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Apple iPhone 5c review

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8/10
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The Apple iPhone 5c currently has an Informr score of 8 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 49 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The iPhone 5c is one of two new devices released by Apple for 2013. With is colorful polycarbonate shell, iOS 7, beautiful retina display and rock-solid build quality, it is adding a bit of life to an otherwise stale product line up. TechCrunch’s Darrel Etherington says “The 5c is probably more broadly appealing than the iPhone 5s just by virtue of its lower cost of entry, but it’s still premium hardware and is likely better thought of as an analogue to the iPhone 4s relative to the iPhone 5 back when that device launched.” While this is the cheaper of the two new models, that does not make the iPhone 5c a budget phone. In fact, it shares a few upgrades of it’s more expensive sibling, the iPhone 5s.

Overall, reviews of the new phone and the new iOS 7 are extremely positive. With the new Control Center, Apple fans finally have the ability to toggle common settings, such as Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, by swiping up a tray on the screen. The camera app and hardware both receive slight updates to provide better manual control and improved low-light performance.

Finally, the front-facing camera is all new in the device. Boasting 1.2 megapixels and designed specifically for low-light conditions, the camera offers an obvious boost in quality to voice and video chat. If you are worried about all the changes in iOS 7, Myriam Joire of Engadget echoes the sentiment of many other reviews when she says “Well, after using iOS 7 for a few days, it's hard to imagine going back to iOS 6.” The 5c is powered by the same chip used in the iPhone 5 and offers plenty of performance for most users.

There are a few considerations to keep in mind about the iPhone 5c, most from an upgrade standpoint. Engadget, TechCrunch and SlashGear all say that if you have an iPhone 4 or earlier, this phone will be a significant upgrade. Otherwise, it shares many similarities with the previously released 4s and 5. There are also debates about the polycarbonate casing. Although it is a plastic case, the build quality is superb. A steel reinforcing layer makes it behave more like ceramic than plastic. However, if you prefer to the aluminum build of recent releases, you might want to consider upgrading to the 5s.

The Good: Stunning retina display, great picture quality, long-lasting battery life, snappy performance, most flexible LTE support to date and a choice of case colors.

The Bad: No NFC support, mid-sized screen, high off-contract price and no support for external memory.


Operating system
iOS
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
4"
Camera
8+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

The iPhone 5C is a replacement for the iPhone 5, designed to be cheaper to produce than that older model. There are some small improvements, such as the new front-facing camera, but it’s not a worthwhile upgrade from that phone unless you fall in love with the new colourful bodies. It’s...

- Andrew Williams, TrustedReviews
Tech Advisor

The iPhone 5C is a nice smartphone. However, we just can't see the need for it in the first place, unless it was cheaper. It's too expensive for what is effectively an iPhone 5 in a plastic shell with minor changes in hardware. There are better and cheaper Android devices on the market and those wis...

- Chris Martin, Tech Advisor
Expert Reviews

There's no doubting that the iPhone 5C is a great smartphone. It's well-built, feels tough, has a great screen and a fast processor. With iOS 7 and the Apple App Store, you've also got access to the biggest and, arguably, best range of apps, too.Given how close in price the two phones are, it has to...

- Andrew Unsworth, Expert Reviews
NDTV

While the iPhone 5c is a solid phone in its own right, with Apple choosing to release the 5s at the same time, comparisons between the two are inevitable, and that's where it becomes difficult to recommend the colourful iPhone over the flagship. When you spend a lot of money, you expect to buy the l...

- Kunal Dua, NDTV
UnleashThePhones

The iPhone 5C is a well built phone, with a specific target audience in mind. If you’re fine with not having the latest specs in your phone, and a smaller screen then its competitors, wrapped in a colourful polycarbonate, then the iPhone 5C should not be over looked. It has the experience of a...

- Michael Faro-Tusino, UnleashThePhones


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Screen Size
4"

The Apple iPhone 5c's screen size is 4 inches with 640 x 1136 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a Apple A6 Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the iOS 7 (Update Available: 9) operating system (OS).

Camera
8+ MP

You can take photos with the phone's onboard 8+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 1+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
8/16/32 GB

Internal memory is 8/16/32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
1510mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1510 mAh battery. Apple's performance ratings are 600 minutes, 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.

iPhone 5c Specs

Overview
Release date September 20, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom
Mobile / Cellular Data
4G/LTE
variations
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/900/1900/2100 MHz
LTE:
1900/2100/800/850 /900/1800/2600 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+, LTE
variations
SIM card size
Nano-SIM
variations
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 7 (Update Available: 9)

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Processor Apple A6 Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Storage 8/16/32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included USB Power Adapter, Manual, Headset, Data Cable
Power & battery
Battery Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion)
Battery Capacity 1510 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 600 minutes
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 600 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 10.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink
Dimensions [H x W x D] 12.4 x 5.9 x 0.9 cm (4.9 x 2.3 x 0.4 in)
Weight 132 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
Pixel density 326 pixels
Size 4 inches
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Digital Compass
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating Yes
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling Unknown
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) Unknown
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Lightning
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, PAN
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
8+ megapixels
Multi-camera
No
Zoom
3x digital
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels), 30 fps
Front Camera
Resolution
1+ megapixels
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
HD (1280 x 720 pixels)
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats AAC, AAC+, AIFF, Apple Lossless, eAAC+, MP3, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, AVI, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer Yes
Viewable document types XLS, RTF, PPT, PPTX, JPG, TIFF, GIF, DOC, DOCX, PDF, TXT, HTML
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps -
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Additional comments Other Names (AKA): Apple A1507, A1532, A1456

Variations:

Model A1507
UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20)
Model A1532
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev. B, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)
Model A1456
CDMA EV-DO Rev. A and Rev B, UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA, GSM/EDGE, LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 25, 26)
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