It’s about time that QWERTY keyboard cell phones started becoming affordable. Verizon has introduced the Blitz, a landscape oriented slider phone with a 2.2-in display with 220x176 pixel resolution. It also features a 1.3 mp camera and microSD slot. It has Bluetooth 2.0 capability with A2DP for stereo headsets, and of course it has VZ navigator and can receive V CAST Music with a Rhapsody subscription. You can get the electric blue Blitz now for $69.99 online with a 2 year subscription.
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Alpine Electronics usually creates automobile audio/video gadgets and speakers, and now they are going further into GPS territory with their PND-K3. It features an updated interface from their BlackBird II, text-to-speech ability, integrated Bluetooth, and comes preloaded with Navteq maps of the U.S. and Canada with about 6 million points of interest. It has a 4.3-inch touchscreen, an SD expansion slot, customizable map and menu colors, and carries an MSRP of ~$550.00.
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Sony has a new Bluetooth clip-on with a connecting range of 10 meters and a 12 hour playback capacity or 200 hour standby. Available in black, silver, white, or pink, the open air dynamic earphones have a frequency response of 16 to 24,000Hz, a charge time of 3 hours, and have functions of playback, stop, pause, and tune sending. The DR-BT140QP comes with a built-in lithium-ion rechargeable battery and for now are only in Japan at a price of $149.99.
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Dell isn’t the only one with a mini-desktop. Shuttle’s KPC 4800 has an optical drive and runs Foresight Linux, with an option for Windows Vista. It features dual-monitor support and you can sync your cellie, play tunes from your MP3 Player, organize your photos, use included office application, or go Bluetooth. You can also expand from the standard 512MB of memory to 2GB or add another hard drive. Note that with the inexpensive price starting at ~$99.99, you are on your own when it comes to peripherals.
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The ZRad Flexii Car FM Music Transmitter utilizes Bluetooth technology to speak to others via cell phone through a built-in DSP mic. It also displays music files that have been downloaded to SD card or flash drive and will pause the tunes when calls come in or go out. Connect it via its 12V cigarette lighter power jack. The hands-free kit remembers the music, tracks, and frequency of what you play, is compatible with most MP3 players and the iPhone, comes with a remote, and is available for $59.99.
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Polaroid has decided that it’s time you “free the photos” with its PoGo inkless digital printer. The pocket-sized device gives you full-color images from your cellie or digital cam with Bluetooth PictBridge. The 2 x 3-inch prints take only about 60 seconds created out of ZINK dye crystals. The PoGo is only 0.93 X 2.83 X 4.72-inches, weighs 8 oz., and comes with a 7.2V rechargeable lithium-ion battery and AC adapter. Look for them in July at Target and Best Buy.
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What do you get when you cross a Roomba with Pac-man? In Ron Tajima’s case, you get a Pacmba (don’t ask us how to pronounce it.) He took his droid vacuum, tacked on a board with 448 LEDs, and added a Bluetooth remote with circuit driver. Of course, he had to have something for the little guy to chomp on. This is Ron’s second foray into hacking his Roomba. We cannot wait to see what he will come up with next.
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Sony has finally brought Rolly to the States. As you recall, the egg-shaped musical device grooves to the music, includes 2GB of flash memory, has Bluetooth and USB capability, and MP3 and ATRAC music support. Rolly comes preloaded with the theme from “2001 – A Space Odyssey”, Avril Lavigne’s “Girlfriend” and Earth, Wind, & Fire’s “Boogie Wonderland.” Available in black or white, that better be a some incredible choreography for the $399.99 price tag.
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Verizon’s newest mobile offering is the Motorola W755 cellie. The black slate or purple flip phone has a 1.3 megapixel cam, a memory card slot, Bluetooth capability, VZ Navigator GPS, text and multimedia ability, and a music player with external controls. It supports Verizon’s 3G EV-Do network and, as per usual, there is an online deal attached. The $119.99 price with a 2-year contract and a $50.00 instant discount knocks that sucker down to a feasible $69.99.
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The Multifunction GPS Bluetooth Rearview Mirror System can do almost everything except play the violin. With a reverse sensor system, the 3.35-inch TFT touchscreen is also an MP3 and MP4 player with built-in speaker, an E-book for when you are stuck in traffic, support for PDFs, and GPS with voice prompts and auto-reroute. With an SD/MMC card slot, it has 5 included games, a stylus pen, and runs on DC 9V-13V. Did we mention it also has hands-free Bluetooth capability and Caller ID? At a reported price of £145.00 (~$282.00,) you will never have to leave your garage to have fun.
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