iPhone 5C (specs I):

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Apple has all set to offer a wide range of equally colorful rubberized skins which will be fixed onto the iPhone 5C to provide some much needed additional grip, but at £20 ($29, AU$39) a pop it will let the user lose its wallet so easily. Also in addition, the odd whole design of these cases won’t be to everyone’s taste. Of course third party accessory manufacturers offer a multitude of cases, skins and other forms of protection for your iPhone 5C, so it would not create any problem in finding cheaper devices there. At 124.4 x 59.2 x 8.97mm the iPhone 5C is slightly chunkier than the handset it’s replacing, but considering the iPhone 5 was wafer thin the 5C certainly isn’t overbearing in the hand and the added weight from a slightly larger battery means that it actually feels more substantial compared to the iPhone 5S.

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The same minimalist attitude to buttons has been implemented on the iPhone 5C, with the famous home key the only navigational aid on the front of the device, while the power/lock resides at the top and the separated volume keys on the left. Just above the volume keys is the small switch which is now synonymous with Apple’s iDevice range that allows the audience to quickly toggle silent/volume mode.

One more effective feature is that all the keys are easy enough to reach when holding the iPhone 5C in one hand. Since Apple has already bumped the screen size up from 3.5 inches to 4, users will need to stretch their fingers that extra bit to reach the power/lock button and the credit goes to the elongated nature of the device. It is not that brutal as it seems to be. Who doesn’t like to have a bigger screen size after all? However, it would have been great if this key was located on the right hand side of the iPhone 5C, as it would make it that bit easier to access and avoids any awkward shuffling of the phone in the hand – but of course that would see Apple copying Samsung in terms of placement, and nobody wants to see any more accusations of copying coming along.

There’s nothing else joining the power/lock key on top of the 5C after Apple relocated the headphone jack to the bottom with the iPhone 5. Joining the left aligned headphone jack on the base of the iPhone 5C is a centralized lightning port and a mono speaker to one side to help you to listen to your favorite tunes wherever you want or even conduct a more civilized speakerphone conversation.

Now the right hand side hasn’t been left completely alone on the 5C, with Apple choosing this surface as the location for the SIM card tray – but unlike most Smartphone that take micro SIMs these days, iPhones now rock the tiny nano SIM technology.

This implies that means you’ll have to talk to your network about getting a nano SIM for your shiny new iPhone 5C before you’ll be able to use it – that is unless you’re upgrading from an iPhone 5, but that would be a clear waste of your hard earned money.

While the screen size might not be anything special, the 1136 x 640 Retina display is present and correct on the iPhone 5C, meaning it has the same offering as both the iPhone 5 and 5S. There are even more similarities with the iPhone 5, as you’ll find the same A6 processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.9 MP front camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 in the 5C.

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