iPhone 5c Dual Review!

Before starting this review, a huge shout out goes out to Vodafone for providing the iPhone 5c for review. This review will be a dual review giving different perspectives from Purav (an Android user) and Usman (an iOS user) from TeckComesFirst.

 

 

 

The iPhone 5c is Apple’s latest iteration of the iPhone and is the first iPhone that Apple have made that is available in multiple colours. The iPhone 5c is available from Vodafone from contracts starting at £37 a month with no upfront cost.

Tech Specs:

  • Dual-core 1.4 Ghz Swift A6 Processor
  • iOS 7
  • 16/32 GB onboard flash storage
  • 1 GB RAM
  • LED Backlit IPS Display, 16 million colours, 640×1136 pixels, 4.0 inches (326 PPI)
  • 8 MP, 3624 x 2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
  • Front Facing Camera at 1.2 MP, 720p@30fps,
  • Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass
  • Non-removable Li-Po 1510 mAh battery

As you can tell, the iPhone 5c doesn’t have the highest specification on the market but it’s perfect for general usage and certainly has enough power for the average consumer.

You can view an unboxing of the iPhone 5c below.

iOS 7:

Usman: iOS 7 is the latest iteration of the Apple operating system and is pre-installed on the iPhone 5c. iOS 7 is a huge visual change from the previous versions of the iOS operating system. The flat design, bright colours and app icons may not please everyone but certainly look very cool on the iPhone 5c indeed. It’s not just visual changes either, iOS 7 has a long list of changes under the hood which make using the iPhone a whole lot easier. I won’t go to in-depth here since iOS 7 has been available for a while but with the likes of Control Center, it provides quick access to brightness, music and other handy controls without going into the settings. iOS 7 runs smoothly on the device and there is no noticeable lag which helps to provide a fluent experience.

Purav: iOS 7 brings a cleaner, flat design to Apple’s mobile operating system and I actually enjoyed using it. The experience in general was smoother than Android, especially for things like posting pictures from Instagram, where sometimes on Android, there are processing issues or tag issues, but on iOS 7 there were no issues to be found. I really like Control Center as before on my iPod Touch running iOS 6, I had to go into settings to do simple tasks like turning off wifi or adjusting brightness. Multitasking is now more functional which is great to see and while some people think the whole colours thing in the system app icons is a bit childish, for me it was nice to see it implemented, especially things like Control Center whose background mimics the app you were in last which was a nice touch. However, I did find it quite annoying the amount of times Apple kept asking me for my password even to install a free app, I mean seriously?

Build Quality / Design:

Usman: The design of the iPhone 5c is very different to the previous iPhones. The poly-carbonate (known to you and me as plastic) shell has a high quality feel to it and certainly doesn’t look or feel very cheap unlike some competitors. The 5c has the same physical proportional sizes as the iPhone 5 but a completely different form factor. For starters, the edges on the phone are curved, much like the iPhone 3GS which makes the device very comfortable to use and hold in your hand. The plastic shell on the device does however slip around quite easily though and therefore I feel that the iPhone 5c can easily slide out of your pocket when you are sitting down or doing any physical activity. The build quality of the 5c, like all Apple products is exceptional with no creaks or flex in the device when pressure is applied to the plastic casing. The plastic is also easier to keep clean compared to the iPhone 5 and does a good job of hiding smudges and hand marks.

Purav: When there were rumours of Apple making a plastic phone, I couldn’t help but laugh since all the iSheep were criticizing Samsung for using plastic but now Apple were to as well. However, the iPhone 5c does actually feel very solid thanks to the reinforced steel frame on the inside and it had a nice weight to it which made it very comfortable to hold in the hand and to use for a long period of time. I think the colours choice will appeal to the mainstream and overall the build quality and design is true to Apple’s brand reputation thus far, despite having a polycarbonate shell, which might not be to everyone’s taste. Mmm… kitkat.

Display:

Usman: The iPhone 5c has the same 4 inch display as the iPhone 5 and 5s with the same resolution of 1136 by 640 pixels, making it a “retina” display. The display is very vibrant and colours are very sharp on the device and high definition videos just look gorgeous on the display. It doesn’t have a mind blowing resolution unlike some of it’s Android competitors but is more than good enough to use for gaming and consuming other media. The display is bright and colours are very vivid which makes it great for watching YouTube videos or playing games.

Purav: As Usman touched on above, while the resolution might not be as high as other smartphones in the market, the 5c does have a great display for you to immerse yourself in while consuming content. With 326 pixels per inch, the iPhone 5c display is great for reading and zooming into text, you won’t see any pixels when doing so. Viewing angles were great and colours were accurate and vivid. Overall, I didn’t have any complaints with the display and found it a joy to use.

Battery Life:

Usman: The iPhone 5c has a 1510 mAh battery which should provide plenty of  usage for daily use. In my test, I found that the iPhone 5c  had a large enough battery to last me all day with moderate use. I used it for watching short YouTube videos, using the camera, browsing the internet and making phone calls. The device easily lasted me a whole day but if you’re going to be playing intense games, watching long HD videos and continuously browsing the internet, then keep the charger close by as you might need it after just a few hours.

Purav: I touched on this in the video review below but I was impressed with the standby time on the iPhone 5c, since on Android, at least from the phones I’ve used and tested, it’s been quite abysmal. I used the 5c quite extensively, playing games, communicating using social media, watching YouTube videos and of course, making phone calls. I got about a day’s usage out of it which is to be expected but if you have wifi or 3G on a lot and are playing very intense games then you might struggle to get much juice out of your Apple.

