Friday, January 12, 2007
Nokia 7390

The good: Stylish, user-friendly design; attractive displays; full range of features; reliable sound quality.
The bad: Volume level is a tad low; camera lens is in a poor location.
The bottom line: The Nokia 7390 is a lovely cell phone with a generous feature set and solid performance.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Apple iPhone - upcoming

After months of iPhone speculation, we were sick of the device even before it came out. But now, well, we have to admit it's quite lovely. The vivid display is especially attractive, and we like the sleek, minimalist design. The touch screen may involve a learning curve, but we're excited to try it out. The iPod functionality will no doubt draw many, and in particular, we're glad to see world phone support, the Yahoo e-mail app, stereo Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

On the downside, we were hoping for wireless iTunes music downloads. And it's too bad Apple stopped short of 3G support. Also, we're hoping that Apple introduces a standalone touch-screen iPod without the phone element as not everyone will want a convergence device. And here's the biggest caveat: Phones are only as good as the calls they make, so we'll have to wait for our final assessment once we get a review product. As for battery life, Apple is promising five hours for calling or video and 16 hours in music mode.

Overall, however, and despite the high price, we predict an iPhone success. The iPhone will garner interest simply because it exists, and as such has great potential to move music phones into the mainstream. Nokia's Xpress music phones and Sony Ericsson's Walkman handsets present a strong challenge on some level, but Samsung's new Ultra Music probably stands to take the biggest hit if the two devices go head-to-head.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2007
Sony mylo

Source : Cnet.com
Remember a day when the most techie communication device a child could have was a walkie-talkie, or am I dating myself here? From preteens to college students, the younger generation is a growing and important segment for the consumer electronics market, as evidenced by the launch of many youth-oriented devices and services. Well, Sony wants a piece of that pie and today announced a new personal communication gadget aimed solely at 18- to 22-year-olds, called the Sony mylo.

mylo, which stands for "my life online," is for those who love to stay in touch with friends via instant messaging and also want to have some fun on the side. It sits somewhere between a souped-up AT&T Ogo and a scaled-down T-Mobile Sidekick 3, but one thing we want to make clear from the get-go is that it's not a cell phone. Instead, it's equipped with built-in Wi-Fi and comes with preinstalled popular instant-messaging clients, VoIP capabilities, a Web browser, and multimedia features. We had the opportunity to check out some working preproduction units, so read on for our impressions.

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Sony Ericsson W200i - upcoming

Phone type : Triband
Networks : GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Connectivity options : GPRS, WAP, Java, Infrared, USB
Weight w/battery : 85 g
Max. talktime (in hours) : 7 hours
Max. standby time (in hours) : 360 hours
Additional functions Push email; PC synchronization; HTML full browser; PIM eatures.

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Monday, January 8, 2007
Nokia E60

The good: Integrates with many existing enterprise environments; VoIP enabled; plentiful connectivity options; excellent Web browser.
The bad: Small joystick; brickish; not weekend-friendly.
The bottom line: It's strictly business with Nokia's E60, which has been designed to fit swiftly and easily into your corporate life.

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Canon IXUS 850 IS

The good: Good focal range for lens; quick performance; optical image stabilization; attractive design.
The bad: Few manual controls; extremely noisy photos at ISO 1,600.
The bottom line: A slim, stylish body, a wide-angle lens, very good photo quality, and snappy performance make the Canon Digital IXUS 850 IS a great point-and-shoot.

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Dell Latitude D420


The good: Slim, lightweight design; full-size keyboard; Wi-Fi Catcher works even when system is powered off.
The bad: High native resolution means tiny type; only one CPU choice.
The bottom line: Dell's smallest business laptop, the Latitude D420 manages to combine decent specs with a convenient form factor, even if it's not all that configurable.

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Sunday, January 7, 2007
Nokia N76 - upcoming

Phone type :Quadband
Networks : GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Connectivity options : 3G, EDGE, GPRS, WAP, Java, Bluetooth, Infrared, USB
Weight w/battery :115 g
Battery type(s) supported : Nokia battery BL-4B
Max. talktime (in hours) : 2.75 hours
Max. standby time (in hours) : 200 hours
Additional functions : Email and viewing of attachments; Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map; PictBridge and Bluetooth printing; file synchronization via USB; on-device photo and video editor.

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