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The iphone 5c is my new phone, this is my first iphone and after only a very short period of time I have become a huge iphone fan. My motives for getting a iphone were that my ipod at the time decided to break, I wanted to have access to my email all the time and I wanted a more intuitive phone for use in general. So I chose to obtain the iphone 5c on a 24 month contract for 33 pounds a month, in that I received 1000 free texts, 500 MB internet and unlimited calls. So far only the internet allowance has been anywhere near exhausted. I chose blue as my iphone colour. The phone arrived and I had considerable trouble getting the tiny iphone sim card into the back of the card, I think its actually a lot easier than I made it but was confused about waiting for my existing phone number to transfer over. Anyway once everything was set-up I could use the phone, the phone comes with a swipe across access and a 4 digit pin number. Once entering the phone there is a bottom bar which contains phone, mail, safari and music and is separate from the rest of the functions. The first page of the functions contains weather, clock, messaging, date, camera, photos, game center and App store. Upon uploading an app, you need to set-up a password and the app downloads and is updated automatically. I think the main advantage of the phone is the multiple combinations of use, so music can be playing, google earth directing and you can still text and play a game. Overall, from a standing start of not believing the hype behind Iphone''s I have become an instant lover of the technology, easy to use, easy to install things and an ability to stay in touch wherever you are are essential for modern living.
I have recently parted with my IPhone 4, and upgraded to the Iphone 5c in Blue. The reason for updating was because my old phone was starting to slow down. I have had the 5c in blue for about 3 months now, so I thought it was time to write a review and get my opinion out there
They are a little pricey, you are looking at well over 400 pounds, yet if you purchase the Phone with a contract like I have, you can get the phone for free. Have a look at the best deals out there and compare prices. Overall I would say that they are expensive for what they are, but you have to pay these prices for technology and there is no escaping that fact. They are also very expensive to repair, so I would recommend taking out insurance on your new phone
Worth the Upgrade?:
The phone works very well, it runs quickly and apps will open instantly. The overall quality of the screen is much improved and is very clear. I love that the screen is bigger, it makes browsing the web and viewing videos a much more enjoyable experience. The colours are fantastic and brighten up the usual dull colours and appearence of an IPhone. The back feels smooth and light to hold.
The phone is ''plastic'' but I do not feel it detracts from the quality, I feel like it is a breath of fresh air from Apple and I like to brightness of the colours. It is cheaper than the 5s so I feel the quality may not be as good, but if you want a reliable phone with almost all the features of the top model, then I would recommend this.
All the usual Iphone features, yet a few facelifts. The camera is excellent and the sound quality from the inbuilt speaker is great. The use of ''siri'' feels much easier. The phone also feels much more responsive when typing and selecting apps
Would I recommend?:
I would recommend this Phone to anyone looking to upgrade, or get an Iphone for the first time. They are good quality and work very fast. They have a good battery life if you use the phone all day, although I would prefer the battery to last longer it is much better than previous models. The colours on offer, such as white, red, blue, pink etc and very vibrant and there is one to suit most personalities. I recommend looking around for a good deal, many contracts will offer this phone for free if you pay a certain amount each month (I currently pay 27 and I got the phone free on a 24 month contract)
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Although this phone has 16gb memory storage capacity which sounds quite minute compared to the the other options of 32gb and 64gb but the amount of data is promising as long as you don't keep movies or hour long videos etc on your phone else it will not last very long and unlike some other smart phone the memory card can not be removed and inserted etc. It runs through apples smooth IOS system which allows different featured to iOS 6 because iOS 7 comes with the phone there is no hassle updating. The phone is quite small compared to the constant growing sizes off other smart phones that are on the market, I am mainly hinting at htc and samsung. It is good to have a small phone because they are very convenient. Comes with a fabulous 8mp camera which is not to be under estimated. The weight is low so it's not a struggle to type etc.
I have always been an Apple fan, and have pretty much had an iPhone since they came out (apart from a brief mistake with a Samsung!) The iPhone 5C does not disappoint. I previously had an iPhone S, but found that the bills were getting quite high, so when it cam to upgrading, I really wanted to save myself a bit of money, and the 5C was the perfect way to do this.
The colours seem to put some people off, but for me, I found it quite appealing. Yellow is my favourite colour, so I like my phone being that colour, it adds a bit of sunshine to my day! I also find that all the features all comparable to my last iPhone, without the hefty price tag.
- the camera is still great. I can also upload pictures straight to Facebook/Instagram/Twitter/etc, which is a great feature for people who like to use social media on the go.
- the tough poly-carbonate exterior makes it much more resistant to bumps and knocks (I drop my phone a lot, and - touch wood - all good so far)
- the processor is fast, so you don't need to wait around for things loading, etc
- the battery life. This is always a problem with iPhones, so nothing out of the ordinary, but still fairly annoying to have to charge your phone every night.
