iPhone 5c, Fresh New Colors

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iPhone 5C If you were very fond of your iPhone 5, I have some bad news for you. I think you are aware of the fact that Apple released 2 new smartphones this year, and that basically means that the iPhone 5 is already obsolete; the reasons for that are the latest iPhone 5s (already reviewed) and the iPhone 5c, the latter to be reviewed in just two shakes of a lamb’s tale. So, stay tuned.
While the iPhones were well known for their revolutionary design and features, the price tag was another thing that made them special. Apple was the first company to ask $1000 for a smartphone, and they actually managed to sell their product in impressive numbers, regardless of the hefty price tag. They actually made an art of it. Well, the iPhone 5 is now gone for good and it was proudly replaced by the iPhone 5c. While the iPhone 5s is the current flagship and it’s actually a huge step forward in terms of OS and things like a 64bit CPU and camera, the 5c is another kind of animal.
Originally, it was rumored that the c particle stands for cheap, but actually the Cupertino based company had other things in mind. Colors, lots of colors folks, as for the first time, Apple created 2 new smartphones in a year and one of them was made of, horrible dictum, plastic.
Judging from the tech specs, the new iPhone 5c is basically a revamped iPhone 5 in brand new clothes. What makes it different from a regular iPhone 5 is its shiny new outfit that comes in bright and shiny colors but the metal casing is gone, unfortunately, at least for some users.
iPhone 5C many colorsThe iPhone 5c is available in fresh and flashy colors and the remarkable thing is that the old-school black is now out of the picture: you can choose from green, pink, yellow, blue and white.
Instead of the sleek anodized aluminum casing of the iPhone 5, the 5c is made of glossy plastic, but don’t worry, the smartphone doesn’t look cheap; just young and energetic.
In terms of build quality, the phone is as strong as it gets, yet the glossy plastic chassis is slippery and prone to fingerprints and scratching if you’re not careful when using it. The 5c is also a bit heavier and thicker (1.4mm thicker and 20 g heavier) than the iPhone 5, it doesn’t have a user replaceable battery and no expandable storage capability. A weird thing, there’s no FM radio and Apple still uses their proprietary (and annoying) connector. Also, there are no stereo speakers and the video sound is recorded in Mono only.
As for the price tag, it’s about $100 cheaper than the current flagship, which makes it cost as much as the iPhone 5 (now discontinued). If you ask me, it’s a pretty high price tag, especially when compared to its Android and even Windows Phone rivals out there, and all it has to offer for the money is a fresh new design and an “old” tech platform; and you’re also losing that premium feeling the metal body of the iPhone 5 used to have.
iPhone 5C bright colorsThe key features of the iPhone 5c are:
-The smartphone comes very well equipped in terms of connectivity, with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, supporting quad band GSM and 3G, with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA. Another cool feature is the LTE support, if carriers are offering the service, obviously. There is also Bluetooth 4.0 light edition and AirDrop file transfer/sharing between your 5c and other IOS7 running smartphones or devices. The phone can be used as standalone navigation, thanks to its GPS receiver with A-GPS connectivity. For getting around, you can use Apple Maps, which offer free voice guided navigation in over 50 countries, so you got that part covered.

-The display is a rather small 4 inches wide IPS TFT capacitive screen capable of reproducing 16 million colors, with a resolution of 640×1136 pixels, making for a 326 ppi pixel density. The display looks great, offering awesome colors, good contrast and excellent viewing angles. As per sunlight legibility, the display is flawless.
-The iPhone 5c is powered by a dual core Apple Swift CPU clocked at 1.3 GHz, it has a PowerVR SGX543MP3 graphic processing unit and features 1 GB of LPDDR2 RAM, running on an Apple A6 system on chip. There are 2 versions available, with 16/32 GB of internal storage. Even if the 5c packs the “last year’s” SoC, the iOS 7 runs silky smooth, being comparable in terms of performance with almost all quad-core Android running smartphones out there, using the (Snapdragon) S4 Pro system on chip. The battery was a little bit upgraded from the old iPhone 5, and it is now 70mAH larger in capacity.
-The star of the show, the new iOS 7 looks very different from its predecessor, but it is just as easy to use and intuitive. All the apps sit nicely on the homescreen, there are folders available and also the good old dock, capable of taking up to 4 shortcuts. There are notable differences in the system icons design, the clock was radically changed also the fonts, they are now semitransparent (lots of them) and there are new gestures available. The new iOS 7 comes with iCloud integration.
-The camera is the same 8 megapixels shooter that was found in the iPhone 5, with auto focus and LED flash, capable of shooting full HD 1080p videos and there is also the secondary 1.2 MP camera on the front panel. You’re in for a real treat with this baby, it’s a great 8 megapixels shooter and it offers plenty of features, such as HDR shots, high resolution panoramas and plus square pics. Video recording is also great, the videos are running smoothly and the amount of detail resolved is excellent, while focusing is quick and accurate.
-the iPhone 5c comes with a standard 3.5 mm audio jack, so you can use your favorite pair of headphones for listening to your tracks. It also has support for HD voice (featuring active noise cancelation thanks to a dedicated mic) and an awesome audio output quality. The SIRI virtual assistant is reporting for duty, greatly improved under the new iOS 7 with new voices/languages/features (like Wikipedia Integration) and the phone supports voice recognition too. With SIRI, you can, for example, turn on/off the Bluetooth, the Wi-Fi, change the display settings, and command the music/video player and the like.
-the phone comes packed with useful apps, i.e. the free iWorks (Pages, Number and Keynote), free iMovies and iPhoto. Also, you’ll get FaceTime video calls, both over Wi-Fi and your mobile network.
Final word, the new iPhone 5c is a pretty cool smartphone, offering its user a good ride for the money spent and a solid iOS experience, especially for first timers. The new iOS 7 is a step forward for Apple, providing lots of features, even if it still lags a little bit behind Android in terms of functionality.

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