Apple iPhone 5C Review

Apple iPhone 5C reviews hail the first budget entrant in Apple's iPhone lineup. This is more or less an original iPhone 5 (which the company phased out) repackaged in an assortment of colorful cases -- hence the "C." The iPhone 5C (starting at $99, Amazon) doesn't pack as much processing power as the premium iPhone 5S, which was released concurrently and boasts a few additional upgrades. The 5C is wrapped in plastic rather than aluminum, but it's still a well-made phone, according to a reviewer from the Verge, who notes that a steel frame gives the phone a very solid feel. He dubs the 4-inch Retina display excellent -- not surprising, given that the iPhone 5 screen earned rave reviews for its clarity and color. The 8-megapixel camera on the iPhone 5C snaps some of the best photos of any smartphone out there, according to this reviewer, and the new camera app responds faster than previous versions.

An iPhone 5C review at Macworld points out that the Apple A6 processor is the same one found in the original iPhone 5. Although it doesn't measure up to the A7 chip in the iPhone 5S, it's nonetheless competitive. The phone delivers solid performance and a significant boost over the previous generation. The iPhone 5C battery also proves to be very good, trouncing the Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One in Macworld's battery test, in which the 5C played back looping video for more than 10 hours straight.

The iPhone 5C runs Apple's latest iOS 7 operating system. The Retina display has a resolution of 1136 x 640. A 1.2 MP front camera captures video in 720p HD and the main camera records in full 1080p HD. The iPhone 5C supports 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth connections and buyers can choose a storage capacity of 16 GB or 32 GB.

In terms of technology, there's not a lot new here, but that's not necessarily a bad thing -- the original iPhone 5 was an excellent smartphone. Plenty of users will appreciate the new, colorful casing options and the addition of a wallet-friendly iPhone to the Apple stable. However, as with iPhones past, it'll still be difficult, if not impossible, to find this model under the $50 mark even when you sign a new contract.

Michael Sweet

Michael Sweet writes about consumer electronics. If something runs on electricity or ones and zeroes, he's interested in it. Sweet has written about PC technology and consumer electronics for 14 years.

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