iPhone 5c review
- Colourful chassis
- iOS 7 looks incredible
- Improved battery life
- Price-tag compared to rivals
- Smaller screen than rivals
iPhone 5c: Battery
Against the iPhone 5, the 5c's battery life is an improvement. Quoted stats are 10 hours 3G talk time, and 250 hours standby compared to eight hours and 225 hours, respectively.
In real-world testing, the iPhone 5c proved longer lasting than the iPhone 5. On and off, a day's-worth of internet browsing, video playing and general fiddling left us with around 40 per cent charge.
iPhone 5c: Verdict
We never expected Apple to build a cheap anything and the 5c is testament to that. Launching a phone to appeal to a wider demographic is a brave move, especially when you're considered a premium brand.
With the simultaneous arrival of the iPhone 5s and a feature-set that matches the now-defunct and older iPhone 5, we'd put the iPhone 5c in the mid-range phone category.
As a mid-range phone, it's comparable to the HTC One Mini and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. The glaring difference, however, is that it's not comparably priced. On a 4G contract with 1GB of data, unlimited texts and calls the price comes to around £1,000 (24-months, £37-a month, £99.99 for the handset). It's not cheap, especially when you can pick up the excellent S4 Mini on the same contract for a total of £768 (24-months, £32, free handset) or the impressive HTC One Mini at £888 (24-months, £37-a month, free handset).
All being said, the iPhone 5c is a great device and, if contract prices drop a little, could be Apple's best-selling phone ever. The colourful exterior is a winner and iOS 7 is a fantastic update. We think it looks better on the 5c than the 5s. However, convincing the world that it's worth the substantial outlay, especially when compared to other makers' deals, could be a hard sell.
iPhone 5c release date: 20 September 2013 (pre-order now)
iPhone 5c price: £469 (16GB), £549 (32GB)