For mom and little hands, the iPhone 5C is pretty damn awesome (and hardy!) – REVIEW

January 30, 2014


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.

My thoughts

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).


This pic was taken on an iPhone 5S

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:

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The great

– The colours and cover

– The reliability of another Apple device

– The camera

The downers

– 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





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  • Robynne

    I love the bright colours 🙂

    January 30, 2014 at 8:49 am Reply
  • Heather

    This is going to be my next phone. I love my IPad and I am sick of the Blackberry.

    January 30, 2014 at 10:00 am Reply
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