The Apple iPhone 5C now costs ‘just’ £429. While not quite as low in price as some Android devices such as Motorola’s Moto G or Google’s Nexus 5, the price cut could prompt owners of older iPhone models into finally upgrading.
Since it launched the iPhone 5C appears to have been one of the few flops Apple has experienced. Despite boasting good specs and coming in a few (garish) colours, most Apple fans went for the flagship iPhone 5S, which launched at the same time.
But with millions of Apple users still clinging to an ageing iPhone 4, 4S or iPhone 5 device, the move to the iPhone 5C could prove ever-more compelling, and there are plenty of reasons to justify the move.
Equipped for the demands of iOS 7
While 83 percent of Apple devices now run the new iOS 7 platform, many of these will be iPhone 4, 4S and 5, which all originally launched running iOS 6 or older.
As such, they were not built in conjunction with the iOS 7 software. This has led to many complaints that the older devices just cannot cope with the new operating system, particularly the popular iPhone 4.
However, the iPhone 5C does not suffer from this, and its handling of iOS 7 is smooth and crisp. For those already in the Apple ecosystem and keen to finally experience iOS 7 as it should be used, the iPhone 5C could prove a good step up.
Holds its own against the competition
Many may be holding out to try and get an iPhone 5S because it is the flagship device. But is it worth it? The two main benefits the device offers over the iPhone 5C are a fingerprint scanner and A7 processor, rather than the A6.
The fingerprint scanner is a nice feature that works well and for security-conscious types it offers an added layer of protection. However, the passcode system is more than good enough for most and while the fingerprint scanner is fun to begin with, the novelty soon wears off.
Secondly, while the A7 processor in the iPhone 5S may be lightning quick, the A6 is hardly a slouch with no lag noticeable in the 5C at all.
Furthermore, beyond these two areas – both of which are hardly deal breakers – the lower-cost iPhone 5C has high-quality specs that easily match the camera, battery life, size, weight and design of the the iPhone 5S.
Similarly, up against top-end Android devices, it may not have quite as good a camera, or as rapid a processor, but it easily matches up and will not leave you feeling ashamed in any office or pub-based phone-waggling debates.
Cloud renders storage concerns irrelevant
Many will cry, 'but 8GB is far too small for my needs.' But in the world of cloud storage services from Google, Box and Dropbox to name a few, and Apple's own iCloud service, the need for huge storage on a device is not as relevant.
With good data management in uploading files to these services and removing them from the device, and uninstalling the apps you never actually use, 8GB should prove enough to keep you ticking.
Ok, we admit £429 is not cheap. It is not cheap in the wider market when compared with Android or Windows Phone 8 devices, or even against Apple’s portfolio where the iPhone 4S is £349.
But for a device that is just six months old and offers some of the benefits listed above, the iPhone 5C could prove a worthwhile investment, especially as most iPhones will run well for two years of solid use. A major iOS overhaul that hampers the phone, as has affected older phones, is unlikely in that timeframe.
Wait another six months
There is one caveat to this: maybe you should wait another six months. When Apple unveils its next iPhone in the autumn, the 5C is likely to become even cheaper, possibly around £350 for this 8GB version, similar to the iPhone 4S now.
This would make the iPhone 5C an even more compelling proposition by offering a high-quality phone, built for the latest iOS platform, at a competitive price: all part of Apple's plan to tackle Android in the mid-market.
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