Goophone i5C review: attack of the clone

by: Gary SimsDecember 3, 2013

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The MediaTek MTK6572 manages to score 10846 on AnTuTu which is very good considering some quad-core MediaTek based phones score around 13000! In terms of benchmarks the Goophone i5C is faster than the ThL W1, which is powered by a MediaTek 1GHz dual-core Cortex A9 based MT6577 and scored just 6436 on AnTuTu. The i5C’s launcher isn’t the best bit of software around and sometimes it did seem to lag and stutter, but when using other standard Android apps the phone felt fluid and very usable.

The i5C includes an 8MP camera which takes reasonable pictures. The main problem seems to be that the shutter sound plays too quickly and before the actual photo has been taken. The result is that all my early attempts were blurred as I started to move the phone after the shutter sound but before the picture was actually taken. After I learned to wait another second or two after the shutter sound then the pictures improved!

Here is a sample of some pictures I took with the phone:

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The phone has all the standard connectivity options like Wi-Fi ( 802.11 b/g/n), Bluetooth 2.0 (but not Bluetooth 4.0), 2G GSM and 3G. It doesn’t have NFC nor does it support LTE but for only $120 that isn’t to be expected!

There is one nano SIM card slot which like the iPhone 5C is accessible via a tray on the right hand edge of the phone. To open the tray you need to poke the provided SIM eject tool into the small hole next to the tray.

For 3G the phone only supports 850 and 2100MHz.  The latter number is the standard 3G frequency and should work in most places around the world (except the USA), however a lot of carriers also use a secondary 3G spectrum range. In Asia and South America the carriers often use 850MHz, as supported by the i5C, while in Europe it tends to be 900MHz. You need to check with your carrier to ensure compatibility.

I compared the Wi-Fi signals strengths of the i5C with other Android devices using the free “Wifi Analyzer” app and the phone performed just as well as the other devices (which included a Nexus 7) and I was able to access the Internet from all around the house and outside without any problems.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said for the phone’s GPS. No matter how hard I tried I was unable to get a GPS lock using the phone. In fact, various GPS testing apps couldn’t even see a single satellite – let alone the five or more needed to get a fix. In real terms the phone needs to be treated like it doesn’t have GPS.

The i5C includes a non-user removable 1500 mAh battery. Unfortunately I don’t have a nano-SIM card to test the talk time, however the advertised 2G talk time is around 5 hours. In a video test the device could play a video file from the internal storage for about 6 hours on one charge. Using Wi-Fi the phone can stream content from YouTube for about 4 hours before needing a recharge. This means that you will likely get a full day out of the battery but only with light use.

Before passing judgement on this phone it is worth noting that there seems to be several different models available. Some resellers offer the device with a 2000 mAh battery, some sites say it only has a 5 MP camera and so on. Is this just bad marketing or are they actually different variations of this device? It is hard to tell.

As a phone the Goophone i5C is not very good. Because it tries to mimic the iPhone 5C it is really a mashed together hybrid that fails on several key points. The GPS doesn’t work, the launcher is sometimes hard to use and the camera makes the shutter sound too early. There are better low-end Android phones available that don’t suffer from these problems.

Having said that, if you want an iPhone 5C clone then this is a pretty good attempt. It looks like an iPhone 5C and it will easily fool the uninitiated. If looking like you own an expensive phone is more important than the overall user experience that the Goophone i5C is the perfect device for you!

  • Cal Waldie

    This sounds like the phone of my nightmares….and my phone’s nightmares!

  • abazigal

    Wait…what? You mean to say the phones with just 2gb of internal storage? So the external storage is just like a sd-card and can only be used to store media like photos and music?

    So just how much of that 2gb of storage is left for apps and stuff?

    • Basically yes… There is a setting to make the default write location the SD card (meaning the 6 GB section) but as far as I could tell only the photos get written there by default.

      It is also possible to do a “move to SD” for some of the apps.

  • King Dong

    If you want an android buy an android if you what an apple buy an apple, why in God’s name would you want an android that mimics an apple device??

    • jellypanda

      To get best of both worlds ?

      • Mayoo

        This doesn’t make sense. What is best from Apple?

        Also, wasn’t that the title song of Miley Cyrus’ Hanna Montanna show? We all know that turned out well… Oh lawlz

      • Charles Frost

        Implying the obvious iOS 7 copying Android is “best”. I’ve tried it, it’s even more of a hassle than iOS 6 was: drains battery really fast, apps crash even more often, the GUI as a whole is mimicking Android in a proportion of 80%…

        • Christian Harris

          Wow, been using it on my iPad 2 and it’s way more stable, hardly crashes (still does though, but I have to do something stupid like keep tapping on something to do it), and I like the GUI, I just changed the background to a static image that was better on the eyes.

      • Ryan Castle

        More like the worst of both worlds.

    • m1l4droid

      It’s cheap?

    • Cal Rankin

      to prank iSheep??

    • Bonnie

      i would want this phone because i like android but apples sleek design is very appealing to me, other then that you have more freedom with android then with apple.

      • sd

        that is a great point and I like the versatility of android in all ways

  • MasterMuffin

    Weight: 540g D: It’s actually really nice, if I had money just laying around, I’d buy that for giggles :)

    • Charles Frost

      Fucking hell you can use it to shatter someone’s windshield with it, and still get it back maybe with the screen cracked.

