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A slightly more budget alternative to the iPhone 5S, the 5C looks sleek, is available in a range of colours and includes almost all of the features of the 5S. Battery life the only real downfall.

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      02.10.2015 16:51
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      • "Colour choice"
      • "Good software"
      • "Great camera"


      • "Cheaply made"
      • "Scratch easily"

      A tolerable model, will never purchase a budget iPhone again

      I found that the phone is great but not hard-wearing or long-lasting. I've had mine for almost 2 years and it isn't in the best condition despite being looked after. The fact it's a cheap alternative to the other iPhone models cannot be avoided. The coloured casing around the phone looks sleek and smooth when first purchased but it eventually wears down to a scratched dull colour. On the other hand the camera is updated from the previous model of iPhone as well as the software - which is as ever attractively designed and an easy interface to use. The colour choice is a great idea and as younger people want to have access to this kind of smartphone but do not have the means to pay the price, the cheaper price of this iPhone model makes it easier for parents to afford for their children, also if you wish to buy into the Apple brand but are on a budget, it's perfect. To make the phone last longer I would recommend purchasing a tempered glass screen protector and a bumper case to prevent scratches from appearing on all surfaces of the phone.

      I find overall the phone is bearable to have but personally I will never buy into a budget iPhone again because I feel not as much effort has gone into designing this phone as much as the other models that have been brought out. Battery life can decrease very easily too which is a bit of an issue if you spend all day at work/travelling etc...


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      17.07.2015 13:47
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      • Fun
      • Simple
      • "Easy to Use"


      • "Battery efficiency"

      Affordable, But won't set the world on fire.

      As is expected now of all Iphones, the 5C has a quick processor, and a simple but effective design. A range of new colours, and a cheaper price point (for contracts and sim-free) make this phone appealing to a large audience, not just myself. The phone itself is a great size, not one of these large overbearing phones that you need two hands, two feet and some extra limbs to hold. But instead is sleek in its design. Simplicity is the key for this Apple product here. Simple in both aesthetics but also use. All IOS products are remarkably easy to use, so simple in fact that my out of touch Dad could use, and my kitten could play fly catching games on it.

      It is true that the 5C isn't the best on the market. It doesn't have the best camera. It doesn't have the fastest processor. It doesn't have the biggest screen. But remember it's a phone not a super computer. I am of the opinion, if you want a good camera, buy a digital one. If you want a big screen to watch films on - go to the cinema. Phones have become so multi-functional. Which is great for out fast paced lives now, but ultimately you are getting what you pay for.

      Having said this, there are some downfalls to this product. The battery life is poor. I have to charge my phone at least 3 times a day. The touch screen inevitably has started to lose it's sensitivity. I now have to lock my phone every so often for it to identify my finger is prodding a button again. The app's often crash, opening and reopening repetitively.

      As a lover of tech this phone pains me. I am unsure now if I bought it surrounding the hype of Apple. Especially now Samsung has come in and established itself where those like Nokia, LG et al have failed in the past.

      Unlike other Apple products, their phones do not even have a high resale value. Unavoidably in 3 months time the Iphone 10 or whatever it is will come out. With a new retina scanning or some fancy way of identifying your its owner, and your brand new phone you're having to pay off for the next 2 years of your life is redundant.

      I'd seriously consider ditching Iphone for the Android market - which tends to be cheaper, way more technically advanced and isn't so generic.

      Sorry Apple.


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      14.07.2015 20:14
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      • "Good Camera"
      • "Well Laid Out"
      • "Bold Design"
      • "Good Price"


      • "Need Adaptors"
      • "Need More Space"

      Affordable Colourful iPhone Which I Would Recommend

      As a previous iPhone owner (originally I had an iPhone 4) and an iPod touch owner I was familiar with the layout of the iPhone and was keen to get another one. The iPhone 5c is a far more affordable iPhone than many of the others, however I do not feel that the phone has been compromised as a result of this.

      The iPhone is very well laid out, with the familiar square apps on the touchscreen pages. These can be further sorted into categories so that your home screen can be nice and neat (if you are a neat freak like me!)

      The design of the iPhone 5c is quite different to the others in terms of the back of the iPhone. Rather than the usual sleek silver back, you have a bold plastic looking coloured cover. This can be seen as a positive or a negative - it is less easy to scratch however doesn't look as sophisticated perhaps. For me, who loves to switch up my phone with lots of different covers anyway, it didn't make much difference.

