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Apple iPhone 5c

Apple iPhone 5c

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87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

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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Pros
  • Gorgeous design
  • Beautiful colors and craftsmanship
  • Global LTE support
  • Most affordable new iPhone yet
Cons
  • Last year's internals
  • Camera stumbles in low light
87 Engadget Score
An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.
87

An all-around great product that's among the best in its category. You'll almost certainly be happy.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

87
 

User Reviews

90
yorman4
I bought this one in january 2014 and until now it is the best cell phone that...read more
80
Otsek
Great phone to replace old iPhone 4, which became very slow with iOS7 and could...read more
80
ArtofWinning
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
81
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Pocket-Lint
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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CNET
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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TechRadar
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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TechCrunch
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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SlashGear
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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AnandTech
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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Wired UK
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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The Loop
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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Engadget
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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VentureBeat
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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