IPhone Alternatives

One of the most desirable iPods ever, the Apple iPhone (one of my previous toys) with features like the multi-touch display and Cover Flow iPod interface, is the most sought after device in the world, and yet price-wise, it remains outside the reach of most people. But this is not the end of the iPhone-like products. If you are looking for some specific features, such as, a QWERTY keyboard, HSDPA (3.5G) connectivity or stereo Bluetooth (A2DP), you have choices.

One of these alternative products could be the LG KU990 Viewty, which is a Windows Mobile 6 handset, and features a touch screen. The handset has a 5-megapixel camera, which takes immaculate still pictures, and provides you with the facility of slow-motion video shoots as well. With 3G, the device lets you surf the net faster and you have a web browser comparable to that of the iPhone.

The HTC TyTN II features a touch screen, and facilitates access to your emails through a Microsoft Exchange server. It is a Windows Mobile 6 handset, featuring GPS along with some easy-to-use navigation software. With a flip up screen in the HTC TyTN II, and a QWERTY keypad, it is the ideal device which you could use like a mini-notebook while you are on the move.

Nokia N95 will impress you if you are specifically looking for features of a 5-megapixel camera, an MP3 player and a GPS system all offered in the same device. N95 features Wi-Fi, and HSDPA connectivity providing fast internet access. The phone is considered to be one of the best Apple iPhone alternatives available in the market today.

The BlackBerry Curve 8300 is another superb alternative, being one of the best user-friendly mobile phones yet. It provides email features, along with a 2-megapixel camera, a flash and a media player. The features in the phone extend to BlackBerry® Maps, expandable memory, Voice-Activated Dialing, tethered modem and trackball navigation. In addition, this phone has a QWERTY keyboard, instant messaging, text messaging, web browser, and advanced phone functionality.

What is Slingbox and why would you want it

Let me tell you why I would want a Slingbox.

I travel extensively in my profession. At times, when I am in my hotel room, I miss those TV programs back home that I love most. Sometimes I would want to watch one of my stored programs. So what do I do? I take out my notebook, log on to my Slingbox and, as I relax in my hotel room, I get to watch all my favorite programs.

As you sit in on your lanai, drinking a beer, you get your notebook, and get it to hook up your wireless Internet service. After that you just log on to Slingbox, and let your TV program stream into your laptop. Mind you, you have your TiVo kept next to your TV in your living room, and you are accessing all your favorite programs remotely.

When you get one of these gadgets, setting it up is easy. You would just need to install the Slingbox client in your notebook or PC. The software hunts and locates your Slingbox from your home network, and then all you do is follow as you are guided. You are guided through the configuration steps, and you get feedback of what is happening with each step that you go through. That’s it. You are ready to watch the stored programs in your TiVo, or live shows on your TV from wherever you want. If you have a wireless connection to your Internet, or an Internet service where you are, go anywhere in the world and watch your programs.

The Latest Hard Drive Camcorders

The day is finally here no more tapes in your camcorders. The latest camcorders have a hard drive installed, providing you with more video than MiniDV or DVD. These latest hard drive camcorders are gaining popularity in the market, and do not restrict your video shooting. Sure it costs a bit more, but the advantage provided by the latest hard drive camcorder with its large storage capacity makes it more appealing. Leaves one to wonder what is next?

If you are traveling with your camcorder, you might want to film important events in high definition. Your hard drive camcorder provides you with that benefit, along with the advantage of endless shooting. Sony has recently introduced its compact models in the market. The Sony 60GB DCR-SR220 and DCR-SR85 camcorders provide you with continuous recording (LP mode) of up to 41 hours, where as the 40GB DCR-SR65 and 30GB DCR-SR45 models provide up to 27 and 20 hours respectively.

Canon HG10 is the smallest high definition hard drive camcorder in the world. The camcorder weighs just over 1.2 lbs and is Canon first HD hard drive camcorder. The model has 40GB hard disk that provides 5.5 hours of AVCHD recording, when set to the highest quality setting, compressing the video at 15Mbps.

However, some buyers tend to think that a removable storage media, such as a tape, or a removable memory card, is an advantage. Panasonic in its new SDR-H18 has provided the option of either recording your video shoots to a built-in 30GB hard disk, or to a SD/SDHC flash memory card, with no change in video quality.

JVC Everio GZ-MG360 is the new super-slim designed 60GB hard drive camcorder recently launched by JVC. This camcorder offers 35x optical zoom, along with integrated auto illumination, high performance Konica lens, and provides you with 75 hours of video shooting. The camcorder also features a slot for microSD Card, which can be used for storing videos and stills which you would want to share.

I, myself, just recently bought the Sony DCR-SR42. It is so nice to not have those pesky tapes anymore.