iPhone 5C vs Android – specs comparison with Galaxy S4 mini, HTC One mini and Motorola Droid Mini

by: Chris SmithSeptember 10, 2013

iPhone 5C

After pitting the iPhone 5S against some of the most representative high-end Android handsets launched this year, we’re going to see how the lower-cost iPhone 5C does against some of the “mini” models from the same handset makers.

For the first time ever, Apple announced a new lower-cost iPhone model meant to compete against the plethora of mid-ranged and entry-level Android handsets out there.

In what follows, we have compared the iPhone 5C with three new “mini” handsets from Samsung, HTC and Motorola (the Galaxy S4 mini, the HTC One mini and the Droid Mini) – we will note that the comparison could include a variety of other mid-range devices from other handset makers, but we focused only on what should be the high-end models of the mid-range gang, at least according to this year’s standards.

We’ll also remind you that the Xperia Z1 mini is rumored to launch in the near future, an Android smartphone that’s rumored to be the first mini to pack an actual punch – which means offering the same specs and features of its corresponding high-end brother (in this case the Xperia Z1) placed in a more compact body. Because it’s not official yet, we left out the Xperia Z1 mini for now. We also left out a variety of 2012 Android flagship devices that could be considered to be mid-range handsets by this year’s standards.

 iPhone 5cGalaxy S4 miniHTC One miniDroid mini
Size (mm)124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97124.6 x 61.3 x 8.9132 x 63.2 x 9.3121 x 61.3 x 8.9
Weight (g)132107122130
Resolution1136 x 640960 x 5401280 x 7201280 x 720
CPUA6Snapdragon 400Snapdragon 400X8 System
Second camera1.2MP1.9MP1.6MP2MP
Wi-Fi802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n802.11 a/b/g/n/ac
Battery standby250 hours300 hours692 hoursN/A
Fingerprint scannerNoNoNoNo
OSiOS 7Android 4.2.2Android 4.2.2Android 4.2.2
Price (w/contract)Starts at $99N/AStarts at $99.99Starts at $99.99

As you can see in the table above, the iPhone 5C is fairly similar in size and weight with the selected Android competitors. When it comes to screen size, the iPhone 5C has a 4-inch display, while everyone else comes with a 4.3-inch screen.

Furthermore, the devices have similar connectivity options, and almost matching storage options.

Just like in the previous comparison, camera performance is also more difficult to judge by looking only at specs, and will require actual camera samples for a more accurate comparison.

Unlike the iPhone 5S, the iPhone 5C doesn’t have a 64-bit processor or a fingerprint reader, and it’s generally an updated version of the iPhone 5, a phone which it replaces in Apple’s lineup – the company will sell three iPhone models this year: iPhone 5S, iPhone 5C and iPhone 4S.

iPhone 5C

That said, while this is only a first specs comparison between these devices – and we’ll follow up with a more detailed battle between them once iPhone 5C is launched – we’ll remind you that specs alone don’t tell the whole story of a smartphone.

Also one important point to remember is that while these devices seem to have the same on-contract price, the iPhone 5C is actually far from being a “mini” when it comes to full price. The phone’s unlocked price starts at $549.99 for the 16GB version, which is a lot more than initially expected.

On the same note, prices for Android devices drop with carriers depending of the age of the handset – an argument that’s valid for all Android devices whether they’re high-end, mid-range or entry-level. In other words, Android devices will always beat iPhone models when it comes to off-contract prices.

With all that in mind, what mid-range device would you rather choose? Will you go for any of the models in the table above, or would you opt for a former flagship that’s now much cheaper in stores?

  • APai

    frankly this looks like a lumia 520/620.

    • Spruce Cycle

      Was thinking that exact same thing!

      • jakers_ugly_brother

        And Spruce Cycle looks like a self-proclaimed Samsung Dev posting anti-Apple bile.

        You might want to take a look at your recent posting history. It’s remarkably–obsessively–focused on Apple. What about poor Samsung? Why don’t they get any attention from you? Aren’t you a Samsung Dev?

        • APai

          relax. you spend time on an apple article, you are bound to get a bunch of comments. and since its android territory, there’s a good chance, apple’s going to get exposed for what they really are!

  • ali

    lumia 520 is sucks tell me about it .

  • Jaime

    Looks like the Droid mini is the best of the bunch.

  • Jeldo Meppen

    Just heard it is Android-free, too bad, i was almost sold. :(

  • Jeldo Meppen

    And it’s 550$ unlocked, really cheap. Blunt move, eh?

  • Afnan Muhammad

    Xperia ZR ?

  • kirev

    oi oi, where’s Xperia ZR ? shouldn’t it fall into mini category ?

  • jakers_ugly_brother

    Wow, the HTC One mini’s standby battery time is remarkably long compared to similar phones.

    Oh, their website has quite the disclaimer:

    “Battery times (talk time, standby time, and more) are subject to network and phone usage. A Standby time specification (“specification”) is an industry standard
    that is only intended to allow comparison of different mobile devices
    under the same circumstances. Power consumption in a standby state is
    strongly dependent on factors including but not limited to network,
    settings, location, movement, signal strength and cell traffic .
    Comparisons of different mobile devices using such a specification can
    therefore only be done in a controlled laboratory environment . When
    using any mobile device in real life circumstances for which the mobile
    device is intended, the standby time could be considerably lower and
    will be strongly dependent on the factors as mentioned above.”

    Woof. True until tested false, I suppose. Too bad. It would be great to have a smartphone with standby time of almost a month.

  • Amir

    Shut up and you wont get my money!

    • APai


  • Jaun Lombard

    They should have kept the iPhone 5 and not this 5C crap…its heavier than the iPhone 5 and looks shit! I like the look of the iPhone 5S, but this is cheaper looking than a plastic HTC!

  • Valtheus

    Stop saying that 5C is a “lower cost” iPhone. It may look that way but its not… it just costs less than iPhone 5S. Actually its the same iPhone 5 from last year, packed in a “70s look” case, that would sell at this price anyways after the announcement of 5S… with just one thing different:

    …now it costs them less to manufacture, because they use plastic!!

  • Ishaan Malhotra

    Id rather buy an iphone 5 from some unofficial source

  • Darryl Barnes

    Both iPhone and Android make great products. It all depends on what you prefer. It is all about opinion. I have used a couple of Android devices and Apple devices as well. I have found that for me Apple is a better fit. But some prefer Android because of bigger screen sizes and selection of manufacture. I like Apple because of the ecosystem and build quality. But again both are quality devices.