iPhone 5c Drop Tested In The Name Of Science

How durable is Apple's iPhone 5c anyway? One way of finding out is by conducting the ultimate test, a realistic drop test. And what better way of capturing the potential destructive damage of such a test than to use the assistance of the brand new iPhone 5s, and its impressive 120fps slow-motion HD video recording capabilities. Unbox Therapy did just that, and after two drop tests from various heights, only one part of the iPhone 5c survived the impact and it's that shiny polycarbonate shell.

Not surprisingly though, the iPhone 5c survived the carnage with only considerable damage to its 4-inch Gorilla Glass touchscreen after being intentionally dropped screen-side down from a height of roughly six feet straight onto concrete - which only validates our hands-on impressions of the iPhone 5c's polycarbonate build quality. The device kept on working even after every bit of its touchscreen had a crack in it. As for its polycarbonate shell, apart from little cosmetic damage the iPhone 5c held it together quite well and could be repaired with a replacement touchscreen. Leason learned? Use a case or an anti-shatter tempered glass screen protector such as Spigen's Glas.t Nano Slim if you want to protect your otherwise fragile glass touchscreen from impacts.

Nir Schneider


Hands-On With The Apple iPhone 5C

We've finally managed to get a hold of Apple's new plastic-fantastic iPhone 5C in blue, one of the five available color options the iPhone 5C comes in. As expected, it's as pretty up close as it is displayed on Apple's website. The iPhone 5C is Apple's more affordable iPhone 5 successor, essentially an iPhone 5 with a redesigned exterior shell. Instead of an expensive and more premium machined aluminum unibody, the iPhone 5C features a machined polycarbonate unibody casing reinforced with stainless steel interior chassis that gives the iPhone 5C its ultra-durable and rock solid construction.

While sporting a radically different exterior design, offered for the first time in vibrant colors, the iPhone 5C's internal hardware are that of the iPhone 5 with the exception of slightly better battery life as well as a much improved 1.3-megapixel 720p HD front-facing FaceTime camera with a backside illuminated sensor - also found on the new iPhone 5S. It means that the iPhone 5C's A6 processor, 1GB of RAM, 4-inch Retina Display and 8-megapixel back-facing camera with a five-glass element f/2.4 lens make the 5C perform and feel just like the iPhone 5 in terms of performance. Snappy, fast and silky smooth operation goes without saying. At $100 less than the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5S, Apple's iPhone 5C is no slouch and a force to be reckoned with. What might deter you from picking one up is the fact that it's still a plastic device, perceived by virtually everyone to be less superior to an all-metal device. Drop on by after the break for our full unboxing and iPhone 5C hands-on gallery plus a lot more first impression details.

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