Monthly Archives: January 2008

New tech from CES: Cell Phones

There were many new cell phones announced at CES from many companies, but here are some of the more interesting ones that we saw.

From Motorola: The Z10 and Rokr E8. The Z10, in terms of looks, looks like many simple slider phones, but it is actually very different. This phone slides out to, in a way, look like a banana in terms of shape (see picture below for better idea). It is also loaded with features like a 3.2 megapixel camera with flash, ability to record movies in regular TV quality, a 2.2 inch screen, ability to add a micro SD card to increase the phones memory to 32 GB ( just a note: at this point cards in that high a memory range don’t run cheap), an FM radio, and Motorola’s Crystal Talk technology for better phone conversations. Unfortunately though according to Motorola this phone will not be launching in the US in this particular design, but will be available to purchase unlocked (buying the phone without a contract, this is usually at much higher price because it has no carrier to bring the price down).

The Rokr E8 is another new phone announced by Motorola at CES, and this is a phone that is generating a lot of attention. It is looking so good that Cnet.com gave it one of its Best of CES awards. What makes this phone so cool and different from other phones? For one it is running a completely different keypad. This keypad is not like other phones in that it stays in “phone mood” regardless of what your doing like listening to music, or taking pictures. The Rokr E8’s keypad actually changes from phone to music controls to picture controls based on what your using it for (see pictures below for greater detail). It’s also is promised by Motorola to be a better music player than regular music only devices. Other features on the phone include a 2 inch screen, 2 GB of built in memory with memory card slot to add more, Motorola’s Crystal Talk technology, and a interesting new feature that will let you read text messages while dialing or on a call.

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The Z10 and Rokr E8 (in keypad and music controls)

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Best new tech from CES

CES and Macworld are now pretty much done (just like our finals Thank G-d). Many new things were released, from keypad changing cell phones, to a 150 inch TV, to a 3.0 lb Macbook, as well as much more in between, and we’re here to help break down all of the information that you would need to know. Since there is a lot of things that happened at CES that we would like to cover, we plan to break down the posts into 3 sections: cell phones, Mp3 players, and Video Games. Talk to you then.

CES and Macworld- What they mean to you and the future of technology

During the coming days many of the upcoming products in technology like cell phones, video games, computers, TVs etc. will be announced and unveiled to the world. There are two events that really showcase this, and those are the International CES show, and Apple’s Macworld Expo. Some of the products announced at those events include: Windows Vista, Motorola Razr V3xx for Cingular (now ATT), Verizon V Cast TV, Mac OS X Leopard, iPods, iPhone among many others. We”ll be checking up on a lot of the news going on down there at CES and Macworld from sites like www.engadget.com, www.cnet.com, and www.gizmodo.com as well as others. Since both of us are in “finals mode” right now and can’t post often enough to cover everything, we will try help summarize some of the main announcements and what they mean for you, at the end of the week.    

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Apple Macworld Logo from 2007       CES Logo 2008

          

Top 5 Cell Phones- Sprint

Here are the top 5 regular cell phones to get if your getting a new cell phone for Sprint, in the “free with contract” to $250 price range. Ratings provided from the Editor reviews at www.cnet.com . Pricing information is provided from the Sprint website www.sprint.com.

1T. Sanyo Katana DLX ( High end up date to Sprint’s exclusive Sanyo Katana line which includes the original Sanyo Katana and Katana 2,  flip phone, 1.3 megapixel camera, Sprint 3G, Sprint TV (Sprint’s version of ATT Cellular Video and not live VCAST video), Sprint Navigation, MP3 Player, Sprint Music Store, multiple colors: Pink Satin, Champagne, and Platinum Ice).

Rated 8.0 out of 10 by Cnet, price is $79.99 for all three colors online with 2 year Sprint contract.    

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Sanyo Katana DLX in all three colors

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