Apple’s new cut-price iPhone model is still more expensive than many high-end Android phones
Apple has this morning launched an 8GB versionof the iPhone 5c— a new budget offering for those willing to trade cut-down internal storage for a slightly reduced price tag. In the UK, a SIM-free 8GB iPhone 5c will set you back £429 directly from Apple’s online store — a saving of only £40 compared to the 16GB 5c, but a saving all the same.
Nevertheless, the 8GB device’s relatively high price tag highlights the many high-end Android phones around this price point, all of which boast 16GB or more of storage — and in some cases, many other advantages too.
Let’s take a look at some after the break.
LG G2 — £299 (16GB)/ £339.99 (32GB)
LG’s flagship G2 has been heavily discounted in the UK, but right now its SIM-free pricing on Amazon.co.uk matches that of its Googlified cousin, the Nexus 5. Either of these represents great value at the £299-340 price point — and the G2 offers a larger screen, higher-res than the iPhone, at 5.2 inches of 1080p versus 4 inches at 640×1136. LG’s phone also has a top-notch 13MP camera, and the 32GB model offers four times the internal storage of the 8GB iPhone 5c.
Nexus 5 — £299 (16GB)/ £339 (32GB)
Google’s Nexus 5 pricing hasn’t moved at all since its launch last November, but it remains great value almost four months on. For between £299 and £339 on Google Play you get G2-class internals, a 5-inch display and the latest “pure” Android 4.4 KitKat, with speedy updates from Google in the future. Weaknesses include battery life and a slightly wonky 8MP camera — but in any case, the Nexus 5 is a flagship-class product available for considerably less than the competition.
Sony Xperia Z1 and Z1 Compact — £399.99 and £386.99
The Xperia Z1 is about to be superseded by the Z2, which is due to launch in the next month. But at a little under £399 it’s still worth a look, offering a larger screen and double the storage of the cheapest iPhone 5c for less cash. The more interesting proposition, however, might be the smaller Xperia Z1 Compact. At £386.99, the Compact offers the same internals as the Z1, only with a smaller 4.3-inch display and a more pocketable design.
HTC One (2013) — £364.99
We’re only a week out from the expected launch of the all new HTC One (M8), but last year’s model, the M7, is decent value at around £365 SIM-free. Unlike the iPhone 5c, it boasts a metal-backed design, a larger, higher-resolution display and four times the storage in the 32GB base model. Sure, the HTC One is a year old at this point, but it’s also worth remembering the iPhone 5c is essentially a rebadged iPhone 5 in a plastic casing.
Moto X — £306
Our top Android phone of 2013 is available with 16GB of storage for £306, and offers unique features like touchless control — the ability to activate the phone, even when it’s in sleep mode — and active display, which pulses notifications on-screen when the display is turned off. On paper it’s got less hardware muscle than many competitors, but the Moto X also offers a highly ergonomic design and near-stock Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
Samsung Galaxy S4 — £318
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 — £400-459