The Japanese always manage to get the best cell phones first and we always hope they trickle over to the U.S. and the new Sharp Aquos Fulltouch 931SH is no exception to the rule. This new cell phone is an obvious response to the iPhone and its touch technology. The one thing that sets this cell phone apart is the incredible screen resolution of 1024 x 480, bringing it close to that of a netbook. The 931SH also incorporates a 5.2 megapixel camera with stabilizer technology, a 1seg TV tuner, Bluetooth with A2DP, an accelerometer, web browser, media player, a microSD slot and of course, a touch screen as the name implies. The phone also works on all 3G networks, making it viable for U.S. as well as world-wide consumption, although no time-frame has been mentioned.
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Still can’t get used to that touchscreen or want to text faster? We have found an inexpensive Irxon mini wireless keyboard for PCs, PDAs, portable game systems and cell phones. The device is SIG Bluetooth V2.0 with the 4GHz ISM band wireless frequency standard and an HID profile V1.0. At a size of 5.51 x 2.83 x 0.51-inches and a weight of 5.5 oz, the keyboard is powered by 2 AAA batteries and carries a MSRP of $31.41.
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It may not have speech recognition like the nüvi 880 GPS, but the new Garmin nüvi 785T does tell you which lane you should be in (and includes a mute button) so you don’t have to take along that annoying third cousin. Garmin’s lane assist technology guides you to the correct lane for an approaching turn or exit, making unfamiliar intersections and exits easy to navigate; realistically displaying road signs and junctions on your route. For hands-free calling, the unit also includes A2DP Bluetooth wireless technology, with a built in microphone and touchscreen keypad.
The 785T also offers real-time traffic info, news, stocks, current events and more via MSN Direct with the first three months provided for free, after which you’ll have to subscribe for about $50/year if you want to continue using the service.
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Dell has officially announced the newest member to their netbook family of mini laptops, the Inspiron Mini 12. The Mini 12 comes with an Intel Atom Z520 1.3GHz or the Z530 1.6GHZ processor, 80GB hard drive, 1GB of RAM, Bluetooth, WiFi, a Webcam and a 12-inch display. The laptop comes loaded with Windows Vista Home Basic, and has a starting price of less than $600. The Mini 12 is currently only available in Japan, but will come to the U.S. soon.
The specs make this a very capable machine, but running Vista with only 1GB of RAM make take some of the wind out of its sprint. You could always load it with XP when it arrives and then have a very fast machine, the likes of the MacBook Air, but for a fraction of the price.
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You can now pre-order the ASUS Limited Edition U6 Bamboo Notebook. The U6V-B1 features an Intel Core 2 Duo Processor, a12.1-inch WXGA LED backlit wide panel, NVIDIA GeForce 9300M GS graphics with 256 MB RAM, a fingerprint reader, Bluetooth capability, a 0.3 megapixel webcam, and both an eSATA and HDMI port. At a size of 15.2 x 9.6 x 1.2-inches, you can sign up for the environmentally friendly laptop at Amazon for $1,999.00.
We know we can’t afford those high end cellies, but we covet them all the same. Motorola has introduced its Aura with 16 million color support and a 300dpi resolution. The stainless steel case takes 2 weeks to make with a finish that is used on luxury watches. Even the swivel mechanism is custom engineered by the Swiss. Inside there is a 2 megapixel cam, 2GB memory, stereo Bluetooth, a music player, GSM support, and Motorola’s CrystalTalk with speakerphone capability. The Aura should be out in time for the holiday season, undoubtedly at a price that none of us can afford.
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Asus has released their R710 PND with Pathfinder HUD (Heads-Up Display) technology that allows users to project directions, speed, etc. on car windshields. The GPS system has a 5-inch touchscreen, Bluetooth capability and built-in light sensor. The R710 will also play MP3s, videos and display pictures for those times when you are stuck in traffic. Its MicroSD card slot can handle up to 8GB. At a thickness of only 13.5mm and a weight of only 200g, contact Asus for price and availability.
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Take your often empty car cup holder and turn it into a Bluetooth hands-free music player. The EGO CUP connects to your cigarette lighter and gives you Caller ID, A2DP and AVRCP music streaming, an FM transmitter and an auxiliary input. The device has a built-in loudspeaker and Li-ion battery with 500 hours of standby and 7 hours of talk time. The EGO can also be mounted with velcro on your dashboard or other surface. A microphone and iGrip mounting bracket is included in the $159.00 price.
If you live in Michigan, you couldn’t help but be inundated with news about the official unveiling of the Chevy Volt. Run on electricity from its 16-kWh, lithium-ion battery, it has a gas/E85-powered engine to sustain the battery and keep the car moving. GM estimates that a driver who drives about 40 miles per day should save about $1,500 a year. Other features include a 7-inch touchscreen display, climate and infotainment controls, GPS, and Bluetooth capability. Unfortunately, GM won’t even begin production until 2010 on the $40,000 car.
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Iqua has come out with the VizorSun, a solar speaker that can be used with any Bluetooth capable phone that supports headset or hands free usage. With a flexible UI panel and large buttons that you can find without groping, you get unlimited talk time provided your visor isn’t terribly tinted and the sun is still out. The VizorSun features answer/end/reject call, last number redial, voice dial, call waiting, mute, fast dial, and auto-reconnect. Contact Iqua for more info and price.
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