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With Apple's two new iPhones set to go on sale in just two days, the tech reviewers have given interested consumers far too many words to read about the iPhone 5S and 5C. For interested iPhone buyers unable to spend hours parsing these in depth takes, the Atlantic Wire has put together one table with all the most important information about the new devices. After reading through multiple reviews from The New York Times, AllThingsD Daring FireballAnandtech, and many others, we've pulled the best, most indicative lines of the most important features and put them in one easy-to-read place.


iPhone 5S

iPhone 5C

Battery Life "Apple says battery life is about 25 percent better than before; I’ve been getting nearly two days of moderate use on a charge." "Its performance, battery life and camera quality are all on par with the 5."
Speed "This iPhone 5S is fast.... The iPhone 5S is, in some measures, computationally superior to the top-of-the-line MacBook Pro from just five years ago. In your fucking pocket." "The iPhone 5C has the same A6 processor and the same 4-inch Retina display as the iPhone 5."
Fingerprint Scanner "It became very clear how much I used the fingerprint sensor when I would pick up the iPhone 5c and wonder why the sensor wasn’t working. Of course, only the 5s has the sensor, but that’s how quickly I became used to having that option." N/A
Display "For anyone who needs copious amounts of screen space, a 4-inch display likely won't cut it, but to be fair, the 5s is the best small phone you can get -- we can't think of any other device with a display smaller than 4.5 inches that even comes close." "In an unusual turn of events, my iPhone 5c sample came with an even better calibrated display than my 5s sample. It's a tradeoff - the 5cpanel I had could go way brighter than the 5s panel, but its black levels were also higher."
Camera "The new camera will mean more to you. Its sensor is 15 percent bigger, and the individual light-detecting pixels are bigger. Take photos side-by-side with the iPhone 5S’s predecessor, and the difference is immediately obvious; lowlight pictures are far better on the new phone. Clearer, brighter, better color." "I’ve been using the new iPhone 5c for the past five days and it’s a solid premium phone. Its hardware improvements include longer battery life, better cellular-data capabilities and a better front-facing camera, for FaceTime and “selfies,” or photos you take of yourself."
Overall Look "It’s hard not to wax too poetic about the iPhone 5s design; the color-matched conductive ring around the home button/fingerprint sensor adds a lot to the overall good looks of the device, and the new space gray finish that I reviewed is more visually striking than the black it replaces. It also seems more resistant to wear" "It feels slick but not slippery. Feel-wise it’s not too dissimilar from the old 3G and 3GS (both of which I still have sitting here in my office), but it presents a far more premium overall effect than those previous forays into plastic iPhones."


In short: The iPhone 5C is a $100 (on contract) iPhone 5 with minor improvements, dressed up in a different, but still delightful outfit. For those looking to get the latest and greatest, the iPhone 5S updates all the most important aspects of the 5 — camera, battery life, processor speed — and includes some other useful improvements, like the fingerprint sensor, which all the reviewers surprisingly like. "It’s honestly the first fingerprint scanner system that I would use on a regular basis," wrote Anandtech's Anand Lal Shimpi

If this table doesn't satisfy, for those looking for further reading, here are our recommendations:

Happy shopping. 

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