Naaaaahhh.... having owned neither, I'll stir this pot.
I'd struggle to see how the original Spectrum would topple the C64. It definitely had value for money on it's side, but in terms of functionality, peripherals, Screen resolution, Memory, the original spectrum compares better with a VIC20 than a C64.
- Both quite low text resolution with similar colour capability
- Both had slightly strange graphics limited by an association with the underlying character grid. The spectrum for it's colour map, The VIC using programmable characters.
- The spectrum is a very compact, but the VIC20 had a better keyboard.
- The spectrum has more RAM. Both can be expanded.
- The VIC had 3 channel sound in 3 octaves, The spectrum had a single channel in 10 octaves.
- comparable speed. (Yes, a 1MHz 6502 is comparable with a 3.5MHz Z80)
- Both were primarily cartridge + cassette machines. (Yes the VIC had disk drives, but really... who had those at the time? and the spectrum's microdrive.. mm. problematic and from what I saw. Not common either.)
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"dsakey" on trademe. Apple II's are my thing.