August 30, 2005

Wireless review: Nokia 6682

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"With the EDGE-enabled Nokia 6682, the folks in Finland have unleashed one of their most stylish and powerful smart phones to date. Armed with a 1.3-megapixel camera, full Bluetooth capabilities, and a sweet music player, the Nokia 6682 will have phone fanatics and on-the-go shutterbugs green-eyed with envy. That said, this tempting handset suffers from Nokia's characteristically bulky design, a tough-on-the-fingers keypad, and a camera that's a tad shy of state of the art. This Cingular phone comes with a steep $550 price tag, but it should be cheaper with service."
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Home video review: Pioneer DVR-533H-S

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"Pioneer gets just about everything right with the DVR-533H-S. Despite being no larger than most DVD players, this sleek hard drive/DVD recorder ($499 list) has a feature set longer than the marquee at a 24-screen megaplex. The main attraction is a premiere for the category: dual-layer compatibility, which allows the deck to record to DVD-R DL media that holds nearly twice as much video (8.5GB) as a standard DVD-R disc. The Pioneer DVR-533H-S packs in numerous other essentials, including TV Guide's free electronic programming guide, easy-to-use menus, 30-second skip, high-speed video dubbing, impressive editing options, and a FireWire input--the list goes on. Although its like-priced competitors include highly rated decks such as the Panasonic DMR-EH50 and the TiVo-powered Humax DRT800, this Pioneer's combination of features, thoughtful design, and overall value--it costs a bit less the Panasonic and doesn't require a monthly fee as the Humax does--make it the best DVD recorder we've tested so far."
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August 18, 2005

Wireless review: Sony Ericsson K750i

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"Sony Ericsson's new K750i is a triple threat: it's a multimedia powerhouse, it takes amazing pictures, and it boasts top-notch wireless connectivity. The compact candy bar-style cell phone not only has an impressive MP3 and video player as well as an FM radio, it also packs in a 2-megapixel camera (only the second we've seen in the United States), fully enabled Bluetooth, an infrared port, a 64MB Memory Stick Duo card, slick animated menus, and excellent personalization options. Were it not for the Sony Ericsson's hard-to-use keypad, we wouldn't hesitate to give the K750i our Editors' Choice award. This unlocked GSM cell phone comes with a steep $630 price tag, but the cost is bound to fall once a U.S. carrier puts the K750i in its lineup."
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August 11, 2005

MP3 player review: Archos Gmini XS 100

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"Watch your back, iPod Mini--the Gmini XS 100 is nipping at your heels. Archos's new svelte, eye-catching music player is like a smaller, lighter version of Apple's colorful and popular portable. While the 3GB Gmini XS 100 ($170) doesn't come packed with extras such as an FM tuner and line-in or voice recording, it boasts an intuitive interface, great music-management features, compatibility with subscription-based music, and excellent sound quality. Music lovers looking for an alternative to the iPod Mini should give the XS 100 a serious listen."
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