Apple iPhone 5c Review

Call Quality


Our complaint with the iPhone 5c’s call quality is minimal, as it’s mostly directly to the subtle cracking tone of voices when using the speakerphone. Aside from that, its performance is fantastic on many levels, as the earpiece pumps out natural toned voices that are very audible – thanks in part to the earpiece’s strong volume output.

Battery


After a year of having the iPhone 5 around, you’d think that the folks over at Apple would drastically improve battery life with its replacement in the iPhone 5s. Unfortunately, that’s not the case, since we don’t find its performance any different. In fact, a fully charged battery permits us a single day of normal usage – or roughly 12 hours with heavier operation. All told, it’s nothing more than average at the end of the day.


Conclusion


You could spend $200 to pick up that powerhouse in the Apple iPhone 5s (on contract), but if you’re content about using a GOOD performing smartphone that rivals some of the other flagship devices out there, while paying half as much out of your pocket, the iPhone 5c is undoubtedly an option that should be firmly be in contention in your mind. Sporting a $100 on-contract price point, the price difference between it and the iPhone 5s is justified by its well-rounded offering. Sure, it’s sporting the same hardware as the iPhone 5 from last year, but it’s most profound for its unusual design choice – a plastic one at that!

Quite simply, the iPhone 5c makes plastic phones look cool, since it’s compact, has a solid construction, and it’s available in a palette of colors. With the latter, we’ve seen other companies experiment with color choices, and with the iPhone 5c, it once again goes to show us that it greatly increases the allure of the smartphone. On the surface, the software experience on the iPhone 5c is nearly identical to the iPhone 5s, which is good taking into consideration that it’s uniform throughout Apple’s lineup.

Even though the high-end segment seems to get all of the attention, the mid-range landscape is quickly seeing the same level of competition. In that sense, the iPhone 5c proves itself as one those trailblazers in the space that’ll keep the heat turned up against the competition.

Software version of the review unit: 7.0.1


Pros

  • Color variety with its design
  • Solid build quality for a plastic phone
  • Snappy performance

Cons

  • No 64GB option

PhoneArena Rating:

9.0

User Rating:

8.8
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99 Comments

1. SIGPRO

Posts: 2817; Member since: Oct 03, 2012

The 5c get's a 9?? What will the 5s get....a 10??? Fail!

13. mishooo111

Posts: 30; Member since: Nov 22, 2012

it got 9.3

44. KINGJUAN27

Posts: 210; Member since: Jul 02, 2012

Whuuuuuuttt? This is f**king lame! It should get an 8 or something. Go home iPhoneArena! You're drunk!

67. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Apple can release the SAME phone as the iPhone 5 BUT put plastic on it & STILL get a 9.0. This phone should be a 8.4 to 8.6, nothing more & nothing less. PhoneArena.com dropped the ball on this one. +1

14. rodkurt

Posts: 128; Member since: Nov 29, 2012

just taking the iPhone 5 and putting it on a plastic body got a 9, so I guess it will be a 10 when they take iPhone 5s and put it on a plastic body.

31. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Simply means it was already a great device

70. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

Yes and no... The device looks new because of the plastic but it STILL has over one year old tech. Some points need to be deducted, if this is truly an unbiased review. 8.4 to 8.6 would have been justified. I mean the Apple iPhone 5s got a 9.3 & it has all new tech. So if an over a year old tech gets a 9.0, what does that say about the new tech that got only .3 better score?

81. rusticguy

Posts: 2828; Member since: Aug 11, 2012

8.4-8.6 + 0.6-0.4 (for logo) = 9.0 Same device from Acer would get 7.5 .. logo counts too!

98. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Is it multitouch?

20. itsdeepak4u2000

Posts: 3718; Member since: Nov 03, 2012

5S got 9.3 already. I think John loves iPhones as he said "iPhone 5c makes plastic phones look cool, since it’s compact, has a solid construction, and it’s available in a palette of colors. With the latter, we’ve seen other companies experiment with color choices, and with the iPhone 5c, it once again goes to show us that it greatly increases the allure of the smartphone." Haha...really John now plastic looks cool?

90. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

All android phones are of plastic u fu**

21. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

This article pretty much sums up what is wrong with Phonearena's rating system. Phones need to be judged for what they are, and this is a midrange, overpriced, last gen device. The plastic isn't flimsy or cheap feeling only because it's a uni-body design(no SD, no removable battery). The 5S is a high end, premium device with the latest in CPU/GPU and its score is justified, but this is nonsense.

