The new 3G iPhone promises something for everyone - even engineers.
The new 3G iPhone has arrived with a tweaked design and packed to the brim with features. Now we have access to a fast HSDPA network, Microsoft Exchange server email, and support for a myriad of third-party software from the iPhone App Store. Quite simply, this is the phone we have been waiting for. The basic phone function has a crisp sound. Apple has replaced the aluminum silver back with a plastic face in either white or black to save on cost, but overall the new design has been streamlined. Adding a Microsoft Exchange or MobileMe account is a breeze and syncing contact details and emails simple. Be aware that if you have a personal calendar this will be replaced by the work one. The GPS function is welcome and works well. Also, you may like the scientific calculator feature. However, with the 3G turned on all the time, you'll be lucky to get a full day out of it. Therefore, you should turn on 3G only when downloading large files or using Safari. The camera is still a little disappointing and there are no multimedia messaging capabilities or video recording. Also missing is a landscape keyboard and an external memory card slot - although we may be treated to a 32GB model within six months.
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Iqua 603 Sun
Are your ears burning? That's not to suggest that this solar-powered Bluetooth headset overheats while harvesting its energy from the Sun from its inbuilt solar cell. This promises an infinite standby time with 12 hours' talk time. But just in case, it comes with a wall charger and an inbuilt mini USB port.
Humax 9300T Digital TV Recorder
Humax's new twin-tuner Freeview+ digital TV recorder (DTR), gives you access to up to 48 Freeview channels plus a host of recording features, so viewers need never miss their favourite shows. This model boasts a massive 320GB hard drive, which can store up to 200 hours of programming, as well as image upscaling for improved picture quality for viewers with an HD-ready TV. Available in a stylish black finish, it features an eight-day on-screen electronic programme guide
Philips' entry-level programmable model remote control is targeted at digital TV and HD sources which are fast becoming a common feature of most living rooms. It promises to make life that bit simpler by controlling up to 15 devices from a choice of 26 different categories, and covering products from most consumer electronics brands. It features an on-board set-up wizard where the codes are stored. In this sense it differs from its competitors like Logitech's Harmony remote, which uses the Internet to update the codes. Setting up individual devices is a cinch, but programming activities are more difficult. We particularly liked the clear colour display with individual channel logos.
Polaroid is best known as the company that pioneered instant photography 60 years ago. It's hoping to replicate its success with its new portable colour photo printer. It uses a Bluetooth or USB connection to receive pictures and print colour digital photos without the need for ink cartridges or ribbons. The pictures print in one minute and are instantly dry to the touch, all without the anticipatory joy of waiting for self-developing film to finish. It uses a unique composite paper which houses cyan, yellow and magenta dye crystals in a protective coat. Heat activation brings the photos to life by colourising the crystals, resulting in high quality images.