With the portable audio player market getting so crowded â€“ what with the many products being released by various companies (and weâ€™re not counting the gajillions of unbranded players originating from China) â€“ it is getting harder and harder to stand out from the crowd. You need a unique come-on to get noticed. [Read more…]
I love listening to music. In fact, I canâ€™t go out without making sure I have my usual gear â€“ two iPods for all of the new music I need to listen to, a Sansa Clip+ that I use for FLAC files, two in-ear buds and two headphone amplifiers. Yes, thatâ€™s my normal gear for just going out to run errands. [Read more…]
For those who took the plunge and became an early adopter for the 5800 XM, here’s a bit of bad news. First, the cheaper but not exactly lower-end version of this phone, the 5530, is almost coming out.
And now Nokia announced that a Navigator Edition of the 5800 is coming out pretty soon. It still uses the same specs as the older model, but this phone has been made to replace your Personal Navigation Assistant. The phone comes with lifetime voice-guided drive and walk navigation licenses and accessories like car charger and car-mount kit.
The phone will come out this quarter for around $400.
For many, the iPod touch is the perfect portable multimedia device. The amount of what you can do in such a little package is amazing by itself. So I was wondering the other day how Apple can make the iPod touch even better.
These pictures surfaced in a Chinese forum. Allegedly a prototype of a 3rd Generation iPod touch, these pictures show that the possible successor to the popular mp3 player may have a camera.
I’m taking this one with a boulder of salt. We wouldn’t know for sure if this is real until Apple releases it, but we can hope, can we?
Let’s give good ‘ol Samsung the spotlight, Â much has been covered in quad-media these days for the Apple, Sony, Creative and Microsoft lines of MP3 players. Â I like options, as many as possible, which may not be equal options because we do have our own favorites, but options nonetheless.
The Samsung S3 Slim was released June 2008 at a suggested retail price of US$79.99. Â Priced fairly I think due to the decreasing costs of flash memory these past months. Â I’d guess it’ll still go down when we hit the holiday season.
CNET and ZDNet rates this consumer product at 7.0 out of 10 which to me says it’s good for the money. Â Note that this is not too feature filled though, but if its a straightforward MP3 player you want this can dish out your tune craves like the big boys.
I personally haven’t been a Samsung MP3 player fan, I love features… I like the lively interaction from gadgets. Â Makes my time playing with it entertaining. Â I’m a features guy. 🙂
Okay. Hmmm… first time I heard this, I didn’t get it too.
According to yahoo.com’s tech blog section tech gadgets have become our girls new best friend! From a survey they did, out of 1,750 adults, 26% said that they are wanting to receive battery powered thing-a-ma-jigs from their sweeteroos!
That got me thinking… 26% is noticably high for “things” that are just gaining popularity vs. the standard gifts of roses, chocolates, love poems…
Yesterday, I was strolling in a mall with my 10-year-old daughter when she tugged me towards the electronics section. I was surprised, really… she was leading the stroll, probably waiting for something to catch her eye or my eye…
But you know what? Just after we passed by them shops she said “Dad, I want a pink iPod!”. I said, but you’re holding a Creative Zen now, which is really just the same thing. But she went on and said “Dad… this is yours, and i’m thankful you’re letting me use it…. but I want my own… and a pink iPod it is!”
What do I do? What do I do? 🙂 Should I give in… or should i wait until she’s 18!Â Well I think that it will be a lingering crave for her.Â Issue there is will dad have $200 buckeroos to spend for it.Â
Somehow I admire how the Apple guys are very successful at connecting with this generation.Â I think Steve Jobâ€™s is hitting them while theyâ€™re young!Â Boy when I was in my teens I remember Iâ€™d tug my mom to get me them Tonka Toys!Â I guess nowâ€¦ itâ€™s the iPods thatâ€™s making the Tonka craze of yesteryears!Â Do you remember the Tonka Trucks???
Hahaha… I think gadgets are fast becoming her best friend!
