iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c? Where to Begin?

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Every 6 months or so Apple releases a new iPhone model that looks similar, yet is much bigger, better and bolder. So how do you choose which iPhone to buy next? And what will you do with your current iPhone that you want to get rid of?

Similarities between the 5s and 5c:

Size/Resolution/Screen Type: All three of these categories are the same between the 5s and 5c. The screen size for both models measures at 4 inches, resolution is 1,136 x640 and screen type is LCD, 326 ppi.

Differences between the 5s and 5c:

Weight/Chip set/Storage: The two models differ in weight, chip set and storage which may determine how you make your decision between the two.

  • 5s Weight/Chip set/Storage: 3.9 oz/A7 64-bit chip, M7 motion co-processor/16 GB, 32 GB, 64GB
  • 5c Weight/Chip set/Storage: 4.6 oz/A6 32-bit chip/16 GB and 32 GB

Colors: When choosing your new iPhone, color is very important. You are most likely renewing a 2 year contract and/or laying down some big bucks, so you don’t want to make the wrong choice. With the iPhone 5s, the colors that are offered are classy and conservative: space grey, silver and GOLD (New! oh la la). As for the iPhone 5C, you are now presented with an array of colors including white, pink, yellow, blue and green. If your choice is the 5c, you can also purchase an adorable case that will add even more color into the mix, creating up to 30 color combinations. The 5c is colored on the inside and out. For example, if you choose the yellow iPhone 5c, it will come with a collection of banners and wallpapers that are yellow as well.

Thumbprint Activation: The iPhone 5s can be activated with a single thumbprint. Thumbprint activation can unlock the phone, as well asbuy things on iTunes. Unlike a pass code or username, a thumbprint cannot be cracked. Most importantly it provides convenience at our fingertips (pun intended).

Price: The price difference has got to be the final, final factor for making your decision, correct?  Here’s the breakdown:

  • 5s: $649 for 16GB, $749 for 32GB and $849 for 64GB
  • 5c: $549 for 16GB and $649 for 32GB

Next Steps:

Now that you have picked out your new iPhone, and your wallet is soon to be empty – what do you do with your old iPhone? Resell? Give it to a friend? Throw it in the trash? The answer is resell, resell, resell and the best time is now! The longer you wait to resell your iPhone, the less value your phone will have. Typically the closer you sell your iPhone from the original release date of that model, the more money you will get out of it.

In addition, the resale value lessens if you try to get rid of your iPhone right next to a launch date. Need a quick and easy place to sell your iPhone?

Resell Value:

If you’re wondering how much to sell your iPhone for, here are some rough resale estimates.

  • iPhone 5 16GB AT&T – $314
  • iPhone 5 32GB AT&T – $316
  • iPhone 5 64GB Verizon – $370 – 410

Once you buy your new iPhone, don’t forget to download the eBay Classifieds app to your chosen device!

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