      I decided to buy the 16G iPhone over the 8G as I thought I would need the extra space. At the start, I felt like this was enough, however as I have gone on to use my phone even more space would be appreciated. As the camera is so good (another plus) I use my phone instead of a handheld digital camera and so the space quickly fills up. But, if you make use of Apple's iCloud, space shouldn't be a great problem as you can save photos to that.

      The music app is brilliant on the iPhone and means I do not need to purchase an iPod or MP3 player. It organises your music into Artists, Albums, Songs etc. and you can also create your own playlists.

      One major setback to this iPhone in comparison to my last one is that the cable for charging has to be different. Although this is provided with the iPhone, my other cables for listening to music in the car for example no longer fit and I had to buy an adapter.


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      14.06.2015 23:28
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      • affordable
      • slim
      • "cost effective"
      • fast
      • "easy to use"


      • "plastic back"
      • "memory capacity"
      • "breakable screen"

      A stylish and colourful phone, easy to use but can be breakable!

      The Apple iPhone 5c renound for quickness, ease of use, easy to navigate and set up, slim and sleek and overall a stylish, fully functional iPhone with all the extra's you could possibly ask for.

      I personally think the colourful phones are very attractive and if you pop it down you won't be able to misplace the fluorescent colour from the back of the phone itself. I have had my iphone for just over a year now and it was the best decision I made for the best part anyway.

      I originally had a Sony Xperia Z but unfortunately it could not handle the fall it took down the toilet. I knew if I ever broke my phone I would join the iPhone family, i'd never really heard a bad word about Apple products. The iphone 5c is a complex and slim design, easy to handle and light in your hand.

      It has all the app's you need to go through your daily business, it has the use of Siri, your personal assistant at your request literally by the click of a button.

      The iPhone 5c comes in 5 different colours which are, green, blue, coral, white and green, all vibrant and all very noticeable. There are 3 memory capacities 8GB, 16GB and 32 GB.

      Although the pro's of the iPhone 5c mostly out weigh the con's unfortunately in my circumstances, some of the con's have over powered the pro's of the handset. I dropped my phone face down onto laminate flooring and it completely smashed. I have always dropped my phones but I have never had it smash the way mine did. Lucky enough I managed to fix it but have carried it in a protective case ever since, the only other thing is the memory on it wasn't quite as I was expecting.

      If you like plenty of Applications, i'd say try upping the storage capacity (i'm on 16GB), and if you are clumsy like myself, the phone is perfect but needs tempered glass or a protective case.

      Dimensions-124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm (4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 in)
      Weight 132 g (4.66 oz)
      LED display, LCD screen
      Size- 4 inches
      Platform- IOS 7 and higher
      Memory- 8,16,32GB
      Camera- 8 megapixels
      System- Dual Core 1.3Ghz swift
      Talk time- upto 10 hours (3G)
      Stand by time- upto 250H 2G/ 3G
      Music time- upto 40 hours
      Features- iMessage, email, SMS, MMS

      Best Bits:
      Weight of the phone
      Ease of use
      Camera quality
      Cheap PAYG or Pay Monthly

      Worst Bits:
      Battery life can be very up and down
      Screen can be breakable


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        19.05.2015 16:19
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        • "Most affordable for an iPhone"
        • "Worldwide LTE support "
        • "Delightful hues and craftsmanship "
        • "Ravishing outline "


        Most affordable for an iPhone

        Here's something I consider numerous you will be glad to listen: In my experience, the iPhone 5c improved battery life than the iPhone 5 amid general use. All things considered, I got around a day and a 50% of standby, with somewhere around 6 and 15 hours of real use contingent upon my movement blend (more HD feature spilling towards the lower end).

        On my just took the ribbon off new iPhone 5 equipment, I'd been getting not as much as that under comparable conditions. Apple is publicizing slight additions to battery execution with the iPhone 5c versus the iPhone 5, yet regarding lived experience the 5c without a doubt appears like a stage up, and the enhancements to the standby force administration calculation in iOS 7 truly appear to be reducing unmoving force draw.

