My two cents in few sentences.
Here in US, iPhone5c costs from $0 to $99 with two year contract, which in terms is interpreted by most of the users as "free iPhone" or iPhone which costs half the price of 5S ($199 for 16GB 5S). It's all about public perception! So, it has the image of much more affordable device. That in terms is interpreted as new iPhone for kids (bought by their parents) and everyone who was restrained from buying one due relatively high price tag. So, that is great for APPLE, even that it isn't much cheaper. Also, now parents can differentiate from their kids with iPhones. Now iPhone5C is for kids and iPhone5S for mommy and daddy. Makes sense.
Also, it's colofull! I have spoken with two new owners of 5c (two young girls in early twenties) and they were telling me that they love the fact that their phone is "pink", "blue" or simply colorful. They love the color and for some users it really means a lot. They think it's cute, lol.
I think NOKIA has done Apple a huge favor pushing into masses the idea that colored phone is cool. Look at Lumia line and I can't think of any other phone on the market that is so colorful as Lumias. Except, may be iPhone 5C.
At the end of the day, Apple has done a great job (according to the sales). They are broadening market share and clearly differentiating their products. But forget the hardware for a minute and think about user experience and quality of user interface. This is where Apple really wins the war with Android.
seanyr2, 27 Sep 2013I think there's a difference between not being able to afford and iphone and the reality (most... moreAncient technology? This little dual core just destroyed your beloved quad core and octa core phones - and you have the inexperience to use the word ancient when describing its technology? Wow. And the best thing? When Samsung brings out a killer phone in May next year- apple will already be ready to release a phone that kills it again.
Apple is back.
Someone, 27 Sep 2013Hi Thomas,
No bitterness at all over here, my friend. In fact I'm extremely happy.
I got... moreGood for you, i hope you enjoy it. My initial comments were in reference to the initial reviews and its comments about its "Main disadvantages" Anyone old enough can remember when so called large HDD at 60gb were considered more than anyone could possibly need and that a processor of 75mhz was a dizzy inducing speed.
I'm not bothered about the speed of the phone, there are other things to enjoy speed on. Sure,for some people the speed is what they want from a phone but then i've seen those people out with their friends and all that ends up happening are people meeting friends then they all sit there in a coffee shop tapping away on their phones. Some of my friends are not impressed at all with the 5c, one refering to it as like holding a soapdish while others feel they have gone in totally the wrong direction.
I just don't live my life through a phone so i'm not concerned with the speed.
I am sure many people will love it and really enjoy the Iphone 5c it is just a shame there are those that think anyone who hasn't got one are either poor or just better because they have one.
P.S. Don't worry abou me affording anything that i can use, the cars on the drive and that i'm looking for a motorbike for the other half (hey the pink pound) means it isn't a problem.
Now we got a new terminology Premium Plastic.....ha ha ha......but iPhone 5c is not cheap as was promised by Mr. Cooky. Instead it's a strategic (and dumb) move by Apple to force the buyers to go for the more expensive iPhone 5s. Or else why iPhone 5 is abandoned ???? That's surely cheap....
rivaldi.zo, 27 Sep 2013what this is phone no gorilla glass the drsign n buttons2 is copy of nokia lumia 620 but thi... moreIts okay my friend.
While it may be a waste to you - it has delighted millions of happy customers around the world in just one week of it's release.
Please don't upset yourself that the iPhone 5C could become more popular than your favourite phone. It isn't anything to feel angry about.
Sales by color as per a UK network:
Not what I'd have expected at all.
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2013Its thin to keep the weight down, cheap it is not... cheap is selling the same recycled phone ... moreSo the iPad was worst thing you ever bought?
Sorry to here that, pal.
But we all know just how eager Apple are to please their customers.
You should have returned it to the Apple store. Apple would have happily returned your money to you so you could have bought something you would love.
Apple have a great returns policy.
Thomas, 27 Sep 2013Well before you go jumping to a conclusion (oops too late it would seem) Yes i have had Iphone... moreHi Thomas,
No bitterness at all over here, my friend. In fact I'm extremely happy.
I got my 5S 64GB on Monday. Have you seen just how fast this phone is?? WOW!!
Head over to your nearest Apple Store to see for yourself. If not just wait for the review here at GSM Arena. The guys here will tell you just how fast it is.
But yes my friend, no need to get emotional - use whatever phone is best for you and one you can comfortably afford.
