While the iPhone 5S has an all-new camera, the iPhone 5C features the same 8MP rear-facing camera as its predecessor.
As we pointed out in our original iPhone 5 review, the 8MP camera is good - capturing vibrant, detailed and all-round decent images. Since the iPhone 5 came out however, Nokia and Sony have been releasing smartphones with vastly improved cameras, with Sony's Xperia Z1 featuring a 21MP lens, so we'd have liked to see Apple equip its iPhone 5C with a better camera, as the 8MP snapper still struggles in low light.
Image taken on the iPhone 5C
Still, Apple was clearly looking to make this phone an "affordable" option compared to the iPhone 5S, and the camera on the handset is generally good, albeit not on par with those on some of its rivals on the smartphone market. What's more, iOS 7 completely revamps the camera interface, allowing users to easily choose the size and shape of the image they want, while being able to add filters within the Camera app.
Battery and storage
The iPhone 5C features a modest battery upgrade compared to last year's model, with Apple promising that users will be able to squeeze an extra two hours out of the newer, cheaper model.
We didn't really see too much of a difference, and we weren't that impressed with the iPhone 5C's battery. Sure, we maybe managed to squeeze an extra hour of battery life out of the handset, but we still generally struggled to make it through an entire day without having to look for a charger.
Half an hour of Grand Theft Auto, for example, wiped 15 percent from our iPhone 5C's battery, and watching an hour long episode of Breaking Bad on the handset saw a further 20 percent drain on the battery.
In terms of storage, there's not much to report. The iPhone 5C will be made available in 16GB and 32GB internal storage models, with Apple seemingly having decided to dump the 64GB model to keep all models of the handset affordable. While we'd have liked the phone to be available with more storage options - or even better, with a microSD slot - the 16GB and 32GB models should offer enough storage for most buyers.
It's worth noting that Apple throws in 5GB of iCloud storage too, which can be upgraded.
The iPhone 5C is a great phone. While we wouldn't advise owners of an iPhone 5 to upgrade to the plastic model, we've found ourselves using the iPhone 5C more often than Apple's last generation flagship thanks to its slight improvement in performance, the way iOS 7 compliments its colourful casing and its smoothed, curved casing that we've come to prefer.
We think Apple could have done more to make the iPhone 5C more exciting though, whether that was to design it with a larger screen or a more impressive rear-facing camera. We're still slightly bemused that it's bought out a phone that's just £90 cheaper than its flagship handset, but that's probably because we're not the market Apple is targeting. With the refreshed look, revamped software and slightly cheaper price, it's clear that the firm wants to bring a new audience to the iPhone. µ
Casing doesn't feel cheap and is comfortable to hold, vibrant display, iOS 7 looks great on the iPhone 5C, great performance.
The 4in screen feels small, not much improvement in the battery.
It's likely to divide opinions.
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