Now, the iSight camera on the iPhone 5c is similar to what's in the iPhone 5, and it's quite fine.
In terms of which one to buy when they go on sale this Friday, however, I look at the decision this way. The iPhone 5c is $100 less expensive than the iPhone 5s. So it's understandable someone on a budget might want to save that money.
But the way these phones are built, they are lasting longer and longer. My wife still has the iPhone 4, coming up on three years, and is perfectly happy with it. It's reasonable to expect that whatever phone you buy, it will be the phone you carry for at least the next three years.
And over that period, it's reasonable to estimate that you might take thousands of pictures with that camera.
Spending that extra $100 today on a phone that lasts three years and has a far superior camera, which is one of the most essential features for most users? It just seems like a no-brainer to me.
Indeed, I still have a hard time understanding why anyone would choose to buy the iPhone 5c. Apple is way smarter than I, so I'm sure they have a clear idea.
But frankly, I still don't see who the target consumer is. If money is the issue, then why not get the iPhone 4s for free?
That said, if you can afford to, think long term. Spend the extra $100 on the iPhone 5s. The photos you'll take and keep for a lifetime will be well worth it.