Someone, 27 Sep 2013Errrr....yes the Galaxy S4 is fairly cheap plastic. Pull off the back cover and see how much t... moreIts thin to keep the weight down, cheap it is not... cheap is selling the same recycled phone year after year to people who pay much more than its worth to buy them. apple is more a marketing company than anything else.. bought an ipad last year, worst thing i ever bought.
Thomas, 27 Sep 2013Well before you go jumping to a conclusion (oops too late it would seem) Yes i have had Iphone... moreDamn man.. dumbphones are the best.. can last up to two days without charging... ahh good old days..
Someone, 27 Sep 2013Where have you been since June 2007?
If those requirements stop you from getting an iPhone ... moreWell before you go jumping to a conclusion (oops too late it would seem) Yes i have had Iphones and now you are probably thinking i'm a liar but what i now use (as i got so fed up,sick and tired of being let down by them and others) i switched back to an old LG dumbphone and YES it came with 2 batteries.
I did not state that i had bought a new phone that was stereo etc, but if i WERE to be buying a new phone i would want the FM radio. expandable memory etc. Your comment about myself seems to portray yourself as an Iphone fan, i for one and not a fan of any phone, i use the tool which is ideal for my needs.
As i stated in my post "each to their own" but your comment seems to be full of bitterness towards anyone who doesn't think the Iphone is the best thing since sliced bread as your bitterness towards other posters comments is clearly visible.
Geez... A plastic is still a plastic.. whether it's a polycarbonate or just a recycable one.. "STILL" a plastic.. ifans would defend it by saying its a premium plastic. LOL what a term.
what this is phone no gorilla glass the drsign n buttons2 is copy of nokia lumia 620 but this phone 3x price about lumia 620 , this phone just waste
It's not what I would have expected from an iPhone 'budget' phone. Too expensive. Maybe too high specs to be considered as 'cheaper' iPhone. The price is all but low. It's not even significantly lower than the 5S. I think Apple missed the battle with this phone. A lot of people were probably hoping for a much more affordable iPhone with a pricetag of around 300 euros. I like the color variarity by the way.
I'd like to know the true cost of this device....and the Apple Tax one pays?
Colourful, certainly NOT cheap, in price.
Looks more like an Alcatel... Or Archos device....only they are value for money.
Using an archos 80 titanium to reply, have to say the screen on my archos....although virtually identical to that on my iPad mini, actually is better....not yellowing that iPad/phone screens seemed to be blighted with!
Someone, 27 Sep 2013Errrr....yes the Galaxy S4 is fairly cheap plastic. Pull off the back cover and see how much t... more5s runs on a small 4 inch display that needs less power than 5 inch androids, so don't compare a small phone to a bigger one.
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2013If Samsung produces plastic phones, you guys call it CHEAP PLASTIC. But if Apple produces plas... moreGo hold an iPhone 5C and then hold whatever android you want. Then come back here and give me your opinion. It will count. For something. Maybe.
Anonymous, 27 Sep 2013If Samsung produces plastic phones, you guys call it CHEAP PLASTIC. But if Apple produces plas... moreErrrr....yes the Galaxy S4 is fairly cheap plastic. Pull off the back cover and see how much the back cover bends.
As for the 5C, I can clearly tell you've never held one in real life. That's fine as the phone came out only exactly one week ago. Go to your nearest Apple Store and see what it's like to feel premium plastic. While you're there check out the 5S too. The speed of the 5S is stunning. Go and see for yourself.
Thomas, 27 Sep 2013Prsonally i prefer a FM radio as a fair while sees me out of cell range and streaming radio is... moreWhere have you been since June 2007?
If those requirements stop you from getting an iPhone then that means - you've never had an iPhone.
So let me ask you? Do you always buy a phone with stereo speakers? As soon as you buy a phone do you immediately go and buy a spare battery? Do you make sure that battery is fully charged and carry it around with you everyday? Because that in itself sounds inconvenient.
Have you hear of those with 64GB iPhone's complaining that they can't put in a memory card?
Let it go, Thomas. Don't let these non-issues stop yourself from being able to appreciate what is a truly stunning phone.
I held the iPhone 5C in apple store, and for plastic it's feels like metal almost like the 3GS. Great phone, very clean and interesting operating system. I love it. Colours look spectacular in real life.
Gsmarena don't know about your handling gripe, I'm sorry I can't agree. It feels better than any other plastic phone I've ever held. Another testament to apple being the number 1 build and quality phone. Sorry, but cheapest and nicest don't usually go together.
As for people who this phone isn't for them, that's fine. 9 million in a weekend. I guess everyone's dumb- whilst the smart people are buying $300 budget crap with widgets.