Editor's Letter: Slow and steady wins the race

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Editor's Letter: Slow and steady wins the race

In each issue of Distro, Executive Editor Marc Perton publishes a wrap-up of the week in news.

In this week's Distro, we take a closer look at Apple's two new iPhones, the 5c and 5s. The 5c, despite being less impressive when it comes to features and specs, may actually be the more popular of the two models. As Myriam Joire says in her review, the pastel-hued phone is "a gorgeous handset that brings a breath of fresh air to the iPhone lineup. For many people, it might even be a better choice than the iPhone 5s." That, of course, doesn't mean the 5s isn't worth considering. In her review of Apple's new flagship model, Myriam declares it the best iPhone ever made and says that Apple "took a good product and made it better through hardware upgrades, new features and completely revamped software." If you have an iPhone 5, should you upgrade? You'll have to read the full review to find out.

Also in this week's Distro, we check in with audiophile and Head-fi.org founder Jude Mansilla. His favorite classic gadget? It's a tie between the Newton MessagePad and a portable CD player paired with a good set of headphones, which he says "started me on the journey that turned into Head-Fi.org."

Gallery: iPhone 5c review | 63 Photos


Gallery: iPhone 5s review | 84 Photos


This is my eighth Distro Editor's Letter. And my last. Next week, for Distro's final issue, Christopher Trout, who has ably managed Distro as its Executive Editor for the last two years, takes over to share his memories about this groundbreaking publication.

Although Distro will soon cease publication, its spirit will live on as part of Engadget. Features like "Time Machines," which this week highlights the Valiant Turtle, an '80s-era educational robot, will soon make their way to Engadget on a regular basis. The Turtle, which remained on the market for decades, was inspired by the programming work of Seymour Papert, co-founder of MIT's Artificial Intelligence lab. Like the Turtle, which survived its early roots as a science-based toy that was well ahead of its time, Distro's unique mixture of the kinds of technology stories you don't see anywhere else will continue on Engadget. Slow and steady wins the race, and like the Turtle, we'll be here for a very long time.

This piece originally appeared in Distro #108.

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