Top 5 Phones to Consider Before Buying the iPhone 5c [July, 2014]

Apple’s iPhone 5c, which it announced last year alongside the iPhone 5s, remains on shelves as a budget option for consumers. And while the iPhone 5c is a tempting smartphone, particularly this month, there are still some devices that we think consumers need to rule out before buying into Apple’s $99 smartphone.

Late last year, after months and months of rumor and speculation, Apple took to the stage to announce two brand new iPhones. The first, and iPhone 5s flagship that replaced the iPhone 5 as the company’s high-end model. The other, the iPhone 5c, a mid-range iPhone aimed at burgeoning markets and those that want a solid smartphone at a solid price.

The iPhone 5c starts at $99 through the Apple Store and for that price, consumers get a device that comes with a solid 4-inch Retina Display, a great camera, speedy processor that can handle games and multitasking, and a design that comes in an assortment of bright colors. It’s not metal but the plastic is top notch plastic.

iPhone 5c

While the iPhone 5c isn’t Apple’s most attractive option, the price cuts it has received in recent weeks make it more attractive than normal. Walmart, for instance, has dropped the device down to $29 on-contact. That’s a tempting price and is worth a look from those that want to buy into the Apple ecosystem at a fraction of the normal cost.

We are constantly bombarded with questions about which phones to buy. In particular, we’re constantly asked about the phones consumers should weigh against the iPhone 5c. There are a number of different devices that we could recommend, the smartphone market is full of solid choices, but we want to narrow things down a bit and take a look at what we consider to be the top five.

These devices represent the devices that we’d recommend to friends and family. And while our list may differ from yours, these are the devices that Gotta Be Mobile editors have selected for recognition this month. We feel like the devices listed here deliver the best, all-around package for this month and this month alone.

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That said, here are the top five smartphones to consider before buying the iPhone 5c.

iPhone 5s

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iPhone 5s

We recommend taking a long hard look at the current iPhone flagship, the iPhone 5s, before buying the iPhone 5c.

Simply put, the iPhone 5s is the better phone. It comes with a better design, it has a better camera, it features an A7 64-bit processor with M7 co-processor, Touch ID for added security, and a price tag that is starting to decline as we push closer to the iPhone 6 release date.

No, the iPhone 5s is not as cheap as the iPhone 5c but for only $70 more (at Walmart), you're going to get a smartphone that comes with some firepower that the iPhone 5c just doesn't have. If you think you can part with the extra cash, be sure to give the iPhone 5s a look before buying.

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Do yourself a favor and rule this phone out before buying a smartphone that's nearly two years old. The iPhone 5s is a better phone and it's going to live a much longer life.

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