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The iPhone 5c might not be cheap, but it's a gorgeous handset that brings a breath of fresh air to the iPhone lineup. For many people, it might even be a better choice than the iPhone 5s.

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Critic reviews

8.0
33 reviews
  • Reception and call quality
    8.3
  • Display
    8.8
  • Battery life
    7.8
  • Camera
    8.4
  • Ease of use
    8.0
  • Design and form factor
    7.9
  • Portability (size / weight)
    7.9
  • Media support
    6.0
  • Durability
    7.9
  • Ecosystem (apps, accessories, etc.)
    8.0

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8.8
18 reviews
9.0
Engadget Sep 17, 2013

The iPhone 5C might not be cheap but it's a gorgeous handset that brings a breath of fresh air to the iPhone lineup. For many people, it might even be a better choice than the iPhone 5s.

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9.0
TechCrunch Sep 17, 2013

Given the choice, I’d choose an iPhone 5c over an iPhone 5, based on design alone, and ignoring its other benefits. In other words, if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, Apple’s iPhone 5c should be right near the top of your list.

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8.0
The Wall Street Journal Sep 17, 2013

I've been using the new iPhone 5C for the past five days and it's a solid premium phone ... I like the candy-colored, tough plastic shell, as I am not a delicate flower and my phone shouldn't be, either.

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8.0
CNET Sep 17, 2013

Much like the White MacBook was to Apple laptops, the iPhone 5C feels like a perfect cover-all-your-needs smartphone, offering the average person a complete set of tools to get everything done.

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8.0
AnandTech Sep 17, 2013

The iPhone 5c is a well built device. For all intents and purposes it is a perfect replacement for the iPhone 5 ... Apple’s return to a polycarbonate iPhone design seems to have gone quite well. The iPhone 5c is solid, doesn’t have any noticeable amount of flex and has a great in hand feel.

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8.0
PC Mag Sep 20, 2013

The colorful, plastic iPhone 5c is a welcome upgrade for existing iPhone 4 and 4S owners, and a great introduction to Apple's awesome app platform at a nice price.

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8.0
Ars Technica Sep 24, 2013

Minor component differences aside, it's mostly an iPhone 5 in a colorful plastic shell. It's only technically "new," but that may be as new as it needs to be.

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8.0
Laptop Magazine Sep 23, 2013

Like last year's model, the iPhone 5c is an excellent smartphone ... Overall, the iPhone 5c is a smartphone that combines good looks, a slick OS and a top-notch app selection, making it one of our favorite sub-$100 smartphones.

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8.0
Macworld Sep 26, 2013

The iPhone 5c offers enough new features at an attractive enough price to make it an affordable upgrade to anyone who still owns a iPhone 4 or 4s.

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7.0
ZDNet Sep 24, 2013

If you're an existing iPhone user and weren't tempted by the iPhone 5, then the colourful 5c is worth considering as an upgrade.

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7.0
Gizmodo Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone 5C is a really good phone—one that I enjoyed using. But it's phone we already know. It's like buying a designer dress at a warehouse sale. Sure, you might be buying Chanel or Gucci, but it's last season's model, and it's just not the same.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Sep 17, 2013

The iPhone 5C is a lovely phone that is solid in its performance and playful it its approach. The combination of the colourful exterior sits beautifully against the latest iOS 7 operating system and it's good to see Apple ditching the ode to faux leather and yellow legal paper shtick.

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8.0
SlashGear Sep 17, 2013

While the iPhone 5c may be, for the most part, last year’s flagship in this year’s fashion, there’s no denying that there’s an appetite for that. The iPhone 5 remained an excellent option ... and the iPhone 5c takes the best of that and makes it more eye-catching and more affordable.

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8.0
Wired UK Sep 24, 2013

If however you quite like the look of the 5c, you won't be at all let down by the powerful components and top-notch camera buried inside, as well as the refined user experience offered by iOS 7.

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8.0
PC Advisor Sep 25, 2013

The iPhone 5C is a nice smartphone. However, we just can't see the need for it in the first place, unless it was cheaper. It's too expensive for what is effectively an iPhone 5 in a plastic shell with minor changes in hardware.

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9.0
phoneArena Sep 24, 2013

Quite simply, the iPhone 5c makes plastic phones look cool, since it’s compact, has a solid construction, and it’s available in a palette of colors ... On the surface, the software experience on the iPhone 5c is nearly identical to the iPhone 5s ...

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8.0
iLounge Sep 23, 2013

The iPhone 5c falls short of the total excellence offered by its predecessor, however, and it’s a shame that Apple felt the need to physically cheapen a winning prior model in order to make adequate room for its sequel.

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8.0
Gizmodo Australia Sep 23, 2013

The iPhone 5c is meant for the iPhone 3GS and iPhone 4 stalwarts. If you have one of those phones because you don’t always need the new whiz-bang greatest hardware on the market, then the 5c is for you. It’s the perfect upgrade for the mid-market hold-out customer.

