Thank you iPhone 5c, now I hate holding my iPhone 5. Darn comfortable plastic.
— Cam Bunton (@TiP_Cam) September 21, 2013
The iPhone 5 (and now 5s) is a remarkable piece of industrial engineering. Those diamond-cut chamfers, beautiful glass and anodized aluminum all in an incredibly thin frame is the height of smartphone elegance. It really is stunning. The latest colors of 5s arguably make it even more attractive. If you’re an astronaut. Or Mr. T.
Still, there’s one thing you can’t deny: when the metal gets cold, it’s not nice to hold. Because it has straight edges and a flat back, it’s not particularly comfortable either.
Enter the iPhone 5c – I got mine yesterday – with its warm, seamless plastic with rounded edges and you have something which is a joy to hold. In fact, since owning it, I’ve often found myself with it in hand, spinning it around like a bar of soap, or brushing it against my cheek while thinking. (Stress: Unconsciously). It just feels so nice.
On the engineering side it may not impress as much as the iPhone 5 or 5s. But as far as plastic phones go, you’ll struggle to find anything that feels as well made as this. It’s solid, mostly thanks to its steel reinforcement which also – by the way – doubles as its antenna. Don’t let the playful plastic look fool you, this is still a high-tec piece of kit. It just happens to be a pink, green, blue, yellow or white (my choice) piece of high-tec kit.
My tweet above is no exaggeration. I really don’t like picking up the iPhone 5 anymore. It feels so soulless, so sharp, flat and cold. You’ll remember I wrote a piece last week about why I was ordering the 5c, and wasn’t so fussed about the 5s. Owning it, even for just 24 hours has pretty much confirmed my feelings.
On the performance side, so far, it’s fast, smooth and has a brilliant display (just like the iPhone 5). It has a great camera and has better battery life than the iPhone 5. Look at it this way: I’m not getting any worse performance than on my old phone (better in some ways) and it feels much nicer when I use it. That’s surely a no brainer. To me, that makes it a better phone.
This is by no means my full review. So I won’t needlessly go on and one trying to cram more words in. But if the rest of my time with it is anything like this first day, it could well end up being my favorite iPhone so far. What I will say is: You may think you want the iPhone 5s for all its fancy tech, and that’s fine. I do too. But as a daily driver, I’d rather have a device that’s a pleasure to use.