iPhone Lite hands-on video spotted, tells us half the story

iPhone Lite hands-on video spotted, tells us half the story
Why, hello there! Is that the iPhone Lite that either-is-or-isn't-the-real-deal we see you handling there? For clarity sake, let us reiterate. A video hands-on has appeared on YouTube by tech reviewer DetroitBORG telling us half the story. “Why half?!” – an expected query – half, because as it happens, the reviewer has only gotten his hands on the back casing of a white iPhone Lite.

Before you jump to any conclusions, we can't guarantee this is an authentic piece. Regardless, we have seen this very same piece photographed what feels like thousands of times already, and even though we've had some high-res shots, 1080p video is a whole different thing.

So enjoy the show and tear the comment section a new one. Would you consider the iPhone Lite the next time you're smartphone hunting?

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1. tiara6918

Posts: 2263; Member since: Apr 26, 2012

A video review for just a back cover of the phone?! You have got to be kidding me

16. InspectorGadget80 unregistered

I'm just laughing at this videos because allthey care bout is the color iPhone.

2. _Bone_

Posts: 2155; Member since: Oct 29, 2012

Well timed against the Droid and Nexus announcements. :)

3. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 2013

Sneak peek? This should be called the "New Low-Cost Plastic Apple iPhone back cover review".


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No, it should be called, 'tells us half the story on one-half of a phone'! This phone sorta' reminds me of the G1 (back in da' day) ……

4. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

Wow.. Back Cover Review of iPhone Lite i mean iPlastic, Great!!!

5. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

Good lord, this is sad, hopefully it is just a diversion by Apple. If this is an actual product, this likely marks the end to Apple's reign as anything at all in the mobile space. At what point did anyone buy Apple products because they were cheap or affordable. You bought an Apple product because it largely represented a premium item. They are meant to represent quality and reliability and therefore, could command a higher margin for piece of mind alone. With this, Apple will dilute their brand and gain nothing for it. Tim Cook really has taken the company in the wrong direction (my opinion of course). This is why you cannot have a numbers guy replace a visionary in a company. He has now effectively gotten caught up in the numbers game that Android is playing at. Yet they (Google) benefit from the numbers game because they need volume for ads. Apple gains very little from volume with low margin items such as this so why are they going in that direction? If selling one full price iPhone 5 gives them at least $400 in profit (650 retail - at least 250 for cost to make which is being very conservative) how much will this thing get them selling at 300 (maybe 150-200 if they are lucky). Last I checked they were already having margin issues, if this cuts into their higher margin product sales like the iPad mini did, what will be left. To make up for the lost profits they would have to sell an insane amount of apps per device, but since when did people with little money buy apps for their cheaper phone. And last I checked, Apple does not sell ads or benefit from massive market share in the same way as the competition. Unfortunately, they are now fighting a battle that their competition is much better at. They will not win here, and will also lose whatever they have left. All they have to do is diversify at the top end and bring in more high margin consumers. If Apple made a 5, 4.5, and 4 inch iPhone in the same generation (all of equivalent specs for the most part) and even the same price, they would increase their consumer base with much greater benefits than a cheaper iPhone. Even Samsung doesn't deliver that, they do not have a 4.5 or 4 inch phone with the same specs as their GS4. I would have liked a 4.5 inch powerful phone especially from Apple, but no one seems to be interested in making one. The HTC one proved that there is a large market for high end but smaller phones, so why leave that market alone yet go for the dirt cheap markets. Even in emerging markets, no one is buying an iPhone because it was cheap, they buy it as a status symbol and above mentioned benefits. And how is this aesthetic nightmare even come close to something like Google's new Moto X (which from the pictures looks much much better than that thing). The Moto X will likely sell at cost and will destroy whatever paltry specs this new cheaper iPhone has (as the nexus 4 did with its generation of high end products). Good luck to whoever is investing in Apple in anyway.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Man you really don't like apple do you?

19. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 2012

he has a point there...big point but a point nevertheless, If you read it in full, he does mention that he would buy an iPhone with a bigger screen size. How is that not liking!?

26. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Don't think I'm dissin' him, just the size and detail of his post suggests an issue them.

36. Finalflash

Posts: 4063; Member since: Jul 23, 2013

If you believe this is a good move, explain how, don't just pretend to psycho analyse based on your gut feelings. Apple is just making one bad move after another trying to chase into segments they cannot compete in. No one buys a Rolex because they have cheap watches because they don't. Why doesn't Rolex get into the low end market, because that would dilute their name and brand. Yet here is Apple giving up that prestige that most of their customers expect of their products and brand to make a few more dollars. There is a vast amount of consumers at the top end they could grab, those that are buying S4s and Note 2s and such, but they would rather go for those buying feature phones. Explain how that is in any way a good strategy from the perspective of a company who is known for selling a high value product across their entire line up of products. And please do not go fanboy and just say they will win this or that, because you saying it won't just make it true.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

iHave news for you, Apple's reign ended with the release of the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2, as well as all the other premium Android (and, some Windows) devices that have since been released. It's over (Johnny), and this just nails it in the iCoffin. And, don't you mean to say, "With this, Apple will dieLute their brand and gain nothing for it."

