July 28, 2005

Wireless review: Motorola E815

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"Verizon has pulled out all the stops with its latest V Cast handset. The handsome, clamshell-style Motorola E815 not only supports Verizon's high-speed EV-DO network but also packs in a 1.3-megapixel camera, Bluetooth connectivity, a TransFlash card for extra memory, an MP3 player, and even a speakerphone. Like other Verizon 3G phones we've tested, the E815 is a bit on the bulky side, and we're peeved that Verizon continues to disable Bluetooth file transfers. That said, this probably is Verizon's best V Cast phone yet. If you want to jump on the 3G bandwagon and you live in Verizon's EV-DO coverage area, the E815 is a tempting choice."
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July 21, 2005

Media player review: Cowon iAudio X5

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"Take one look at the Cowon iAudio X5's feature list and you might peg it as an iPod killer. On paper, the 30GB, iPod-size X5 ($350; also available at 20GB for $300) has everything that Apple's ice-white wonder does--including music playback, a photo viewer, and on-the-fly playlists--then it piles on video playback, an FM radio, voice and line-in recording, and even the ability to read and save images directly from a digital camera without an adapter. Sounds like a no-brainer, right? Unfortunately, the X5 suffers from poor music browsing, some odd design choices, and a half-baked photo viewer"
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July 20, 2005

Wireless review: Samsung MM-A800

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"Sprint's snazzy new slider phone boasts the first 2-megapixel camera in the United States and a host of multimedia goodies, but it's stuck on yesterday's data network. The Samsung MM-A800 will impress shutterbugs and A/V lovers with its big, beautiful display, its top-notch camera and video recorder, MP3 playback, streaming audio and video support, 3D gaming, and even a business card reader. But the bulky handset won't work on Sprint's newly arrived 3G network, which means you'll be stuck with the slower, 2.5G 1xRTT network, even as the carrier's speedy EV-DO service begins its nationwide rollout. Plus, the handset lacks Bluetooth and IR connectivity, not to mention a speakerphone. "
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July 14, 2005

Wireless feature: The what, why, and how of prepaid cell phones

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"Prepaid cell phone plans used to be sketchy alternatives for those with less than stellar credit ratings, but not anymore. They can be ideal for anyone who's had enough of restrictive two-year contracts, scary overage fees, or micromanagement of cell phone minutes. Likewise, while they used to be more expensive than traditional plans, prepaid costs have begun to fall, and the plans have become just another way to break into the cell phone game. As the popularity of prepaid has skyrocketed, even the big brand-name carriers have jumped onto the bandwagon."
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