iPhone 5C – key features and price [video]
Apple’s iPhone 5C offers most of the the iPhone 5‘s features, but housed within a brightly coloured plastic case.
The iPhone 5C includes the same Retina display found in the iPhone 5, the same operating system in the new iOS 7 and the same 8-megapixel camera. Some improvements have also been confirmed, such as a 1.9Mp front facing camera so users can make HD video calls.
The iPhone 5C has also been confirmed as supporting the 4G data network. iPhone fans not on EE should be pleased to hear that Apple has announced that Vodafone’s 4G network is also supported, while O2 has also put out a statement claiming the same.
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iPhone 5C: five key features
A cheaper price, but not by much – Apple has announced a SIM-free price of £469 for the 16GB version of the iPhone 5C. This makes it £80 cheaper than the iPhone 5S, but hardly as affordable as we might have expected. Don’t expect to see the iPhone 5C offered for free on lower cost contracts as many were hoping.
Available in five colours - Described as ‘unapolgetically plastic’ during Apple’s press announcement, the iPhone 5C will be available in five colours: blue, white, pink, yellow, and green. This mirrors the design of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and marks a drastic change from the manufacturer’s usual taste for aluminium.
Increased battery life – Apple confirmed improvements to the battery life of its new phone, stating that a single charge should be adequate for around 10 hours of talk time and as many as 250 hours of standby time. We look forward to getting the phone in our labs to test those claims. Especially as the iPhone 5 offered just under nine hours of battery life.
iOS 7 – this updated mobile operating system will be available across the world from 18 September, and your iPhone 5C will be no different, having been pre-loaded with Apple’s new softare. It promises navigation shortcuts, a new way to organise photos and upgrades to web browsing and a several more changes.
Camera – those who enjoy making video calls will welcome the upgrade to the 5C’s front-facing camera that’s capable of recording in high definition video, as well as taking 1.9Mp photos. Other than that, the 5C’s main 8Mp camera is very similar to that of the iPhone 5 in terms of functionality.
Which? expert verdict – ‘Colourful yes, but is it really budget?’
The idea of a budget iPhone is hardly an innovative one. After all, Samsung already offers the Galaxy S4 Mini, while HTC has its HTC One Mini. The budget and mid-range end of the smartphone market is currently dominated by Android and Windows so it’s no surprise that Apple wants a piece of the pie.
Sadly, those of us clutching our wallets waiting for a cheap iPhone will have to keep on waiting. The iPhone 5C has launched but it’s not quite the budget busting handset the rumours had led us to believe. When you actually look at its £469 price, you’ll find most Android phones are much less expensive.
Once you start using the iPhone 5C, its smooth plastic case can feel greasy in sweaty hands. There’s also noticeable difference in weight between it and the iPhone 5S, which is 20g lighter. Unless you take a lot of selfies, the 5C’s improved front-facing camera won’t come in use that often either.
For this price then I would have expected to see some more notable improvements over the iPhone 5. The iPhone 5C comes pre-installed with the Apple’s iOS 7 operating system, but this available as a free update to the iPhone 5.
All things being equal I think those eager to grab a new iPhone might be better off looking out for a discounted iPhone 5 as stores look to clear their shelves. That is unless they’re enticed by the admittedly 5C’s cheery colours.
Mike Plant – online writer
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