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iPhone 5c Overview

The iPhone 5c takes the previous year's iPhone 5 in a more colorful direction— each 5c features a unibody polycarbonate shell in either red, green, blue, yellow, or white. Internally, the iPhone 5c boasts much of the same hardware of its predecessor, the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5c uses the same Apple A6 chip that powered the iPhone 5, which includes a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor and 1 GB of RAM.

The iPhone 5c's hardware is not without a few major upgrades: more LTE bands for faster data speeds in more places and a bigger, better FaceTime HD camera on the front. Compared to earlier models, the iPhone 5c's camera has better tonal range that really makes a difference in low light.

In short, the iPhone 5c mirrors the earlier iPhone 5 in terms of performance: an impressive camera, plenty of power to run all but the very latest games and apps, and a flash of colour to stand out in a crowd.

Shot by an iPhone 5c

Before buying a used iPhone 5c

Most iPhone 5c models were discontinued in 2014 but a lot of used models are still floating around the secondhand market. Now that Apple's first "cheap iPhone" have become even more affordable, you might be tempted to buy a used Phone 5c.

When Apple released the 5c with its new design, reviewers claimed it was the most durable iPhone ever. Hindsight is 20/20— so how well is the iPhone 5c standing up against the test of time?

Best Features of the iPhone 5c

1. Color

If Apple's lineup of space-greys and cool silvers doesn't do it for you, the only place to get a pop of color is the iPhone 5c. While other models go for elegant, the iPhone 5c is simply fun. As notable Apple analyst wrote in his iPhone 5c review: "for people who... have a certain vibe and vibrance to their tastes - for those people the iPhone 5c might not be the greatest iPhone on the market today, but it just might be the best."

2. Low Price

Before Apple announced the iPhone 5c, initial rumours speculated that the lowercase "c" stands for "cheap", but only now could you consider the 5c to be a cheap iPhone. With the release of newer models, the price of a used iPhone 5c has dropped significantly. If you're looking to pick one up, you can spend under $200 and walk away with a decent model.

3. Amazing Screen

The iPhone 5c might be a budget phone, but it has the same premium screen as the iPhone 5s. Its 4 inch 640 x 1136 Retina display and pixel density of 326 pixels per inch makes the iPhone 5c's screen look just as crisp and vibrant as the iPhone 6. Like other premium iPhones, the LED-backlit Retina display with in-cell construction makes graphics and text look less like they're under glass and more like they're actually a part of it.

4. Custom Wallpapers

Apple built dynamic wallpapers specifically for the iPhone 5c. If you go to Settings > Wallpaper > Choose a New Wallpaper and select "Dynamic", you'll see an entire selection of bubbly and bright backgrounds to go with your phone. They use the new physics engine on iOS to fill your screen with coloured circles that fade in and out. They're dynamic also in that they use the motion detection on the iPhone 5c to move as you move. These dynamic wallpapers come in colours matched to your iPhone 5c — green, yellow, blue, pink, white — and black, which will match Apple's case for iPhone 5c instead.

iPhone 5C Wallpaper
iPhone 5C Wallpaper 2

Drawbacks To Consider...

1. Storage Capacity

The iPhone 5c is the only 5 series model that was not produced with a 64GB option, limiting its storage sizes between 16GB and 32GB. In 2013, Apple discontinued both 16GB and 32GB models and replaced it with an 8GB iPhone 5c. Critics were pretty vocal in their disapproval of this move, noting that after the space taken up by iOS 8, under 5GB of space was available to the user.

So, the 8GB iPhone 5c might not be the best option for someone who is looking to have an entire HD movie, plus apps and plenty of your own photos and videos. That being said, an 8GB iPhone 5c starts at $180, which is an amazing price for someone looking for an iPhone that can do the basics.

iPhone 5c Trivia

  • the iPhone 5c launched at the same time as the iPhone 5s
  • the iPhone 5c was the last device to include a "squircle" icon, a square with rounded edges, on its home button. Later models have no icons present there.
  • because of changes to the materials used to build the iPhone 5c, the phone is 20g heavier than both the iPhone 5 and 5s.
  • unlike any other iPhone, the 5c came in transparent plastic packaging identical to that used for iPods. This was a departure from other iPhone models that came in an opaque cardboard box.
  • the iPhone 5c isn't the only model Apple made with a plastic body— the iPhone 3G and the iPhone 3GS both have plastic backing
  • Apple used the slogan "For the colorful" in its marketing campaigns for iPhone 5c
  • after the first day of its release, .3% of all iPhones in the US were iPhone 5cs
  • the size of the iPhone 5c means it isn't compatible with cases made for the iPhone 5 or 5s, however Apple offered their own set of cases designed specifically for the 5c
  • Apple's cases for the iPhone 5c have holes cut out to show the colour of the iPhone's back through the case— between the different colours of cases and phones, there are thirty different colour combinations
  • the iPhone 5c is the newest phone made by Apple that did not come in a 64GB version
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