Apple iPhone 5c Hands-on: Bright, Colorful, Durable Design, Just $99

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.

MORE: See all of our coverage of the iPhone 5s and 5c >>

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.

Email* (will not be published)
*Indicates required field
Submit Comments

All Product Types Accessories Cars Digital Camcorders Digital Cameras eReaders GPS Laptops MP3 & Video Players Projectors Smartphones Software Storage Tablets / MIDs VoIP Wi-Fi
All Subcategories
All Subcategories All-Purpose Budget Business Desktop Replacement Gaming Multimedia Netbook Nettop Rugged Student Tablet PCs Ultraportable
Acer Alienware Apple Archos ASUS Averatec BenQ CTL Corp. Dell Digital Storm eMachines Emtec Everex Fujitsu GammaTech Gateway General Dynamics Getac Gigabyte Hercules HP HTC iBuyPower Intel Lenovo MSI Nokia Nvidia OCZ OLPC OQO Origin Panasonic Sager Samsung Sony Sylvania Systemax TabletKiosk Toshiba Verizon Viewsonic Viliv VooDoo Workhorse PC ZT Systems
Minimum Rating
Any Rating 4.5 Stars 4.0 Stars 3.5 Stars 3.0 Stars
Screen Size
10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 20 4 5 6 7 8 9
1024x576 1024x600 1024x768 1200X800 1280 x 720 1280x1024 1280x768 1280x800 1366x678 1366x768 1440x1050 1440x900 1600x768 1600x900 1680x1050 1680x945 1920x1080 1920x1200 800x400 800x480
Weight Range
10.1 - 12.0 pounds 12.1 - 14.0 pounds 14.1 - 16.0 pounds 2 lbs 2 pounds and under 2+ lbs 2.1 - 4.0 pounds 4.1 - 6.0 pounds 6.1 - 8.0 pounds 8.1 - 10.0 pounds Over 16 pounds Under 2 pounds
more options