Overall, I believe the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages when it comes to the 5C. It will definitely last me a long time, and I don't think I'll get bored of it anytime soon.
When my iphone 4 came to the end of its contract, I decided, rather than to immediately upgrade - I'd use a sim only deal whilst my phone was in good working order. This worked fine until about 6 months later when software updates via Apple rendered my phone almost useless. The new software made my phone glitch, and the apps/camera poor and painfully slow.
I trawled most phone dealerships and reviews of all the phones I could go for. In the end the simplicity of the iphone won and I decided to go for a sparkling new iphone 5c. Included in the box was my (green) iphone, charger (which is also the USB lead) and earphones (which seem to be too big for my ears!). The price of the contract was very reasonable at £27 a month on orange/EE and also claimed back £63 via topcashback which tracked and paid out very quickly!
Here are the technical specs if you are interested -
Display - 4-inch (diagonal)
Multi-Touch Retina display - Resolution 1136-by-640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
Storage - 16GB, 32GB1
Cellular - UMTS/HSPA+/DC-HSDPA (850, 900, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100 MHz); GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); LTE (Bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 13, 17, 19, 20, 25)2
Wireless data - 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz)
Bluetooth - 4.0 wireless technology
GPS - Assisted GPS and GLONASS
Camera - 8-megapixel camera for photos and 1080p HD video recording
FaceTime HD camera for video calls
Battery - Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery3
Talk Time - Up to 10 hours on 3G3
Standby Time - Up to 250 hours3
Internet Use - Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE and 10 hours on Wi-Fi3
Video Playback - Up to 10 hours3
Audio Playback - Up to 40 hours3
Dimensions - 124.4 mm x 59.2 mm x 8.97 mm4
Weight - 132 grams4
Input and output - Lightning connector, 3.5-mm stereo headphone minijack, built-in speaker, built-in microphone, SIM card tray
What it looks like -
Getting it out of the box, I was quite surprised at how thin and long it was compared to my old iphone 4. I was also slightly worried about the plastic look of it; however the more I've used it the more I've fallen in love. The shape is much more reminiscent of the old iphone 3, and feels much nicer in the hand with its smoothed down edges and it feels light, but sturdy. The colour is pleasing to the eye, but a little bit more neon than I was expecting. The screen is roughly 1 inch bigger than my iphone 4, which seemed huge to begin with, but after a little use I struggled to even read my old screen as it seemed super small in comparison!
In use -
I always give my phones an overnight charge (if possible) before using them, just so I can have a proper play without having the charger stuck out the bottom. I noticed with the charger that it is much smaller than my old IPhone 4 charger, and also can be inserted both ways which is ideal. It looks less flimsy than the older style and also seems to charge the phone much quicker which is always a bonus. The only downside I have found with this new charger is the fact it has a different shape to it, this means my old docking station now doesn't work with my new phone. I've heard you can buy adapters to change the slot but I've not yet looked into this.
Calling on the iphone is pretty self explanatory, as is messaging - there are self contained 'app' buttons which contain your contacts and/or messages. Both of which are quick and easy to navigate, especially if you are used to ios platforms. There is now also an option to video call, which means if your other caller has a front camera on their phone they can have a 'face to face' call with you, also there is an option for instant messaging from iphone to iphone. This seems to work well when you are in a wifi/3g area.
Apps are easy enough to find on the itunes store, and also if you are previous iphone user, you can just re-download your apps straight to your new phone. I thought this was a great idea, as it saves you paying again or losing them completely. My favourite apps are ebay, instagram, facebook, paypal, and my Lloyds banking app. All of which are super fast to use, there is no glitchiness or delay when opening them!
The camera so far has been fantastic and my favourite function on this phone. It's very easily accessible, from the lock screen you simply swipe upward. Also seeing as its 8 megapixels I've caught some amazing pictures. Also it seems to be great at picking up a picture in the dark, as opposed to the blurred mess the old iphone would pick up. It seems to be good at picking up pictures of fast moving objects (my children) with ease. There are options to change the filter of the lens too, which is fantastic if you don't want to use an editing app such as instagram with each photo.
Battery time has been better than the iphone 4, however I feel it leaves a lot to be desired. Apps such as youtube literally drain the battery in front of your eyes, and despite not over huge usage these phones still need charging once a day.
I really struggled to come to a decision over which phone to choose. There seems to be a huge market in this genre of smart phones. There are maybe 2-3 phones which are of equal or better spec than the latest iphones. I do however know that once you've used an iphone it's very hard to give up on them. They are extremely easy to navigate (my 3 and 4 year old use them with ease - think deleted apps and hundreds of funny faces in my albums!) I'm very happy with my decision so far; however I'm worried about future software upgrades rendering this phone as useless as my old one. I would say, if you are looking to go from an older iphone you will be pleased, the overall speed at which the phone operates at is much quicker.
I recently upgraded from a 4s to a 5c and absolutely love it!