17. wando77

Posts: 1168; Member since: Aug 23, 2012



Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

It's ALL OVER and, "you can't handle the truth!!"

21. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

How is it over? They just sold 31+ million iPhones. Lets put it into context, who else in the industry is moving units like Apple? I can only think of 1 company.

27. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Well said greathero, apples doing just fine. There's just other great devices out there now, so choice is more prevalent. Apple will unleash their fall 2013, and 2014 lineup, and people will line up. It just that simple, apples coming strong this fall.


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

No one called you, you troll. Greather1 knows nothing about tech' and you, for as much as you wish otherwise, also know nothing. You just know how to interject your way into ANY post you can in hopes that someone (anyone) acknowledges your lonely existence. You only epitomiZe an iPhone user's need for constant validation. And, the only other thing you can probably do is continue making fÜgly babies with fÜgly baby mamas'!!! Speak when spoken to you 70% mass of water weight!!

30. darkkjedii

Posts: 31529; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

I'm really interested in the 5S myself, the multi colors and possible larger screen grab my attention. If the lite is priced rite, it'll be a hit with those who want an iPhone without the contract.

31. PhoneCritic

Posts: 1359; Member since: Oct 05, 2011

That's 31 million of combined iPhone 4, 4s and 5. To put that in perspective ( and I am no way a fanboy of either platform) Samsung sold 23.3 million S4 alone. But if you combine that with S3s, their mid range phone line and low end phones that's a lot of sales. The iphone 4s sold 31 million alone at one time and the 4 was over 25 million at one time ( Apple only made one phone how ironic now that they are now entering the market to make mid range phones like Samsung < and I suspect they will make an entry level phone too>). Now Apple is reporting on combine sales as Samsung did during Apples crush of the market. The situation has changed Samsung is by shear volume and sales numbers the undisputed king of smartphones for now. Again I will say it "every dog has its day" MS had its time, Intel had its time, Nokia had its time, Rim had it's time and Apple had its time. Now it's Samsung turn there is no denying it Let Samsung enjoy their time because as history shows it does not last forever. Samsung will be dethrone by another manufacture. Who knows? The Chinese are coming on strong maybe tomorrow Lenovo?


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

They already have an entry level phone, it's called the iPhone 5S and is due out soon.

6. mottykels

Posts: 387; Member since: May 15, 2013

WTF iphone plastic back!


Posts: 2315; Member since: Jul 30, 2011

Yeah, Apple got tired of its' flock grazing around the world with cracked and shattered back plates; they would also make the front plastic if they coukd figure out a way since, there are just as many furry four-legged creatures walking around the globe with shattered fronts.

7. Topcat488

Posts: 1417; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

A black iphone lite, will definitely be my second phone along with the Note 3. I can't see pulling out any other color from the lite, they all look really cheap. I haven't seen a black one yet though. If there is NO black lite iphone then I'll get a ip5 as second phone.

9. HeWhoDoesNothing

Posts: 158; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

SO MUCH NEWS THIS MORNING! :) And holy moley, that thing looks like it's going to be tiny. I think it might also be interchangeable... Dun dun dun.

10. bucky

Posts: 3794; Member since: Sep 30, 2009

I don't want a plastic iPhone. Why not just make iPhone 5 the cheaper iPhone after the release of the new one.....

14. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Writers all over the web are in a process of rethinking everything they've written in phone reviews, no longer can they say plastic is cheap now that Apple has gone (going) that route. Can't wait to see who stands firm and who caves to plastic now being premium build material after years of telling us otherwise.

23. greathero1

Posts: 584; Member since: Jun 13, 2008

Not really. Everybody knows the iPhone Lite is suppose to be an entry level phone and will so have some entry level materials. Why can't you all seperate the fact that this is not a flagship device? Their flagship device will come with the premium trimmings while their entry level phones will come with entry-level trimmings. It's really shouldn't be hard to grasp bro.

25. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

It'll be entry level only if they price it that way, which few believe will happen. It's likely to be neither entry level nor flagship level, but will be marketed as high end even though it'll likely be mid-level.

44. itreday

Posts: 68; Member since: May 24, 2012

It's a entry level phone, that will most likely be priced at around $350 unsubsidized. While Samsung is selling there plastic phones at over $600. Who's really the over priced company? *Cough *Cough (Samsung)

46. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

Flagship phones are going for that amount, not entry level SS phones. If you're going to troll, get your facts straight.

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