Saturday, September 16, 2006


New Apple iPod nano (8GB): review

Mike Kobrin has reviewed this media player from Apple, the new iPod nano with 8GB.

- sturdy metal casing
- very slim
- bright screen
- supports Audible and lossless compression
- very good sound quality
- cool new search feature
- excellent software integration
- gapless playback
- long battery life

- There's a glitch in the time indicator when you scrub through longer MP3 files encoded at variable bit rates.
- no integrated FM tuner, voice recorder, or video playback
- nonremovable battery

Read more at PC Mag

Wednesday, September 13, 2006


Aplle introduces the new iPod, the new iPod Nano, and the new iPod Shuffle

Apple today introduced the new iPod, the best digital music player and most popular portable video player in the world. The new iPod features a 60 percent brighter and more vibrant 2.5-inch color display perfect for watching TV shows and now Hollywood movies right in the palm of your hand.

Apple today introduced the all-new iPod nano with a new aluminum body, 24 hours of battery life and more than twice the music capacity for the same price as the previous generation. The new iPod nano features Apple’s innovative Click Wheel and an even smaller, thinner and lighter design and is available in silver, pink, green, blue and black.

Apple today introduced the new iPod shuffle, now the world’s smallest digital music player. Nearly half the size of the original, the new iPod shuffle measures just half a cubic inch in volume, weighs just half an ounce and features a stunning all-new aluminum design and a built-in clip, which makes it the most wearable iPod ever.

CyberShot N2 breaks 10 MP barrier with touch-screen

- 10.1 effective Megapixel Super HAD CCD sensor
- High sensitivity 1600 ISO plus new High Sensitivity Mode
- Large 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus Touch-Screen
- Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens with 3x Optical Zoom

The stylish new Sony Cyber-shot N2 offers the highest ever resolution and sensitivity from a compact Cyber-shot camera. Complementing its Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom lens, the 10.1 effective Megapixel Super HAD CCD ensures superb, sparkling pictures with unrivalled clarity and detail. With an improved sensitivity of ISO 1600 and special high sensitivity mode, the Cyber-shot N2 captures beautiful, blur-free images – even in low-light situations where other compact cameras struggle. High resolution images can be viewed on the large 3.0-inch Clear Photo LCD Plus screen that features handy Touch-Screen access to shooting and playback functions. The Cyber-shot N2 also packs a wide range of other functions into its slim (22.7mm) brushed gold-tinted aluminium body, including Pocket Album and Slideshow with Music to get even more out of shooting and sharing your photos.

High resolution 1/1.7-inch 10.1 effective Megapixel Super HAD CCD
Breaking the 10 Megapixel barrier for the first time in a compact Cyber-shot camera, the Cyber-shot N2 uses a Sony-developed Super HAD CCD sensor with an extremely high resolution of 10.3 Megapixels (gross), equating to 10.1 effective Megapixel resolution. The 1/1.7 inch size sensor is larger than the CCD found in the Cyber-shot N2’s predecessor, the Cyber-shot N1. This boosts dynamic range, reducing the causes of “washed out” overexposed images – a common problem with cameras that pack a high pixel count into a small sensor size by reducing pixel pitch.

Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar 3x Optical Zoom lens
The high-quality Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar lens features a 3x Optical Zoom range. 6x Precision Digital Zoom and 17x VGA Smart Zoom modes provide even greater magnification of distant objects.

ISO 1600 sensitivity plus new High Sensitivity Mode
The Cyber-shot N2 boosts sensitivity to ISO 1600 – even higher than the ISO 800 of its predecessor. In addition, a new High Sensitivity Mode selects optimum ISO settings while reducing colour noise and luminance noise for clear, natural images – even when shooting without flash indoors or at dusk.

Large 3.0-inch 230k pixel Clear Photo LCD Plus touch-screen
The hybrid 3.0-inch touch-sensitive screen features Clear Photo LCD Plus technology for clear, vivid image reproduction. The screen’s smooth anti-reflection layer improves image quality while suppressing reflections for increased contrast, especially outside in bright sunlight. Simplicity and ease of operation is a keynote of the Cyber-shot N2’s design. A wide range of shooting and playback functions can be accessed directly via the touch-screen. The paint function allows artistic additions to photos using the touch-screen and supplied Paint Pen stylus.

Pocket Album
The Cyber-shot N2 offers 25MB of internal memory, plus an additional separate memory capable of storing up to 500 images that are automatically saved as thumbnail-sized VGA copies and organised for quick browsing and sharing in Pocket Album mode on the 3.0-inch screen. Thumbnails remain saved in the camera even when original images are transferred to a PC or Memory Stick media is removed.

