The unit has a 65,000 color screen with 220 by 176 pixel resolution. The battery life has been bumped up to 15 hours per charge (so why can't the black and white iPod have more than 12 hours?), and iTunes will import album art for display purposes, and will also be responsible for synching photos to the iPod. Supported applications for image management are iPhoto (for Mac users) and Adobe Photohop Elements or Album on the PC side. As for iTunes, in order to synch your pictures you will need to download the new version 4.7.
The cost of the iPod Photo will be $500 for the 40 GB model and $600 for the 60 GB. I am sure they will be popping up on the free stuff sites soon enough. If you can't wait for that, Apple is scheduled to begin shipping the new iPod's within the next two weeks.
One of the nicer features of the iPod Photo is that the dock has an S-Video out (along with regular video) that can be used to play slideshows (with or without music) on any television. In fact, if you are using a widescreen display, the iPod will adjust the photos automatically for that aspect ratio!
If you are in the market for a 20 GB iPod, and are also a die-hard U2 fan, then the U2 iPod Special Edition is right up your ally. For just $349 USD you will get Apple's first ever colored iPod, which you can see is black with a red click wheel. Turn the iPod over, and you have each member of U2's autograph. With your purchase, you will also receive an exclusive U2 poster and the signature white iPod earbuds.
If $349 USD sounds a bit steep for a 20 GB iPod, this unit also includes an iTunes Music Store coupon you can use to get $50 off the purchase of "The Complete U2" album. Also remember, if you want to get your regular 20 GB iPod painted elsewhere, it will cost you $99 USD.
Yes, you read that right. What is arguably the hottest phone currently available right now for all the hipsters out there can be had for just $24.99. The T-Mobile Sidekick II (a.k.a. HipTop 2) is a great device, combining a cell phone with internet browsing and an IM client. The negative? It only works with T-Mobile, so good luck finding reception. Some things are just too good to be true.
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Previous reports have been confirmed, as Apple announced the new iPod Photo line today. Here are some images for now - and they are gorgeous. The Apple iPod Photo is available in 40 GB and 60 GB models, and both music and photos sync with iTunes 4.7. Back with full specs in a bit.
We haven't been too impressed with the latest offerings from palmOne. The new T5 really could've used some built-in WiFi and voice-recording, and the slider design in previous models were an unnecessary mechanic. Hopefully, today's introduction of the new Treo 650 will get folks excited again. It's considered an evolution of the 600 model. Some key new features include an improved 312 Mhz Intel PXA270 processor, a new 320x320 High resolution TFT screen, built in Bluetooth, non-volatile flash memory, a removable battery, and a new connector. The camera is still .3 megapixels. I've had some limited experience with the older model and my big thumbs really couldn't come to grips with the little keyboard. Still, this is one of their better overall devices. The Treo 650 will be available as either a digital dual-band CDMA/1xRTT or a GSM/GPRS/EDGE quad-band world phone, with pricing to be set by individual carriers. Carrier availability is expected to begin later this year in the US, with worldwide rollout to follow in 2005.
Didn't get to mention it on the Rio Carbon review a while ago, but the carry case that comes packed with the unit itself is a real piece of crap. It's quite hard to slide the Carbon out of the case, and though it allows access to the power and scroll wheel, it completely covers the display. Enter Vaja and its wonderfully crafted cases, made specifically for the Carbon. Vaja makes some really classy leather-based cases for a variety of portables, and just seeing that I could access the D-pad and the screen makes me want to have one. Plus you can get them custom-embossed with whatever text you'd like. There is a downside, of course. Cases are about $55, and that's without tax, shipping, or embossing.
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If you have been on the fence about paying for a satellite radio subscription (or if you just like free stuff), you may be pleased to know that XM Satellite Radio is offering a free 3 day trial subscription to anyone interested. The best part? You don't even need a credit card to sign up.
There are a few drawbacks, however. I signed up for the trial to see how the online version worked. First of all, although it's XM Satellite Radio online, know in advance that you will not be getting satellite quality sound. Instead, you will have access to a myriad of station at 33 kbps. In addition, if you are a Firefox fanboy, be prepared to fire up Internet Explorer if you want to use XM Online. Also, you will only have access to 75 XM channels. This is about 50 channels shy of XM's full satellite radio offering.
Still, it's nice to have so many selections available right at your desktop.
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