Specs summary

Screen
4"

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

Processor
1.3GHz

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 or capture video 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 10.4 days standby time, 600 minutes (2G), 600 minutes (3G), 600 minutes Wi-Fi surfing.



The iPhone 5C is a great phone, it's just a shame it's last year's great phone wrapped in a less appealing shiny plastic body and slapped with a still-premium price tag.

- Gareth Beavis , TechRadar 

The new plastic-cased iPhone 5c is built for the future - and its lower price, compared to a newer iPhone, won't hurt sales.

- Charles Arthur , The Guardian 

Reviews summary

8/10AVG.
RATING
Based on 49 reviews

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.

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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.


Reviews (8/10 Avg. rating)


TrustedReviews

A cheaper alternative

from 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 not particularly interesting tech-wise, but the tech underneath this phone’s shell hasn’t aged enough in the last year to make this anything but a very good phone... Full review
Tech Advisor

Plastic and colourful

from 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 wishing to stick with iOS should pay the extra £80 for the iPhone 5S... Full review
Expert Reviews

Fast and responsive with a great operating system

from 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 be said that the iPhone 5S is much better value, plus you get a metal case, a faster processor and the new M7 motion coprocessor. This is the phone that we'd rather buy.

For those people that are finding the iPhone 5S a little too expensive, the cheaper 5C is a good choice... Full review

NDTV

Solid in all departments

from 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 latest and greatest that a company has to offer, and the iPhone 5c clearly doesn't deliver on that count. If you are considering the 5c as an option, we recommend you spend a little bit more money and buy the iPhone 5s instead... Full review
UnleashThePhones

A well built phone, with a specific target audience in mind

from 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 an iPhone that you would expect to come from Cupertino’s handsets. Its price is rather high and in most markets, you could find an iPhone 5 for the same, if not less or even a 5S for not much more... Full review
Fone Arena

The iPhone 5c is aimed at those who want some color in their life and don’t really care about top of the line features

from Fone Arena
The iPhone 5c is more than just a cosmetic upgrade once you look beyond the vibrant shell. It is easy to dismiss the phone by saying that the upgrade is like putting lipstick on a pig but we’d refrain from doing that. The phone combines the power of the iPhone 5′s innards with the colorful shells that are all the rage lately. The phone is not a revolution but displays how Apple is willing to flex its marketing muscle and aim right at the competition when it wants. .. Full review
Apple Insider

Solid, colorfully fun construction

from Apple Insider
Not too shabby, and if you recently purchased one, you can be fully content that you have nearly the best smartphone available this year outside of iPhone 5s. The camera is good, the network speed can't really bet bettered, and you can run any app near the top of where it was designed to run. Remember to turn on Activation Lock in iOS 7, although you will have to bother with typing in a password... Full review
TechnoBuffalo

Colorful design, terrific construction and wonderful synthesis of hardware and software

from TechnoBuffalo

Many people are hung up on the 5c being an iPhone 5 “with a case” like it’s a bad thing. Maybe if you want the latest specs in a huge device, it is. Maybe. There’s no denying the 5c is behind many top Android devices, but looking at it so narrowly completely ignores the fact that Apple has created a very wonderful experience. Think of the 5c as Apple’s version of the “mini” epidemic in the Android camp. At $100 (or even less, depending on where you look), it’s perhaps not quite as cheap as some people hoped. But if don’t want the latest... Full review

Know Your Mobile

Apple's plastic fantastic re-imagining of the iPhone 5

from Know Your Mobile
Taking everything that made the iPhone 5 great and adding in a few more bells and whistles. The iPhone 5C is not the iPhone 5S, but it’s still a great little handset in its own right. Should prices come down –– which they inevitably will –– this handset could become very, very, popular... Full review
Mobile Syrup

Not a wholly new product, but a successful reworking of a still-excellent smartphone

from Mobile Syrup
Apple still offers the best ecosystem for Canadians, with the highest-calibre and most ubiquitous app selection, quality selections for movies, music, TV shows, books and magazines, and arguably the fastest mobile browser out there. While the 5c is now half the speed of its successor, the iPhone 5s, it is still a smartphone more than capable of completing even the most onerous task... Full review

It is perfect for people ....

it is a great phone, its fast, never crashed on me, never glitches or anything. I'm not going to say that the battery is AWESOME but its okay ... every iPhone is like that though. For people who don't know who to use an iPhone or never even used one, it's great, My mother purchased it and I just t... More
it is a great phone, its fast, never crashed on me, never glitches or anything. I'm not going to say that the battery is AWESOME but its okay ... every iPhone is like that though. For people who don't know who to use an iPhone or never even used one, it's great, My mother purchased it and I just taught her a few things, and boom! she uses siri already without me telling her about her phone having a person to talk to with network connection so really its great nothing really different to the 5S so BUY IT! Less


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Full Specs

Overview
Release date September 20, 2013
Regions available USA, Canada, United Kingdom, Asia, Europe, North America, Australia, South America, Africa, India, Philippines, Russia, Ukraine, China
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 Nano-SIM
Dual SIM No
Operating System iOS 7 (Update Available: 9)

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Processor Apple A6 Dual core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory
16 GB or 32 GB or 8 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
FlightMode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible Yes
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation Yes
SAR Head: 1.19 W/kg
Body: 1.19 W/kg
Languages Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Spanish
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included Data Cable, Headset, Manual, USB Power Adapter
Power & Battery
Type Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion), 1510 mAh
Removable Battery No
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time 600 minutes
Wi-Fi Surfing Time 600 minutes
3G Surfing Time 480 minutes
4G Surfing Time 600 minutes
Talk Time Up to:
600 minutes (2G)
600 minutes (3G)
Standby Time Up to: 10.4 days
Physical Characteristics
Design Type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Blue, Green, Pink, White, Yellow
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
(4.7 ounces)
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged Design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 640 x 1136 pixels
Pixel Density 326 pixels
Size 4 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
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 Browsing Type HTML, HTML 5
Browser Safari
Javascript Yes
Flash No
Email Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features No
Messaging Services SMS, MMS, IM
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, AVRCP, HID, HFP, PAN
WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Expansion Slots No
Expansion Slots Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV-out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallet No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera  
Aperture Unknown
Resolution 8+ megapixels
Dual Lens No
Zoom 3x digital
Flash Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info Auto focus, Face detection, Geotagging, Panorama, HDR
Video Recording Formats MPEG-4
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 MP3, eAAC+, AAC+, AAC, Apple Lossless, AIFF, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, H.264 / AVC, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List Yes
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stopwatch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Document Viewer DOC, DOCX, GIF, HTML, JPG, PDF, PPT, PPTX, RTF, TIFF, TXT, XLS
Weather Yes
Stocks Yes
Maps Yes
Notepad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable
Included Software / Apps No
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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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