In spite of the negative connotations plastic materials typically inspire, the iPhone 5C surprisingly feels like a premium device. Compared to the thin, flimsy casing on devices like Samsung's Galaxy line, the iPhone 5C is solid with a nice bit of heft to it. In fact, it's slightly thicker and noticeably heavier than the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S. Apple's decision to use plastic should give the iPhone 5C a useful boost in overall durability, but is certain to make visual wear and tear more evident. For all the benefit the glossy finish gives to the luster of the design, it also highlights scuffs with equal measure.
But the allure of the iPhone 5C extends beneath the surface.
Even though the iPhone 5S offers more power, improved cameras, and the new-fangled TouchID, the iPhone 5C's specs are hardly obsolete. The iPhone's Retina Display is outstanding and the rear-facing camera remains one of the best smartphone cameras on the market. While obviously less future-proof than Apple's new 64-bit A7 processor, the A6 chip delivers exceptional performance when running apps and games — Apple's selection of which remains unrivaled. In terms of the larger competitive landscape and the raw specs arms race, the iPhone 5C may fall short, but without any obvious disadvantages during real world use, it shouldn't weigh heavily upon your purchasing decision.
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The iPhone 5C is unlikely to appeal to those that demand to be on the bleeding edge of style or technology. But then again, it wasn't built for that crowd. Instead, Apple is targeting more casual, cost-conscious consumers, and to that end, the iPhone 5C is a pretty great solution for the price range.
- +Colorful Design
- +Amazing Camera
- +Unrivaled App Ecosystem
- –Cheaper Build Materials