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.
Excerpt: The iPhone 5c doesn't offer much improvement over the previous generation iPhone. However, the 5c's reduced price point is the draw here. At $99 under contract, the iPhone 5c is the cheapest newly released offering from Apple to date.
Pros: Easy to type on, Very portable, Easy to read on, Easy to navigate, Good speaker quality
Cons: Subpar battery life, Subpar camera quality, Subpar performance — same hardware as the iPhone 5
Summary: iPhone 5C is colorful and not cheap. Indeed it has lower specs versus the iPhone 5S but it will have a very different look and feel and price to appeal to a wider range of people. This is still top end engineering and with the latest operating system and is even better than the current iPhone 5.
Pros: Sleek and colorful design with improved specs and iOS 7 and a vey good size.
Excerpt: With the introduction of the Apple iPhone 5s, the 5c is now the company's 99 cent (on contract) phone. It’s virtually identical as the 5s, with its 8 MP camera, 4.7 inch retina screen, LTE cellular data networking, and battery life which should last through the day.
Summary: Its colourful, pocket-friendly body and easy to use software makes the iPhone 5C a good choice for smart phone novices, but with only a small price gap between this and the considerably more powerful 5S, the 5C isn't the budget iPhone we hoped it would be.
Pros: Attractive, colourful design; Easy to use iOS 7 software; Enough power for most tasks; Decent battery life.
Cons: Top-end 5S is not much more expensive; Same size and resolution as previous models; Camera struggles in low light.
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?
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.
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 ...
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 ...
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.
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.
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.