Apple iPhone 5c 16GB

Business and tech writers had an extended field day in the months following the iPhone 5c's release, gleefully tracking its lack of sales in non-US markets, where the relatively low price point (for a new iPhone) was intended to draw users away from cheap Android handsets. For the consumer, however, the 5c is an unqualified win, offering all of the advantages of a premium operating system for a non-premium price. The A6 processor loads pages fast, the 8-megapixel camera keeps up with all but the best that Nokia and HTC have to offer, and in a sea of white and black iPhones, the colors on the 5c's case are a welcome splash of design personality.

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