Slideshow with Music
Images can be viewed on the camera’s LCD screen as a slideshow. Slideshows can be customised further with the additional effects (simple, nostalgic, stylish, active) and optional music accompaniment (4 preset tunes). Bundled Music Transfer software allows this preset music to be replaced with favourite songs stored on your PC.

Picture Motion Browser software
It’s easy to transfer and manage photos with any PC using the supplied Picture Motion Browser software. The easy-to-use package automatically organises images uploaded from the Cyber-shot N2 that can be browsed in calendar format. In conjunction with Sony GPS-CS1, images can also be displayed in Picture Motion Browser’s “map view” mode, indicating where as well as when they were taken.

Stylish, fuss-free shooting on the go
Weighing just 151g*, the Cyber-shot N2 is the perfect go-anywhere accompaniment for going out, holidays, family occasions and more. Eight pre-set Scene Selection modes adjust optimum shutter speed and exposure values for spontaneous, worry-free shooting. In addition, five colour modes are available to suit any shooting conditions. Manual exposure allows greater creative control over camera settings for more ambitious photographers.

STAMINA battery technology delivers 300 shots from single charge
The supplied Lithium Ion battery features improved Sony STAMINA technology, to deliver up to 300** shots on a single charge. This equates to around 2.5 hours continuous shooting time.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006


Nokia introduce Nokia E62

Cingular Wireless and Nokia today introduced the Nokia E62 device, a robust, sleek device built specifically for wireless email whose attractive price promises to take superior mobile email access beyond the executive suite and into the hands of the everyday wireless user.

The Nokia E62 device will be available exclusively from Cingular in the U.S. for as low as $149.99. Measuring barely half an inch thick, it features a full QWERTY keyboard with large backlit keys for easy typing, and a sizeable, high-resolution 16 million color screen measuring 320 x 240 pixels. Whether they're business people or consumers, Nokia E62 device users will have a variety of popular secure email platforms from which to choose. These include Good Mobile Messaging, Cingular Xpress Mail, BlackBerry Connect, Mail for Exchange (direct push corporate email from Microsoft Exchange), the Nokia push solution via Intellisync Mobile Suite from Nokia, and standard clients such as POP3, IMAP and SMTP. In addition, the device includes a pre-loaded instant messaging application.

Beyond email, customers can view, edit and create documents, spreadsheets and presentations. They also can surf the Internet with ease using the device's robust S60 browser, developed by Nokia. This gives them access to a treasure trove of Web content via Cingular's MEdia Net(SM).

The Nokia E62 device boasts exceptional Nokia voice quality with approximately five hours talk time. In addition to a crystal-clear connection, users get such features as speakerphone, six-way conference calling, voice dialing, voice commands for menu shortcuts, and a dedicated voice key for easy use of voice recording.

Cingular customers can use the Nokia E62 device whether they are taking it to the other side of town, across the country or halfway around the world. In the United States, Nokia E62 is powered by Cingular's ALLOVER(TM) network, the nation's largest digital wireless voice and data network that has the fewest dropped calls of any national carrier. The nationwide* ALLOVER wireless data network, powered by EDGE, is the largest national high-speed wireless data network in the United States with availability in 13,000 cities and towns and along some 40,000 miles of major highways. When abroad, customers can use the Nokia E62 device in more than 180 countries for voice and over 100 countries for data.

"With Nokia E62, Cingular and Nokia have brought everything together - applications, sleek design, and price all on the nation's largest national high speed wireless data network - to make it even easier for consumers and business customers to experience what is today the key application in wireless data, namely, email," Mathy said. "Once customers experience the power and convenience of wireless email, they are naturally inclined to try and use the broad array of other wireless data capabilities we make available."

Nokia E62 will be available beginning September 29, 2006 in Cingular Wireless retail stores nationwide, select national retailers, on and through Cingular's B2B direct sales organization.

Monday, September 11, 2006


Samsung SPH-A640: review

Jacob Lumetta has reviewed this mobile phone from Samsung, the SPH-A640.

Overall the A640 is a solid phone but certainly isn't cutting edge technology wise. It does however encompass a wide array of features like a basic camera, internet browsing, walkie-talkie (Ready Link) communication, and voice recording and recognition. The A640 does stand out with it's slick design and seemless external display integration.

Read more at bonafiderereviews

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