Seems much quicker than the 4s, the screen is bigger which allows more to be seen at a time and the camera is also quicker at taking photos - no more blurred images!
Storage is good, have alot of apps and photos on mine and still have room for more! Whereas on my 4s it would say i had 5gb left but still make me delete things before i could update my software!
Only issue im finding is the battery life isn't all that great - however this could simply be due to the fact its better and i use it more? Possibly. I just find I'm charging this model more often than i did the 4s, but again that could be down to usage rather than a technical fault.
Overall i am happy with the phone and couldn't imagine being without it!
iPhone 5C technical specifications:
Available in: white, pink, green, yellow or blue
Software: iOS 7
Height: 124.4 mm (4.90 inches)
Width: 59.2 mm (2.33 inches)
Depth: 8.97 mm (0.35 inches)
Weight: 132 grams (4.65 ounces)
4-inch (diagonal) widescreen Multi‑Touch display
1136x640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
8 megapixels with hybrid IR filter, autofocus, tap to focus, face detection, panorama and photo geotagging
1080p HD video recording
Uses a lightning adapter
Full specification available at http://www.apple.com/uk/iphone-5c/specs/
I've been through a lot of phones in the last few years and have long insisted that Blackberry were the best. With my purchase of a Blackberry Bold 9790 I soon began to realise that Blackberry were not the be all and end all of phones. I've never really considered having a full touch screen phone and always insisted that buttons were completely necessary; that's why my u-turn into buying an iPhone was pretty shocking for everyone I know.
I was lured into buying the phone through the fact that my friends were always telling me to get certain apps, which were not available on Blackberry. I never used to be bothered with apps and used to only use my phone as a device for texting, but this soon got frustrating when I went to uni. I felt out of the loop by not having all of the apps my friends had, and felt I couldn't adequately keep in touch. So, I caved and cancelled my Blackberry contract, finding a very good deal on Carphone Warehouse for a 5c. I paid £30 upfront for the phone and have a contract on T Mobile at £28 a month for 200 mins, and unlimited texting and internet.
I would definitely recommend unlimited internet with a phone such as this due to the magnitude of apps available, and also due to the larger screen than older iPhones. I wouldn't say that I am using internet on it 24/7 but it is good to know that I don't have to keep an eye on it and be stringent with my internet usage. I can't adequately compare it to any other iPhones since I haven't had one before, but my family all have iPhone 4S' and so a limited comparison can be made in places.
~The actual phone~
The phone comes with iOS 7, which looks and works better on its larger screen than it does on older models. I would say that new design that comes with iOS 7 suits the overall aesthetic of the phone. Since I have not used an iPhone before, I will review the general software also. I love the fact that I can easily sync music to my phone, something that is incredibly hard to do with other models, using iTunes. There is ample space to do this due to the fact that the phone comes with 16GB/32GB of space. I have the 16GB phone and have not felt like this has hindered me in any way: I have over 1000 songs on my phone and plenty of apps and it is not full yet.
The fact that the phone can sync to my iTunes wirelessly is also brilliant; I am so forgetful when it comes to syncing my devices and keeping my music up to date and so for the phone to do it for me effortlessly is a godsend! It is also easy to decide what to sync to the phone, if you're like me and have much more music on iTunes that can fit.
As I mentioned before, the main reason I got this phone was for the apps to keep in touch with my friends. I never realised just how many apps were available on the app store - there literally is an app for everything. And a considerable number of them are free also.
The camera is of a spec that puts any of my old phones to shame. It is amazingly easy to use, and has adequate photo editing features. I love the addition of the panorama mode. I would definitely say that since I got this phone, I've barely used my actual camera; the quality on the phone is so close to my digital camera that it would seem superfluous to take both around with me all of the time. Of course, for more professional photos, you would want to use an actual camera, but for the average day out it is perfect. There are also lots of easy to use ways to share your photos with family and friends using various apps.
I was wary about having a larger screen than with an older iPhone, which I considered, as I thought it would be too big. I couldn't be more wrong; I think the screen is a perfect size and in no way unmanageable. It is not actually much larger than the iPhone 4 screen but easily manages to fit in an extra row of apps, meaning that you will have less pages to scroll through, and can have more important apps on the first page than you used to be able to.
With the larger screen, it can be said that apps look a lot more impressive, and that iOS 7 works and looks better. The software in general has been given more space to work with, and therefore does not look in any way overwhelming. The swipe up menu available through iOS does not reach the top of the screen, as I have noticed it does on the 4S, which I find preferable since you can still see the time and the top row of apps.
At 8.97mm it is slightly thinner than the 4S, which means that it also feels a bit lighter to hold in your hand. Also, it is noteworthy that the phone with no case on feels sturdier than the likes of a 4S: this is possibly due to the fact that the back of the phone is made using plastic. I would say that this is beneficial due to the tendency people have to drop iPhones: the plastic back feels more durable and less slippy.
