What's this? Overall score is based mainly on Ease of use, Messaging, Web browsing, Display quality, Voice quality, Phoning, Battery life, Camera Image and Video quality, and Portability. Music, camera, and other features and capabilities are also considered. For those available from multiple providers, test results are averaged. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points. Phones are listed in performance order. Due to test upgrades, and phone firmware updates, results may vary from past Ratings.
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The Apple iPhone 5c is a smartphone that runs on the iOS operating system. It has a 4-inch touch-screen display, an 8-megapixel camera, and a virtual QWERTY keyboard.
The Apple iPhone 5c is a smartphone that runs on the iOS operating system. It has a 4-inch touch-screen display, measures 4.9 by 2.3 by 0.4 inches and weighs 4.6 ounces.
The iPhone 5c has an 8-megapixel camera that can record high-definition video, a front-facing camera, and a music player. It also features a virtual QWERTY keyboard that's useful for messaging and Web searches. This phone has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth for wireless hands-free communication, and GPS navigation capability. Web browsing, e-mail, and texting capabilities are also included. It can act as a mobile hotspot for Wi-Fi-enabled devices.
This Apple phone has a standard 3.5mm jack. It has 8, 16, or 32GB of built-in memory.
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Apple's smartphones have gone through years of conservative, incremental updates, but its latest models, the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, catch up to device offerings from other phone makers in a serious way. The revamping includes a larger 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch screen respectively, a better battery life, enhanced messaging capabilities, and smart tweaks to their keyboard interfaces. Their Touch ID fingerprint, which promises a safe transaction while eliminating the need to type in a PIN or perform other cumbersome steps, now support the new Apple Pay-wallet service.
Features & Specs - Apple iPhone 5c
Other providers The performances or features of these related phones may differ from provider to provider.
Boost Mobile, Consumer Cellular, Credo Mobile, U.S. Cellular, Ting
Total storage provided (GB) Total storage (gigabytes) provided, both internal and external, for the operating system, apps, content, and etc. Availability for models with multiple memory storage capacities are subject to change.
Total storage provided (GB)
8, 16, 32
Camera (megapixels) Specifies, in megapixels, the maximum resolution of the rear-facing camera.
Camera recording resolution The maximum recording resolution of the phone's primary video camera: Ultra HD, 1080p, 720p, or SD (Standard Definition).
Camera recording resolution
Touch screen These multi-touch display screens typically allow you to zoom in and out of Web pages or photos by pinching or spreading your fingers, which gives you optimal control. Some models let you write on the screen with your finger (or stylus) to jot down notes, draw, some even on images, Web pages, etc, which can be easily shared with others. Some displays have the added convenience of being sensitive enough to work while you’re wearing gloves.
QWERTY keyboard Smartphones have touch screens with virtual keyboards, though there are a few on the market with physical QWERTY keyboards. Some users may prefer the feedback and feel of the raised keys on a physical keyboard, qualities that make it easier to type without looking. But phones with physical QWERTY keyboards tend to be on the thick side, and the keyboards themselves may not be much better--or even as good--as the virtual keyboards on some of the latest phones. Virtual keyboards often let you customize their layouts, change input options, and keep features such as predictive text at your fingertips to help you type quickly and accurately. One downside to virtual keyboards is that they block a good portion of your phone’s display. Regardless of which keyboard you go with--real or virtual--make sure it has all the keys you’ll need, and that they are well spaced and easy to read under different lighting conditions.
Document editing Smartphones allow you to review documents, spreadsheets, and more. Some models add the convenience of creating, deleting, and editing them out of the box.
Music player Indicates the phone has a built-in MP3 player. Most players have full capabilities, allowing you to sort or view tracks according to genre, album or artist, playlists, etc. They also typically have more than one playback option, such as repeat and shuffle. The small number of phones that lack these convenient features are rather cumbersome to use.
Voice command This feature allows you dial numbers from your phone book by speaking the name, without the usual training. You can also dial numbers by pronouncing the digits.
GPS navigation All phones have some type of location-based technology to help emergency responders find you when you dial 911. Phones that support GPS Navigation services conveniently integrate GPS with maps and search engines to give you real-time, spoken, turn-by-turn directions to an entered address, or to help you find nearby businesses by name or category, such as Joe's Pizzeria or hospitals. We indicate which phones have GPS navigation capability. The service for nearly all models doesn’t cost extra, but on some models it can cost extra.
LTE Indicates the phone supports a 4G LTE (Long-Term Evolution) data network.
Wi-Fi These phones have built-in Wi-Fi that gives them fast Internet and e-mail access through home networks and Wi-Fi hotspots. Phones can use the connection to share content, or make calls using Voice over Internet Protocol, though the latter may not be available from all providers.
I use it for phone calls mostly, occasionally use navigation, browser. I am not 100% sure if my problems are the fault of the phone or the t-mobile service. Almost every call is very garbled on the other end, meaning when it happens i cannot hear the person I'm talking to but they can hear me. Almost every call gets dropped in addition to the garbling. I very frequently cannot even make a call, get the message call failed. Complained to t-mobile and they gave me a wifi cellspot router to install in my house, which if their service and the phone worked, i shouldnt even need. So, i am pretty much an unhappy customer at this point. So i have basically stopped making calls on it. I use my landline for all local and 800 calls and have to take my chances on long distance calls. ALL of my family live in other states, so i dont talk to them much these days. Just want to note that I am equally impressed with my ipad.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Annabel No Phone :(
from New Orleans Area
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Too easily broken!
Att Does Not Repair
Broken But Still Paying
New Screen 1 Wk Broke
Repair Put On New Screen
Screen broke very easily
Screen Could Not Be Fixed
Sent To Recommended Repai
Waste Of 500
IPhone 5 C was purchased for a responsible 13 year old girl. Her first phone! 2 months she dropped it less than 2 ft. on bedroom floor. Screen cracked right across the top corner. Took to store but they don't warranty or repair. Recommended repair shop. Took phone and got it fixed. Bought a cover to keep phone in. She put phone in her book bag, took to school. She said she dropped book bag on the floor by her desk about a foot. When she took phone out after school screen was again broken even with cover. I have an IPhone 5 which has never had a problem and has been dropped many times.
How long have you owned it:
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
By Dothan Plaza
from Philadelphia, PA
(2 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Had problem with 5c after AT&T 14th day
Same as any other phone. They never told me at he AT&T store that I would have to deal directly with Apple if I had a problem with the phone. They can't repair the phone have to wait for another phone to arrive. Been without a phone for 3 days. Glad I have a land line at home.