Summary: On its own merits, the iPhone 5c is a wonderful phone. If you’re not fussed about large screens or the awesome tinkering-powers of Android, you’ll love its cheery design, seamless software and plastic fantastic build. You’d really have to love its pastel colouring however to pick the iPhone 5c over the 5s, with the price difference spread over two years on most contracts.
Summary: The iPhone 5C is a great $99 phone that basically replicates the well-reviewed iPhone 5 in a more colorful case.
Pros: The iPhone 5C is available for $99 or less on contract, and in five bright colors. Compared with the 2012 iPhone 5, it’s got more widely compatible global LTE coverage, an upgraded front-facing camera, and slightly better battery life.
Cons: This phone is 2012 tech dressed up in a brighter package for 2013; the four-inch Retina Display feels small compared with most Android phones.
Summary: Not exactly low cost, is it? In the U.S., you may get the iPhone 5C at $99 with a two year contract, but in India, this is essentially replacing the iPhone 5. The aluminum iPhone 5, with the 'unapologetically plastic'� shell. Pretty much the same internals and specs, but happily, you get a lot more colour options now. If only you can come to terms with a 'plastic' iPhone.
Pros: Consistent performance - iPhone 5 rerun, Good battery life, Built very well, Lots of colour options, iOS 7 has refreshed the "iPhone experience", somewhat
Cons: Plastic over metal? Your choice..., Not exactly a 'low cost'� iPhone
Excerpt: Apple delivered a one-two punch with this year’s iPhone announcement. The iPhone 5S is now king of the castle, but the iPhone 5C is replacing last year’s iPhone 5 as the new 2nd tier device. So is it a worthy replacement? If you haven’t heard, the 5C is Apple’s return to a plastic iPhone design, but it’s a far departure from the 3G and 3GS of yesteryear.
Pros: Beautifully engineered, Elegant UI, Improved 4G support
Cons: Toy-like appearance, Prohibitively expensive, Essentially the iPhone 5
Summary: Colorful new world. The iPhone 5c has arrived - it is 100 Euros (~$135) cheaper than the new iPhone 5s, comes with a plastic case and is available in a variety of different colors. The innards are basically those of an iPhone 5. So it's neither a true bargain, nor a truly innovative device - but can Apple's new "inexpensive" smartphone still make a compelling case for itself? And what about the new operating system, iOS 7?
Pros: Great build quality, Wide selection of well attuned accessories, Intuitive, beautiful operating system, Decent camera, Impressively precise GPS module, Low emissions and low power consumption, Still fast enough for all current apps, Great Retina display..., Apple's build quality is just as great as always, despite of the iPhone 5c's lower price tag.
Cons: ... but with a low non-HD resolution, Barely any cheaper than the iPhone 5s, Small phone with a tiny screen size (compared to the competitors), No 64-bit support, Performance levels not quite high-end, A slightly higher-resolution display (at least 720p) would be nice by now. In the future, some users might not be too fond about the missing 64-bit support.
Conclusion: The colorful, plastic iPhone 5c is a welcome upgrade for existing iPhone 4 and 4S owners, and a great introduction to Apple's awesome app platform at a nice price. It's the best $99 phone you'll find on Verizon Wireless, but otherwise, there's not much new to see here.
Pros: Bright and cheerful new colors. Solid value. iPhone 5 internals are still solid. Stronger RF reception than iPhone 5. iOS 7 is a dramatic upgrade.
Cons: That 4-inch screen is starting to feel small. No significant new hardware features.
iPhone 5C review: last year’s Apple flagship gets a fancy new suit
1 October 2013
Conclusion: Taking the iPhone 5c in context, that last entry in the “Cons” section above is a sticking point. During the Apple announcement heralding the new iPhones’ arrival, we called the 5c an “ iPhone 5 in a new casing ,” and besides the minor exceptions noted above, that’s proven fairly accurate. The 5c is indeed last night’s dinner reheated and served on a new plate, a move we lambasted competitor Samsung for when it unveiled its Galaxy S 4 earlier this year.
Pros: Plastic casing won’t age well, Screen size limits utility, Small embedded battery, nonexpandable storage, Insufficient innovation to justify new model name
Cons: Plastic casing won’t age well, Screen size limits utility, Small embedded battery, nonexpandable storage, Insufficient innovation to justify new model name
Excerpt: Some people will look at the iPhone 5c and just see an iPhone 5 with a colorful plastic case and a price drop. It’s not a device that’s going to wow your friends like the iPhone 5s, with its fingerprint scanner and a new camera. And it’s true that the iPhone 5c is filled with what is effectively 2012 technology. All of that’s by design.
Conclusion: The iPhone 5c is a brilliant product in terms of marketing. It’s the cheaper model without being last year’s model. This is the first time Apple has introduced two iPhones at once, and it was a smart move. The iPhone 5c seems fresh and is fresh thanks to the playful new colors, and is slightly cheaper to make than the iPhone 5, so Apple can maintain their healthy margins.
Pros: Attractive, excellent build quality, sharp and colorful display and all the comforts of iOS 7.
Cons: A 4" display in 2013 seems so old fashioned. Last year's specs won't ignite as much enthusiasm, nor will it be as future proof as the iPhone 5s.