iPhone 5C Review: Why I think it’s a keeper

iphone 5c with apple case
This is what it looks like in the back with Apple’s original case.

When the iPhone 5C was released, I felt cheated. It’s mainly because of the rumors that came out before its official release. The rumor kind of made a promise that C stands for Cheap. Although I was quite skeptical, I still hoped that it would be cheaper compared to the previous generations of iPhone.

However, this wasn’t the case. I felt cheated because the iPhone 5C is basically the iPhone 5 just in different colors.

Now that I’ve been using the iPhone 5C, I feel silly about my initial impressions.

After spending a lot of time with the iPhone 5C, I’m now in love with. It’s the best phone I ever had. And I don’t think I’m going to change phones in the next twelve months.

So, why do I think the iPhone 5C is a keeper?

First off, I mainly love it because it’s like an extension of my MacBook Air. I can easily transfer files, photos, and videos between the two devices. And personally, I just love the Apple’s ecosystem, most especially when iOS 7 came out.

Syncing between the iPhone 5C and the MacBook Air is seamless. I have access to apps such as Reminders, Notes, and Calendar. When I add or edit something using these apps in my MacBook Air, it automatically syncs with my iPhone 5C.

I can also easily transfer photos I took using the iPhone 5C to my MacBook by using iPhoto. I simply share the photos using iCloud. After that, I just open my iPhoto and the photos are already in its dedicated folder under “Photo Stream”. This is most especially helpful when writing blog posts.

Camera

Specs:

  • 8 megapixels
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Sapphire crystal lens cover
  • LED flash
  • Backside illumination sensor
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • Autofocus
  • Tap to focus
  • Face detection
  • Panorama
photo of capuccino using iphone 5c rear camera
This is one of my favorite photos that I took using the iPhone 5C. I took this photo in Coffee Bean and I just love that the photo is so clear and detailed.

The camera is a lot better, too. Before the iPhone 5C, I was using the iPod Touch 5th generation. The iPhone 5C takes better photos using the front and rear camera. I no longer don’t feel the need to use my DSLR . You can check out a compilation of the photos and videos I took using the iPhone 5C in this post.

Design

blue iphone 5c
Without the case, it feels a litter thinner. But with its plastic case and glossy finish, it’s kind of hard to grip.

I also have come to love the color of the iPhone 5C. I love the combination of my blue iPhone 5C and the white case. It stands out in a sea of black and white smartphones.

LTE at its best

What even makes my iPhone 5C better is that it is already LTE enabled. Browsing photo-heavy sites such as BuzzFeed and streaming videos in YouTube provides a smooth experience. Sites loads faster, too. But of course, the LTE connection is dependent on location, so there are times when I just get 3G.

Using the iPhone 5C as a personal hotspot is also a breeze. Sometimes I like to spend all nighters in Starbucks. And when I do, I use my iPhone 5C as a personal hotspot. I use the USB connection when connecting it with my MAC because I feel like the that the data connection is much faster.

Battery

If there’s one thing that I have to complain about the iPhone 5C is that it sucks the battery dry. Most times, it couldn’t even last a whole day. I always have to bring a power bank in order to make sure that I don’t run out of juice while I’m out.

However, I was able to manage this by customizing the notifications. I no longer allow push notifications. And it seemed to help out a lot.

All in all, I’m really satisfied with the iPhone 5C. And I’m so grateful that I won this smartphone from SMART. (Check out the SMART postpaid plans available for the iPhone 5C.)

The Good

Cute color and design
Retina Display is amazing.
LTE enabled
Rear camera takes impressive photos, most especially under good lighting conditions.
Selfie photos also look great even indoors.

The Bad

Need to find the right combination of settings in order to manage battery life.

 

Irene Chan

Irene Chan

Irene Chan loves two things: communication and technology. With this tech blog and her role as Head of Communications at Veems, she believes she has the best job in the world. 🙂 Besides those two things, she's also crazy for coffee, dogs, and zombies.Follow her on Veems to get tips and fun updates from her geeky life.
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