How usable is a 5c today?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by BenPB, Mar 27, 2016.

  1. BenPB macrumors newbie

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    I was wondering if anyone could speak to the viability of the 5c in 2016.

    Let me explain: I have a Note 4, and while I really like it, lately I've been craving a smaller phone for spring/summer. When I upgrade in Oct I fully intend get an iPhone, likely the SE. Right now, I'm just itchy to get back into the iOS ecosystem and want a small, lovely phone that I don't have to worry about breaking. I'm thinking 5c. Its the right size, a really playful design, gets all the fun apps... plus they are affordable enough to buy on a whim!

    I'm just curious if it is still usable. I mean, it is an iPhone 5 inside. I'm mainly using it for messaging, calls, streaming music, social photography... pretty basic stuff. While the 5s clearly has its benefits, the one feature I dig most (Apple Pay) is missing from both AND gives me an excuse to buy an Apple Watch :)

    Oh, and call me crazy, but I also think getting a 5c now will make the SE feel way more exciting come fall, since it will be a new (to me) design, loaded with new (to me) features.

    In short, would an iPhone 5c be too frustrating to use for the next few months?
     
  2. markyr17 macrumors 65816

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    Given the usage examples you gave, I think a 5c would be just fine for you.
     
  3. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    I'm still using my 5. And have no compelling reason to update. So the 5c would likely be fine for the uses you describe.
     
  4. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    I have a 5 - its pretty good, nightshift and ad blockers are the only software things it misses out on. Apps open fast, but animations stutter at times, especially with low battery mode on. The biggest annoyance is the battery, it just drains so fast!
     
  5. flyinmac macrumors 68040

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    Might be time for a new battery. Mine was draining fast also. But I had a new battery installed, and it lasts over a day quite easily now.
     
  6. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    My battery is at 94 percent health having been replaced last year. Never had good battery life, same goes for the other iPhone 5 in the house. Apple says its because I've restored from a backup, but I'm not loosing 4 years of texts because Apple can't be bothered to design a good system of transferring data between iPhones.
     
  7. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    If it's giving you fits, I would get it replaced before it destroys your whole phone (or at least make sure you're always backing up your device). Li-ion batteries have a finite life, and when they start to deteriorate, it can get very ugly very quickly.
     
  8. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Surely a 9 month old battery with 94 percent health isn't going to go bad that quickly?

    I think the battery issues are just part of owning a 5. I've had 3 of them (1 original + 2 apple warranty replacements) and my Dad has had two as well (1 original 1 warranty replacement) and all of them have been fairly dodgy in the battery department, its just that iOS 9 seems to have taken a bigger toll on mine.
     
  9. willmtaylor macrumors G3

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    Ah, I hadn't seen that it had 94% health when I replied. I had only seen your first comment regarding the rapidly-depleting battery as your primary source of complaint.
     
  10. oldmacs macrumors 68040

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    Oh yeah :p I don't know whats up with the battery in all honesty. I have a (possibly mad) theory that people who restored their iPhone 5's from 3GS backups have been doomed to battery issues.

    My Dad restored his 5 (and has continued to use it) on the backup of his 3GS, I got his 3GS when he upgraded and also laster moved to a 5, and again I also restored from a backup. I also know of about 7 friends/ family members who went from a 3GS to a 5, they all had the same issue of dodgy battery life.
     
  11. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Text messaging, streaming music and using social media? Ya the 5C will be just fine.
     
  12. Sea Bass macrumors regular

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    The A6 is still fairly fast in normal use. Aside from the occasional animation stutter, the iPhone 5/5c is perfectly useable and doesn't feel slow on iOS 9.
     
  13. MultiFinder17 macrumors 68000

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    I've had a 5 for the last three years, and it's been a wonderful phone to me. I replaced the battery last year, and it's been going strong ever since. It still does what I need out of my phone, and hasn't shown any signs of slowing down yet; Night Shift would be nice to have, but I spend my nights on my iPad that supports it, so not a great loss there for me. I don't feel a burning desire to upgrade any time soon, although the SE is incredibly tempting!
     
  14. 12vElectronics macrumors 68040

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    Before I got rid of my 5, it was working perfect other than the battery draining way too fast. I was charging about 3X a day..
     
  15. ecschwarz, Mar 28, 2016
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    ecschwarz macrumors 65816

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    I think the 5c will be good for your needs still - they're dirt-cheap and still run iOS 9 quite well. I use one as a dedicated AirPlay/Chromecast/media device and still think the interface is snappy.
     

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