First iPhone 5c Reviews: Color is a 'Breath of Fresh Air', Will 'Sell Like Hot Cakes'

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    During its iPhone event that took place on September 10, Apple handed out a number of iPhone 5c review units to various publications. The embargo on reviews has just been lifted, which means a slew of sites are posting reactions to Apple's colorful new phone lineup. We've gathered some interesting excerpts below to highlight the general reaction to the release.

    David Pogue, The New York Times
    Jim Dalrymple, The Loop
    Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch
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    Lauren Goode, AllThingsD
    Myriam Joire, Engadget
    Other reviews:

    Anand Shimpi, AnandTech
    Edward Baig, USA Today
    Stuart Miles, Pocket-Lint
    Luke Peters, T3
    Scott Stein, CNET

    Apple's iPhone 5c is currently available for pre-order and will begin shipping on September 20.

    Article Link: First iPhone 5c Reviews: Color is a 'Breath of Fresh Air', Will 'Sell Like Hot Cakes'
  2. macrumors 603


    Oct 13, 2008
    Everywhere And Nowhere
  3. macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2011
    Miami, FL
  4. macrumors 6502

    Nov 2, 2010
  5. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    i'm very curious to see apple Q4 financial report of 5c vs 5s sales. ( but knowing apple, this report wont happen )
    based on the reviews, the 5c might do well.
  6. macrumors member

    Sep 13, 2003
    Sounds like a winner. These are going to sell by the bucketload. I can't wait to see them in person.
  7. macrumors 6502


    Jul 25, 2010
    Apple won't give out the mix in terms of sales. They never tell you about the iPad mini numbers. As for the new phones, I think both models will do well. People who just look at the pictures will not get it - you have to touch and use the phone to figure out.

  8. macrumors member

    May 29, 2012

    no one said that.. or at least what the majority of people tried to say is that if the price was lower they would sell much more phones and actually get a larger market share (something they definitely won't do with this)
  9. macrumors 68040

    Sep 4, 2009
    So damn true!

    Seen way to many man-years of development in firmware, FPGA cells, electrical hardware design and printed circuit board layout thrown in the cheapest metal box or plastic injection form to save a buck or so per unit.

    This destroys first impression potential as some accountant screams he "made money" by increasing per-unit product margin in a build with no sense of artistry.

    And they wonder why the sales were so soft ...


    I want to see a five bar histogram in the colors of the 5C's showing how the individual color sales volumes rated against each other.
  10. macrumors 65816

    captain kaos

    Jan 16, 2008
    If the antenna is different, i may swap my 5 to a 5c. Unfortunately i believe there was still an issue with signal strength with the 5.
  11. macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2008
    "back edges are curved for the first time since the iPhones of 2008"
    i liked those curvy edges so much on my previous iphone 3, that i didn't wanted to buy dull-looking iphone 4th
  12. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    AAPL was down first from investors not liking the new stuff and again due to bad news in China (bigger the second time). I always doubt that the investors really know Apple and know which products are good. Personally, I think AAPL is going to be an opportune buy before some actual news comes out later and if it stays at this price or goes lower before that.
  13. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 11, 2011
  14. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2013
    "metal reinforcement it used in the plastic"

    So the plastic doesn't make it cheaper? It doesn't seem like it would. I think it's purely a design thing.
  15. macrumors 68030

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    It is far to early to start stating what the effect of the iPhone 5c will be in the marketplace. Let's see what happens instead of declaring as fact "something they definitely won't do with this".
  16. macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2012
    This phone is flat out better than many forum members were expecting / fearing. It'll be interesting to see how it fares. It apparently feels better in hand than it looks on camera (I suspect the colors look better in person as well).
  17. macrumors 6502


    Jan 10, 2006
    Sacramento, CA
    I actually really like the design of the 5C. Ive was right that the iOS 7 complements the phone.
  18. macrumors 65816

    Sep 29, 2009
    Plenty of people said it would flop. I've read that word numerous times. The marketshare argument itself is stale. Apple's business model works for them, increased market share doesn't necessarily mean increased profit share, yet Wall Street is always suggesting Apple should change its business model. Apple's model goes against convention, so they simply assume its wrong even though the evidence indicates it's not.

    Edit: You're also mistaken if you think this model won't impact market share. Selling like "hot cakes" will certainly do that. Just not as much as a low margin/no profit phone would.
  19. macrumors newbie

    Jun 5, 2008
    i ****ing knew it! then you're gonna see all these people posting how they "had" to get one and they actually really loved it.
  20. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    Remember, folks, Apple NEEDS a netbook, and they NEED a $400 phone!* :)

    * Which they actually have in China anyway: the iPhone 4.
  21. macrumors 68000


    Jul 1, 2010
    We don't know yet. They haven't had enough history to tell.
  22. macrumors regular

    Constable Odo

    Mar 28, 2008
    c = consumer con

    But all the iHaters said this is last year's iPhone coated in plastic and no one is going to be interested in a year-old smartphone when they can get a Samsung Galaxy S4 for half the price of an iPhone 5c. A plastic coating doesn't add to the value. Most analysts have already predicted that no one in China can afford to buy a plastic iPhone for $500 when there are plenty of brand new, large-display Android smartphones selling for $50 that are just as good, if not better than an iPhone 5c. Most of Wall Street is sure that Apple will only be able to sell about 1000 iPhone 5c units in all of China for 2013. There's just no demand for Apple iPhones with a TINY display when you have Android smartphones available for less money with the biggest displays in the world. :D

  23. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2008
    "Apple notes that the iPhone 5c is actually polycarbonate because it wanted to get the colors just right, and doing so in metal just wasn't feasible."

    I call ******** on this. I'd say it's all about being able to make them in the quantities needed. I have the Product Red iPod touch, and it's a beautiful red aluminum. I wish they did a Product Red iphone 5C of the same shade. I'm sure they would love to make the ipads and as pretty and colorful as the ipod touches , but they can't scale the colored anodizing to that size and quantity would be my guess.

    I wish my ipad mini was product red anodized like my touch, and I would love if my ipod touch could be as thin and light with polycarbonate that wouldn't scuff to bare aluminum if it gets scuffed or dropped. 88 grams is nice in your pocket. :cool:
  24. macrumors 6502


    Aug 3, 2009
    Boston, MA
    Engadget went hard in their review. Arguably the best looking iPhone? Not saying it can't be true but I'll have to visit an Apple store to feast with my own two eyes...
  25. Nahaz, Sep 17, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2013

    macrumors regular

    Jun 2, 2010
    No-one said it would flop because it's Plastic body. Some of us were expecting it to be a bit cheaper, like the iPhone 4s price.

    This is why there is a small brigade of us saying for the cost, you may as well go the iPhone 5s, unless you really want the plastic coloured body etc.


    I'm having a huge guess here, but expect Apple to do the same with it's iPad mini line eventually, which is why we haven't seen much news this year. The iPad (Gen 2) will be high quality like the iPhone 5s, and the iPad mini (Gen 1) will become poly-carbonated colours

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