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Top 5 new lifestyle gadgets. Time to upgrade?

1. Sony Playstation Portable, PSP 3000

The new Sony PSP 3000

The new Sony PSP 3000

The new PSP 3000 looks awfully similar to the older PSP 2000 but will feature 2 or 3 new features that might be worth upgrading. However if you are the owner of the first generation PSP 1000, the upgrade decision is really a no-brainer. The 2 most worthy new features are:

(i). A new 4.3″ TFT 640 x 272 pixels, 16.7M colors display with a anti-reflective coating. This should translate into sharper, brighter, better outdoor viewing, and more colorful images. Compared to the PSP 2000, the new PSP 3000 has twice the color gamut, five times the contrast ratio and, a response time that’s twice as fast. This improvement alone is worth upgrading.

(ii). A built-in microphone. This will enable the PSP 3000 to be used as a VOIP device though the use of the Skype service.

For Sony Press Release go to here. The PSP 3000 will go on sale worldwide on 15th. Oct 2008. Estimated Price: USD294. The current Slim & Lite PSP model is retailing at RM799 per unit at Sony Style Malaysia. So the new PSP 3000 should be around RM1,000 or less per unit.

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2. iPhone 2.0 Software Update for iPod Touch & The App Store

The App Store* comes to iPod Touch.

The App Store comes to iPod touch.* (*Access to the App Store requires the iPhone 2.0 Software Update for iPod touch)

Since the iPhone 3G is not officially available in Malaysia yet, the iPod touch is the next greatest thing since sliced bread. The iPhone 2.0 software update was made available for iPod touch since last month and the killer application that comes with the upgrade is the App Store. Since iTunes Store are not yet available for Malaysia, the next best thing is the App Store. With App Store, you just need to register with a valid credit card once, and every time thereafter you can start to purchase any applications like software upgrade, productivity apps and games from App Store.

Quoting from Apple website: “iPod touch applications are unlike anything you’ve ever seen on a mobile device. The world’s best developers are creating applications to leverage the groundbreaking technology in iPod touch, such as the Multi-Touch interface, the accelerometer, real-time 3D graphics, and 3D positional audio. It’s all part of the iPhone 2.0 Software Update for iPod touch.*” For more details go to here.

Other new features include:

  • Push Email with Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync
  • Updated Language and Keyboard Support
  • Contacts Search
  • Multiple Calendars
  • Scientific Calculator
  • Improved Mail Attachment Viewing
  • New Mail Management Features
  • MobileMe

Some of the games available from App Store are quite fun to play. Some are chargeable and some are free. The most interesting game I found is the Super Monkey Ball from SEGA. It’s priced at USD9.95 per download and the goal of the game is to guide a monkey enclosed in a bubble to negotiate many levels of obstacle course to earn points. The accelerometer function of the iPod touch will enable it to respond to your movement just by tapping or tilting (forward, backward, left & right) the device.

And for USD0.99 you can purchase the Koi Pond application that will enable you to gaze into a pond of crystal clear water with playful Koi fishes swimming through its shallow depths. When you run your fingers across the cool surfaces of the pond, you can even see water ripples away from your touch. It’s so interactive that you think the fishes are real. You can also download games like Othello, Shanghai Mahjong, Sudoku, 21 Pro:Blackjack and Quick Poker for free.

The iPhone 2.0 Software Update for iPod touch is available now in Malaysia. The update price is USD9.95.

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3. The new Sony VAIO Z Series

The new Sony Z Series is packed with awesome features

The new Sony Z Series is packed with some truly awesome features

While the Sony VAIO Z Series is not as slick or “zen-like” as the MacBook Air or as light as the Lenovo ThinkPad X300, it is one of the most attractively designed notebook with some powerful features to boot.

