The iPhone 5c is Apple’s latest iteration of the iPhone and is the first iPhone that Apple have made that is available in multiple colours. The iPhone 5c is available from Vodafone from contracts starting at £37 a month with no upfront cost.

Tech Specs:

  • Dual-core 1.4 Ghz Swift A6 Processor
  • iOS 7
  • 16/32 GB onboard flash storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • LED Backlit IPS Display, 16 million colours, 640×1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (326 PPI)
  • 8 MP, 3624 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Front Facing Camera at 1.2 MP, [email protected],
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Non-removable Li-Po 1510 mAh battery

As you can tell, the iPhone 5c doesn’t have the highest specification on the market but it’s perfect for general usage and certainly has enough power for the average consumer.

iOS 7:

Leon: iOS 7 is the latest iteration of the Apple operating system and is pre-installed on the iPhone 5c. iOS 7 is a huge visual change from the previous versions of the iOS operating system. The flat design, bright colours and app icons may not please everyone but certainly look very cool on the iPhone 5c indeed. It’s not just visual changes either, iOS 7 has a long list of changes under the hood which make using the iPhone a whole lot easier. I won’t go to in-depth here since iOS 7 has been available for a while but with the likes of Control Center, it provides quick access to brightness, music and other handy controls without going into the settings. iOS 7 runs smoothly on the device and there is no noticeable lag which helps to provide a fluent experience.

Travis: iOS 7 brings a cleaner, flat design to Apple’s mobile operating system and I actually enjoyed using it. The experience in general was smoother than Android, especially for things like posting pictures from Instagram, where sometimes on Android, there are processing issues or tag issues, but on iOS 7 there were no issues to be found. I really like Control Center as before on my iPod Touch running iOS 6, I had to go into settings to do simple tasks like turning off wifi or adjusting brightness. Multitasking is now more functional which is great to see and while some people think the whole colours thing in the system app icons is a bit childish, for me it was nice to see it implemented, especially things like Control Center whose background mimics the app you were in last which was a nice touch. However, I did find it quite annoying the amount of times Apple kept asking me for my password even to install a free app, I mean seriously?

Build Quality / Design:

Leon: The design of the iPhone 5c is very different to the previous iPhones. The poly-carbonate (known to you and me as plastic) shell has a high quality feel to it and certainly doesn’t look or feel very cheap unlike some competitors. The 5c has the same physical proportional sizes as the iPhone 5 but a completely different form factor. For starters, the edges on the phone are curved, much like the iPhone 3GS which makes the device very comfortable to use and hold in your hand. The plastic shell on the device does however slip around quite easily though and therefore I feel that the iPhone 5c can easily slide out of your pocket when you are sitting down or doing any physical activity. The build quality of the 5c, like all Apple products is exceptional with no creaks or flex in the device when pressure is applied to the plastic casing. The plastic is also easier to keep clean compared to the iPhone 5 and does a good job of hiding smudges and hand marks.

Travis: When there were rumours of Apple making a plastic phone, I couldn’t help but laugh since all the iSheep were criticizing Samsung for using plastic but now Apple were to as well. However, the iPhone 5c does actually feel very solid thanks to the reinforced steel frame on the inside and it had a nice weight to it which made it very comfortable to hold in the hand and to use for a long period of time. I think the colours choice will appeal to the mainstream and overall the build quality and design is true to Apple’s brand reputation thus far, despite having a polycarbonate shell, which might not be to everyone’s taste. Mmm… kitkat.

Display:

Leon: The iPhone 5c has the same 4 inch display as the iPhone 5 and 5s with the same resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels, making it a “retina” display. The display is very vibrant and colours are very sharp on the device and high definition videos just look gorgeous on the display. It doesn’t have a mind blowing resolution unlike some of it’s Android competitors but is more than good enough to use for gaming and consuming other media. The display is bright and colours are very vivid which makes it great for watching YouTube videos or playing games.

Travis: As Usman touched on above, while the resolution might not be as high as other smartphones in the market, the 5c does have a great display for you to immerse yourself in while consuming content. With 326 pixels per inch, the iPhone 5c display is great for reading and zooming into text, you won’t see any pixels when doing so. Viewing angles were great and colours were accurate and vivid. Overall, I didn’t have any complaints with the display and found it a joy to use.

Battery Life:

Leon: The iPhone 5c has a 1510 mAh battery which should provide plenty of  usage for daily use. In my test, I found that the iPhone 5c  had a large enough battery to last me all day with moderate use. I used it for watching short YouTube videos, using the camera, browsing the internet and making phone calls. The device easily lasted me a whole day but if you’re going to be playing intense games, watching long HD videos and continuously browsing the internet, then keep the charger close by as you might need it after just a few hours.

Travis: I touched on this in the video review below but I was impressed with the standby time on the iPhone 5c, since on Android, at least from the phones I’ve used and tested, it’s been quite abysmal. I used the 5c quite extensively, playing games, communicating using social media, watching YouTube videos and of course, making phone calls. I got about a day’s usage out of it which is to be expected but if you have wifi or 3G on a lot and are playing very intense games then you might struggle to get much juice out of your Apple.

Camera Quality:

Leon: The iPhone 5c has the same 8 megapixel as its predecessor, the iPhone 5. During our testing, the quality of the pictures taken on the iPhone 5c was very impressive. Since I had the iPhone 5c over New Years, I decided to test out the video camera and headed out to Manchester to check out the fireworks. You can see a video of that below.

Travis: I was quite impressed with the camera quality on the iPhone 5c, I got some decent depth of field in some of the shots below as you can see. Low light performance wasn’t bad and for the most part, the camera focused quickly and there was almost no shutter lag. The video quality was also decent and it’s nice that you can take pictures while recording, even though Android has had that feature for quite some time now.

Summary:

Pros:

  • High quality , premium design. Feels like a high quality product
  • Good quality camera, especially for low light video.
  • Decent battery life, impressive standby times
  • Available in different colours which will appeal to a wide audience.

Cons:

  • No finger print sensor, would be cool to see in the next iteration
  • Same spec as the iPhone 5 so not much to upgrade for
  • Not a huge price difference between the 5c and 5s, would have been better if 5c was considerably cheaper

Conclusion:

So in conclusion, the iPhone 5c is a good offering from Apple if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, coming from another platform or an existing iPhone, especially if you’re still rocking the 4s or 4. If you want to try iOS 7 for the first time and have a great experience then the 5c is the one for you, the colours might help you stay fashionable while adding a bit of uniqueness to your phone at the same time. iOS still has quite a way to go before being perfect but it’s great that Apple has ditched the old user interface that has plagued the iPhone since it’s inception in favour of a more modern and flat design and with features like control center and improved multitasking, iOS is becoming more functional while still remaining easy to use.

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Antony was born in Kerala, India, raised in Doha, Qatar. He works as a Systems/Network Manager.Antony’s interests don’t always seem to cross paths: football and technology. However, Antony is just as much a fan of Manchester United as he is of gizmos, maybe a bit more.
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