The phone is available in 5 pastel-like colours. I chose the white one as I am not a huge fan of the shades of the other phones: I feel like the white one has a more classic feel to it. There is criticism to say that the phone, due to the pastel shades it is available in, it more aimed at women, but I would say that the white one in particular doesn't have any sort of 'feminine' feel to it - the like pink one does. The coloured backs of the phones is far removed from Apple's tendency to go for more classic colours such as black, white and grey - and possibly due to the fact that many phones on the market have gone for more colourful designs.
As previously mentioned, the phone uses a lightning charger, which is familiar to people who are owners of iPads. I remember this annoyed people when the phone came out due to the fact that every previous iPhone used the same charger but since I haven't had that annoyance I can review this without bias. I think the smaller charger socket on the phone looks neater, and it also allows for the headphone socket to fit on the bottom of the phone. This makes the top of the phone look sleeker and less cluttered in my opinion. Also, the charger can be inserted into the phone either way, which many chargers cannot.
I would say that the design of the phone is a considerable departure from the classic iPhone design that we have grown accustomed to: it is not for everyone as there is criticism to say it looks cheap and tacky. I would not agree, as especially in the white colour, it looks classy and refreshingly different to the old design. It feels durable, light and I trust the build of the phone more than I have with previous phones. People have also said that the 5C is basically the cheap version of the 5S, and I really don't see that that is a bad thing! A 5S on contract is hugely expensive per month, and I really don't see that it has enough extra features above the 5C to justify the price tag.
I basically have fallen in love with this phone and with Apple in general. I doubt I'll look further than Apple in the future when my contract for this phone expires!
Apple iPhone 5c
Price:-approximately £415.00 (amazon price) but contracts are available, my phone is on a contract.
This review is not comparing it to other iPhone models as I haven't upgraded this is a new phone and my first iPhone.
My first review of a phone, comments may be needed to improve this.
After two years of having a blackberry I decided I needed to join the iPhone craze, I went for an iPhone 5c in blue and I love it. I already have an iPod touch and an iPad so I have a pretty good understanding of how to use the phone already. I find that the look of the phone is smart it's light and can fit in a trouser pocket and my hand comfortably unlike my old blackberry which I felt was so big and bulky. There are many different colours to chose from blue, green, pink, yellow or white. With such a good colour choice I think that the phone will appeal to a lot of people. The back is made of plastic but In my opinion it doesn't look like it is, it is quite slippery though, so a case is definitely recommended.
Some good points of this phone
- I find the camera to be perfect, I now no longer feel like I need to take a camera out I think the photos are very good quality and you can upload them straight to an email or Facebook.
- The layout of this phone is great, The icons are clear and you can see everything that you need to see, I also like the idea of being able to create folders to keep things organised just like a computer.
- There is an app for everything.
-Battery life, it's not bad but it's not great either, I have to charge my phone every day without fail, maybe it's me using it too much but I definitely think the battery on smart phones in general not just iPhones need improving.
- The price is quite high but you pay for what you get, pay a lot you get a quality phone in a pretty colour. Price plans and contracts are available as well.
Would I recommend this phone?
Yes I would I love my phone so much and wouldn't change it for anything, it's bright, it's beautiful and it's perfect I can do everything on move. If you are considering buying an iPhone I would say go for this one it's amazing and possibly the best product I own.
I'm still giving this phone 5 star rating because even with the battery needing charging every day that's not much of an inconvenience to me.
I recently upgraded to an iPhone 5C when my contract finished in November. I was given the opportunity to upgrade for only £29.99 and so I took up this offer and got myself a 16GB, pink iPhone 5C. I was quite hesitant when I saw the phone because although there is a decent range of colours, they are all very bright and almost garish! I settled on the pink one, but immediately brought a case for it so I wouldn't have to see the colour.
Apple advertised the iPhone 5C as a more affordable brother of the 5S, citing that they were aiming to cut the price of it by using a plastic back, rather than the more expensive glass of the 4 and 4S and carbon fiberglass of the 5. However the cost of this phone is around £469, less than £100 less than the 5S, still making it one of the most expensive smartphones on the market. This was especially disappointing to many people, including myself who had hoped for a more affordable phone after Apple had announced they were making a 'buget' iPhone.
Software wise, the iPhone 5C came ready loaded with IOS7, Apple's latest offering, which was a big improvement design wise on the previous software. However, as this software was available to download on older iPhone's, I didn't consider this to be a major selling point of the 5C, as Apple suggested it should be!
The iPhone 5C contains Apple's A6 chip, whilst the 5S contains the new A7 chip. Although the iPhone 5C runs plenty quick enough for my personal needs, some may feel that since they are not paying much less for the 5C than they would for the 5S, that the older chip is not acceptable. The camera on the 5C is 8MP, which is the same as the 5, 4S and the 4.
