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Always On: Unboxing Apple's iPhone 5S
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Always On: Unboxing Apple's iPhone 5S

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Check out the new iPhone 5S with a 4-inch screen, running iOS 7, and with an A7 processor. It comes with a pretty sweet camera and a fun slow-motion video feature. Is this upgraded, faster, and most advanced Apple smartphone the one to buy?

-Inside this box I have a unicorn. I know this box doesn't look unicorn size but it might as well have one inside. It is the gold iPhone 5S. I wear my gold shirt for the occasion. This phone has been so hard to find that we actually had to borrow one from a friend to unbox. So it's not totally the unboxing experience but we went ahead and taped it up just so that we could feel the vibe. All right, let get this thing outta here and see if it's all-- it's cracked up to beat. Okay, already you can see, you're getting a premium experience because-- look, there's a little shiny gold edge around the picture on the box. It's like-- I can't help to make fun of it because it became such a big deal. All right, we have a gold Apple right there, gold iPhone 5S. They are going all out. There it is. Oh, actually, it's like a lot more gold that I thought it was gonna be. It's not very champagne at all. In fact, this is really pimped. Look how cool it is. It sparkles. So the back is matte, as you can see. So it's not quite as sparkly as the edges but I really like how the bezel and then the Apple right here are, in fact, kind of shiny gold. I'm not gonna lie. This is a more premium even though I'm convinced that [unk] is artificial. It's still pretty cool. Okay, that's the gold. Now before I get totally mesmerized, let's see what else is in the box. I'm not expecting any surprises. We have our usual power brick. I actually think Apple could stop shipping these by now and just go with the cable, 'cause really, I got like about 15 of these. Our little lightning cable and, of course, the earpods and their nice little box, and that is it. Okay, put it back to the phone. All right. Let's fire it up. I don't care. I so wish I had a bigger screen. Don't be trying to seduce me with your shiny gold greediness and you're still just a 4-inch screen. All right, you know, we'll get to the specs while I fire it up and go through the configuration and see if there's any other gold secrets looking inside. The new iPhone 5S comes with a 4-inch screen and three color options, silver, space grey or gold. It runs iOS 7, Apple's graphically overhauled operating system, which includes the Android-like control center and Airdrop file transfers. It has a motion tracking M7 co-processor and a new A7 processor capable of 64-bit computing. Apple says the iPhone 5S is at least twice as fast as the 5. In terms of ports, the headphone jack stays on the bottom with the iPhone 5S and then you have a lightning port charging. It is available in either 16 gigs, 32 gig or 64 gig capacity. The iPhone 5S camera stays at 8 megapixels. But Apple claims major boosts to the sensor. It says, the sensor itself is 15 percent larger and that the pixels themselves are physically bigger, 1.5 microns even if they're the same number of them. The camera's aperture is larger at F2.2 and basically all of this adds up to better low light exposure-- two, three, jump. Plus the camera has a new burst mode that takes full resolution photos at 10 pics per second. That's better than most DSLRs. The iPhone 5S records video at 1080p with more digital stabilization and 3x digital zoom. And the big fun feature, you'll find in the camera is something called slow-mo mode where you can take a video in slow motion and set the in and out points and be a film-maker in an instant. In the US, Sprint, AT&T and Verizon are the 3 carriers offering the iPhone 5S under contract, while T Mobile sells it unlocked for $649 for 16 gigs, $749 for 32 and $849 for 64 gigs. The price with the new contract is $199.99. Then, of course, the headline feature for the 5S is the fingerprint sensor, which I've already set up. When I turn it on, I just use my thumb print to unlock the phone. Now, so far, the touch sensor touch ID as Apple's calling it only works with Apple apps. Hopefully there will be an STK in the future so that you can use it for banking apps or any other app that requires a password. It's promising. Right now, it's probably not the reason to upgrade, although I have to admit, it's kind of growing on me. I like to unlock my phone that way. I have to say, I did not expect to be won over by the goldiness of the gold iPhone 5S but it is kind of winning me over. If you have an iPhone 4S, then do not get in line for this. Save your dignity and wait for more supply. Well, I gotta say, for me, I think the gold one is the one to get.
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