Apple iPhone 5s hands-on

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To Apple faithful, iPhone day is as much a holiday as Thanksgiving (and much more so than, say, Columbus Day), and it typically only comes once a year. This time, however, was a little different, since we received even more presents than usual — both the iPhone 5s and the 5c. We headed to the demo tables after this morning’s announcement and had a chance to get our hands on both smartphones.

First, we’ll begin with the 5s, which is the new flagship iPhone that will start at $199 for a 16GB model (32 and 64GB versions will be $299 and $399, respectively) on September 20th.

As you may have already heard, the 5s is rather similar in overall hardware to the iPhone 5, though there are a few changes in key places. As you can see in the above image, it’s available in three colors: space grey (which has black highlights on top and bottom), white and — as rumored so many times — gold.

Apple iPhone 5c hands-on

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Wait, Apple unveiled two completely different iPhones on the same day? In the same year? The answer is a resounding yes, though we have a feeling Tim Cook’s little surprise wasn’t the most well-kept secret in Cupertino. Known as the iPhone 5c, this is the less expensive (yet vibrant) sidekick to the 5s, and we’ve been playing with the device here at Apple HQ.

The device will be available for pre-order starting September 13th, and can be picked up at stores a week later on September 20th. You can get your choice of five colors, and the 16GB version will be offered for $99 on contract, while the 32GB tacks on an extra $100 to the total; if contracts aren’t your thing, the off-contract costs are $549 and $649, respectively. We’ll be bringing you a full helping of pics, vids and our initial impressions as we go along, so keep your eyes peeled here!

Samsung Galaxy S 4 wireless charging pad and S Health scale hands-on

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No phone launch is complete without a few accessories added to the mix. Samsung had a whole bunch to announce alongside its Galaxy S 4, but only a few were on hand to check out up close and personal. We did, however, find a nice surprise hiding under those glossy white table covers — a wireless charging pad. Yes, it turns out the the GS 4 does in fact have Qi wireless charging capabilities.

Provided its available in your region and your carrier chooses to support it. The charging pad itself has a glossy plastic base that matches the phone, but there’s a nice rubbery gray top that keeps the handset from sliding around too much while it’s juicing up.

Memoto lapel camera turns your life into one big photoblog

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There likely aren’t too many people in the world crying for ways to exponentially increase the number of digital pictures in their collections, but Memoto’s hoping to help wearers rethink picture taking as they know it. The device, which is roughly the size of an SD card case, clips on a shirt collar, taking five-megapixel pictures every 30 seconds without prompting, running on a battery that’ll last around two days. The idea is to create a lifeblog — an encapsulation of what you did during a given day, told through still photos.

Those images are served up to the company’s proprietary software application, which uses an algorithm to group them into clusters. Visiting a user’s page presents a sampling of photos from throughout the day. From there, you can drill down into the clusters to see the group of shots taken 30 seconds apart. And, of course, there’s sharing on the thing, letting you post those images and groups to places like Twitter and Facebook.

Roli’s Seaboard is a rubber-keyed piano that may redefine the way you play

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Synths are nothing new, of course — so what makes Roli’s digital piano so novel? The instrument has a patent-pending rubberized surface that lets you bend and twist the keys as you play, freeing you from fiddling around with knobs, so you can directly, physically affect the way it sounds. Think of it as the difference between bending a string on a guitar, rather than stepping on the wah-wah pedal. It’s the sort of thing you really have to see in action to appreciate — thankfully, we’ve got the instrument’s creator Roland Lamb giving us a demo after the break.

According to the musician-turned-CEO, the keyboard is really just the first step for a technology that can be incorporated into all manner of devices, helping to add a level of tangibility that’s so often ignored in modern digital instruments. In the meantime, we’re admittedly quite taken with what this prototype is capable of. In its final version, the keyboard will look a bit different, though the top will continue to be mostly bare, depending instead on that wheel to change between instrument, pitches and the like. The final version also won’t require a tethered computer, though you’ll be able to hook it up to one, in order to further customize the instruments.