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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

 
85
Average user Score
 
90
yorman4
09.30.15
I bought this one in january 2014 and until now it is the best cell phone that I have had. It is very snappy even with iOS 9. The quality of the screen is amazing. The colors look very vivid and sharp. The camera is very well in conditions of much light but is weak in less light condition. Respect to the size, to me is perfect because it fit perfectly in my pant pocket. I really like the others models of iphone but, the iphone 5c it my favorite.
 
80
Otsek
01.06.15
Great phone to replace old iPhone 4, which became very slow with iOS7 and could not fit iOS8.Great for those who don't need iPhone 5s fingerprint featureOne con vs iPhone 5s is that iPhone 5s can track steps itself (to Health app) with its M7 motion processor.
 
80
ArtofWinning
12.22.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
90
scukey1
11.30.14
The 5c is great if you don't want a hole in your wallet, but most should go with the 5s or 6
 
100
Shawnito
10.12.14
I love it because it was cheap and i got my favriot color
 
90
arcraig
05.18.14
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
80
AddVariety
04.11.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
80
cbckly917
04.08.14
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws. - Engadget
 
100
Milli74
03.21.14
Great phone for my teenage daughter
 
90
mnbulldog
03.20.14
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 this is any smartphone) needs big improvement - 2-3 times what it is currently. But this is an industry problem not a specific Apple problem. I am amazed this was voted worst product for 2013 since the iPhone 5 got great reviews and clearly the people actually using the device rank it 8.7 overall. Think people that voted it worst product have never actually used one. For the most part it is a lighter (yes plastic) iPhone 5 with slightly better camera and battery. Any issues I have had with the phone have been iOS related and fixed with updates not actual hardware issues. Coming from a Nokia 920 of course I want a bigger screen.

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