The digital man
May 21, 2009
He lives in the now, in technology’s golden summer, a world in which slick, powerful gadgets complement every aspect of our lives. Whether at home, work or play, Digital Man is on the leading edge—he’s slick, fully-loaded and immaculately informed. Welcome to his world.
Price: Rs 1,48,800+taxes
Website: www.apple.com 2. BlackBerry Pearl Flip As far as smart phones go, the BlackBerry still has no equal. So, while many of the basic functions remain the same—SureType keyboards for easier typing, built-in Wi-Fi, 2 megapixel camera—the USP here is the flip. While it protects the keyboard and screen within, it also has a nifty external display for previewing calendar reminders, e-mails, text messages and phone calls.
Price: Rs 21,990
3. Western Digital Caviar Green 2.0 TB Hard Drive As operating systems get larger, files grow bigger, and there’s more data than you can handle without going insane, data storage becomes paramount. Gone are the days of the puny 320 GB and 500 GB external hard drives. The recently-launched 2 TeraByte hard drive—that’s about 2,000 GB—can store, for example, close to 200 dual layer DVDs. So whatever you throw at it, you’ll just be scratching the surface. What’s more, the IntelliSeek algorithm in the drive lowers power consumption, vibration and noise.
Price: Rs 50,000
5. Logitech X-210 PC Speakers You don’t need a state-of-the-art music system in your office. But you do need good sound definition and a decent subwoofer. Look no further than Logitech, probably the best PC speaker on the market. This one, with its full, rich sound, and full undistorted bass, is just the thing.
6. Samsung ML2245 Printer When looking for a printer, you should consider three things—ease of use, ink wastage and print quality. The ML2245 ticks all the boxes and is attractively priced, too. It isn’t a colour printer, but its small size and easy handling more than makes up for this. The drum and toner on this printer is separate, which means that printing costs are lower and no ink gets wasted. Print quality is high and it’s fast, too, at 22 pages per minute.
7. Sandisk USB Pen Drive No matter how sleek your laptop, it makes no sense to lug it around if you can fit your data onto a pen drive the size of your thumb. Sandisk’s 16 GB pen drive not only has the capacity, but where some pen drives will conk out after a while, this lasts longer than most.
1.Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Sonic Toothbrush Since no two people are the same, Philips has created an electric toothbrush which adapts to different needs. There are two contoured brush head sizes and cleaning speeds and a 30-second interval timer to make sure you brush evenly in all areas.
Price: Rs 3,750 3. Salon Pro Hairdryer from Philips The 1,500-watt Salon Pro has the kind of industrial blast you want from a hairdryer. None of your wimpy rubbish here. With a multiplicity of different heat and speed settings, not to mention ion conditioning, hair damage is minimised.
Price: Rs 2,195
4. Inalsa Hand Blender and Chopper It blends, it chops, it’s slick and silver and comes with a detachable stainless steel shaft. What’s more, it packs a real punch with a 300-watt motor.
5. Morphy Richards Coffee Maker with Frother With the Café Rico, you can select your coffee strength, your flavour and, for a final flourish, it comes with a frother that heats and froths milk to your liking.
6. Osim uSqueez Combining foot reflexology, acupressure and modern technology, Osim uSqueez is just what the doctor ordered for your feet. Four pairs of kneading discs penetrate deep into the muscles and firmly squeeze and energise your calves and ankles. Stimulating vital acupressure points, they soothe away strain and stiffness.
7. Vu Waterproof LCD TV This 15” waterproof LCD TV can withstand any squirts or splashes, so it’s perfect for your bathroom or kitchen. The accompanying full-function remote (water-resistant) is slim and tidy, too. Now, there’s no missing the latest news or that nail-biting match.
Price: Rs 2,24,990
2. Xbox 360 The Xbox 360 and the Sony Playstation 3 tend to cancel each other out on several counts—from the HD DVD vs Blu-ray (Xbox vs Playstation) debate to the number of titles available. Sure, Blu-ray holds more information, hence better quality pictures, sound and graphics. But the discs are expensive, which means there are fewer games—thousands fewer—on Blu-ray than on DVD. Furthermore, the HD DVD format is far from being defunct, so there are plenty more games coming out in this format. That’s why we’re opting for the Xbox. It’s even a decent music player.
3. Samsung Pebble DVD Player A portable DVD player—who doesn’t want one of those? This new Samsung Pebble is an ultra compact HD DVD player, about as small as the old CD players, and it can play various formats. The minimalist design and simple touch-sensitive controls are a joy.
4. Sony HTSF2300
5. Pro-Ject Debut III/Phono SB If you like LPs and want to preserve the rich sounds of your treasured vinyls, this player has an USB port which allows you to digitise the music on your records and preserve them as MP3s or in other lossless formats. If you don’t own any LPs, now is a great time to start collecting.
6. ViewSonic PJD6210 Projector After years of being a strictly-foroffice gadget, the projector is making a big comeback as a great way to watch movies and pictures. This particular one is a light and portable one weighing only 2.4 kg—a great package of clarity and a long lamp-life. There’s even support for HDTV signals.
7. Amazon Kindle 2 Yes, yes, the end of print—we got the memo. That’s why Digital Man uses this fantastic e-book reader from Amazon. It’s a portable reading device that can download books, blogs, magazines and newspapers. It beats the other e-readers because the Kindle is wireless. And it comes with a great selection of books. The reading screen is anti-glare, which means you can read even in direct sunlight and the electronic paper technology uses actual ink (transmitted electronically). The new generation Kindle is as thin as a magazine and holds over 1,500 books.
On the move
Sony’s new in-car CD tuner has it all— USB and Bluetooth, front aux-in interfaces and a quick-search interface that lets you browse MP3 media and supports hands-free through the car stereo.
Price: Rs 11,990
Website: www.sony.co.in 2. Apple iPod Classic
The first and arguably the best MP3 player in the world, with buckets of space (120 GB) that can handle about 30,000 songs. Apart from music, you can play games and watch up to 150 hours of video.
Price: Rs 13,000+taxes
Website: www.apple.co.in 3. Samsung VP-HMX20C Camcorder
Recording movies on a 1080P format with vivid colours, you can shoot around 70 minutes of footage at a go on its 8 GB memory (there’s provision for an additional 4 GB of memory, too).
Price: Rs 59,900
4. Nintendo DSi Portable Console
5. Nokia 6710 Navigator Phone
The 12.1 MP SX200 takes surprisingly good high resolution pictures for its size. It has an impressive 12x zoom and an Intelligent Contrast Correction feature.
7. Nikon D90 Digital SLR camera
8. Sony Vaio P
On the phone
1. Vertu Pure
The legend of the Vertu phone—the scratchless sapphire screen, handmade by craftsmen, the data back up in a bunker in England—now has a new chapter. In a first for handsets, the Vertu Pure combines high-tech coloured ceramic with fine leather. The colouring process takes about two years and like all Vertu pieces, all ceramic parts have been manufactured individually in order to achieve the ideal size and the ultimate alignment. The result is a modern, elegant piece, pure and striking in its simplicity. You don’t buy a Vertu for the functions, you buy it because you can.
Price: Rs 4,44,971
2. Samsung Pixon M8800
The ultimate push mail device for the man on the move, Nokia’s E75 can support as many as 16 e-mail accounts. And they’re easy to set up. The intuitive user interface comes in two customisable home screen modes for business and personal use. It displays alerts for up to two e-mail accounts on the home screen and navigating between separate accounts is a breeze.
Price: Rs 23,999
4. HTC Touch HD
5. LG Cookie
Text by Bibek Bhattacharya and Anumeha Chaturv