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8.0
TrustedReviews Sep 24, 2013

There are some small improvements, such as the new front-facing camera, but it’s not a worthwhile upgrade from that phone unless you fall in love with the new colourful bodies. It’s not particularly interesting tech-wise ...

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8.0
VentureBeat Sep 25, 2013

Should the company have priced it even cheaper to fight more aggressively for market share? Probably. But that doesn’t take away from the fact that it’s still a relatively cheap and overlooked option for iPhone purchasers in the U.S. and other developed nations.

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8.0
IGN Sep 24, 2013

The iPhone 5C is unlikely to appeal to those that demand to be on the bleeding edge of style or technology. But then again, it wasn't built for that crowd. Instead, Apple is targeting more casual, cost-conscious consumers, and to that end, the iPhone 5C is a pretty great solution for the price...

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8.0
GSM Arena Sep 26, 2013

So had the iPhone 5c become the midrange smartphone that rumors tipped it to be, it would have been a real winner. However, its pricing puts it on par or higher than just about every smartphone on the market - barring its own 5s brother - so things look a bit different.

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8.0
TechRadar Sep 27, 2013

It's not that Apple has done its best to make the iPhone 5C appealing, but as last year's phone re-packaged its hard to recommend it totally - although the large range of colors and combination with iOS 7 helps enormously.

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8.0
Digital Versus Oct 10, 2013

The Apple iPhone 5c is a good smartphone. It has a pleasant design that's nice to use and handle, an excellent screen and good general performances. However, it's hard to recommend this repainted iPhone 5 over the higher-end iPhone 5s.

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9.0
The Loop Sep 17, 2013

It hits the sweet spot of having a powerful device with fun colors, at an affordable price-point. That’s not an easy thing to do.

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8.0
V3 Sep 23, 2013

It is a great phone, sure, and anyone who does buy one will not feel short changed. But we're not sure who will buy it. The price means it has little chance of competing with Android devices ... as it is more expensive than some high-end devices, and is even on par with the Samsung Galaxy S4.

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8.0
BGR Sep 24, 2013

Those who currently do not own iPhones and who might be thinking of purchasing one for the first time will find a fantastic option in the iPhone 5c. At the $99 price level on contract in the U.S., I’m not sure a better phone exists than the 16GB iPhone 5c.

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8.0
The Inquirer Sep 23, 2013

We think Apple could have done more to make the iPhone 5C more exciting though, whether that was to design it with a larger screen or a more impressive rear-facing camera.

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8.0
Stuff Sep 18, 2013

If you can overlook the cases, colours and marketing (and they’re big ifs), the 5c’s a powerful, smart package, with a great OS.

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8.0
USA Today Sep 18, 2013

I can strongly recommend either new iPhone ... But with iOS 7 dressing up your current device, you may not have to upgrade right away.

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First Looks

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Engadget Sep 10, 2013

Overall, the 5c offers the same speed and performance as the iPhone 5, so this combined with the color options and solid build will help breathe new life into the mid-tier iPhone option.

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CNET Sep 10, 2013

In all, this is pretty much what we were expecting the iPhone 5C to be -- a cheaper-to-produce version of the iPhone 5 that's been jazzed up with an all-new, colorful and shiny look.

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TechCrunch Sep 10, 2013

I’m maybe most impressed by how light and yet solid the iPhone 5C feels. While it may not quite live up to the ultra-luxe metal and glass feel of the iPhone 5 and now 5C, it doesn’t feel like a cheap device; this is a premium phone, despite the price tag and somewhat older internals.

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AnandTech Sep 10, 2013

The 5C might not be the flagship for Apple, but it's arguably the more interesting of the two devices since it's Apple's next attempt at a polymer device.

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PC World Sep 10, 2013

The bright colors and new case aside, the phone was just as much an iPhone as the more expensive model. It lacks the new processor powering the iPhone 5S and its fingerprint sensor, but the iPhone 5C's performance didn't disappoint.

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Ars Technica Sep 10, 2013

The way that the phone feels in your hand is the most important thing about the iPhone 5C, and Apple has done a pretty good job here ... the 5C feels pretty good to hold and seems like it could take a few accidental trips to the ground without breaking.

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Laptop Magazine Sep 10, 2013

Although the iPhone 5c has a plastic back, it doesn’t feel cheap. While not as solid as the aluminum of the iPhone 5s, it certainly feels like it can take a few knocks. Best of all, the glossy finish seemed to be pretty good at hiding fingerprints.

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Macworld Sep 10, 2013

The polycarbonate shell is, of course, the most obvious change. It’s crafted from a single piece of plastic, and—as Apple design maven Jonathan Ive said in a video played during the Apple media event introducing the phone—you won’t find a single seam or joint in the unibody-style design.

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Computerworld Sep 10, 2013

The plastic case of the phone didn't feel "cheap" or low quality. It has a high-gloss finish and was comfortable to hold, much like the iPhone 3 models. The phones are colorful and Apple is also offering a series of equally colorful and stylish cases to accessorize the phone to match your style.