A tale of two worlds:Â
The guy who woke up, opened the Apple website (a cult member no less):Â
“I knew it! Â I knew it! Â It was worth the wait. (motions to do the macarena geeky dance). Â Where’s my plastic? Â Oh there you are! Â Come here you… come here you… aahhhh…. let’s go to the apple store you and I. (winks at his card, and hippity-hops out the door). Â From a distance, he shouts ‘I LOVE YOU STEVE JOBS!’ “.
Now the guy who woke up, opened the Apple website (a high ranking cult member, an early adopter definitely):”Noooooooo!!! Â Why did you do it! Â I trusted you… (and in an eeny meeny voice) I loved you! (squeeky whimper). Whyyyyy!!!Â
Back to reality:News news news. Â Apple doubles the capacity of the iPod touch and the iPhone. Â The phone, again, comes in two new variants. Â The 8GB iPhone sells for $399, while the new 16GB iPhone sells for $499. Â The iPod Touch out now with three variants, Â the 8GB iPod Touch sells for $299, the 16GB sells for $399 and the 32GB for $499.Now both products seem to still carry the same form factor, but the Steve-o promises of Macworld 2008 is now in these babies. Â For more information, check out the apple.com page right now.Â
Well, I have an identical line for this baby; my wishes of getting it I sadly had to let go of: â€œI used to want you.â€
I had wanted this one, an Aiptek because, I gotta admit, her whore-y, glossy, scarlet look just called to me!
However, because of the poor quality of her shots, I had to say, â€œGoodbye to you…â€
I had noticed, on a local buy and sell web-marketplace, that people move on from their gadgets because of one thing: they wanted to upgrade to the one with the better output that they had sights on in the first place.
So while you are definitely eye candy, Aiptek A-HD 720P High Definition Camcorder in yummy, whore-y, harlot red, I have to resist you…
Coz youâ€™re not irresistible enough for me. :p
(…though further research made me reconsider for a moment there…)
Samples of its pictures and video clips when you hit the “MORE” button. [Read more…]
Griffin is turning out to be a little Apple. The company has been churning out really cool looking items that make you want to buy them the moment you see them. They might have a little Jonathan Ive at their employ.
Anyway, one of Griffin’s cool looking gadgets will now be shipped to stores. The Evolve is an iPod dock/speaker set that is one of the best looking I’ve seen in years. As mentioned, it is both an iPod Dock and also a charging station for the two speakers. The cool thing about the Evolve is that after charging, the speakers can be detached from the, ehem, “mother unit” and it will crank up sounds from as far away as 100 feet, even through walls. Yes, my iPod faithful, these nifty speakers work wirelessly. How cool is that! A single charge of the speakers means ten hours of music goodness.
The Evolve really lives up to its name as an evolution of the basic iPod speaker/dock paradigm. Users can even buy additional speakers and use it with the same mother unit, allowing you to pepper your whole house with speakers if you are so inclined (or you have the funds).
The Griffin Evolve will be selling for $300 — and I’ve just added a new item on my Christmas list.
I have become an earphone addict ever since I got my iPod and had my cmoy amp built. I am constantly on the lookout for the best sounding earphones in the market. Of course, I have one big condition — it has to be affordable. Although I love to get my hands on those Etymotics in-ear monitors but I have a standing policy that if it costs more than my second hand Denon integrated amp then it’s too pricey.
A number of companies have been coming out with really good earphones because of the increased demand for high quality monitors. This is one sector that the popularity of the iPod has immensely helped. In fact, new brands continue to appear on the market hoping to wrest some of the customers away from such tried and tested brands like Sennheiser, Shure, Bose, and even Philips and Sony.
One good pair of earphones I recently used is the Creative EP-630. Yes, the popular PC peripheral maker and consistent thorn on Apple’s side (because of its affordable line of high quality digital music players) has entered the earphone market with a very affordable yet great sounding earphones. These cans are quite comfortable to use and, surprisingly, can go head to head with the midlevel Sennheisers I got in terms of clarity, loudness and range. And you can get it for less than 30 dollars! That’s a great deal any way you look at it.
[tags]Shure, Creative, Sennheiser[/tags]