        Apple's iPhone 5c started a great deal of civil argument preceding its dispatch, provoking sees to ponder what it may mean for Apple to manufacture a "modest" iPhone or focus on another business sector fragment. What Apple has conveyed is a long way from a "shoddy" gadget, as far as both nature of experience and equipment, and regarding cost. The 5c is presumably more extensively engaging than the iPhone 5s just by ideals of its lower expense of section, yet its still premium equipment and is likely better considered as a simple to the iPhone 4S with respect to the iPhone 5 back when that gadget propelled.

        The iPhone 5c is a change, regardless of the fact that slight, to the cell phone despite everything i'd call the best accessible if Apple hadn't additionally discharged the iPhone 5s. I'll say that with the proviso that I accept the iPhone is still the best cell phone accessible for the biggest number of cell phone purchasers, as far as both ease of use and outline, even with the emotional changes created by iOS 7. Given the decision, I'd pick an iPhone 5c more than an iPhone 5, in light of outline alone, and overlooking its different advantages. As it were, in case you're in the business sector for another cell phone, Apple's iPhone 5c ought to be right close to the highest priority on your rundown.


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        15.03.2015 20:00
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        • display
        • camera
        • battery


        • "limited memory"
        • "plastic body"

        I suggest my friends to purchase this rockstar

        I Purchased this iPhone 5C 16GB in the month of december 2013. After getting positive feedback about the phone I thought to give it a try.

        About Apple:
        It is well known for its innovation and every one remembers steve jobs name when ever they hear about Apple. This company became popular in such a way that the whole world is waiting for its products to launch.

        iPhone 5C:
        when ever apple launches its product its gains a massive response and even the negative talk comes out during that time so it took me 2 months to decide whether to purchase or not.

        Dimensions 124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm (4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 in)
        Weight 132 g (4.66 oz)
        SIM Nano-SIM
        OS iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 7.1.2, upgradable to iOS 8.2
        Chipset Apple A6
        CPU Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift
        Camera 8 MP, 3264 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
        Battery Non-removable Li-Po 1510 mAh battery (5.73 Wh)
        Stand-by Up to 250 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G)
        Talk time Up to 10 h (3G)
        Music play Up to 40 h

        What I like:
        New Design
        Good Camera
        Battery Life
        Support Global LTE Bands
        I got it Cheap on a contract
        Good Performance

        What I dislike:
        Limited Storage
        Made of Plastic
        Fingerprint sensor which is available in 5S is missing

        Why I suggest:
        I used this mobile for over an year its has been the best I got from Apple. Its far better than Android devices because though Android devices have more RAM, games used to struck. But its totally different in iPhone though RAM is less it works smoothly.


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        16.02.2015 20:41
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        • Cheap
        • " Plastic"
        • " Thinner"
        • Color


        • "Battery Life"
        • Fading

        Bang for your Buck

        IPhone 5C

        Brand: Apple

        Price: $$$

        Color(s): Variety (Blue, Pink, Yellow, White)

        I have had my 5c a little over a year now. It is very similar to the 5, the only noticeable difference is the variety of colors and it is thinner, plastic, and has rounder edges. The 5c is very different from the 5S, since the 5c does not have the updates such as the finger print lock. Even without these updates the 5C is a great phone unless your after the newest, futurist phone. The 5c is a great value and is without a doubt a bang for your buck. I have not had any true problems with my phone. Although there are several disadvantages that I discovered. The color of my phone(pink) has begin to fade, I always keep a case on it, and it doesn't sit in the sun. But the color is not as bright and vibrant. Also the battery life has began to get shorter and shorter. At first my phone could last for days( 3 to 4) on one charge, but now I have to charge about every other day. I charge my phone the correct way always waiting until it is completely dead, then charging all day or night until completely charged. These things are not truly harmful in your everyday use of your phone. Although for someone who needs a phone with a battery life dependent for more than a day, this may not be the phone for you. Other than that I would highly encourage any one to get a 5c, since I have not had any problems with the phone functions itself.


