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Photo gallery: Hands on with Apple's new iPhones

September 10, 2013: 6:25 PM ET

There was good news and bad news when I finally got to see them with my hands.

The hands-on room. Photo: PED

The hands-on room. Photo: PED

FORTUNE -- The good news is that Apple's (AAPL) new plastic iPhone 5C -- the one that comes in colors and starts at $99 with contract -- feels solid and not at all cheap.

The bad news is that it took me a half-dozen tries, two reboots and two different phones before I could get an iPhone 5S to register my thumb print. Maybe there's something wrong with my thumb, but the software had a hard time getting a handle on the very center of my print, and until it did, Touch ID could not move on.

The iPhone 5C's color choices. Photo: PED

The iPhone 5C's color choices. Photo: PED

The iPhone 5C didn't feel at all cheap. And at $549. it isn't. Photo: PED

The iPhone 5C didn't feel at all cheap. And at $549. it isn't. Photo: PED

The iPhone 5S fingerprint scanning technology had trouble with my thumb.

The iPhone 5S fingerprint scanning technology had trouble with my thumb. Photo: PED

The room was crawling with media heavies. Here, CNBC's Jon Fortt does a demo for the camera.

The room was crawling with media heavies. Here, CNBC's Jon Fortt does a demo for the camera. Photo: PED

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Philip Elmer-Dewitt
Philip Elmer-DeWitt
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Philip Elmer-DeWitt has been following Apple since 1982, first for Time Magazine, and now on the Web for Fortune.com.

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