September 2007 Archives
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Yesterday, along with other members of the press, we got a chance to meet and greet the new iPod family when Apple had a product briefing at the Makati Shangrila.
Aside from the obvious stars of the show, the iPod Touch and the 3rd generation Nano, they also talked about the changes in the Shuffle and the iPod classic.
Getting a physical make over, the new Shuffles come in new color variants which are more apt for the season. The iPod Classic, on the other hand, sports a new all-metal enclosure with huge storage capacities of 80 GB and 160 GB.
The iPod Touch, regardless of how many times I’ve seen it on the Internet in both still and video demos, still manages to amaze me and even more so the rest of the crowd especially now that it’s just a few feet away from us. The iTunes Music Store feature is retained in the Asian version of the Touch, but iTunes Store purchasing is still not available.
The Nano, as we reported earlier in this month, is now thinner and much smaller and comes with a larger screen to make watching videos more enjoyable. What’s interesting to note is that aside from the usual composite connection to the TV, it also allows for component connection to the modern LCD TV.
The SRP (inclusive of VAT) of these new iPods are as follows:
iPod shuffle P5,090.00
iPod nano 4GB/8B P9,090.00/P12,390.00
iPod Classic 80GB/160GB P15,790.00/P22,090.00
iPod Touch 8GB/16GB P19,090.00/P25,490.00
The Shuffe, Nano and Classic are already available, while the Touch is expected to come out next month.
Water, without a doubt, is the source of all life, but for our beloved gadgets, it is the venom that will most likely end its electronic existence. Thank God for companies like SwimMan who are in the business of water-proofing mp3 players and headphones.
As a treat for iPod Shuffle fanatics, they’ve come up with the first fully water-resistant 2nd generation Shuffle. Yes, you can completely submerge this DAP up to 10 feet deep without worrying about damage from water. Say goodbye to those bulky waterproof cases or those cheap unreliable plastic covers. With the 100 % water-proofed iPod Shuffle, you’re sure to have your tunes by your side whereever you go. Take it to the beach, the pool or even in your shower. They sell water-proofed Shuffles and headphones, or you can send them your own shuffle and they'll water-proof it for you.
This is great especially now that it’s the rainy season again and you never know when it’s going to pour. With a water-proofed iPod, you don’t have to worry if it gets wet or not. Your other electronic device, the mobile phone, sad to say, isn’t as fortunate unless it's one of those ancient dust-proof, shock-proof and splash-guarded models.
SwimMan currently doesn't ship to Asia, but I'm sure you have relatives or friends in the US. So, if you really want one, I bet you can find a way to get one.
Places such as Time Zone and Worlds of Fun have become favorite hangouts of teenagers and kids-at-heart for the many games they offer, and the prizes they can win from either tickets they collect or the assortment of crane games available. Come on, don’t tell you’ve never tried those crane games before, trying to win a huge stuffed toy for your girlfriend or a Nintendo Gameboy Advance for yourself? Well, in New Jersey, they’ve taken this game to a whole new level by including the Nintendo Wii and the much coveted iPhone as prizes. You heard me right, those crazy dudes in the US decided use those gadgets as bait for arcade junkies of all ages. Maybe it’s a long shot, but if you do get lucky, think of how much you’ll save by just playing a crane game? Maybe the folks at Time Zone will take their lead or maybe world peace will be achieved next month. Hey, we’re free to dream, right?
Apple just concluded another event, and boy, iPod lovers were treated to not just one, but two new toys to drool over. The iPod Touch inherits the beauty of the dominant touchscreen from the iPhone and Wifi connectivity, while the new iPod Nano gets an upgrade with a larger display and improved user interface, despite shrinking in size.
Personally, the new Nano looks like an obese kid due to its wide size brought about by its large screen. Feature wise, however, this new kid isn't a slacker because it packs in most of the video iPod's features in its redesigned body.
The iPod Touch, on the other hand, can easily be mistaken for the iPhone and is, in reality, a stripped down version of the mobile phone. Of course, being the maiden models of this new series, capacity-wise, the 8 GB and 16 GB model fails in comparison to current iPod models that come in 30+ GB sizes.
Oh, and for those iPhone seekers, Steve also slashed prices of the 8 GB model from $599 to just $399. Available immediately from their online and retail stores. Of course, this is limited to the US only. It could make a mighty fine pasalubong, don't you think?
Along with the new services offered by Nokia, like a bunch of unsigned NBA-bound potentials, these new phones were graciously introduced to the public in hopes of garnering enough interest to be the next pick for your mobile phone line up.
The Nokia 5310 Xpress Music phone carries on the tradition with the signature music controls found beside the screen, but now comes in a much slimmer and more compact form factor. It's got a 2-inch QVGA display, microSD card support and a 2-megapixel camera. It's not 3G-enabled, but that means the price won't be that high either.
The 5610 Xpress Music phone, on the other hand, is a slider that looks quite similar to the star of the night, the N81. What’s unique to this phone is the new slider button which allows for easy navigation through playlists, gallery and the main menu. It comes with a 3.2-megapixel camera and a secondary one for video calls, 3G, and a large 2.2-inch display.
Now, on to the new N-baby of the family. The release of the N81 confirmed the truth to an earlier postthat mentioned the retention of most N-series features. Nokia, however, added something new to the table by announcing that it would be available in two variants: an internal 8GB version and microSD card version. Kind of reminiscent to the whole Music/Internet edition of the early N-series, but they never released both versions at the same time. It would be interesting to find out how the market reacts to this move.
So, which phone's your No.1 pick?