Compared to MacBook Air and Lenovo ThinkPad X300, the Sony VAIO Z Series advantages are:

  • Intel® CoreTM2 Duo Processor P8600 (2.40 GHz)
  • Memory Bus : 1066 MHz
  • 2 GB DDR3 SDRAM  (Max: 4 GB)
  • 250 GB HDD (Serial ATA, 5400 rpm)
  • Dedicated Video Memory : 256 MB (SPEED MODE)
  • 13.1″ wide (WXGA++: 1600 x 900) TFT color display (Clear Tough LCD [Rich Color])
  • Wireless LAN Type : Integrated Wireless LAN IEEE 802.11b/g/Draft n (except MacBook Air)
  • Bundled Battery : VGP-BPS12 Lithium-ion battery: up to 5.5 hours of use
  • Size: [Dimensions (WxHxD) : 314 x 24.5-33.0 x 210 m] [Weight : 1.48 kg (including the supplied battery)]- not an advantage for Sony VAIO Z Series

The Sony VAIO Z Series is available from Sony Style Malaysia now. The published retail price per unit is RM7,988.

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4. BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone

The sleek BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone

The sleek BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone

The new BlackBerry® Bold™ smartphone is easily one of the best looking smartphone to have come out from Research In Motion Limited’s stable of some really ugly phones. While it might not quite rival’s Apple iPhone in term of design yet, it really is a step in the right direction, design wise for RIM. I would actually consider getting one to replace my Nokia phone as soon as it is available from Maxis.

Below are some of the standard features of the phone:

  • Email and Text Messaging
  • Phone
  • Instant Messaging
  • Camera and Video Recording
  • Media Player
  • Social Networking
  • Organizer
  • Internet Browser
  • BlackBerry® Maps
  • GPS Capabilities
  • Corporate Data Access
  • SureType Keyboard Technology
  • Tethered Modem Capability
  • Bluetooth Wireless Technology

BlackBerry® Bold selected hardware specifications:

  • 4.8 oz/136g (Weight)
  • Half VGA resolution 480 x 320 pixel color display
  • Transmissive TFT LCD, supports over 65,000 colors
  • GSM Talk Time: 4.3 hours; GSM Standby Time: 9 days
  • UMTS Talk Time: 4 hours; UMTS Standby Time: 10.5 days
  • Expandable memory – support for microSD™ card
  • 1GB On-board + 128 MB Flash
  • RIM® wireless mode
  • Integrates with an existing enterprise email account
  • Integrates with existing personal email account
  • Password protection and keyboard lock
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11a/b/g
  • UMTS: 2100/1900/850 MHz
  • EDGE networks
  • HSDPA network

The phone should be available from Maxis from October 2008. Please check out Maxis or Celcom website for more information. The actual pricing is not out yet but Maxis has quoted an estimated price of RM2,XXX on their website.

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5. Sony HDR-TG1E pocket-sized full HD camcorder

Sony HDR-TG1E

Sony HDR-TG1E - World's smallest, slimmest & lightest Full HD camcorder.

The HDR-TG1E Handycam® camcorder records Full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution video from a stylish, ultra-compact design with tough, scratch-resistant titanium body. Superb picture quality with Face Detection and 5.1 ch surround sound.

  • Pure titanium body with scratch-resistant Premium Hard Coating
  • 1920 x 1080i Full HD Recording
  • ClearVid CMOS Sensor with “Exmor”-derived technology
  • BIONZ Image Processor
  • Face Detection for movies and photos
  • D-Range Optimizer
  • x.v.Colour
  • Dolby® Digital 5.1 Creator with Zoom Mic
  • Carl Zeiss® Vario-Tessar Lens
  • 2.7″ Clear Photo LCD Plus with Touch Panel

The Sony HDR-TG1E is so small, light and handy that I can carry it around almost anywhere and anytime. With a 16 GB memory stick, I can record almost 100 minute on AVCHD 16M (FH) (1920x1080i) HD Picture Quality Mode. Playback on any flat panel LCD TV is really incredible with full HD quality. Once the camcorder is docked and linked to a notebook, the video files can easily be downloaded and processed with the bundled Sony software. Simple editing can be done very quickly and the video can be converted to MPEG-2 or WMA format for upload to YouTube quickly and easily.

The Sony HDR-TG1E is available from Sony since July 2008 and the published retail price is RM3,999 per set.

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