The iPhone 5C however does upgrade many features from the 4S. The screen is bigger with a 4 inch retina display- it is longer in length, however the screen is the same size as the screen on the iPhone 5. The 5C has Apple's new iSight camera, allowing the user to take square photos and slow motion video which is an upgrade from previous models. One selling point of the 5C that I have personally found very useful is the fact that underneath the plastic cover on the back of the phone is a steel frame which also acts as the antenna for the phone. This provides very good signal most of the time and is an improvement on previous models where the antenna was at one end of the phone.
My personal experience with the iPhone 5C has been positive. I am a fan of Apple products and my previous phone was a 4S. I haven't noticed many changes from my old phone and I wouldn't say that siginificant improvements have been made. I do not really like the colours of the 5C, I find them too bright and in the adverts they are made to look pastel, but in real life are very different. The bigger screen is very useful for me as I enjoy watching videos and using the internet on my phone, but I wouldn't say it is a big enough change to warrant upgrading unless you are given a good offer.
One thing I have found with the 5C is that the plastic back cover scratches very easily. I have found that many of Apple's products scratch fairly easily but I only needed to put this phone in my jeans pocket for one day and I could see little scratch marks on the back when I held the phone up to the light. I would definitely recommend getting a case and screen protectors for your phone as they are easily damaged.
I like my 5C, it is an efficient and user friendly phone, but I would definitely say that it is not worth upgrading to unless your contract is running out as it is very similar to previous models. At less than £100 cheaper than the 5S, it seems very overpriced as it doesn't have hardly any of the upgrades that the 5S comes equip with and is made from cheaper materials and I would argue loosing the 'Apple' look along the way. Instead of looking like a premium phone (as it should with the amount it costs!) it looks cheap and not in the same league as the other iPhones in my personal opinion.
If you like Apple products, you will like this phone. However I feel if you paid a lot for it you may be disappointed that it doesn't offer more upgrades on the previous model. If you can get a good deal like I did, it is definitely worth upgrading, however if you are a new iPhone customer or looking for a significant upgrade I would definitely recommend spending a little more to get the 5S which offers many upgrades and improved features.
The iPhone 5C is a fantastic idea from Apple. It is bringing the emphasis of the iPhone user away from just the 'typical sophisticated' kind of people and making the sytle of the phone a little bit more fun! With its funky designs and different colours to choose from, there is one to suit everyone. There's the pink for the 'girly girls' and more feminine people, the blue for the males (or females as I personally really like it), the original white and then theres the vibrant yellow and green. These two are very eye catching. Especially the Yellow one with its bright persona that can catche peoples attention but isn't at all tacky! The background of the phone screen is also yellow to match the phone itself.
Not only is the style of the phone good looking, but it is also a great idea for normal everyday users of a phone. With the back of the phone not been glass, or slate, or any other delicate material it is more difficult to break and scratch the back of the phone. For example, as a young female I like to be able to put my phone in my handbag whilst out and about. all I have had to do is put on a screen protector and I don't have to worry that the phone will become an eye sore for wear and tear marks! (Obviously I don't carry a variety of sharp objects round. Of course the phone wuld get damaged then!) But, with my general 'handbag products' I have no worries that it will get ruined! Its great! There's also the peace of mind that if i do accidentally drop it theres only 50% of it that could smash (the screen). Whereas with the 4S I had before all of it was glass which means an accident waiting to happen for clumsy people like me!!
So all in all I haven't really got a bad word to say about this phone!
I have been a loyal iPhone user for three years now and i can tell you now, this is the best yet. I decided not to fork out for the 5S as i didn't feel there were enough differences between the two phones to justify spending the extra money. I opted for a blue one after contemplating for what seemed like hours, the plastic means there's no need for a cover. After three months of using it all day every day I still haven't noticed a single scratch - a lot different from the other models who scratched and cracked after a number of days.
The new iOS 7 software comes already installed with this model and I have to say I was quite excited for it. It didn't fail to impress, the software is top of the range and the speed is phenomenal. However, the one slight downfall with the software change is that the battery life is not as long as the previous models. This is not a major problem though and the new lightening charger quickly sorts it out.
What I love about Apple products is the excellent customer service and the fact that you don't have to send your mobile off to the manufacturer because they have stores in many countries. They always do their very best to please and the warranties are always in place.
This is why i don't mind spending some extra money to get all the bonuses that come with Apple products.
An excellent buy!
Before I bought the iPhone 5C, I was still using the iPhone 3GS- and so the difference was amazing. So much faster, improved battery life, a bigger screen with a better picture and iOS 7
Everything is so much faster than with the 3G. I've also compared it with a 5S, and there's no noticable difference in speed, at least as far as regular use is concerned.
If you don't use the phone much, you can quite easily get 2 or 3 days use. Constant use takes it down to about six or seven, which isn't bad. And because of the long stand by time, if you stop playing games or whatever you're doing when it gets to 10% or so, it'll easily last until you can get to a charger.