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        02.02.2015 16:59
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        • "Good camera"


        • "Short battery life"

        Very stylish with good functions

        I've had the white iPhone 5c for over a year and have had no technical problems whatsoever so far. They come in a range of bright colours. The main difference between this and the more highly rated iPhone 5S is that the 5c doesn't have the fingerprint access option. Personally this has never been an issue for me and certainly didn't stop me from getting the 5c.
        At first, the battery life seemed to be fairly long and I'd only need to charge it once a day. With time, however, the battery life seems to have shortened and I sometimes need to charge it more than once a day now. Thankfully the 5c is very quick to charge, particularly in comparison to my iPad mini.
        The camera is excellent so the quality of photos is, in turn, excellent. Overall it's extremely easy to use with useful functions such as the Passbook (which allows you to store cards etc to use in stores) and iMessage. iMessage is a free messaging service you can use with other Apple iMessage users, as opposed to texting which costs money. I use this function every day.
        I dropped my phone down concrete steps last year and naturally assumed the worst. However there is merely a scratch on the screen. The plastic covering of the phone seems to be good for protection haha! Some people may be discouraged by the plastic covering but I actually like it - it contributes to the sleek look of the iPhone 5c. Contracts are generally quite cheap, especially in comparison to the latest iPhones.


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        25.01.2015 23:50
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        • "easy to use "
        • "slim and sleek"
        • "great vibrant colour "


        • "technical blips "
        • "battery life "
        • "poor memory "

        Great stylish and chic phone for everyday use

        This is my first apple product, and probably not the last. I got it as a Christmas present from my father in pink and the colour is so vibrant and chic!
        Being young, I'm supposed to know all about the latest gadgets, but in reality I haven't a clue!
        This is such an easy to use device and I can add all the latest apps without any blips like my last phone.
        However, probably due to the low storage space, this doesn't have a lot of memory for my photos and videos, but its so easy to just plug it in to my laptop and transfer it on there.
        The battery life isn't appalling but it could be better, as the battery goes low in a few hours of some average day to day use.
        Also once an application is opened, it stays open without it being manually closed which is a bit of a pain.
        All in all, this a great modern phone which can fulfil any day to day needs.


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        01.09.2014 16:31
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        • valuable
        • handy
        • slick


        • "no instructions"
        • "can't delete apps that come with it"

        Very desirable

        A great product and value for money. A lot of people think that the C in 5C stands for cheap, but in fact it actually stands for colour. And my-oh-my does this product pay off. It may be made out of plastic, but I find that I enjoy that element more. It doesn’t feel cheap and unlike the models with the metal casing, doesn’t hurt in your hands with the sharp corners because it has rounded corners. The buttons on the side of the phone also do not feel flimsy.

        Back in March I bought this phone out of my 21st birthday money. It was my first smart phone and I didn’t have much else I could compare it to. Before this phone I had a Blackberry as you can probably imagine there is a significant difference in the two. One of the most impressive things about this phone is that is also comes in minimal packaging and I mean minimal. It comes in a box as big as the phone itself, which is shocking. The phone itself comes with a wire and a pair of headphones. This next part may be slightly embarrassing, but I have never had an IPhone before and as it didn’t come with instructions I had to google how to turn it on and how to screen shot and several other things.

        The product itself fits in the hand comfortably, even though the widescreen feature is new to this model. It is not too heavy and still looks very attractive. For those who are curious I will add the size and weight below.

        Height: 124.4 mm
        Width: 59.2 mm
        Depth: 8.97 mm
        Weight: 132 grams

        I don’t know much about what each spec means so I will just talk about the one’s that I do know. My model was a 16GB and I find that this space is sufficient enough for everything I want on there. I have a lot of contacts, documents, ebooks and photos on there, as well as 400+ songs that take up around 3GB. However, I do find that applications tend to take up a lot of memory space on this phone. The other day I deleted majority of my applications apart from 3 social networking apps and 4 games that I play a lot. The one’s that I play not so much I deleted and there was still 5GB worth of data gone on applications and I found that it was because you cannot delete the apps that come with the phone. This I find extremely annoying. Not because I they’re standard but because I never even use this applications so by rights I feel like I should be able to delete them.


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        19.06.2014 15:19
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        • "Easy to operate"
        • "like a mini games console"


        • "Quite expensive"

        Iphone not essential but very deirable

        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.


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        19.05.2014 13:47
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        • faster
        • Colourful!
        • Lightweight
        • Stylish


        • Expensive
        • "Battery could be better"

        An excellent phone which I would recommend


        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)

        Thanks for reading!


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        28.02.2014 20:40
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        Overall great phone

        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.


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          25.02.2014 21:59
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          Perfect phone to add a little colour to your life

          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.


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          19.02.2014 15:25
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          I would recommend!

          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.

          Conclusion -

          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.


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