June 28, 2006

Wireless review: Motorola RAZR V3m

As published on infoSync World:
"The RAZR V3m improves on the sleek, eye-catching looks of its wildly-popular by adding much-needed microSD memory expansion, but this slim 3G music phone drops the ball with its middling sound quality and fuzzy snapshots. And while we appreciate the V3m’s ability to buy music downloads and sync with PC-based music collections, we’re irked by the missing stereo earbuds and USB cable for file transfers."
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June 23, 2006

Home video review: TiVo Series2 DT DVR

As published in PC Magazine:
"While proud TiVo owners with DirecTV satellite service have long been able to record two shows at once (that is, before DirecTV dropped TiVo in favor of making its own DVRs), couch potatoes with standalone TiVo boxes have been stuck in DVR purgatory, able to record just a single show at a time. All that's changed with the release of the TiVo Series2 DT, an upgraded Series2 TiVo that adds dual tuners for double-time recording capabilities. While the Series2 DT looks great on paper, in practice I found that it fell just short of dual-recording nirvana."
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June 21, 2006

Mini review: LG LX550 (Fusic)

As published on infoSync World:
"The stylish, white-and-blue LG LX550 (now known as the "Fusic") is one of the friendliest music phones we've laid eyes on – think of it as the 3G handset next door. Complete with three removable faceplates (blue, pink and black), the LX550's brilliant 262,000-color internal display (the 65,000-color external LCD is workable) looked bright and vivid, and the flat, blue-backlit keypad is both easy to use and easy on the eyes. With its microSD memory expansion (up to 1GB), access to the Sprint Music Store and dedicated music controls on the external flip, the 4.2-ounce LX550 performs its music duties well, and it even adds an FM transmitter for broadcasting your tunes to the nearest radio (sound quality was surprisingly good). You can groove to the music (at ear-splittingly high volumes) over the included (and decent) earbuds or with a Bluetooth stereo headset, although sound quality takes a hit over the wireless connection. The hazy snapshots we took using the Fusic’s 1.3-megapixel camera were disappointing, however."
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June 20, 2006

Wireless review: T-Mobile Sidekick 3

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"The Sidekick II (released in mid-2004) wasn't just a phone – it was a tabloid sensation, with photos of Sidekick-toting celebs all over the gossip pages and Paris Hilton's infamous stolen pictures and address book. With all the headlines, though, it was easy to forget that the Sidekick II – with its stellar interface, easy-to-use thumbboard and first-rate e-mail and IM tools – was a damn good messaging phone. Now comes the restyled, music-playing and Bluetooth-enabled Sidekick 3, which makes for an impressive (if not quite revolutionary) step forward."
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June 16, 2006

Wireless review: Samsung SCH-A930

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"The latest handset in Samsung’s line of A9xx phones is certainly a departure from the thin-and-sleek A900 flip-phone and the eye-catching red-and-sliver A950 music clamshell. But while the chunky, all-black A930 doesn't score any points for elegance, its external OLED display with scrolling song info will appeal to music lovers who owned old-school, pre-iPod MP3 players. Add in memory expansion, PC music syncing, EV-DO support, Bluetooth (including dial-up networking support), and GPS, and this ugly ducklng suddenly becomes much more attractive, if not quite a swan. "
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June 14, 2006

Wireless review: Motorola L2

As published on infoSync World:
"The silver L2 looks almost exactly like its bigger, music-minded brother, the SVLR L7, but this slim quad-band handset is all business. Skipping a built-in camera (which wouldn't fly in a corporate office anyway), the L2 makes good first impression with its world-phone capabilities, Bluetooth and Web e-mail support, instant messaging, syncable contacts, and excellent battery life. Unfortunately, the phone hits some speed bumps on its way to the office, including sluggish performance, a cheap-looking display, lack of corporate e-mail (or POP/IMAP) access and no 3G – or even EDGE – support."
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June 12, 2006

Wireless review: Motorola Q

As published on infoSync World:
"Barely a half-inch thick and boasting some killer, RAZR-like looks, the Motorola Q has been making mouths water since its initial unveiling last summer. Armed with the latest version of Microsoft's Windows Mobile OS, as well as support for 3G networks (EV-DO in the case of Verizon Wireless, and an HSDPA version could be in the office, according to Moto CEO Ed Zander), Bluetooth, a 1.3-megapixel camera, and push e-mail, the Q has doubtless made its way up many a road warrior's wish list. Unfortunately, it looks like Motorola sacrificed speed and full-fledged office functionality for the Q's stylish, wafer-thin profile. "
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