The increased screen size makes such a difference, even the 4S looks too small next to it. Because the width hasn't increased it still fits well into your hand unlike some of the Samsung phones.
I've got the yellow version. I love the way it looks, expecially with the screen background set to the same colour as the phone. There's no getting away from the fact the coloured plastic looks much cheaper than the smart, aluminium casing of the 5S.
My main issue with this phone is the price, or rather the price difference between this and the 5S. It's an Apple phone so it's going to be expensive, but it's only £80 less than the 5S. The main noticeable differences are the lack of fingerprint sensor and the plastic casing. The fingerprint sensor would be a nice feature but it's not something you really miss. I like the plastic, it's more hardwearing- no damage even after a few drops. But it is a little frustrating that as soon as people see your phone, they think 'that's the cheap iPhone', especially when it wasn't actually much cheaper!
This iphone seems to have been designed for the sole purpose of being a poor mans version of the iPhone 5s yet from what I have seen on tariff sites for contracts you would expect there to be quite a remarkable price difference between an iPhone 5C and iPhone 5S however this is not the case. The difference between the two is really 2-4 pound per month which is not really that big a saving considering all the extra features you get in the higher grade phone.
In all fairness to the iPhone 5C however it does have a better processor than the iPhone 4S which makes it faster at processing user requests and play games at a higher quality.
The iPhone 5C has a better camera than the iPhone 4S but it is less powerful than the 5S. If you are stepping up a few generations then you will see a large improvement however I think that 4S users will not see much difference unless they go to the 5S.
The iPhone 5C gets to have a variety of different choices in the colour of the panel on the back of the phone which is a nice touch as it lets people customise how they want their phone to look. This is a nice incentive to pay a little extra to get the 5C instead of the 4S as its more personal.
The battery life on the 5C is a bit longer than the 4S and it will last just a little bit longer in the long run if you are stepping up and do not want to change your phone again for a while.
The speaker and microphone much like the 4S are very clear and make phone calls enjoyable. Along with the weight of the phone has always been kept rather light so that it does not hurt your arm as you hold it to your ear or way your trousers down as you walk around.
In conclusion I would recommend that people either get the iPhone 4S on a contract to save money an have a decent phone for a year and then save some money away and get the iPhone 6 next year. This way you will get lots of new noticeable features and the phone could last you several years so you do not always have to be forking out loads of money each year to a better phone each year.
Apple is one of the worlds leading brands and unlike sony and Microsoft - has only stuck to phones, laptops, computers and tablets whereas Microsoft created the xBox and Sony created the Playstation. That tells me Apple are rolling in it and how could they not be when they charge £500 for a phone? Even worst £1300 for an Apple Mac laptop! So to say the least they have to be one of the most expensive brands out there but in all they are worth the money.
Recently though, as we all know Apple have released the new iPhone 5s but the twist is they released the iPhone 5c also. The iPhone 5s is different in three ways; look, chip and privacy but I shall do a slight comparison to that one later on.
Well I was a little uncertain I was even going to get this phone in all honesty I was happy to wait until the release of the iPhone 6 but I was hassled for days by the likes of Vodafone but they just wanted me to upgrade my iPhone evidently I did. They only offered me the iPhone 5c the iPhone 5s wasn't in stoke and the colours were limited in availability I could have blue, yellow or white and they were my only options - bad times. Luckily for me though it just so happened that I would have chose the blue one anyway and I would rather have had the iPhone 5c over the iPhone 5s as I liked the colourfulness of the 5c in comparison to the 5s and when there's not a lot of difference between the two phones then I would say 5c all the way. Obviously I knew it was same phone different apps more or less it wasn't going to be massively different in all honesty but to upgrade it worked out £10 cheaper per month from my iPhone 4S so it was worth it.
There are five colours in the iPhone 5c; pink, blue, yellow, green and white all of which the screen also reflects the colour you have chosen as a phone although this won't matter in the slightest if you then choose to have a background photo like I did. So the iPhone 5c is 5inches diagonal roughly so it's quite big really and in comparison to the 5s it is slightly bigger than that as well but literally by millimetres I think the iPhone 5c is about 2mm bigger but it's still bigger all the same. The width is the same as the iPhone 4S at about 2 and a half inches but the height makes the iPhone 5c appear a lot slimmer than what it actually is. Then there are 5 buttons on the iPhone 5c; the power on/off button which can be used for other things as well like screen printing, volume up button and volume down button, then there is the mute on/off slide switch and the main menu button which takes you back to the main menu if you use it. The back of the phone is blue in my case with a black apple logo and then the small writing on the bottom which all iPhones seem to have. The front exterior of the iPhone 5c is black and just completely black, and in some ways I would have liked it to be white but I'm glad it is black because it does look better now that I thought about it although it would have been a lot better if the front would have been blue as well at the moment the iPhone 5c looks like it might be the iPhone 5s with a blue case on and that's being truthful it doesn't look amazing but definitely different.
