March 30, 2005

Wireless review: Audiovox CDM-8940

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"Verizon's exclusive club of third-generation (3G) EV-DO phones gets a new member with the Audiovox (now owned by UTStarcom) CDM-8940, a relatively compact yet nondescript flip phone that manages to pack in some admirable features. Inside is a 1.3-megapixel camera, an MP3 player, a 256MB Mini SD card, and support for Verizon's debuting V Cast service. Power users will miss Bluetooth and infrared connectivity, and budding photographers will be irked by Verizon's wrongheaded decision to disable phone-to-PC photo and video transfers via the Mini SD card, but overall, we were impressed with the handset."
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March 24, 2005

MP3 player review: SoniqCast Aireo 2 (20GB)

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"The original Aireo may have been big and bulky for a 1.5GB MP3 player, but it had an ace up its sleeve: the ability to connect to Wi-Fi networks for music transfers. A year later, the thinner and lighter 20GB SoniqCast Aireo 2 has arrived, and its wireless capabilities still make a big impression. Judged purely as an MP3 player, however, the Aireo falters with its too-spare interface, limited playback options, touch-and-go Wi-Fi connectivity, and poor battery life. Early adopters will get a kick out of this mold-breaking device, but those looking for a more solid music player should stick with the iPod or any other top-rated MP3 player."
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March 14, 2005

Home video review: HDTV World (updated)

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"After years of hype, HDTV is finally reaching the tipping point -- but enjoying it in your home will still take some doing. Many high-definition TV sets won't decode over-the-air HD signals without an external tuner. Cable and satellite providers don't carry all of the available networks. And while almost all network TV dramas and comedies are in HDTV, you might find that your favorite show (Scrubs, anyone?) is still stuck in standard-definition limbo. Read on to learn what equipment you'll need to get HDTV into your living room."
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March 08, 2005

MP3 player review: MPIO HD300 (20GB)

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"A sleek, solid music player that bears a striking resemblance to the ubiquitous Apple iPod, the MPIO HD300 (20GB, $280 list) boasts a stylish design, clever navigation, an FM radio, and several recording options. Sounds good--except the iPod does almost all of it better. If you want FM radio and recording features on your portable player, you should give the MPIO HD300 a close look, but if you care only about playing tunes, head straight for an iPod."
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March 07, 2005

Wireless review: Motorola V265

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"Equipped with a VGA camera, a dedicated speakerphone, and solid messaging capabilities, Motorola's latest midrange phone is a respectable addition to Verizon's handset lineup. While we weren't impressed with its dim internal display or its humdrum design, the V265 ($150 with a one-year contract, less with online rebates) boasts an average set of features in a small package."
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March 02, 2005

DVD recorder review: JVC DR-MV1S

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"JVC's intriguing VCR/DVD combo recorder comes loaded with promise on paper and riddled with annoying quirks in person. The DR-MV1S ($500 list, $300 or less online) is the first deck of its kind with dual tuners for recording two shows at once, but not if you use a cable or satellite box. It plays VHS tapes in progressive-scan, but you must press a button on the deck itself to do so. It controls a cable or satellite box, but the controller isn't included. And it makes sharp recordings of VHS tapes but without chapter stops. While we admire this VCR/DVD combo's attempt to break the mold, it's saddled with far too many compromises. "
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