Mercedes is on a model-refresh rampage. Following the very successful update to the C-Class for 2008, and last week's CLS-class makeover announcement, comes news and images of the 2009 SL roadster. On the outside, the convertible gets a new schnoz with a grille face-lift and new headlights, as well as a couple of power domes on the hood. Inside, the COMAND system that so underwhelmed us in our review of the 2007 SL550 is augmented with a hard-drive based navigation system and music server. Interestingly (and somewhat disappointingly), the new SL does not receive S-Class-level cabin tech upgrade that … Read more
Palm has decided to close its retail stores as it faces the effects of a class-action lawsuit filed by Treo owners.
Palm announced on Wednesday that Treo 600 and 650 owners who have had their units replaced or repaired at least twice are eligible for cash rebates on new Palm smartphones, as part of a settlement of a class-action suit filed in 2005. The company will also repair any Treo 600 or 650 that hasn't failed twice, but is outside of the original warranty.
Thursday brought news that the company's 34 stores--eight Palm-branded locations and 26 stores that … Read more
Though it was announced earlier this year, the Samsung SGH-G600 made a guest appearance at CES. Like the SGH-G800, the G600 is a 5-megapixel camera phone with lots of photo-editing features. The thin slider design may look like a lot of Moto phones before it, but it has a solid feel in the hand, and the opening mechanism is sturdy.
Features inside include full Bluetooth, a digital music player, a document viewer, e-mail and messaging, a speakerphone, 40MB of internal memory plus a microSD card slot, USB 2.0, a 16-million color display, and personal organizer applications. The SGH-G600 is … Read more
Samsung showed off a series of new cell phone speakers at CES. On the bottom row are the cube-shaped ASP800 (left) and the ASP600 (right), and on the top left is the circular ASP700. The white color scheme is an interesting design choice, but we like the minimalist look.
As they were behind glass, we weren't able to inspect them closely, but we did get a short demonstration. Like the similar products from LG and Sony Ericsson they seemed decent on the whole. No, they won't replace your living room sound system, but they're perfectly fine for … Read more
It's billed as "the world's fastest urban car." And while we're not entirely sure how the Tango T600 two-seater on display here at SEMA gains that distinction, the narrow electric-powered kit car does have some notable performance figures. According to Commuter Cars Corporation, its Washington-based manufacturer, the 39-inch-wide Tango can apparently get itself from 0 to 60mph in around four seconds and has a reported top speed of 130mph.
And don't worry about the Tango T600 tipping over when thrown into corners--the 2,000-pound lead acid battery pack gives it the equivalent of a … Read more
Okay, let's get to the most asked question about this Samsung G600 I just got: 5.0 megapixels is great, but does that mean you can leave your digital camera at home?
For me, yes, but it all boils down to how perfect you need your shots to be. There's no question the pictures are high quality. The built-in flash and auto-focus make you feel like Annie Liebowitz, but you won't quite be shooting at her level! However, it is better than any other cell phone's pictures I've every seen, so my Coolpix is done … Read more
How about 5 megapixels of camera in a 2.2-inch cell phone? That's quite a trick.
And after using the Samsung G600 for just a day, I already want to alert you: this is one you should check out.
It's certainly not as much of a style cell (such as the iPhone or the Prada phone) but its black/gray casing shows class. And yes, I admit my proclivity to sliders (this one is smooth as silk). But it's just got the right feel. Not too heavy, but not so light as to feel cheap. Music sounds … Read more
FARMINGTON, N.M.--One of the many gadgets I've been carting around with me on Road Trip 2007 is Altec Lansing's iM600 iPod speaker system.
I personally own a much earlier iPod speaker from Altec Lansing, and I've enjoyed it for a long time, though I've often wished it had a little more oomph.
Well, the iM600 has answered that desire, and for a remarkably affordable price: only $150 gets you this sweet compact little device.
Here's what it has: an easy-to-fit iPod dock (with plug-ins for iPod Nanos and older models), as well as … Read more
There are scads of devices designed to monitor performance while running on the track or treadmill, ranging from MP3 players to running shoes. But digital health equipment pioneer Polar has made it a mission to come up with an electronic fitness aid for cyclists as well.
The CS600 is like an on-board computer with its own software, which Gadgetell says was developed with the help of six teams from last year's Tour de France, "evaluating your heart's performance, bike speed, altitude and cadence." But be warned: Good health often comes at a price, and in this … Read more
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