The box that the iPhone 5c came in was plastic and you can see the phone without even opening it. The bottom 3/4 is white stating it's an iPhone and presenting the apple logo whereas the 1/4 top part is completely transparent and presenting the iPhone. The container is curved at every corner and very smart looking so yes, it is completely different to the other packaging I usually find apple products in and I was impressed it looked new and refreshing.
The iPhone 5c is 132g and is noticeable in comparison to the 4S which I just had. I noticed that the 4s is actually slightly heavier but all the same the weights of the three phones are all roughly the same.
Previously my 4s lagged a little in speed but then I upgraded to the colourful iOS 7 so of course I noticed a nice difference my phone was quicker and I didn't need loads of things saved like films to my phone so I saved a lot of memory by changing over and hence my phone was quicker so when I first got my 5C I didn't notice any speed difference although the 5C does have the A6 processing chip do realistically I should notice a difference but I honestly don't and this could be down to the fact that I upgraded on my 4s and then got the 5c so wouldn't notice any difference, however, when I used my partners phone (4S) I was there thinking "this is taking forever" so right there you know there's a difference but I think the iOS 7 makes the phone faster and maybe the chip just helps? I don't know I'm not a whizz tech but there isn't that much difference in the speed. If you want me to answer if the phone is fast - it's definitely quick, touch and you're there it's that simple there's no ages to wait although games can be a little long with loading. Although I play sonic on my phone and the wait time for the load is half the time it ever was on the 4S model.
The iPhone in particular that I have only has a storage of 16GB which realistically means 13GB which isn't all that much by the time you've put your photos and music on, so it's quite quick to use up although there are different sizes of memory depending on what you would rather pay for. However, I wouldn't recommend wasting your money on the 32GB or others I would just stick to the cheaper 16GB. On the 4S you had to download everything and delete the re download it was very frustrating but then obviously you upgrade to the iOS 7 and it was a lot better, you could just stream using the wi-fi and I think this is much better and something the 5C has from the get go. It will be annoying when I go on long train journeys and I want to watch a film but I'm lucky to have the 4th generation iPad as well so I could probably just download everything that I want to watch and not have a problem with being bored just the screen size difference. So personally stick to the cheaper one you don't need loads of storage space it's a waste of time with the iOS 7 now and my iPhone has 6.5GB left and my iPad has 6GB left so that says you can download three films on each roughly - no point in the extra storage.
On the other hand I think that if you want to have low storage you either need to convert videos for iTunes use which can then be transferred to the iPad or you would need to buy purely off iTunes which means no to illegal downloads which can effectively cost you more money so it depends which one you'd rather do. Personally I find that if I was going to buy a film anyway and it's on iTunes then it's more convenient to buy the film through iTunes that way I won't ever loose the film and it will never be a scratched disc that my son had just ruined or my DVD had just chewed up.
So this is a major issue for all women - men will be the first to say any true woman on a mission never shuts up. My partner has been on the phone to me and told me several times he needs to go and I've carried on waffling and my mother does it to me. So women do talk more. I spent about three hours on the phone and it took 25% of my battery so I wasn't massively impressed but then I expected that it wouldn't be all that much different to the 4S. In comparison to other phones I wouldn't say that this is much different to any other brand - but then if you don't talk a lot on the phone then what does it matter? Some days I won't stop and other days I barely talk at all so it does vary and for me the talk time isn't an issue as I don't use my phone for business related reasons I only use it for personal use and whilst I'm at work I might be lucky to spend 15 minutes talk time so for somebody like me - don't worry you will definitely be ok with the talk time on this phone, and trust me I would know I use easily 1000 minutes a month according to my contract usage (I'm making the most of my unlimited calls).
Battery Life and Charge
I'm going to give you a comparison of the iOS 6 which is taken from my iPad review and give you a difference on the iOS 7 which will be based on the iPhone - please note the iOS on the iPad 4 and the iPhone 4S is the same with the iOS 6 in my opinion.
iOS 6 - the iOS 6 allows you to charge the iPad fully within 4 hours at the most and if you use the iPad casually then the battery will last for around about a week as when I first got my iPad I used to charge my iPad once a week as I only used it for web browsing to begin with. So generally all round I was quite impressed but if you do happen to use the iPad more for videos and music or even FaceTime then you would need to charge the iPad up once a day which I tend to do overnight as the iPad would last all day.
iOS 7 - So with the iOS 7 on my 5C I like how you don't have to download everything so long as you're connected to wifi you just stream but realistically you can just download it and then delete, the beauty of iTunes you never really actually delete anything. So the iOS 7 is very colourful and faster than the iOS 6 in my opinion which I actually noticed when I used the 4S on the iOS 6 software but previously I didn't think it made any different - apparently so. I also noted that the iOS 7 is a faster charge than the iOS 6 which is always a good thing to take note of as this means you save money and time.
