Apple iPhone 5C 4G LTE GSM Unlocked Certified Pre-Owned Smartphone

The Apple iPhone 5 is gone for good, abandoned and replaced by the fresh iPhone 5c. Initial rumors erroneously suggested that the lowercase letter stands for cheap, but it turned out that the Cupertino-based giant had color on its mind instead. For the first time ever Apple broke pattern and...
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The Apple iPhone 5 is gone for good, abandoned and replaced by the fresh iPhone 5c. Initial rumors erroneously suggested that the lowercase letter stands for cheap, but it turned out that the Cupertino-based giant had color on its mind instead.

For the first time ever Apple broke pattern and released not one, but two new iPhones this year. The successor we all knew was coming - the iPhone 5s - is joined by the "unapologetically plastic" iPhone 5c, meaning that we no longer get last year's flagship as the second best iPhone on tap.

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The Apple iPhone 5c

On paper, the Apple iPhone 5c stands as basically an iPhone 5 in a shiny new outfit that comes in a number of bright colors. And, if you think about it, that's the most logical thing to do - the colorful iPod lineup has been getting lots of praise on account of looks so it was about time Apple's smartphones got the same treatment. The iPhone 5c is so keen on showing how young and fresh it is, that the traditional black is not among its five paint jobs (white, blue, yellow, green and pink).

There's a catch though. The Apple 5c comes with a glossy plastic body instead of the sleek-looking aluminum chassis of the iPhone 5. The reasons for the switch will probably never be officially revealed, but it could be anything from supply issues to budget, to simply aiming to deliver a fresh new look to match the redesigned iOS 7.

Finding the truth is hardly the point here, though. What we are more interested in is whether the company that repeatedly bashed competitors about cheap plastic phones over the past few years has created a plastic phone that you can be proud to be seen in public with.

Before we continue, here's the Apple iPhone 5c review cheat sheet.

Key features

 

  • Quad-band GSM and 3G support with 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • LTE support where carriers support it and CDMA support when sold by CDMA carriers
  • 4" 16M-color LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen of 640 x 1136px resolution
  • 1.3 GHz dual-core Apple Swift CPU, PowerVR SGX543MP3 GPU, 1GB of LPDDR2 RAM, Apple A6 SoC
  • iOS 7 with iCloud integration
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash and touch focus
  • 1080p video recording at 30fps
  • 1.2MP secondary front-facing camera
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE, AirDrop file transfer and sharing between iOS 7-running devices
  • GPS with A-GPS connectivity; digital compass
  • 16/32 GB storage options
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and a three-axis gyro sensor
  • Active noise cancellation with a dedicated secondary microphone
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Excellent audio output quality
  • Apple Maps with free voice-guided navigation in 56 countries
  • Voice recognition, Siri virtual assistant
  • Supports HD Voice (with carrier support)
  • FaceTime video calls over Wi-Fi and cellular
  • Free iWorks office suite
  • Free iMovie and iPhoto apps
  •  

Main disadvantages

 

  • Slippery glossy plastics prone to scratches and fingerprints
  • Thicker and heavier than the iPhone 5
  • Proprietary connector
  • No FM radio
  • No stereo speakers, feeble loudspeaker
  • No expandable storage
  • Stuck with iTunes for loading content
  • Mono audio recording in videos
  • Non user-replaceable battery
  •  

The 7th iOS iteration brought a long overdue UI overhaul to the iPhone lineup, with Apple keen to demonstrate that the innovation well hasn't dried up. Flat, colorful and with a ton of new features, iOS 7 certainly puts the iPhone 5c in a better position in the smartphone race. Apple is also sweetening the pot even further by giving you the complete iWorks office package, the iMovie video editor and the powerful iPhoto app for free - content that otherwise costs more than $40.

Pricing remains the elephant in the room regarding the iPhone 5c, as it slides in just $100/€100 below the iPhone 5s. That's as much as the iPhone 5 would've cost had it not been discontinued and we have yet to see if this is a change for the better or worse. On one hand you are getting a fresh new design instead of one that's been around for almost a year, but on the other, you are losing the premium metal body while still paying the same price.

The high asking price also sends the iPhone 5c right in the way of the current Android and Windows Phone top-dogs, pushing its (now one-year-old) internals to the limit to keep up. It's certainly a curious starting point and we are excited to see how the iPhone 5c race develops. The unboxing and hardware tour is right after the break.

 

Specifications

 

NETWORK

Technology

GSM / CDMA / HSPA / LTE

   

LAUNCH

Announced

2013, September 10

Status

Available. Released 2013, September 20

BODY

Dimensions

124.4 x 59.2 x 9 mm (4.90 x 2.33 x 0.35 in)

Weight

132 g (4.66 oz)

Build

Glass front, plastic back, plastic frame

SIM

Nano-SIM

DISPLAY

Type

IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors

Size

4.0 inches, 44.1 cm2 (~59.9% screen-to-body ratio)

Resolution

640 x 1136 pixels, 16:9 ratio (~326 ppi density)

PLATFORM

OS

iOS 7, upgradable to iOS 10.3.3

Chipset

Apple A6 (32 nm)

CPU

Dual-core 1.3 GHz Swift (ARM v7-based)

GPU

PowerVR SGX 543MP3 (triple-core graphics)

MEMORY

Card slot

No

Internal

8GB 1GB RAM, 16GB 1GB RAM, 32GB 1GB RAM

MAIN CAMERA

Single

8 MP, f/2.4, 33mm (standard), 1/3.2", 1.4µm, AF

Features

LED flash, panorama, HDR

Video

1080p@30fps

SELFIE CAMERA

Single

1.2 MP

Features

face detection, FaceTime over Wi-Fi or Cellular

Video

720p@30fps

SOUND

Loudspeaker

Yes

3.5mm jack

Yes

 

16-bit/44.1kHz audio

COMMS

WLAN

Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot

Bluetooth

4.0, A2DP, LE

GPS

Yes, with A-GPS, GLONASS

Radio

No

USB

2.0, proprietary reversible connector

FEATURES

Sensors

Accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass

 

Siri natural language commands and dictation

BATTERY

 

Non-removable Li-Po 1510 mAh battery (5.73 Wh)

Stand-by

Up to 250 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G)

Talk time

Up to 10 h (3G)

Music play

Up to 40 h

MISC

Colors

White, Blue, Green, Yellow, Pink

Models

A1456, A1507, A1516, A1529, A1532

SAR

1.15 W/kg (head)     1.17 W/kg (body)    

SAR EU

1.00 W/kg (head)     0.96 W/kg (body)    

Price

About 300 EUR

TESTS

Performance

Basemark X: 2225

Display

Contrast ratio: 1233:1 (nominal) / 3.512:1 (sunlight)

Camera

Photo / Video

Loudspeaker

Voice 66dB / Noise 65dB / Ring 66dB

Audio quality

Noise -93.9dB / Crosstalk -80.3dB

Battery life

Endurance rating 52h

     

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