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Always On: Molly's first impressions on the iPhone 5
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Always On: Molly's first impressions on the iPhone 5

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Molly Wood unboxes her personal iPhone 5 and checks out the phone's new features.

Okay. I just retrieved my iPhone 5 from the mail room. Look at this. I got my delivery notification on the web, and I ran right down and got it so this is a true unboxing of the iPhone 5. It is not been touched, straight to me from Verizon. Let's open it up. Of course this is the day I left my knife at home. Let's take it out. I have a return label just in case you never know. I might hate it. iPhone 5. Wow. That's an odd shape. Look how long and wide and skinny this thing is, like that's-- it looks like a tablet. Here we have a black one also to compare so on the white, the anodized aluminum is silver and then on the black it is sort of this black. Now there'd been a lot of questions about whether this aluminum covering is gonna scratch and reveal the sort of silver underneath. We are gonna try to find that out in our torture test. Right off the bat though, it's much lighter than the iPhone 4s, but it doesn't feel quite as solid like when you-- this is like machinery. This feels much more-- although that is sort of the trend in these lighter phones. The Samsung Galaxy SIII is equally light, but it's funny to hear all these iPhone 5. People talking about their huge screens. This is a 4.8-inch display; that's a huge screen right there. Let's go through setup because this is actually my personal phone. I bought it on my personal account. So let's go. Let's do this. Next. Alright. That worked. Okay. So I'm actually gonna do a restore for my iCloud backup so we could be here awhile, but at least we'll know how well that works. This is what's really interesting. It doesn't seem to have that super premium iPhone feel. It feels kind of light. It feels a little more tossable. And although I know this is a 16:9 display and I'm looking forward to watching some video on the sort of the 16:9 retina display. This long skinny screen at least right out of the gate is not that impressive. Okay. So I'm happy to see it. It is still coming with the wall wart. We haven't gone completely-- alright. How could I forget, the lighting dock connector. Silly me. Now one thing that is gonna be nice about this cable, I do admit, is that you can put it in there in any direction. It's kind of an idiot-proof cable. Let's check out these headphones. This is the first time I have seen these. They are super futuristic. Every time I see these on the web, they give me kind of Kubric, Stanley Kubric feeling. This is the hard. Alright. Let's try them up. Sound okay. Sound pretty good actually. They block a lot of outside sound. Like I don't know how loud I'm talking right now. They feel like they might come out because, you know, they're not resizable at all. They're kind of big like I have slightly small ears, so they're not the most comfortable things ever. I was picturing an extra row of apps sideways. I don't know why. I don't know why that somehow the idea of the bigger screen made me think oh like Galaxy SIII screen, but I guess I'm just gonna get an extra row down here that apparently I'm going to have to manually rearrange. That is lame sauce, but everything is there. My wallpaper on my apps, you know, my iCloud, it's certainly as easy to transfer from one to the other. Let's check out the camera though. Nice also. Alright. So camera quality obviously great. Let's try the panoramic mode. Okay. So you find it under options here at the top. Options, panorama. It has handy guides, see. It's pretty idiot-proof panel. Oh geez, I moved it. Oh, this is hard. Oh, so I only have to press it once. Okay. I can do this. Stupid panorama mode. Actually no. This is never gonna feature that ever that into. I did it. Let me just say if you're looking for a reason to buy the phone, that's probably not it. Let's search for an address here. Let's do our current location to Half Moon Bay. -Starting route to Half Moon Bay Coastal Trail, Half Moon Bay, California. -See, that's nice. That's-- I mean it sounds like the maps are gonna be terrible, and I don't know why they can't just use Google Maps because they are in fact the best, but it's gonna be very nice for people to finally at long last have turn-by-turn directions built in. That has been frankly an unacceptable omission, although if the maps can't be trusted, it won't really matter. Alright. Quick first impressions, it is definitely thinner. It is definitely lighter, and the screen is definitely longer. I am a little disappointed that it's not wider even though I guess I should've realized that. It's sort of a surprising shape. It seems fine. Doesn't feel quite as cool, quite as premium as the iPhone 4s, maybe it will grow on me. I am impressed again with iCloud and how easy it's become to transfer from the Cloud because that was another Android-feature differentiator. It's really nice and easy to move from iPhone to iPhone now, so that's a good thing. I don't know. It's like iFine, iFine.

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