If you’re looking to get an iPhone while saving a bit of money in the process, you should check out the iPhone 5c. The iPhone 5c may not be the latest and greatest iPhone but has plenty of features to make it worthy of consideration.
The iPhone 5c was launched at the same time as the iPhone 5s last fall as a less expensive alternative to that phone. The iPhone 5c is nearly identical to the iPhone 5, the previous year’s model, but with a colored plastic covering and a more robust battery life.
iPhone 5c Design
The most noticeable feature of the iPhone 5c is its colorful plastic skin, making the phone appear as if it’s candy-coated. The plastic feels silky and solid, not cheap and flimsy. The curved edges nestle in your hand gently, no sharp edges to interrupt the flow.
The colors of the iPhone 5c have drawn fans and repelled foes. Some love the pastel and bright colors of the 5c while others aren’t feeling the love.
and can be combined with colorful cases from Apple for dozens of color combinations. The Apple Store website has a fun interactive tool that lets you try the different color combinations.
The iPhone 5c comes with a 4 inch Retina display screen and weighs 4.65 ounces (132 grams).
The rear iSight camera has 8 megapixels, a sapphire crystal lens cover and an LED flash. The camera can take panoramic pictures and still pictures while recording video.
The front camera is 1.2 megapixels and can take video as well as still pictures.
Check out Flickr to see unedited photos taken with the iPhone 5c.
The iPhone 5c comes with a battery that has stated times of:
Talk time: Up to 10 hours on 3G
Standby time: Up to 250 hours
Internet use: Up to 8 hours on 3G, up to 10 hours on LTE, up to 10 hours on Wi-Fi
Video playback: Up to 10 hours
Audio playback: Up to 40 hours
The iPhone 5c comes in two sizes for:
With 2-year contract —
Without a contract —
iPhone 5c on Sale
Shop around before you buy the iPhone 5c as some stores and carriers may be offering the phone at a discount. Be sure to calculate the cost of the plan as well as the service to make sure you’re truly getting the best deal.
Sprint is offering the 16 GB iPhone 5c for free via the Sprint website until March 13, 2014.
BestBuy is also offering sale prices on the iPhone 5c. Check the BestBuy website for pricing.
Currently, the iPhone 5c is available for 20% off the purchase price through the Virgin Mobile website:
16 GB $359.99
32 GB $439.99
See, The iPhone Comes to Virgin Mobile! What You Need to Know, for more information about Virgin Mobile.
iPhone 5c vs. iPhone 5s
In deciding whether to get an iPhone 5c, you will probably consider the phone against the more advanced iPhone 5s which is $100 more expensive at the regular prices. Getting the iPhone 5c will save you money, but what are you giving up to get the savings?
Some people may prefer the 5c with its colorful look and won’t care about the features. Others want to save money and aren’t concerned with getting the latest tech.
Here are the similarities and differences between the iPhone 5c and 5s:
Both the iPhone 5c and 5s will get you the same features:
- Screen/Retina display
- Front-facing camera
- Video and audio calling using FaceTime
- Battery life
Both phones charge via a Lightning connector.
What are you missing out on if you get the iPhone 5c? Only the iPhone 5s has:
- Touch ID fingerprint scanner
- A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
- M7 Motion co-processor
- Tru-tone flash
- Advanced Burst mode
- Slow motion video
While these features are different, do they make a difference?
Touch ID Fingerprint Scanner
If you don’t lock your phone with a passcode or you don’t want to use the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, this feature won’t make a difference to you. If you do use a passcode and want to use your fingerprints to unlock your phone, then the iPhone 5s is your best bet.
A7 Chip with 64-bit architecture
This cutting edge technology will make for a faster phone, especially with demanding apps such as graphic-intensive games. Opening web pages and apps such as Facebook are nearly identical on the 5c and 5s.
M7 Motion co-processor
The M7 Motion co-processor works with apps to detect your motion. If you always have your phone on your body (as opposed to in your handbag or backpack) and want to use your iPhone as a fitness tracker, then choose the iPhone 5s.
Many of the different features between the iPhone 5c and 5s are contained in the camera. I have taken photos with the iPhone 5c and 5s to illustrate the differences.
The iPhone 5s has a Tru-Tone flash that is designed to give better lighting in dark rooms. Compare these images to see which looks better to you:
The image on the left is without Tru-Tone flash, the image on the right is with Tru-Tone flash. If you don’t take flash photos, this feature won’t be of much use to you.
If you take a lot of action or group shots, Burst mode can help you get the right one. The 5s camera also analyzes the images taken with Burst mode and gives you a composite picture with the best shot. You can then go in to your Camera Roll to see the images taken in Burst mode and delete or choose individual photos. With the 5c all of the Burst mode shots end up in your camera roll and aren’t combined for the best shot.
Slow Motion Video
Here’s a video showing what the iPhone 5s slow motion video feature can do:
If you’re looking for a colorful iPhone, want to save some money and don’t mind missing out on the unique features of the iPhone 5s, you should consider the iPhone 5c. Check out the phone in person, look at the colors, feel the phone in your hands. Consider the features you’ll actually use and see whether spending the extra money on the 5s is worth the investment.
Shop around to make sure you’re getting the best deal on the 5c, comparing cost of the plan and the phone, and carrier coverage.
Having used the iPhone 5s for five months, I have found that my favorite features, that the iPhone 5s has and that the iPhone 5c doesn’t have, are the Touch ID fingerprint scanner and the Burst mode photography. I don’t carry my phone with me all the time so I don’t use the Motion co-processor. My daughter bought a 5c with her own money and is delighted with the phone and with saving $100 over the cost of the 5s.
What do you think of the iPhone 5c? Do you like the colors? Do you think the extra features of the 5s are worth the extra money? Let us know in the Comments section below!
iPhone 5 on Ting!
Ting, the mobile phone carrier, announced yesterday that you can now bring an unlocked Sprint iPhone 5 to Ting. No, you can’t bring an iPhone 5s or 5c to Ting or an iPhone from a carrier other than Sprint.
Check the Ting website for more details.
See, Ten Reasons Why Ting May Be Your Next Cell Phone Provider for more information about Ting.