New iPhones: Early reactions from around the Web

It's never too early to pass judgment on new Apple products. The Web has already spilled a load of feedback before, during, and after the new iPhone press event. Here are some of the gems.

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Freelance writer Amanda C. Kooser covers gadgets and tech news with a twist for CNET. When not wallowing in weird gear and iPad apps for cats, she can be found tinkering with her 1956 DeSoto.
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The world survived another new iPhone unveiling, but not without a whole lot of commentary along the way. In typical fashion, Apple's iPhone press event sent the social-media universe into a whirlwind of excitement, witty observations, complaints, and analysis. We've gathered together some of the more interesting missives from around the Web.

The early feedback was already coming in before the doors to the reveal even opened, though the general frenzy level seemed more subdued compared with the buildup to the iPhone 5 announcement last year.

The Verge's Chris Ziegler had already been through all the stages of grief with regards to a gold-colored iPhone 5S.

CNET's Jeff Bakalar had to weigh in on the anticipated iPhone 5C and its colorful body options:

Moving on to sentiments during and after the event, the iPhone 5C came up first.

CNET's Tim Stevens' reaction to the color reveal: "The blue is particularly nice, a lovely shade of royal cyan. Definitely catching my eye."

Tech journalist Steven Levy has this to say about the rainbow options for the iPhone 5C:

A demo video showing off Infinity Blade 3 on the iPhone 5S spawned what may be the best CNET Live Blog quote ever to be taken out of context, courtesy of Scott Stein:

"Massive Dragon Attack just happened. Ate a troll."

Though the iPhone 5C starts at just $99 with a contract, its unlocked price is still a sky-high $549. That bit of news has been a disappointment for people hoping for an affordable unlocked option.

"I would have been perfectly happy to pay $350 for the 5c so I could work my $30 a month no contract Boost mobile plan. I'm dissapointed. I feel many of us penny pinchers in a rough economy are," writes CNET reader fb130.

The long-rumored (and now confirmed) fingerprint reader for the iPhone 5S has naturally spawned a lot of commentary around security and functionality. "Star Trek" alum and geek all-star Wil Wheaton had his own take on the news.

We'll wrap this up with sentiment from Nine Inch Nails art director Rob Sheridan, which sums up the feelings of many iPhone 5 owners after following the announcement:

Now, it's your turn to spill your early reactions. How are you feeling about the new crop of iPhones?