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iPhone 5C: Colorful, less expensive, just as good as last yearApple's candy-colored 5C feels family-friendly and costs less than before, but hasn't lost a step over last year's iPhone 5.
-The iPhone 5C comes in 5 different colors. I'm holding the most restrained one, white. There is also blue, green, yellow, and pink. And they have a bright candy colored lacquered-type finish that's plastic. And where have we seen this before? -That's right. They were plastic back iPhones before iPhone 4 and the feel that glossy plastic feels pretty similar. Not only can you pick which color you want, but there are also a bunch of cute little rubber cases that Apple's selling for $29 each that have holes in them so you can pop it in and create mix and match color options. I mean, it could be more appealing for kids. Under the hood, it's really just an iPhone 5. So, it's not some sort of new kid phone experience or a totally different iPhone experience. It's a new design for the exterior. iOS 7 is now preinstalled as it is with the iPhone 5S. So, you're getting a pretty different overhaul graphically for the operating system. But basically when you boil it down, the experience is pretty similar. There are a couple of additional features like the free iTunes radio streaming service, AirDrop which allows you to share files locally with people and you also have FaceTime audio calling which sounds pretty good if you're on WiFi. It sounds a lot better than making regular phone calls via cellular. Now, some people worry in a bunch of phone that there are gonna be some features chopped or stuff left out of the box. At least Apple's credit does not happen here. In fact, you get everything you got last year with the iPhone 5. you've got the lightning cable, the charger, the in-line mic, earpod, headphones, and plus no features have been cut from the 5C. In fact, they've added a couple. Again, the FaceTime camera is a bit better. The battery life is a bit better and the LTE worldwide coverage is a bit better. So, you're not gonna find anything missing from this model. How does the 5C compare to the competition? Well, it's last year's hardware, but the iPhone 5 had pretty good hardware to begin with. So, it tests out pretty well against that budget to your phones. The base features here, why it's a good time to upgrade if you're a budget shopper, is because LTE, the fast browsing, and the larger screen, which were probably the most appealing features to a smartphone shopper, are at least on here. They were missing in the last model, but you are lacking the faster processor, a better camera, and the fingerprint sensor that's in the iPhone 5S. So, it's a nice time to go budget, but keep in mind there are a lot of other phones out there that are competing with the iPhone 5C. It's a fun phone and probably the best 99-dollar iPhone that Apple hasn't made at least. We like the iPhone 5 before, just one year older now. Scott Stein and that's a quick look at the iPhone 5C.