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iPhone 5c Review Roundup
Wednesday, September 18, 2013 - 3:15 AM EST
Posted by: Staff

Here's a roundup of early reviews for the new iPhone 5c, which is launching from Apple on Friday, September 20th. This roundup includes reviews from Engadget, AnandTech, CNET, AllThingsD, TechCrunch, The Loop, The New York Times, USA Today, T3, and Pocket-Lint. Down below are some excerpts and links to each review. Check them out if you are interested!

Engadget - "With the iPhone 5c, Apple's crafted something that's more than just the sum of its parts. It's easy to be cynical and dismiss this handset as just an iPhone 5 in a colorful plastic shell, but that's missing the point. There's no doubt that the 5c looks gorgeous and feels wonderful in hand. It inherits tried-and-true features from the iPhone 5 and also gains a few new ones, like the improved 1.2MP front-facing camera. Still, that's only half the story. It's iOS 7 that truly sets the 5c (and the iPhone 5s) apart, thanks to a delightful redesign and a dash of new functionality. With the 5c, Apple achieves an unprecedented level of synergy between hardware and software," writes Myriam Joire.

AnandTech - "The iPhone 5c is a well built device. For all intents and purposes it is a perfect replacement for the iPhone 5. If you were planning on buying a cost reduced iPhone 5 once the 5s came out, the iPhone 5c should have no problems filling that role. Its performance, battery life and camera quality are all on par with the 5," writes Anand Lal Shimpi.

CNET - "Much like the White MacBook was to Apple laptops, the iPhone 5C feels like a perfect cover-all-your-needs smartphone, offering the average person a complete set of tools to get everything done. The extras on the iPhone 5S aren't necessarily ones you'll miss: unlike like last year's leap from the iPhone 4S to iPhone 5, all the basic requirements are covered," writes Scott Stein.

AllThingsD - "While the 5c looks and feels very familiar, it's still a good phone and an improvement over the 5. But its improvements are evolutionary, not revolutionary," writes Lauren Goode.

TechCrunch - "The iPhone 5c is an improvement, even if slight, to the smartphone I'd still call the best available if Apple hadn't also released the iPhone 5s. I'll say that with the caveat that I believe the iPhone is still the best smartphone available for the largest number of smartphone buyers, in terms of both usability and design, even with the dramatic changes wrought by iOS 7. Given the choice, I'd choose an iPhone 5c over an iPhone 5, based on design alone, and ignoring its other benefits. In other words, if you're in the market for a new smartphone, Apple's iPhone 5c should be right near the top of your list," writes Darrell Etherington.

The Loop - "The iPhone 5c doesn't actually feel like plastic. It's strange when you first pick it up, but it almost feels like ceramic or a similar material that is glossy and hard. The manufacturing process that Apple used to make this phone and the metal reinforcement it used in the plastic casing certainly worked on making this phone tough," writes Jim Dalrymple.

The New York Times - "It's a terrific phone. The price is right. It will sell like hot cakes; the new iPhones go on sale Friday. But just sheathing last year's phone in shiny plastic isn't a stunning advance," writes David Pogue.

USA Today - "The iPhone 5c may have a cheap price, relatively speaking, but there is nothing cheap about the phone. Plastic be damned - the phone feels good in the hand. Apple says it is built around a steel frame that doubles as an antenna. And, yes, the color designs - my test unit is blue - look cool, too, complemented by matching wallpaper," writes Edward C. Baig.

T3 - "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," writes Luke Peters.

Pocket-Lint - "he iPhone 5C is a lovely phone that is solid in its performance and playful it its approach. The combination of the colourful exterior sits beautifully against the latest iOS 7 operating system and it's good to see Apple ditching the ode to faux leather and yellow legal paper shtick. New Apple is an embrace of a modern future," writes Stuart Miles.



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