there are still a few options to weigh when considering an investment in a new Apple handset.

So, how do Apple's three most recently released smartphones stack up against each other?

iPhone 5
Released in 2012, Apple's iPhone 5 is still available from some online marketplaces, and usually for a bit less than either the 5C or the 5S. And even though it's an older model, it certainly isn't a bad device. Engadget noted that its 4-inch screen, slightly larger than that of the iPhone 4 but still small enough for single-hand use, make it a comfortable, convenient device, especially when coupled with its slimmed-down body. So if you're still using the iPhone 5, you can feel good about hanging onto it for a bit longer, especially if you have the right device protection in addition to mobile phone insurance.

iPhone 5C
But let's face it: For most people, the lure of a new iPhone is just too powerful to resist. The 5C, however, isn't dramatically different from the 5. Much of the hardware remains the same, including the screen size, camera and A6 processing chip. But its impressive range of bright colors might attract some users, and the polycarbonate body feels sturdy and may prove less likely to break than glass. It's a clear choice for iPhone 4 and 4S users looking for an upgrade, but those still using the 5 might not find the 5C offers the improvements they're looking for.

iPhone 5S
​The 5C's bigger brother, however, is another story. The iPhone 5S's A7 processor is perhaps its chief differentiator. The upgraded chip is noticeably faster than its predecessor, and it's becoming the standard on Apple's new devices, as the iPad Air and Mini 2 also feature the A7. The 5S's camera is also an improvement over the one included on the 5 and 5C. Plus, who can resist the idea of a gold or silver iPhone?

If you do choose to spend the extra cash for Apple's top-of-the-line handset, ProtectCELL's iPhone protection plans can help secure that investment with phone buyback options.

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