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New iPhone 5: New Specs and More

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Smaller, taller, faster, lighter than ever

Iphone 5

Pricing and Availability:

The 16GB is $199, the 32GB $299, and the 64GB $399. On September 21, it will go on sale in nine countries: the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Australia, Japan, Hong Kong, and Singapore. Anyone in that first batch of countries can pre-order starting this Friday, September 14. More countries will follow by the end of this month and by the end of the year, the iPhone 5 will land at 240 carriers in 100 countries.*

Available in Black and White shades

What are the specs?

Taller & thinner with a metal back:

It takes the record for the thinnest smart phone on the market (as of right this second, if course!) and is 20% lighter than the previous iphone.

Total resolution is the same as the 4s, however.

Cnet says that “Apple also promises that wide-screen movies will look better with 44 percent more color saturation than the iPhone 4S.

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Touch sensors are now built into the display itself, which makes it 30 percent thinner as a result and less prone to glare.”

The metal back, as opposed to the glass back, makes it less prone to breaking.

LTE and carriers
Cnet says that it’s “not a shocker either, but the iPhone 5 will support 4G LTE networks. That’s in addition to the current support for GPRS, EDGE, EV-DO, and HSPA data networks. LTE has a single chip for voice and data, a single radio chip, and a “dynamic antenna” that will switch connections between different networks automatically.”

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A faster chip

Making graphics load faster, the chip is 2x faster than the previous one, and is 22% smaller.

More battery life

It allegedly has 8 hours of 3G talk time, 8 hours of 3G browsing, 8 hours of LTE browsing, 10 hours of Wi-Fi browsing, 10 hours of video playback, 40 hours of music playback, and 225 hours of standby.

Camera

Same megapixel (8), but it has backside illumination, a hybrid IR filter, a five-element lens, and a f2.4 aperture. A dynamic light mode is new, and you should be able to launch photography apps up to 2.1 times faster.

Video

Video resolution remains at 1080p HD, though image stabilization has been improved and face detection is possible for up to 10 people. The secondary front camera now can shoot 720p HD video with a backside illuminated sensor.

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Microphone

The iPhone 5 gets an additional microphone for a whopping total of three. There is one on the bottom, one on the handset’s front face, and one on its rear side.

iOS 6

iPhone 5 will debut with iOS 6 already on board. Highlights include the new Apple Maps app, Passbook, shared photo streams, Siri updates, and the aforementioned FaceTime over 3G.

 

 *Info taken from Cnet.com Reviews

 

How Can I Save Money? (To Buy Cufflinks)

Wednesday, October 12th, 2011

Yesterday we got an email from a man residing in Astoria, Queens. Thought we’d share:

Dear Cufflinksman,

Lately the state of the economy has been getting to me. As a New Yorker, although I wasn’t a part of “The Rent is Too Damn High Party,” but I was tempted to be. I won’t disclose my political affiliations, because it’s not relevant here, but like I said, things are getting shaky around here. My rent went up again last month, the price of coffee is rising, subway rides are now $2.25, cabs have an extra dollar attached to them, and when I visit my cousin in NJ I have to pay TWELVE dollars to get back in the city. Something’s gotta give right? I love buying your cufflinks and follow your blogs, but money is tight these days. Have any advice about saving money so I can stay looking fresh everyday?

Yours,
IAmTheKING

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Dear IAmTheKING,

Yes, we hear you. Boy do we hear you! Thank you for your support over the years and we hope things will get better for you! As New Yorkers, we are experiencing the same price changes as you, and are here to offer some savvy tips on saving a buck or two so you can re-route it to buying things you really love: like cufflinks! (And other fashionable goods that add to your “fresh” look).

TIP #1

Coffee. Instead of paying for a grande or a venti coffee at Starbucks, order a size down but say you want it in a larger cup. Normally when a person fills up a cup for you, they over pour anyway, and the “leave some room” part of the order pinches out your extra coffee. So simply ask for a bigger cup. Example Convo:

May I have a tall coffee in a grande cup?

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TIP #2

Use Google Phone. Instead of wasting your cellphone minutes, if you have free wi-fi on your cell, get a google number and have people call you there. That way you won’t ever go over on your minutes and can possibly change your plan to lower the minutes/monthly price. Yeah.

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TIP #3

Share wi-fi with your neighbors! If you’re a New Yorker, save the extra $30-50 bucks a month by sharing internet with Joe down the hall. That is, assuming you know your neighbors. If not, don’t even bother. It would just be awkward.

TIP #4

Use Groupon, Living Social, Woot, etc to purchase haircuts, pedicures, dinners, lunches, brunch…and more! If you’re thinking of going to Brunch Sunday with your significant other or a small group, look into Groupon for pre-paid lunches and drinks. You will even find new restaurants out of the deal and try something new!

TIP #5

Retailmenot.com and other “checkout code” websites. We’ve personally saved a lot on internet purchases through typing in special codes at check-out. Different codes can be acquired at random sites throughout the internet, but one of the most popular is retailmenot. If the code doesn’t work, it’s nobody’s loss, continue on with the purchase.

TIP #6

Never grocery shop while your hungry. Everything will look appealing and appetizing. You’ll end up spending way too much on that gourmet cheese only made in Switzerland or those organic berries that your mouth is watering for. Suddenly, the curry mix you pass every other week will call out your name and…you get the point.

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TIP #7

Drink more water. And don’t be afraid of tap water. Studies have shown that plastic bottles harbor bacteria and ALSO most of these “natural” spring water sources contain more bacteria than your average city water. NYC is especially good with their water sanitation and produces a surprisingly good potable water. So grab your metal water bottle, turn on the tap, and drink your money!

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