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Apple iPhone 5C review: Discontinued and no longer supported

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £469
inc VAT

Now discontinued, Apple ditches iPhone 5C software support with recent 10.3.2 iOS update


Processor: Dual-core 1.3GHz Apple A6, Screen size: 4in, Screen resolution: 1,136×640, Rear camera: 8-megapixels, Storage: 8GB/16GB/32GB, Wireless data: 3G. 4G, Size: 124x59x8.97mm, Weight: 132g, Operating system: iOS 7

Apple iPhone 5C review: Camera

The iPhone 5c has the same 8-megapixel iSight camera from the iPhone 5. It’s not a bad camera, taking detailed shots in bright lighting conditions, although we think that the exposure on the 5S is better and it’s shots have a little bit more detail in them.

Apple iPhone 5S outside shot Apple iPhone 5C outside shot Compared side-by-side, the shots from the iPhone 5S (top) and iPhone 5C (bottom) are very similar, but the iPhone 5S has more detail and better exposure

Apple iPhone 5S outside shot crop Apple iPhone 5C outside shot crop When you get closer, you can clearly see that the iPhone 5S (top) has shots with more detail than produced by the iPhone 5C (bottom)

In low-light, performance starts to suffer a bit, with noise creeping into the picture. Our test shots showed that detail started to be lost; the iPhone 5S with its larger sensor fares much better in low light. Panorama mode is still deeply impressive, as the iPhone 5C will stitch together multiple photos as you pan the camera.

Video is still pretty impressive on the iPhone 5C, with the ability to shoot Full HD video. Again, video in bright lighting conditions looks the best, with plenty of detail in each shot. In darker conditions, detail starts to get lost and noise creeps in.

Apple iPhone 5C Apple iPhone 5C

Apple iPhone 5C review: Conclusion

There’s no doubting that the iPhone 5C is a decent smartphone. It’s well-built, feels tough and has a great screen even by modern standards. It’s also smaller than most modern handsets, which many will prefer. It’s internal specification is now three years old though, so don’t expect it to soldier on much further, as further iOS releases will inevitably pass it by.

That said it’s only one-step down from the iPhone 5S and a new one of those will cost you £379. So if you’re looking to save around £200 or simply can’t afford the extra, a refurbished iPhone 5C with a warranty from eBay is a good buy. Though we’d still recommend buying the iPhone 5S if you can, as it really is a big step up over this handset in terms of speed and feel.

Our iPhone 5C review model was kindly provided by Three which sells all the current iPhone models.

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Main display size4.0in
Native resolution1,136×640
CCD effective megapixels8-megapixel
Internal memory16384MB
Memory card supportnone
Memory card includedN/A
Operating frequenciesGSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 /2100, LTE Bands 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 8, 20
Wireless dataLTE, 3G


Operating systemApple iOS 7
Microsoft Office compatibilityN/A
FM Radiono
AccessoriesUSB Charger, headphones
Talk time10 hours
Standby time10 days

Buying Information

SIM-free price£469
Price on contract49

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