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iPhone 5c review: Old wine in a colourful new bottle,but still worth a buy

Apple Inc iPhone 5c is available at a price of Rs 41,990 onwards.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Published: November 28, 2013 11:22:36 am

With rumours floating around that the new Apple iPhone will be called the 5c,people were quick to jump to the conclusion that it will be a cheaper version of the phone. In fact,that was just wishful thinking,for the iPhone 5c

turned out to be anything but cheap. In hindsight,it seems the C actually stood for colour.

Apple iPhone 5c

Design

This is the most colourful any iPhone has ever been. The iPhone 5c

is available in a wide array of colours,with the white one being the most sober. That could be a problem for people who want this phone but without the riot of colours. For instance,you would need a black cover. I just can’t get why there wouldn’t be a black body option.

Apple iPhone 5c

The iPhone 5c is also super thin and light. My primary device is an iPhone 4 and the 5c is almost half its thickness. Plus,Apple sort of shows the world how to use plastic without making the device feel flimsy or cheap. I doubt if any other manufacturer has executed a plastic body better. The 5c has a solid feel,and the only time you realise the body is plastic is when you tap on it.

The volume buttons are now oblong instead of the circles in the iPhone 5,which this phone is replacing. The only other difference is at the bottom where you now have just four holes instead of the speaker grille in the earlier version.

Apple iPhone 5c

These iPhones also usher in a new range of headphone that have a design that fits in your ear better then the round shaped in-ear models. The sound quality did not seem much different from before,but the shape definitely does make a difference as far as comfort is concerned.

Apple iPhone 5c

Performance

The iPhone 5c is actually the iPhone 5,but in a new body. So the performance is not remarkably different from the earlier version. But that does not mean it is the same. This phone comes with Apple’s latest iOS 7 operating system and is much slicker than iOS 6. Having used the iOS 7 in my iPhone 4 so far,the OS felt like it had been put on steroids for the 5c. Everything seemed much faster than I knew it to be.

Apple iPhone 5c

The superb Retina display sort of comes to life with the iOS 7’s parallax effect. This screen,though not new,makes the 5c an excellent option for those who like to snack on video on the go. The sound quality is also good and you would not need external speakers to enjoy your favourite music.

The 8MP iSight camera is among the best in the market and works well even in low light. There are not many phone cameras that give you this level of confidence,whatever the situation be. But even this feature is a carryover from the iPhone 5. What is really new is the addition of HD to FaceTime and that is really good. As someone who uses this feature a lot to keep in touch with friends and family,the new FaceTime HD camera really adds a new dimension.

The phone also gives a wonderful Internet experience as the browsing seems faster than before. The Safari on iOS 7 only adds to the ease. The battery life is much better that my iPhone 4. If you charge this phone in the morning,it won’t let you down before you are home. With not much internet browsing you can stretch the battery life to about 12 hours.

Should you buy it

The iPhone 5c is a great phone on all counts,if you can live with the colours. Not all of us can. But remember that is is essentially the iPhone 5 in new clothes. If you can afford it,buy the iPhone 5S which brings a lot of new cutting edge features to the table. If you can’t,this is a great replacement,especially with the buyback schemes on offer.

What is inside: This iOS 7 phone with the four-inch retina display is powered by an A6 chip with 1GB RAM. It has an 8MP rear camera and a FaceTime HD camera up front. It weighs 132 grams and is available in 16 and 32GB versions. 

Apple iPhone 5c rating: ****

Apple iPhone 5c price: Rs 41,900+

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