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PC Mag Sep 11, 2013

The colors go well with thoughtfully color-matched wallpapers. Otherwise: iPhone 5! Same screen, and as far as I could tell, pretty much the same performance.

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Pocket-Lint Sep 10, 2013

Technology aside, the plastic outer, which is meant represent a more youthful product and one that is more playful is shiny to touch, but feels very much apart of the phone rather than something that could be peeled off after some use.

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SlashGear Sep 10, 2013

It’s not a cheap-feeling phone, but it doesn’t have the same premium finish as the 5S. There’s something a little toy-like about it, though not in a bad way; it’s solid and dense, and creak-free, and the weight is evenly balanced along the length.

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Wired UK Sep 10, 2013

In the hand it's very different to the iPhone 5 it essentially replaces, still feeling sturdy and refined but with a feel more reminiscent of an iPhone 3GS, albeit thinner, than the iPhone 5 or even iPhone 4 and 4S. It's glossy and smooth, and the edges curve neatly around the sides ...

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Mashable Sep 10, 2013

While the 5C's specs are largely familiar to anyone who owns an iPhone 5 (retina display, LTE, iSight camera, A6 chip), everything else about the new phone is surprising — at least for Apple.

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TechRadar Sep 10, 2013

We're fans of what Apple has tried to do here, with the emphasis on colour and design over pure spec wars ... the opportunity to differentiate will likely be one to win over consumers – and if a brand can get its phone in your pocket, then the battle is already won.

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VentureBeat Sep 10, 2013

Of these two devices, we actually found the cheaper 5C a greater pleasure to handle. Its gorgeously smooth plastic surface made us feel like we were caressing some mythical sea creature, silky and cool.

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Los Angeles Times Sep 10, 2013

What stood out to O’Brien was that the lightweight device still felt sturdy -- like it would survive a drop-it-on-the-floor test ... As pretty as the iPhone 5C is to look at, the ... phone is missing some features that are exclusive to the ... iPhone 5S.

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T3 Sep 10, 2013

The features match and also surpass the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini and the HTC One Mini when it comes to the camera, the quality of the screen and the power of the processor.

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CNN Sep 10, 2013

The polycarbonate body does feel sturdier than other plastic phones, and the phone still has bit of weight to it. The entire back side of the phone is one seamless piece of plastic and comes in blue, green, pink, yellow and white.

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TrustedReviews Sep 10, 2013

There’s no hiding it, the iPhone 5C is an iPhone 5 in a new frock. But it’s a pretty frock and the lively colours may well appeal to younger generations. Cheap it’s certainly not, but it undoubtedly provides the iPhone experience at a lower price point.

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Digital Versus Sep 11, 2013

For the several minutes we got to spend alone with the 5c, it was fluid and responsive, and the new iOS 7 interface's airy 3D design ushers in a whole new look for the brand.

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ExtremeTech Sep 11, 2013

On the one hand, I think this is a smart move. In the absence of an exciting new product, such as iTV or iWatch, Apple should stick to what it does best: Leveraging its supply chain to produce utterly insane profits.

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IGN Sep 10, 2013

The iPhone 5C may be Apple's worst-kept secret, but there's one thing that the pre-announcement leaks had wrong: the iPhone 5C is not Apple's "cheap iPhone." While the iPhone 5C may trade custom-tooled aluminum for polycarbonate plastic, it bears all of the other core components.

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AppleInsider Sep 12, 2013

Apple's colorful new iPhone 5c is designed to upgrade existing smartphone users into the A6-class iPhone 5 world, while introducing bright mix-and-match colors borrowed from the iPod mainstream. However, predictions that iPhone 5c would serve a "cheap" or "lite" role were proven wrong.

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The Loop Sep 10, 2013

The iPhone 5C is a gorgeous looking phone, no matter what color choose. They all feel very rugged in their construction, so you can put any thoughts of a cheap iPhone out of your mind right now.

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9.0
Parzival Parzival

I waited a month before I wrote comments. I've been an on and off iPhone user and have tried many Android and several Windows Phone handsets. I was eager to get back to iOS for the ecosystem but still don't like the 'feel' of the 5/5s. The 5c feels good in my hand, feels sturdy and is aging well...

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5.0
KenBeard KenBeard

I have owned the iPhone 4, 4s, 5, and 5c. The 5c is one of the worst iPhones I have ever owned. It is constantly freezing on me and dropping signal when I need it most. Opening apps and doing other tasks takes three or four tries before it finally opens or does what I want it to do. I loved all...

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8.0
adityan adityan

Its a tad heavier than most phones its size. The screen size could have been larger. Everything else about this phone is pure Apple. The best!

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9.0
mnbulldog mnbulldog

I actually own the device and have had nothing but good things to say about it. I am not a fan of the square iPhone 5S or even 5 shape. I like the rounded edges. Yes - so plastic is cheap but it is a decent feeling plastic - maybe too slick making the device slippery. Battery life (and really...

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