      • MasterMuffin

        That’s way better than what the real one can do!

    • Sorry, that was a cut & paste error… It should be 132g… Thx Gary.

      • MasterMuffin

        Oh good xD

  • Jason Yuen

    This blasphemous monstrosity of a “phone” ought to be burned at the stake. Then again, it very well might spontaneously combust on its own.

  • Fantastico

    An impressive feat of reverse engineering, if nothing else. I’m especially curious about how they implemented Apple’s very swanky but very patented lightning cable design.

  • Vardan Nazaretyan

    Better than iPhone 5C though.

    • Enes Taşdemir

      Not really

      • Vardan Nazaretyan

        Everything that runs Android is better than the iPhone. Even this.

        • Enes Taşdemir

          Nope, I am an Android user but I know mid range android phones other than moto x&g don’t have a chance against iPhones.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Moto X is a high end phone, whereas the Moto G is low end phone. And Android is a much more versatile OS, so I will consider every Android device above the iPhone.

          • Enes Taşdemir

            Moto X has mid range hardware, and no being versatile doesn’t make these devices better than iPhones.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Moto X has a dual-core CPU. Other than that, everything is high-end. Their SoC configuration is custom, so despite having a dual-core (which is well optimized BTW) CPU, the phone still has Adreno 320 (the same GPU as the HTC One). And it performs in day-to-day use much better than any other flagship phone around.
            And about versatility, it depends on the user. I for one, simply can’t live with iOS. I’ll miss the functionality, openness and versatility of Android during the day one.

          • Christopher Lee Kerr

            Mid range hardware that performs better than 75% of high end phones, mind you.

          • Christian Harris

            I smell fanboy :-)

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            A fanboy of what? :)

          • Christian Harris

            Chinese food and poo.

          • Vardan Nazaretyan

            Ehhhm, no.

  • I know adding frequencies would make this cost more, but I really wish they’d make these phones at least quad-band – 850/900/1900/2100, because then HSPA+ would work on AT&T and in re-farmed T-Mobile areas. As it is, these are not worth importing to the US.

    • Grman Rodriguez

      They could have EVERY frequency on the world but it’s still not worth it.

    • This phone wont work in the US?

      • Voice and text will work, data will be restricted to 2G Edge. HSPA will not work on any US carrier.

        • I am new to this whole thing so I’m sorry if my questions seem stupid lol. Will I be able to get picture messages?

          I have AT&T GoPhone without any data so i just need to use my home WiFi on it, get texts, pictures and make calls

          • No, cell phone compatibility is confusing, and the carriers don’t make it easy!

            MMS aka picture messages should work with this phone on AT&T and T-Mobile.

            MMS works over the data connection, even if you don’t have data service enabled. So it will work with this phone, but it will be over the slow 2G EDGE data protocol.

          • Okay cool.

            Thank you very much for the info. I appreciate it.

  • Nathan Buffington

    You guys this isn’t like a legit flagship, supposed to be for people who can’t afford the real iPhone and live in developing countries to show off

  • Jesus

    “Goophone” XD

  • Thunderstorm

    Circumstance to buy phone:
    Buy it to mess with a certain, whiny, spoiled, teenaged relative you might have just for the reaction:
    “You bought me an iPhone??? I <3 U :DDDDDDDDDD"
    and then


  • Diego Papaianni

    Is a shit !!!

  • gooser

    I wouldn’t take it, not even for free.

  • devoncatt

    If I succeed in winning the lottery , I might consider it., but I prefer my Nexus 5, though I would like an option for a larger battery and more storage as upgrade. Why isn’t anyone offering this? Also, it would be nice for an external battery case like Mophie offers for Samsung and iphones…

  • Kindroid

    This is the worst combination possible. Why would you want that awful iOS user interface running you Android OS?

  • yeah

    I will not take it, not unless for free. :P

  • Allanitomwesh

    Technically this is a clone of a clone since a genuine Goophone would have their bumblebee logo. Also I believe the original has a 5MP camera.

  • chkenwing

    Price seems to be around what the 5C should cost.

    • Only if you sign a contract. Buying one outright is closer to $700

  • Gutt Grinder

    Better not risk on getting this type of phone, rest assured this will be the cause of getting electrocuted.. Just sayin.. :D

  • qwertyuiop


  • Where did you get this phone from?

  • colJpt

    I made a big mistake and bought 2 of these from focalprice , 1 for me 1 for my daughter. Both phones have bad issues ,proximity sensor will not work on either phone, I must use speaker phone only to prevent my ear from selecting apps etc.I cannot retrieve missed calls.I brought 1 to a local cellphone repair, he tried to re root the cell, he looked on line for software had it for 3 weeks I just picked it up today and it was bricked … You can’t even charge it. focalprice would not respond to my emails , they also would not let me leave a bad review on this cell. So now I have spent quite a bit of money on 2 bad i5c goophones and one is dead. I would like to ask on this thread if there is anyone who can recommend a place that can fix these phones ?
    Thanks for any help you can give.

  • henk

    I don’t want to spend more than $170 on a phone. Is it as good as other android phones of this price?

  • lolcats07

    couldnt change the brightness

  • cazzzz

    Don’t buy from they are a rip off won’t fix faulty goods or even answer emails.

  • Michael Hall

    I really, really want one…

  • Lindsey Landark

    Can it be used with t Mobil