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iPhone 5C review

It's a cheaper iPhone, not a cheap iPhone

With the iPhone 5C being pretty much a carbon copy of the iPhone 5 you won't be surprised to learn that it sports the same 8MP iSight camera on its rear, complete with single LED flash.

The front facing snapper has been given a bit of an upgrade though, with a 1.2MP offering capable of HD (720p) recording - but it's the one on the back which you'll be using most of the time.

You can access the camera application from the lockscreen, just place your finger on the camera icon and slide your finger up, plus you can easily access it from pretty much anywhere on the iPhone 5C by pulling up the Control Center and hitting the correct icon.

iPhone 5C review

Fire it up and you'll be greeted with a totally redesigned camera interface thanks to iOS 7, with a larger shutter at the bottom of the screen flanked by a link to your gallery and the effects menu. iOS 8 has brought a couple of extra features.

Slide sideways over the shutter key to the left and you'll be able to skip between three different camera settings; photo, square and pano (that's short for panorama, in case you were wondering). Slide the other way and you'll find video and time-lapse.

I'm not overly sure why Apple has bothered to provide a square frame option, but it'll probably please the Instagram generation nevertheless.

iPhone 5C review

At the top of the screen (when holding the iPhone 5C in portrait) you have four toggles for the flash, HDR mode, timer and switching between front and rear cameras. It's all very straight forward and there's no confusing jargon or icons.

I found that the iPhone 5C is far better suited to shooting photos when held in portrait, with icons easier to reach and the volume keys which double as shutter buttons perfectly placed for my fingers.

Rotate the iPhone 5C 90 degrees and things aren't so clear cut - all the icons turn with you, except for the text above the shutter key which spoils the look of the app slightly.

The bigger issue here though is with your stray fingers getting in the way of the camera lens. If the camera had been centralised - like it is on the Lumia 1020, Galaxy S4 and HTC One - this wouldn't be an issue, but seeing as the lens is plonked right in the corner I did have some pink splodges in the corner of a few of my shots.

iPhone 5C review

There aren't a lot of effects in the camera menu to play with, and that's because Apple wants to keep things simple for photographers. There's the effect menu which gives you eight filters to apply for some arty shots, and the way the iPhone 5C previews all the options at the same times means you'll be able to pick the best one for your situation.

If you're looking to tweak the exposure you can slide your finger up or down vertically on the screen to adjust a sun icon, but if you're looking to fiddle with white balance or brightness you'll have to do it in post-production. Luckily Apple has added tools to your editing options to fine tune the light and colour.

We've seen the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S4 turn up with a multitude of shooting modes from burst to beauty face - but once again there's nothing like this on the iPhone 5C, bar HDR, which is, again, indicative of the simplicity Apple is trying to portray.

Apple has spent time tinkering behind the scenes with its camera software and that has resulted is a surprisingly strong performance with the iPhone 5C able to adapt to various settings. It doesn't sport the same upgraded specs and performance of the iPhone 5S, but don't let that put you off.

You can provide some assistance by tapping what you want the 5C to focus on, plus pinch your fingers together and you'll be able to zoom in. The zoom is purely digital which means picture quality will suffer, so use it sparingly.

I was able to turn out some impressive shots with the iPhone 5C, with it managing to deal with expansive landscapes and depth of field just as easily as up close macro shots.

Flip into panorama mode, and while iOS still forces you to capture in portrait which is bizarre, the technology behind it which stitches it all together is nothing short of miraculous.

I did find that some of my images did look a little washed out at times and there was a general lack of vibrancy if I'm being really picky.

Better images can be had with the more expensive iPhone 5S, or the more camera centric Nokia Lumia 1020, but for the common person in the street the 5C will more than suffice - oh and that new sharper front facing camera? It's got selfies written all over it.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBNo
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory32 GB
Built-in FlashYes
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationNo
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyiPhone 5c
Cellular Generation4G
Cellular Network SupportedGSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, WCDMA 850, WCDMA 900, WCDMA 1700, WCDMA 1900, WCDMA 2100
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraYes
Phone StyleBar
ColourGreen
Operating SystemiOS
Brand NameApple
Battery Talk Time10 Hour
Screen Size10.2 cm (4")
Screen Resolution1136 x 640
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)131.8 g
Processor CoreDual-core (2 Core)
Maximum Video Resolution1920 x 1080
Processor ManufacturerApple
Wireless LAN StandardIEEE 802.11a/b/g/n
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 4.0
Backlight TechnologyLED
Operating System VersioniOS 7
Messaging TypeMMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, iMessage, SMS (Short Message Service)
Pixel Density326 ppi
Front Camera Resolution1.2 Megapixel
Height124.5 mm
Width59.2 mm
Depth8.9 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time250 Hour
ManufacturerApple, Inc
Product NameiPhone 5c Smartphone
Processor Speed1.30 GHz
Product LineiPhone 5c
Screen TypeLCD
Sensor TypeAccelerometer, Gyro Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Ambient Light Sensor, Digital Compass
Manufacturer Part NumberMF132LL/A
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.apple.com/uk
Marketing Information

For the colorful.

Color makes a statement and reveals your personality. And iPhone 5c comes in five unlike-anything-else colors. Add one of the six Apple-designed cases (sold separately), and it quickly goes from colorfully cool to impossible to ignore.

Engineered to the brightest specifications.

A6 chip. 8MP iSight camera. 4-inch Retina display. Ultrafast LTE wireless. iPhone 5c has the things that made iPhone 5 an amazing phone - and more, including iOS 7. As a result, it's as powerful as it is expressive.

Ultrafast LTE wireless.

iPhone 5c supports more LTE bands than ever. Which means you can get ultrafast LTE coverage in more places.

Package Contents
  • iPhone 5c Smartphone
  • EarPods with Remote and Mic
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • 5W USB Power Adapter
Limited Warranty1 Year