57. frydaexiii

Posts: 1476; Member since: Dec 01, 2011

It's also sturdy because the shell is thick as hell, my S3 after putting a hard plastic case on it, can't be "twisted" or "bent" anymore too.

25. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Please guys, we all know you guys really hate Apple. You will never ever acknowledge something they've achieved. In your view it either was always someone else who did it first (even though certainly not in the way Apple did it) or it is not such a great thing. Apple does not create value through putting specs first, but rather due to creating a unique user experience. If Apple is able to achieve that with less spectacular overall specs (in the important areas they are state of the art of the whole industry), they just demonstrate how much one can do with the technology they use. Don't let yourself be driven by technology but drive technology! (For the not so intellectual individuals among us: Don't hunt for specs but rather hunt for user experience.) That is because it is not the specs what make you happy (specs get outdated frequently). What makes you happy is the look and feel of your device and the way you interact with your device. Technology is just an enabler to create user experience. You don't need the best in class technology in every part of your smartphone to create a great user experience!

83. Droiderr

Posts: 35; Member since: Mar 05, 2013

Really.. User Experience? What exactly does that mean? Is it paying for a bomb and getting a fire cracker in return? What he hell is up with their beow par screen. Did it enhance your experience in any way or do u carry a magnifying glass in your pocket to to make the text readable?

91. MobileKicker

Posts: 212; Member since: Sep 19, 2013

Get lost you fu** bi***

26. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

Good lord - after all these overreactions to one mans opinion you would have figured the world ended! Who cares what he thinks and why does this make you upset?! Why do you care?! Life's too short to be whining about an authors personal review. Get over it.

30. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

This "one mans opinion" will be read by thousands, some of them relying on reviews to make their next purchase. And Phonearena is not a personal blog, related to one mans opinion and bias. Together with Gsmarena they are my two most reliable sources of all things mobile, and if they start posting biased reviews they lose their credibility with their loyal readers, the ones visiting 20+ pages daily and generating the bulk of phonearenas traffic and add views. So yeah, it is important.

35. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

You're basing he review in your bias though. Had he gave it a 3, you'd praise him cuz you don't like it. He gives it a 9, which it deserves, and you're against it...bias. Thousand, no millions will buy a C and love it.

39. HansGoneInsane unregistered

I wish you and your wife all the best for your marriage!

42. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thanx HGI. I find it odd, that on my iPhone the site shows my wedding pic. On my iPad it doesn't.

45. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Hm :). Is it supposed to be shown? When I click on your profile, it still shows your former picture.

46. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

It should be, when I'm posting from my iPhone it shows my wife and I. I'm on the iPad now.

48. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

What it showing now

50. HansGoneInsane unregistered

Still only you. But only in your profile. Your posts show a good looking couple that just got married :).

59. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Cool +1

49. SGSatlantis

Posts: 227; Member since: Jul 20, 2011

"Sure, it’s sporting the same hardware as the iPhone 5 from last year, but it’s most profound for its unusual design choice – a plastic one at that!" How is this for unbiased? The iPhone 5 scored a 9 in 2012, and the plastic version of the same phone scores a 9 a year later!? It's thicker and heavier, and yes plastic. For a 549$ phone, that should've been made out of aluminium in the first place(following Apples pricing strategy for the past few years).

62. msa1988

Posts: 418; Member since: Mar 30, 2010

You said it yourself: people read these reviews to determine their next purchases. Do you know how many people buy phones full retail? I'll give you a hint - it's a very small percentage. Off contract, this phone is pricy, just like every smartphone. On contract $99 for a 2 year agreement is a steal for so many people. And this phone is an upgrade from the 5 all around. What will it take that just because you don't like it, doesn't mean everyone else does as well. Hell, just look at the sales so far. But everyone that purchased it is an idiot, right?

65. -box-

Posts: 3991; Member since: Jan 04, 2012

@msa, how is this an upgrade from the 5? It's the exact same phone with literally a different back. The 5s is upgraded from the 5 (barely), but the 5c is the 5 in plastic instead of aluminum.

75. darkkjedii

Posts: 31369; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Thank you msa. Nailed it with that post. I simply can't understand why some people feel everyone has to like what they like. Choice choice choice. +1

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iPhone 5c
  • Display 4.0" 640 x 1136 pixels
  • Camera 8 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A6, Dual-core, 1300 MHz
  • Storage 32 GB
  • Battery 1507 mAh(10h 3G talk time)

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