The iPhone 5c marks the first time that Apple has made a smartphone for less than $100; we went hands on with this new and inexpensive device. Most noticeably, the 5c comes in five different colors, blue, pink, yellow, white, and green. They’re all very fun, and bring to mind the colors found on iPods, and the new wallpapers on iOS 7.
Although the iPhone 5c has a plastic back, it doesn’t feel cheap. While not as solid as the aluminum of the iPhone 5s, it certainly feels like it can take a few knocks. Best of all, the glossy finish seemed to be pretty good at hiding fingerprints. Size-wise, the iPhone 5c offers the same dimensions as the iPhone 5 — 4.9 x 2.33 x 0.35 inches, but is slightly thicker. And, at 4.65 ounces, a little heavier than the 3.95-ounce iPhone 5 and 5s.
Like the iPhone 5, the iPhone 5c uses the A6 processor, and has a 4-inch, 1136 x 640-pixel display, an 8MP rear camera and 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi. So much in the same between the two phones we’re unsurprising Apple is discontinuing last year’s model in favor of its more colorful cousin.
If you want to add a little more bulk, the optional cases add an even more whimsical element to the iPhone 5c. While the holes on the back of each case are a bit funky, they do let you see more of the phone itself — after all, what’s the point of buying a colorful phone if you’re just going to cover it up?
The iPhone 5c starts at $99 for the 16GB version; a 32GB version will cost $199. Stay tuned for our full review.