January 18, 2006

Wireless review: Sprint Power Vision

As published on CNET.com:
"Sprint subscribers looking for a burst of multimedia from their phones will get a kick out of the carrier's new Power Vision service, a pumped-up 3G version of Sprint PCS Vision that offers live TV, streaming and downloadable music, and speedy Web browsing and gaming downloads. At $15 a month for à la carte service and $20 or $25 per month for the various video bundles, Sprint Power Vision packs in a lot of bang for the buck, especially compared to Verizon's V Cast--although with a recently announced music download service, Verizon won't be behind for long. With nearly 200 U.S. markets covered by Sprint's high-speed 1x EV-DO service, there's a good chance you're in the Power Vision coverage area, but be sure to check before making the leap."
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Home audio: JBL On Stage II iPod speakers

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"The latest version of JBL's slick-looking, sweet-sounding On Stage iPod speakers looks the same, works the same, and sounds just like its predecessor--except this time, you get a small, lightweight remote that lets you adjust the volume, skip tracks, and scan within a song. While the remote makes these speakers even more attractive for iPod aficionados, the JBL On Stage II--pricey at $170--comes saddled with a heavy, bulky AC adapter, and its bass response leaves something to be desired."
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January 12, 2006

Wireless review: Toshiba MyConnect

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"If you're still relying on dial-up and Ethernet connections when you're on the road, Toshiba's MyConnect makes for a compelling mobile service provider. Along with about 6,000 U.S. wireless access points, MyConnect boasts 20,000 dial-up and Ethernet locations--perfect for getting connected when Wi-Fi isn't an option. But wireless devotees will be disappointed by MyConnect's uneven wireless-security options, spotty hot-spot directory, and lack of international locations; for them, we recommend either Boingo Wireless or T-Mobile HotSpot."
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January 11, 2006

Wireless review: Samsung MM-A920

As published on CNET.com:
"Compact, sleek, and crammed with multimedia features, Samsung's MM-A920 may prove irresistible for music and video fanatics alike. Armed with Bluetooth and a 1.3-megapixel camera, as well as access to Sprint's high-speed 3G EV-DO network and the carrier's new but pricey Music Store, this small wonder makes for a tantalizing addition to Sprint's multimedia phone lineup. That said, we wish the phone's video and music players were better performers, and we were annoyed by the partially crippled Bluetooth connection. At $350, the MM-A920 is squarely in the middle of Sprint's multimedia-phone price range, although you can knock the price down to a reasonable $180 with a two-year contract."
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