Camera Quality:

Usman: The iPhone 5c has the same 8 megapixel as its predecessor, the iPhone 5. During our testing, the quality of the pictures taken on the iPhone 5c was very impressive. Since I had the iPhone 5c over New Years, I decided to test out the video camera and headed out to Manchester to check out the fireworks. You can see a video of that below.

Purav: I was quite impressed with the camera quality on the iPhone 5c, I got some decent depth of field in some of the shots below as you can see. Low light performance wasn’t bad and for the most part, the camera focused quickly and there was almost no shutter lag. The video quality was also decent and it’s nice that you can take pictures while recording, even though Android has had that feature for quite some time now.

You can also view some images that we took using the iPhone 5c during our testing. As you can see, the quality is very good the images have came out vivid and bright.

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Gallery:

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Video Review:

You can watch a full video review of the iPhone 5c from Purav from PDTechHD.

Summary:

Pros:

  • High quality , premium design. Feels like a high quality product
  • Good quality camera, especially for low light video.
  • Decent battery life, impressive standby times
  • Available in different colours which will appeal to a wide audience.

Cons:

  • No finger print sensor, would be cool to see in the next iteration
  • Same spec as the iPhone 5 so not much to upgrade for
  • Not a huge price difference between the 5c and 5s, would have been better if 5c was considerably cheaper

Conclusion:

So in conclusion, the iPhone 5c is a good offering from Apple if you’re in the market for a new smartphone, coming from another platform or an existing iPhone, especially if you’re still rocking the 4s or 4. If you want to try iOS 7 for the first time and have a great experience then the 5c is the one for you, the colours might help you stay fashionable while adding a bit of uniqueness to your phone at the same time. iOS still has quite a way to go before being perfect but it’s great that Apple has ditched the old user interface that has plagued the iPhone since it’s inception in favour of a more modern and flat design and with features like control center and improved multitasking, iOS is becoming more functional while still remaining easy to use.


Stay tuned to TeckComesFirst for more tech news and be sure to like our Facebook page so you don’t miss any updates. Written by Usman, @TeckComesFirst (My personal account is @TheTekGuy) and Purav, @PDTechHD  (His Personal account is @PDTalkinTech)

What did you guys think of this dual style review? Would you be interested in seeing more? Let us know your thoughts and feedback in the comment section below!

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Usman Hussain

19, Mac User, Photographer, Web Developer, Apple Enthusiast, CEO and Founder of @TeckComesFirst, Proud Geek.

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  • Freddy Reiter

    First of all, this has to be you best post yet. The way you both reviewed the phone came from 2 different perspectives which made it an interesting read. Every time I read Usman’s part, it made me interested on what Purav has to think about it. It kept me interested the whole post. Every thing was detailed as expected from both of you guys, didn’t miss a single point. Picture samples were a great add-on to the post.

    P.S: That cupcake on the gallery looks so good.

  • Cool Tech Reviews

    Nice review Usman and Purav! Both of your opinions are good and overall the review has lots of detail. I like the two different perspectives from both an Android and I
    iOS user so you could compare with each other! Great review overall keep it up guys!

  • VirensPocket

    Awesome review guys! I loved the dual style and how you both put our opinions in (iSheep lol)
    You put some brilliant points across and I liked how you summed it up with the pros and cons!
    Great article! Keep up the great work!

  • Osama

    Great Review!! Loved the dual style! Pros and Cons section at the end is always very helpful ! Great work from both of you! Well Done:)

  • Soham Adwani

    Great review! It’s pretty awesome how you chose to give it from two perspectives, I feel like it gives us a more detailed view and also the fact that it comes from an Android user and an iOS user’s perspective covers all the elements of the phone, Keep it up guys!

  • richard foster

    Great dual review not a fan of the apple phones but the 5c is a tidy device

  • theryangoodman

    I love this dual style concept and now expect you to carry on with it now! Although you made good points, I can’t see this being a good purchase for me.

  • Michael Smith

    Great review! It’s interesting to read two perspectives on a product – adds real value to it. I agree with you in that the 5c should be much cheaper than it is.

  • Billy Noyes

    I really like this style of review. Very professional and allows two completely different opinions which come from two completely different mobile backgrounds. By the way the shot of the iPhone 5C with the candle looked very good.

  • Wise Gadgets

    Good review, It was really well done. I enjoyed that you both had different opinions. Was actually if I may say fun to read 🙂 I liked these illustratives videos and article was really well built up and professionally done. Great job you both guys. I would like 5s but 5c looks like a good phone also. Interesting that Apple took that turn rather than going on with premium. But great job Purav and Usman 🙂

  •  Robert Bell 

    A really good and in depth review, a fair review too. I liked getting two angles on it one from an iOS user and one from an Android user with a fair and honest opinion. Really great work from both of you guys and it was a pleasure to read. Keep up the great tech reviews in the new year ahead guys 🙂

  • Great post. Like the dual style of writing. And a good in-depth review too

    Keep up the great work 🙂

  • Benjamin Strušnik

    I really liked how you mixed up your opinions, so the review was based on both opinions. Also really liked that Usman is an iOS user and you Purav are an Android user, it gives us readers a review if you’re coming from both platforms. Great job!

  • Jack Harnett

    This was a great read, enjoyed the detail you went into, shows you worked hard to create this review as well as the inclusion of videos and photo’s to portray your points. Great job guys.

  • Samay Shamdasani

    Amazing Review guys. loved the fact that it was a dual review. Detailed and Informative. I also liked the way each person’s opinion was clearly distinguished from 2 different parts of view. Keep it up!

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