Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Circuit City ships fast

I've been pleasantly surprised at the speed of circuit city's free shipping. I bought a christmas present for my husband and it was here in three or four days. I ordered a present for me on black Saturday and it is here by Wednesday. That means it got here in 5 days with a weekend in there. To me that is really good.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

Upgrade my PDA? on finding a portable wifi media device

I'm considering upgrading from my Dell Axim x30. I like it. But it has been flaking out recently. (Note: since I've started looking at other devices it suddenly decided it had 2 more megs of memory and has stopped crashing so much.) I really do like my Axim. It does everything I want it to, at least most of the time. Since it is older it has started having trouble with flash-based webpages (ebay crashes it almost every time). With Christmas and my birthday coming up, I decided to take a look around and see if there were any devices worth upgrading to. First thing I learned was that Dell has stopped making Axims. Oh well.

The devices I came across that mostly fit my needs were the nokia n800, the iPod touch, the Asus 626, the archos 605, and the Sony mylo.

I've noticed I really don't use the PDA functions of my Axim much. It might be because text entry is such a pain in the fanny. The hand writing recognition just doesn't work for me, so I'm typing on the little key board with the stylus. This means I use it for reading email, but not responding.

Features I want:
  1. can read ebooks
  2. Wi-fi
  3. email
  4. rss
  5. general web browsing
  6. flash support
  7. resonable text entry
  8. decent battery life
  9. internet videos (like and
  10. music and movies
  11. can add on programs
Here's the devices I've found so far that might work. They all fall in the $200-300 range and have WiFi:
  1. Nokia n800 (internet access device)
  2. iPod touch (media player)
  3. Asus mypal a626 (PDA)
  4. Archos 605 (media player)
  5. Sony Mylo
Note: please be aware that except for the Axim x30 I do not own any of the above mentioned products. I'm basing my reviews on my needs and the reviews of others.

Products in depth:

Product Name: Dell Axim x30
Size: 3 in x 0.6 in x 4.8 in
Screen Size: 3.2, 240 X 320
Weight: 4.9 oz
Battery life: 4 hrs. 30 min, or 2.5 hrs according to mobile review
opperating system: Windows Mobile 2003 2nd Edition
memory: 64 MB, 64 mb ram
memory expansion type: SD
browser: Pocket Internet Explorer
flash: sort of
formats supported: mp3, wma, .txt,
text entry: stylus
websites: cnet

1. Product Name: Nokia n800 Internet Tablet PC
Size: 5.7 x 2.95 x 0.5 inches (WxHxD)
Screen Size: 4.1 inch (800 X400 pixel)
weight: 7.27 oz
Battery life: 3 hours
opperating system: Maemo
memory: 256 MB flash, 128 MB RAM
memory expansion type: SD (2 slots, 2 gig limit)
browser: Opera
flash: flash 7
formats supported: AAC, AMR, MP2, MP3, WAV, WMA, Real Audio
text entry: stylus, touch screen keyboard
quirks: video play back issues, lots of free programs available, video camera
websites: cnet, amazon

2. Product Name: Apple ipod Touch
Size: 4.3 x 2.4 x 0.31
Screen Size: 3.5 inch,
Weight: 4.2 ounces
Battery life: 6 hours
opperating system: apple
memory: 8 gig
memory expansion type: None (no extra slots)
browser: safari
flash: no
formats supported: AAC, Protected AAC, MP3, MP3 VBR, Audible 2, Audible 3, Audible 4, Apple Lossless, WAV, AIFF, mpeg-4
text entry: touch screen
quirks: can't paste text, you tube player which means safari can't handle youtube
websites: cnet, amazon

3. Product Name: Asus mypal a626
Size: 2.8 x 0.6 x 4.6 inches
Screen Size: 3.5-inch TFT LCD touchscreen with 65k colors, 240 x 320-pixel resolution (QVGA)
Weight: 5.57 ounces
Battery life: 4.5 hrs
opperating system: Microsoft Windows Mobile 5.0
memory: 128 MB Flash ROM and 64 MB SDRAM
memory expansion type: SD
browser: Pocket IE
formats supported: MP3, WMA
text entry: Stylus
websites: zdnet, mobile review, amazon

4. Product Name: Archos 605
Size: 5.1 x 3 x 0.65 inches (W x H x D)
Screen Size: 4.3 in, 480 x 272
Weight: 9.5 oz
Battery life: 4.7 hours
opperating system:
memory: 4 gig
memory expansion type: SD
browser: Opera (extra $30)
flash: yes
formats supported: MP3, WAV, WMA, protected WMA, JPEG, BMP, PNG, MEGP-4, and WMV
text entry: touch screen
quirks: have to pay for other features, doesn't appear to do email
websites: cnet, amazon

5. Product Name: Sonly Mylo
Size: 4.8 in x 0.9 in x 2.5 in Screen Size: 2.4-inch LCD display (320 x 240 resolution),
Weight: 5.3 oz
Battery life:
opperating system: linux (closed source)
memory: 1 Gig
memory expansion type: memory stick pro duo
browser: opera
flash: no
formats supported: MP3, WMA, ATRAC3
text entry: keyboard
quirks: for college students, doesn't seem like it will do ebooks
websites: cnet, decent review

if I upgrade, it would probably be to a Nokia n800 or the asus mypal 626

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Birthday list 2007

OK, it's November, here's my birthday list (it's much shorter thanks to all the early birthday presents):
I can dream (aka really expensive):