Whenever I crack my iPhone screen, it’s like a million pieces break too in my heart and my bank account. I can’t even blame my toddler – despite the fact that he’s an avid secondary user of my phone, somehow he’s been a lot less careless than I have.
So when the iPhone 5C was launched in plastic, I was excited. While many thought it would be a cheap and tacky version before it was launched, the only “cheap” thing about it is all the money I will likely save in screen repairs.
What they say: the specs (scroll down if these don’t interest you)
- Weighs 132 grams
- Comes in 16G or 32G
- Runs on iOS7
- Available in white, blue, pink, yellow or green (matching cases are available too)
- Retina display
- 4-inch (diagonal) widescreen multi‑touch display
- 1136×640-pixel resolution at 326 ppi
- Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating on the front
- Support for display of multiple languages and characters simultaneously
- 8 megapixel camera with LED flash, backside illumination sensor, five-element lens, autofocus, tap to focus, face detection, panorama and photo geotagging
- Video camera with 1080p HD video recording, LED light, video stabilisation, face detection, 3xzoom, geotagging. Can take photos while recording videos.
- Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
- Charging via USB to computer system or power adapter
- Talk time: up to 10 hours on 3G
- Standby time: up to 250 hours
- Cost: R8 499 for the 16GB. Contract costs starts at around R279 a month.
The iPhone 5C is pretty much like the 5, and aside from its packaging (and it IS gorgeous), bigger battery, LTE banding, and a better camera (an improved 1.2MP front-facing camera), there’s not a huge change. This is not necessarily a bad thing – the 5 is a great phone. But I find that with every upgrade, there’s more of a feeling of comfortable familiarity than wow and wonder.
As a lover of the colour pink, I assumed my review unit would be pink, but instead I got a blue version, and I love it. It adds a bit of fresh air and colour, and a lot of people “ooh” and “aah” over the colour. It feels great too – the phone is made of polycarbonate, and has a steel-reinforced shell covered in an ultra-shiny finish. It feels surprisingly slick, rather than the cheap plastic I envisaged before it was launched. It feels safe, and has dropped several times without getting damaged (and without that sinking feeling upon seeing cracks on the screen).
They say a good camera can turn anyone into a photographer, even without filters and apps. This camera is like I’ve found every other iPhone camera from model 4 and up – great, reliable and quick. Here are some unfiltered and unedited pics, in varying conditions:
– The colours and cover
– The reliability of another Apple device
– The camera
– The battery: I know there are battery-saving tips, and despite me implementing them all, I am on constant charge
– No 64G model (in case you’re wanting the storage capacity of a tablet)
– Only about R1 000 cheaper than the 5S, which doesn’t exactly make it a clear contender when you’re deciding between the C or S (For me, I’d probably go for the C simply because it’s so hardy and is more likely to survive multitasking hands, and bumps and drops).
Five words to describe this product: Durable, pretty, fast-working, forgiving, functional
Best suited for: Anyone who loves iOS, who is starting out on an iPhone, or who wants the brilliance of iPhone in a more durable package
Would I recommend it? Yes
Would I buy it for myself? Yes
Value-to-my-life rating: 10 out of 10