The new iPhone 5C is the first handset from Apple to be offered at a lower price point than usual. But if Apple wanted to tempt people with a cut price phone it should have used some bigger scissors.
The 16GB model costs £469 to buy SIM-free, whereas the iPhone 5S 16GB is priced at £549 SIM-free. That doesn’t sound very cheap but we wanted to check.
To find out how cheap the iPhone 5C really is, we scoured Amazon UK for the prices of SIM-free Android phones to see how they compared. Cast your eyes below to see how the iPhone 5C compares against premium phones like the Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One or Sony Xperia Z1.
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What about Windows Phone?
Wondering if Windows Phones like Nokia’s Lumia 925 and 625 are also cheaper than the iPhone 5C? You’ll be unsurprised to hear the Lumia 925 costs £370 and the 625 is priced £248, meaning Apple’s budget-minded blower is a more expensive alternative.
As for ‘phablets’, we discounted phones like Samasung’s Galaxy Note 2 with touchscreens that border on a 6-inch tablet sizing.
The surprising results above were sourced using Amazon UK’s prices for SIM-free handsets, apart from the Google Nexus 4 16GB which wasn’t available on Amazon and we priced straight from Google’s website. If the phone was being sold for less by a third-party retailer, we stuck with Amazon’s more expensive price for the sake of consistency.
So that’s our price comaprison of Apple’s ‘cheap’ iPhone 5C against its rival handsets. Would you still prefer to buy the plastic iPhone or are you newly tempted by an Android alternative? Let us know in the comments selection below.