iPhone 5cby Apple

  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5c
  • iPhone 5c
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VERDICT
A solid product. Despite some flaws, it's still a good value.
80%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The polycarbonate iPhone 5c is available in five bright colors.
  • The 5c is an affordable way into the Apple ecosystem.
  • The 5c's 1,580 mAh internal battery is upgraded from the 1,440 mAh battery in the 5s.

CONS

  • Its 4-inch screen is small compared to newer iPhones and Android phones.
  • The shiny polycarbonate shell is slippery to hold.
  • The phone is currently only available with 8GB of storage and no way to upgrade.
The Apple iPhone 5c has a 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136 x 640 pixels encased in a colorful polycarbonate shell. Its 8 MP rear camera has an aperture of f/2.4 and can record 1080p HD videos, while the front 1.2 MP FaceTime camera can record 720p HD. The iPhone 5c comes preloaded with iOS 8 and is only available with 8 GB of storage. It supports Bluetooth 4.0 and 802.11 a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. Available colors include white, pink, yellow, blue, and green.
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We're not going to lie. The iPhone 5c is gorgeous -- we'd even argue that it's the most beautiful iPhone since the 4 and 4s.

We're not going to lie. The iPhone 5c is gorgeous -- we'd even argue that it's the most beautiful iPhone since the 4 and 4s.

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85%

It is entirely about marketing — it lets people buy into the mystique of owning the latest Apple product without having to pay the tradition…

It is entirely about marketing — it lets people buy into the mystique of owning the latest Apple product without having to pay the traditional Apple price.

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80%

Unfortunately the iPhone 5C misses out on what’s probably the biggest hardware innovation of the iPhone 5S – the Touch ID fingerprint scanne…

Unfortunately the iPhone 5C misses out on what’s probably the biggest hardware innovation of the iPhone 5S – the Touch ID fingerprint scanner.

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80%

The iPhone 5c’s Geekbench 3 scores roughly triple the iPhone 4s’s.

The iPhone 5c’s Geekbench 3 scores roughly triple the iPhone 4s’s.

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Although it has only one speaker on the bottom, audio from the iPhone 5c sounded just as good as the iPhone 5. U2's "Beautiful Day" rang out…

Although it has only one speaker on the bottom, audio from the iPhone 5c sounded just as good as the iPhone 5. U2's "Beautiful Day" rang out clearly, and there was a sufficient amount of bass, even though this is a smartphone.

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...if you’re happy to abandon any specification machismo for the trash it usually proves to be, the iPhone 5c is more than powerful enough f…

...if you’re happy to abandon any specification machismo for the trash it usually proves to be, the iPhone 5c is more than powerful enough for virtually any job.

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80%

The iPhone 5C will be a far more appealing phone for kids: it seems less fragile, warmer, even simpler.

The iPhone 5C will be a far more appealing phone for kids: it seems less fragile, warmer, even simpler.

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...you could definitely argue it's time the display was bumped up in size. Four inches can feel mighty small if you've spent any length of t…

...you could definitely argue it's time the display was bumped up in size. Four inches can feel mighty small if you've spent any length of time using a late-model Android phone.

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The iPhone 5c is really meant to appeal to people who aren’t yet iPhone 5 owners. I can also see it being the iPhone parents will give their…

The iPhone 5c is really meant to appeal to people who aren’t yet iPhone 5 owners. I can also see it being the iPhone parents will give their children...

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The plastic also a little slippery, so hopefully you don't have butterfingers, because that screen will shatter.

The plastic also a little slippery, so hopefully you don't have butterfingers, because that screen will shatter.

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Plastic can feel cheap and flimsy, but Apple has avoided that by combining it with a steel frame that, though invisible from the outside, le…

Plastic can feel cheap and flimsy, but Apple has avoided that by combining it with a steel frame that, though invisible from the outside, leaves the iPhone 5c resilient to flexing and pleasingly dense in the hand.

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As you might expect, the iPhone 5c performs a lot like the iPhone 5, which is to say it’s lag-free, fast and responsive.

As you might expect, the iPhone 5c performs a lot like the iPhone 5, which is to say it’s lag-free, fast and responsive.

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I laughed out loud when Apple's design guru Jony Ive called the iPhone 5C "unapologetically plastic" in the device's promo video, but now I …

I laughed out loud when Apple's design guru Jony Ive called the iPhone 5C "unapologetically plastic" in the device's promo video, but now I know what he meant. Apple doesn't do anything on the cheap.

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Positive Reviews
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The cheap option to enter the iOS ecosystem
This is certainly the cheap option for a user to enter the Apple/iOS ecosystem. While I do not recommend the phone outright, it is a great choice if you are price sensitive because it offers a very affordable route to enter into the iMessage, AirPlay, app ecosystem that Apple has created. It has been wonderful watching friends of mine switch from Android to this phone because then I am able to enjoy the communication and app compatibility that comes with being on the same platform. This versus an Android is where I'll recommend the 5c every time. But versus Apple's newer and better phone offerings, I will have to recommend those for the added features, albeit at a higher cost.

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