iphone 5C

The iPhone 5C has a problem. It got the tag “cheaper version of iPhone” added to it.

The new iPhones have just been announced and the world is still reacting to the new announcements through different social networks. This was the first Apple event where Apple announced two iPhones at the same time. While I’ve already seen many people putting together their money for the cheaper version of iPhone, I just don’t think they are going to look as cool as previous generation of iPhone users did.

With the introduction of iPhone 5C, Apple just made classifications of its users: Ones that can afford high class (and higher-priced) iPhone, and ones that can’t.

Price Makes a Difference

Part of what makes Apple products different is its excessive price. Of course, Apple products are different by design and innovation, sometimes they are overpriced, but beyond all logic, the fact remained simple: Apple products are expensive.

When you see someone walk past you wearing an expensive pair of glass, shoes and tuxedo, they automatically get a good impression from you. I don’t mean that rich people always deserve respect and those who aren’t rich don’t, I’m just talking about the outlook of that person wearing expensive clothing. One of my bosses once told me, “If you came here wearing your average house dress, I would have had less confidence in you although you would have been the same “Sajib” that I know of.” This statement should direct you to the point I’m trying to raise here.

Similar to the clothing, expensive gadgets make people look cool. It does not necessarily make them more genius or professional, but on the outside, they do look cool (Admit it or not. That’s why Apple’s brand value is so high.). Even if you own a previous generation of iPhone that is either free with contract or has been discontinued, you can still “show off” (this being the keyword here) your iPhone in addition to enjoying the features it comes with.

With the iPhone 5C, however, you might not be able to do so.

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The next time you’re at a party where showing off might get you girls, you may be asked “what iPhone is that” if you say or show that you have an iPhone. iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5 or iPhone 5S will keep you in the “Apple class” like before, but an iPhone 5C might have a negative impact on you. Though without a contract the 5C may not be too cheap after all, it is considered the cheaper version of iPhone in the general consumers’ world. Some are even referring to it as iPhone 5C(heap) (And iPhone 5S(ame)!

Many people set goals to get an Apple product (iPhones, MacBooks, etc). When someone else purchases such an expensive device that you dream of, they automatically look cool to you.

But the iPhone 5C has a problem. It got the word “cheaper iPhone” added to it. They may not provide you with a cheap experience, but the average folks may not think that you’re cool because you use Apple product.

You’re using a cheap Apple product.

Cheap on the Outlook, Better on the Design and Performance

All that does not mean you will have a bad experience with your iPhone 5C. Apple delivers great product. I can’t tell much about the build quality of the 5C, but from the record, I think it’s a safe bet that the quality will not be cheap. Also, Apple claims that except the case, it’s an iPhone 5 under the hood, which I actually believe. So, with iOS 7, you will enjoy all the greatest features Apple iPhone has to offer (except some new ones that are exclusive to iPhone 5S).

But if your case is to show off, which a lot of people have when they think of buying an Apple product, the iPhone 5C may not make you look cool.

What’s your take on this? Please keep in mind that this is not to raise some fights over using Apple products to show off or so. I’m not an Apple fanboy nor do I envy any Apple product except the MacBook Air and Pro. The thought that iPhone 5C may make a classification among Apple users just crossed the mind and therefore it’s before your eyes. Speak your mind before you bounce off! What do you think about what I think?

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18 thoughts

  1. For people who couldn’t afford iphones before, this phone is a ticket into the Apple club. It may not be the VIP section, but in the club nonetheless. People who can already afford iphones probably wont want to “downgrade”, so I think this product is meant to tap into another section of the market. Maybe an even younger crowd?


    1. The iPhone 5C is not really all that cheap. It’s the same price iPhone 5 would have been had Apple not discontinued it for the apparent sake of 5C. The phones look cool, too; just the “cheap iPhone” may have a negative impact on some younger crowd.

      But I agree with you. Apple will succeed nonetheless.


  2. Really, “Apple products are expensive”? Stop drinking the anti-Apple Kool-Aid from 2005. Look at the price of the Macbook Air now, for example.


    1. Your second sentence indicates you are maybe infected with fanboyism. Expensive doesn’t necessarily mean bad, which would what anti Apple folks would’ve wanted to prove. I also explicitly mentioned that Apple makes great products. And great products don’t come cheap. If saying Apple product hits you in the heart, I have no more words to say.


    2. Except that we are looking a the price of iphone vs other smart phones, and it is objectively more expensive than most.

      Also the 13′ macbook air costs more than I spent on a high end gaming laptop 2 years ago. A laptop that to this day still has better internals than the air.


  3. After reading this insufferably banal and juvenile post I can safely say that regardless of which phone you have, you will never have to worry about being cool.


  4. I’ve seen people working minimum wage jobs with latest model iphones and macs as well. Buying them doesn’t make you cool, as doesn’t the clothes you wear. Grow up and get a life.


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