This fall’s release of the iPhone 5c and 5s got me thinking…Is Columbia an iPhone or an Android town?

After all, whether you carry an iPhone or Android in your pocket can say quite a bit about a person, and presumably a town.

So, I did what any gal with such a curiosity would do. I called up our marketing intern and we took it to the streets of downtown Columbia. Armed with a digital camera and a thoroughly unscientific questionnaire, we approached unassuming passers-by and inquired of their smart phone usage.

Here’s what we found out….

Is Columbia, Missouri an iPhone or Android Town?

If a survey sample of thirteen were scientifically conclusive (it’s not), we could safely declare Columbia an iPhone town by majority.

We might also claim to have stumbled upon a generally accepted social stigma related to admitting frequent Facebook usage or lacking possession of a smart phone, but I digress. As far as definitive results go, curiosity prevails until a research student at the University decides to conduct a proper survey on the matter.

In the meantime, we’d love to know… are you helping Columbia become an iPhone or an Android town?

Post your answers in the comments.

And about that iPhone upgrade. Have any of you taken the leap and upgraded to the iPhone 5c or iPhone 5s? In case you’ve forgotten, Florian recaps the specs below.

On September 10th, Apple surprised consumers and the industry by unveiling not one but two new iPhones; the iPhone 5c, and the iPhone 5s. The urgent question of the hour, therefore, is…are they worth it?

Lets start with the iPhone 5c, the colorful, more affordable release of the two. Available in 16GB and 32GB models, there are minor improvements to the phone including a front facing Face Time HD camera and a somewhat larger battery; as well as a choice of 5 colors: white, pink, yellow blue and green. Otherwise, the consumer will have access to previous iPhone 5 features: an HD 8 megapixel camera, an A6 processor, more LTE bands for extended coverage around the world, and 802.11 a/b/g/n dual band Wi-Fi.

Unlike the iPhone 5, however, the iPhone 5c case is now plastic—a durable steel reinforced polycarbonate which multitasks as an antenna. The designers do promise however that the iPhone 5c will feels solid in your hand, not flimsy. And for for more design interest and extra protection, Apple has created more colorful $29 rubber iPhone 5c cases.

Now, the iPhone 5s has some dramatic improvements that is presumably responsible for Apple’s record breaking sales upon release. For one thing, the iPhone 5s’ computing power has been scaled way up, courtesy of an industry leading Apple-designed 64bit chip; called the A7 chip. According to the company, this chip allows for game console and desktop level download and graphic capabilities, but it simultaneously supports both 32 bit and 64 bit apps. In addition, app developers will be pleased to know that 32bit apps can be compiled fairly easily into 64 bit apps.

For those of us who like taking pictures, the iPhone 5s offers an updated camera system with a 15 % larger sensor and f/2.2 aperture. This will allow more light into the camera and since the photos will be comprised of bigger pixels, photo quality should be better.

Additionally, the iPhone 5s now sports a new Touch ID sensor, which allows you to unlock your phone and buy Apple products using your fingerprint. The fingerprint itself is stored on the A7 chip on your phone, not in the cloud or on Apple servers. This development is certainly an interesting leap into including biometric technology in consumer electronics and I suspect that consumer-reaction will be watched closely.

The iPhone 5s contains a new part called an M7 motion compressor. The compressor can be used monitor the user’s activity levels, and in collaboration with upcoming next generation health and fitness apps, assist the user in living a more healthy lifestyle. The good thing about that is that the M7 compressor does not need to collaborate with the A7 chip, thus saving your battery life.

Speaking of battery life, the iPhone 5s can manage 10 hrs of WI-Fi web browsing or Video playback or Talk , 8 hrs of LTE networking and 40 hrs of audio playback. And, of course, the iPhone 5s is available in 32GB or 64GB as well.

And now I throw it over to you, readers. Is the price right for the iPhone 5c? Are the specs on the iPhone 5s tempting your pocket?