I meant the change from the 5's aluminum case to the 5C. But yes, Apple takes time to develop a high quality plastic case, Android vendors just slap some plastic together for its case.
no 64GB option
Loses the HUGE selection of iPhone 5 cases (that will also fit the 5s)
and as stated by mstone, the 5s has a large number of significant improvements that make the $100 discount a poor value. If it was $150-200 cheaper, then it would be worth honestly considering.
The only thing of worse value is the 8GB 4S that still costs $450.
You mean case vendors stopped making cases and won't make them ever again for anything but the iPhone 5? I'll bet you there'd be more cases for the 5C than there are for the GS4 or GS5 within six months of each respective release.
Get a 5s for the 64 GB. The 5C isn't for that market.
Is it larger/heavier by a significant margin? You probably won't know the difference if you held the 5 and 5C blindfolded.
$100 less than the iPhone 5, I concur. Cheaper than the iPhone 5 to manufacture? Almost certainly.
Making more than they would have done had they kept the iPhone 5 instead as with the previous refreshes? Once again almost certainly.
Rather than maintain their very high margins they've decided to increase them.
The iPhone 5S is a great deal, the 5C should be priced less, they are simply price gouging their customers.
Don't want to be "gouged" don't buy it. People who buy it willingly aren't being gouged.