The charge port previously on the earlier iPhones have the 30 pin but now the iPhone 5 onwards have a charge port which is 80% smaller and only 8 pins. It's a lot better as less could potentially get stuck in the charge port if you are like me and have little ones. The battery power that is used is lithium polymer which as far as I know is only ever used for Apple products and has been used on all apple products since they came about.
One thing I did notice on the battery though, yes the battery does last a long time which I find better than the 4S. Previously after a four hour shift at my hobby job my phone would be down 30% and i would be going mad but this weekend I left with 83% battery and that was 7pm and then 5am (although the clocks had also gone back an hour so really I mean 4am) I noticed I still had 72% battery and I had used the phone to text, go on Facebook and check on other things.
Ease of Use
The iPhone is very easy to use if you're already used to apple products, for some people I know they hate the iPhone but each to their own. I personally think the iPhone is easy, everything has it's own icon and is clearly labelled underneath so you even know hat app you're going onto and then the menu button to go back makes life easier and the phone is quicker all round.
Range of Features
There are many I features of the iPhone to go through so I shall go through them one by one.
Retina display makes the look of the image on the phone much better, it also means when I want to watch films on my phone then the picture is much better, personally I can't ever tell the difference in the quality of the screen but in comparison to the Nokia 3310 (not to knock it) but the iPhone is better in that aspect.
iSight camera basically means the 8mp camera is better than its predecessors of the 5C but also means the picture snapshot is better as well as I can snap and it'll take images of movement like if someone moved or jumped then it wouldn't be blurred and there's autofocus which can be a little bit slow. I prefer this because with me having a small child I obviously want to take photos of him but when he jumps all over the place it makes things difficult so this better for me. This is also the same for the front facing camera which is terrible quality on the 4S in my opinion.
HD recording isn't something I would be interested in but the better quality means that years to come I can view video footage of good memories and not worry that the quality is poor and I can't see anything like what you find on other phones.
Apps is one thing that is more or less wide spread across the iPhone and all other smart phones, you can have calculator, banking, games, weather, wage calculators, iTunes, calendar, emails, music, clock and compass - you name it and they pretty much have it although you would have to google or find out what individual ones are called as there are thousands. They now even have free iPhoto and free iMovies which allow you to edit film and video and do what you like with them which are useful for people who like to edit what they video or take photos of.
In comparison to the iPhone 5S as I said there isn't that much difference apart from appearance and the speed is meant to be better because of the A7 chip but then there's the finger print scanner which seems pretty cool but personally I don't like that and as a gamer I would find this probably useless. It's supposed to be that the iPhone can recognise your fingerprint but for anyone that had finger print scanners in school for lunches who were standing for ages trying to scan there finger and it was greasy or wasn't on properly? Well I would question just how good is this really and for somebody who works as a games tester may find this useless as it's known that the game pads can actually temporarily remove the fingerprint until the skin regrows - this would of course take like 12 hours a day of gaming maybe but it is possible - I just think for the extra £70 I wouldn't bother spending it.
Instructions and Manufacture Support
There wasn't anything that helps with manufacture problems or anything else just on how to insert the nano sim which to me is annoying - you spend almost £500 and they don't tell you about how to resolve issues or use the phone. It's not a rocket science phone and even my son can use it and he's three so really it's not a problem and you can always ring up or do online chats for the problems but you shouldn't need to.
The price of the iPhone is £469 for the 16GB although you could probably pick one up for £50 cheaper but personally I didn't pay for mine as it was a mobile phone upgrade and the phone was free as well as being a long standing customer with Vodafone. I do think its steep when you could pay almost £100 the price for a phone just as good but saying that you can guarantee that you won't have a virus on an Apple product and with Apple you know they're a good quality and trustworthy brand which do last a long time. As an example my iPod Classic which I got 5 years ago is still going, every now and again it freezes but it's an easy to resolve issue and it has lasted nicely and considering there are a lot of scratches on the iPod that I have it's not looking too shabby.
Own it we all need phone insurance, for me I went onto protect my bubble and it's £5 a month for me but if you went to Vodafone it's £8 and if you went to the carphone warehouse then you would be looking at £12 so really it depends who you want to be with or just for that peace of mind if not see if you already have cover with your bank.
Overall I'm going to give the iPhone 5C 4 stars, the price is steep for the cheaper branded phone I mean it's £70 cheaper than the 5S and has a plastic back - cut the cost a little more like £399 then I would say that's a fair price for Apple even though it's still a lot. Then there's the fingerprint thing even though I'm glad it's not on there they should have matched the phone like for like and just had the colour as the difference, Apple may have even made more money perhaps? I think there should be more guidance on how to deal with technical difficulties too.
I would recommend this to a friend but it all boils down to personal opinion.