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This iMac Unboxing video from GearLive shows just how sleek and elegant the new Apple iMac computers are. Apple really knows how to keep it modern and minimal, yet packed with power. The new iMacs feature 20 and 24-inch glossy widescreen displays encased in aluminum and scratch-resistant glass. You'll also find a sweet new ultra-thin aluminum Apple Keyboard, along with a wireless Mighty Mouse and Apple remote control.
T-Mobile USA has launched the new T-Mobile Wing smartphone with 240x320 pixel touch screen, full, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, WI-fi and Windows Mobile 6 professional edition OS. The T-Mobile Wing has a blue soft-touch exterior, and features a 2.0 megapixel camera, speakerphone, Bluetooth connectivity, and messaging options that support AOL, Yahoo!, Windows Live Messenger and ICQ.
PhoneScoop takes us on a T-Mobile Wing video review tour below, pointing out the ups and downs of T-Mobile's new flagship device.
The HTC S710 smartphone with Windows Mobile 6 was introduced at 3GSM in Barcelona earlier this year, and it's certainly one of the hottest little phones you'll find these days if you're looking for some great features like a slide-out QWERTY keypad, 2.4" QVGA resolution display, 2.0-megapixel camera with auto focus, TI OMAP 850 processor, 128MB ROM, 64MB RAM, and a microSD memory expansion slot for up to 2 GB of memory. OK, there's no 3g, but it does have EDGE, 802.11b/g Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth v2.0.
The HTC S710 smartphone is also known as the Orange SPV E650 in European markets.
Verizon has released the swivel-screen LG VX9400 VCast TV phone, and after giving the phone a try, PC Mag's Sascha Segan thinks the Verizon LG VX9400 is the best mobile TV phone available. With its 5-inch-long antenna, and unique 2.2-inch 320 by 240 pixel swivel screen, the LG VX9400's T shape is said to be perfect for holding and watching TV on-the-go.
"The VX9400 is the best phone for watching Verizon's mobile TV service so far. But it might get on your nerves, because making phone calls requires an extra flip."
Cisco Systems just suedApple Inc. in federal court, saying that Apple's iPhone violates Cisco's trademark. We knew Cisco owned the iPhone name since 2000, and Linksys, a division of Cisco Systems have their own LynkSys iPhone Voip line, but at this point, how ever this turns out, most people will associate the iPhone with Apple. Can't we all get along?!
Moving on, I wish it was me who had the chance to get my hands on anApple iPhone, but the honor went to a Gizmodo writer who was able to spend 15 minutes with the new gadget. After making a phone call, the writer dove into some of the iPhone's unique features using the new multi-touch interface. 15 minutes is not a lot of time, and of course he couldn't get all the iPhone details, but it's worth a read.
What do I really think of it?
Well CD players and iPods both play music. But elegant design at the fundamental level of how it plays tunes is what helped it transcend the category. From what I saw, first hand, I think the iPhone is going to do this for cellies. I have a bit of sympathy for our friends at RIM and Nokia. read the iPhone hands-on review | Gizmodo
DPReview has a great detailed, in-depth review of the new Nikon D40 entry level digital SLR camera. The Nikon D40 was announced about three weeks ago as the smallest, lightest, and most affordable Nikon digital SLR camera.
Digital Photography Review's Phil Askey writes:
"In everyday use the D40 is just what it set out to be, a very capable, compact, lightweight and easy to use camera which makes a perfect first step for anyone wanting to get into digital SLR photography. It provides enough control and a large enough range of manual settings to enable you to experiment and learn but also helps you to take great pictures in the process. It's one of those cameras you can just pick up and start shooting without fuss, that you can hand to a friend who's never used an SLR and know they'll be able to do the same. All of this and a pretty decent kit lens for $600, I'd say it's a bit of a bargain." read the full Nikon D40 review
The up-coming NSeries Nokia N95 handset was introduced last September, and its got mobile phone users excited big time! Check-out the Nokia N95 review video below to see why. The Nokia N95 phone is all-in-one multimedia powerhouse that features a 2.6-inch 24-bit color QVGA TFT display (240 x 320 pixels), a 5.0-megapixel digital camera!, 150MB built-in memory, microSD card slot, two 3D stereo speakers, GPS, 802.11g Wi-Fi, 3g HSDPA, S60 browser, ATI 3D graphics chip for gaming, video calling, mini USB, and dedicated music keys. The impressive two-way Nokia N 95 slider phone will be available in the first quarter of 2007 at an estimated retail price of 550 euros, or around $700USD.
Consumer electronics and digital entertainment products are on many holiday shopping lists this year, and in fact consumer spending on electronics gifts is expected to reach $21 billion this holiday season according to the Consumer Electronics Association. MP3 players and portable digital media devices are the most popular gadgets out there, with Apple's iPod and iPod nano being the most wanted as usual.
New SanDiskSansa media players, Microsoft Zune digital media player, and a bunch of other portable devices make for serious competition in the DAP market, so remember - Apple's iPod is not the only game in town. Take a look at some of the best MP3 players, and portable digital audio / video player gift ideas for your Christmas shopping list below.
Now that Microsoft's Zune digital media player has been launched in the U.S., it appears there's still a long way to go in marketing the new multi-media device. Your average consumer out there has no clue about the Zune player, Zune brand, Zune Marketplace, or the history of Zune ...yet.
Microsoft's current Zune promotion includes a series of launch parties that feature influential and progressive bands across the country. I'm sure by the time 2006 ends, Microsoft will have everyone talking about Zune, not just tech enthusiasts, as they continue their non-stop Zune presentations.
So let's see some of the Zune news and video reviews around the net, some positive, some haters as well.
The Acer Aspire 9800 is a gigantic, feature packed, all-in-one multimedia notebook / desktop replacement computer with Intel Centrino Duo processor, massive 20.1-inch display, powerful Nvidia GeForce 7600 graphics card, an integrated HD-DVD drive, 240GB hard drive, and remote control. This is some machine, but if you plan on using it on-the-go you better start working out. The Acer Aspire 9800 is 2.4 inches thick and weighs 17.2 pounds!
Laptop Magazine has tested and reviewed the Acer Aspire 9800 notebook and took advantage of the huge screen and integrated HD-DVD drive to view the hi-definition version of Aeon Flux.
"Colors popped, blacks looked very dark, and the glossy screen didn't distract with heavy reflections. When we watched the movie in full-screen mode, however, we saw a small drop in quality:That's because unlike the Toshiba Qosmio G35-AV650, the 9800's LCD doesn't support WUXGA resolution (1900 x 1220 pixels); with this configuration, you get WXSGA+ (1680 x 1050 pixels). Like the Qosmio, the 9800 can play HD-DVD content but not burn it to disc."