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Is iPhone 5C a Budget Phone for real?

Apple has long been aiming towards other technology users who are vying for a cheaper or budget iPhone. Now with the arrival of iPhone 5S Apple has announced the arrival of a so-called cheap iPhone 5C. For all those who are still thinking and looking for owning a cheaper iPhone might like to have a look at what Apple has to offer.

Design and Display

When it comes to design of the chassis there is a bit of difference that you will observe within the first glance. The back cover of the phone is hard-coated polycarbonate. It no longer sports the glossy finish but a single piece plastic look. This look is neither stylish nor gives a look of owning a premium grade product by Apple. It seems that Apple has cut expenses while designing this new version. Nonetheless, this new design comes with an advantage of being scratch resistant. It also comes in five neon hues that do make it fascinating.

As far as the display goes, it seems that Apple yet again keeps the 4-inch screen parameter. This indicates that the phone is easy to hold within your palm as well carry in your pocket. Sporting a resolution of 640 X 1136 pixels, it is decent enough for the display size with satisfactory details.  The brightness level is that of 500 nits that will make it easier to view outdoors.


As far as the hardware goes, it seems that the hardware of iPhone 5 is used for this phone as well. Additionally the A6 chip is what you get for smooth iOS navigation. It is needless to say that Apple has carefully considered including the processor and the features together to give good performance. However, one is still in dark about the internal memory provided. You can look forward to 16GB space without expansion but the 32GB will offer you extra storage capacity. This does mean that if the memory expansion is offered the pricing too will increase by $100 more. Other things include the details of compatibility that Apple has ensured with various LTE networks. This sure does points towards providing user convenience. According to Apple, you will be able to reach 100Mbits on downlink; this sure is fast and better than others.

UI and Software

The iPhone 5C is said to be installed with iOS 7. The appearance of the UI seems to be much more like a vibrant look with lots of colors. Some may even compare it with cartoonish look that seems to be annoying. However, for those who are wondering about the primal concept of the UI they need not be bothered about it. Apple has managed to hold on to the base concept of the UI. Features like Control Center and improved Notification Bar are interesting additions.


With iPhone 5C, you get a rear end 8MP camera. Some might feel disappointed but the truth is that the stills and videos captured are high quality. You will never complain about grainy pictures or images that come out saturated with color tonality. Packed with BSI sensor and a 5-element lens are decent enough to be incorporated in a mid-range iPhone.

The front camera is 1.9 MP with a BSI sensor. This indicates that you will be easily able to use this camera even in low light conditions.

Other things

It seems that the iPhone 5C is not as cheap or budget friendly as one would expect. Even after Apple has said to reduce its pricing to $549 base version that is unlocked, there are other things too. If you are signing with US carrier then you might be delighted with more low costing with $99 for 16GB version and $199 for 32GB version. This again indicates that Apple is once again providing this so called budget iPhone or mid range Smartphone to US users on reduced pricing.

For those who are waiting for its launch, all major continents will be receiving this phone by September 20 this year.

Author: Brooke M. Perry

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