The iPhone 5C is more than a year old now, succeeded in September by the new Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus. The ‘C’ range of iPhones appears to have been discontinued, but Apple continues to sell the Apple iPhone 5C at a cheaper price. Check out our iPhone 5C review, one year on, to search out out what it is like to use and whether the colorful Apple smartphone is a good buy.
The Apple iPhone 5C is actually the Apple iPhone 5 but with a vibrant new coat. The 5 colour choices match the theme of iOS 8 and are definitely bright. We just like the white and blue models however we are not so keen on the yellow, pink, and green.
Like Microsoft’s Lumia vary, the phone has a polycarbonate plastic casing and as such is a bit of bigger and heavier than the iPhone 5, despite having the identical innards. It is slightly greater than a millimetre thicker and is 20 grams heavier than the Apple iPhone 5 – that is nothing major. A 9mm phone is quite large for today’s standard but the Apple iphone 5C does not really feel thick or chunky within the hand.
The massive difference is the case, which is shiny, smooth and feels good within the hand. It shares the identical rounded corners and look of the white MacBook.
Build quality is great, as we have come to anticipate from Apple. There is not an internal rattle or gap within the casing to be found. Despite being predominantly plastic, theApple iPhone 5C retains that premium Apple really feel.
The only caveat is that the buttons do really feel just a little on the cheap side and have a loud click when pressed, especially (and somewhat ironically) the volume buttons. Over the year we have had the iphone 5C, it is picked up a few small scratches however you need to look hard to seek out them. We have been using a clear case for the majority of our time spent with the Apple iPhone 5C, which helps shield the device whereas leaving the colourful back visible.
Hardware and performance
As we have said, the Apple iPhone 5C is an Apple iPhone 5 with a different case. This’s because the hardware on supply is almost unchanged. Inside is identical A6 dual-core processor and, acco. to the Geekbench 3 app, the device has a 1.3 GHz clock speed & 1 GB RAM – no change there then.
iOS 7 running on the Apple iPhone 5C feels smooth and responsive however we will speak more about the software later. Running Geekbench three shows that efficiency is almost equivalent to the Apple iPhone 5; theApple iPhone 5C scores 710 which is just three points less than its predecessor.
We are within the process of running tests on the Apple iPhone 5C, Apple iPhone 5S and Apple iPhone 5 operating iOS 8.1, so we will bring you those results quickly. We anticipate them to be largely comparable, though.
Applications and web pages load swiftly, and panning around Apple Maps is not jerky at all. It feels like you are utilizing an updated smartphone despite the two-year-old components.
The Apple iPhone 5C’s display screen is still the 4 in Retina display that was launched with the iPhone 5. Although the display screen appears crisp and vibrant, it is no longer class-leading. Full HD is the standard now and, on bigger screens, it makes browsing the web, gaming and watching movies simpler and extra enjoyable.
The iPhone 5C is now only available in one storage choice, which we expect is its greatest downfall. That one storage option is a measly 8GB, and with no microSD card slot to increase the storage, 8GB actually is all you get.
An essential difference between the Apple iPhone 5 and the Apple iPhone 5C is that the device has support for more 4G networks. The iPhone 5 was solely compatible with EE. The Apple iPhone 5C will supports all the UK’s 4G networks. Our iPhone 5C runs nicely on Vodafone’s 4G network.
Other connectivity remains the same with the Eight-pin Lightning connector, dual-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. Apple has not included options such as NFC or wireless charging.
Something we should always point out is that the Apple iPhone 5C does not come with the fingerprint scanner and TouchID software found on the Apple iphone 5S and now the Apple iPhone 6, Apple iPhone 6 Plus,Apple iPad Air 2 and Apple iPad mini 3.
There is almost no distinction between the Apple iPhone 5 and Apple iPhone 5C when it comes to camera tools. The 5C has the identical 8Mp iSight rear camera as the Apple iPhone 5 so you may rest assured that photos and video shall be high quality.
Of course, they are not as impressive as the photos you’ll capture with the Apple iPhone 5S, Apple iPhone 6 and Apple iPhone 6 Plus, which have lots of camera improvements regardless of still being 8Mp, together with larger pixels, a True Tone twin flash, a greater aperture and improved image stabilisation.
The front FaceTime HD camera is nearly the same as the Appe iPhone 5’s but Apple says it has better low-light efficiency thanks to larger pixels and an improved backside illumination sensor. We have not seen any major distinction but the camera is nice.
Since iOS 8 comes pre-loaded on the Apple iphone 5C, you get the new camera app which has a sq. photo mode, filters and Time Lapse. You will miss out on the Slo-Mo and Burst Mode options, though, that are solely out there on the iPhone 5S and later.
The Apple iPhone 5C comes pre-loaded with Apple’s newest mobile OS, iOS 8.
iOS 7 was the largest redesign Apple has done since the unique iPhone, and iOS 8 takes that new design even further. Along with lighter, sporting the cleaner, and more colourful design we saw in iOS 7, we additionally get a lot of tweaks and new features including rather more flexibility for third-party app developers to bring us new and exciting apps.
The battery within the Applei Phone 5C is slightly higher than the one in the Apple iPhone 5S. Apple says it provides an extra 2 hours of talk time and browsing over 4G LTE plus an additional 25 hours on standby.
We have been impressed with the iPhone 5C’s battery life. Unless you hammer the device with constant gaming or video playback, it’ll last a couple of days with regular and varied use. The phone holds its cost extremely well when not in use – our sample sat on just one per cent for a number of hours.
The iPhone 5C is a nice smartphone. However, we just cannot see the necessity for it in the first place, except it was cheaper. It is too expensive for what’s effectively an Apple iPhone 5 in a plastic shell with minor modifications in hardware. There are better and cheaper Android devices on the market and those wishing to stay with iOS should pay the additional £80 for the Apple iPhone 5S.