LG’s slick new cell has a familiar face
October 15, 2007
—Our long national nightmare is finally over: The LG Prada phone
is coming to the U.S. Sorry, just kidding, but the company’s new Voyager model is the next best thing, with a similarly sleek form factor and an equally elegant touchscreen, a first for an American LG. (So is it the exact same screen as found on the Prada phone? LG’s U.S. reps wouldn’t say; we’ll take that as a “probably.”) While the Voyager is heavier than its Italian cousin—4.7 ounces versus three—you get something useful for that extra heft: a foldout keyboard for texting and e-mailing the old-fashioned (and, yes, superior) way. (The Voyager’s actually a sequel to LG’s popular enV phone, which offered a similar approach, sans touchscreen.) What’s under the hood isn’t bad either, including Verizon’s full suite of speedy V Cast options, a respectable 2.0 megapixel camera, and the VZ Navigator GPS service, which, as with certain other things, gives you a little vibration when you’ve reached the right spot.
LG VX10000, available in November; price has not yet been set, but expect to pay significantly less than the $500 it costs to import the LG Prada; verizonwireless.com, us.lge.com.
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What’s the point of investing in a high-end home audio system if you’re going to use it for crappy-sounding MP3s? That’s the premise behind the new Sooloos music server, which combines the random-access, all-in-one convenience of digital music storage with CD sound quality. Yours for the price of a secondhand Volvo, it’s obviously not intended for casual listeners—though if you’re the type to blow ungodly sums on amps, preamps, speakers, and cables, what’s another 12 grand? And frankly, the Sooloos sounds like money: It uses FLAC (Free Lossless Audio Codec), an uncompressed (a.k.a. “lossless”) audio file format that retains fidelity as your tunes are converted from disc to hard drive. Those sweet-sounding FLAC files take up significant space—about 1,000 times more than MP3s—but the system compensates with three terabytes, or about 3,000 gigs, worth of storage, which is enough for 6,000 albums. And it’s all housed in an unobtrusive, brushed-aluminum storage unit with a separate 17-inch touch-screen monitor, where you can browse and shuffle as you please. Preferably with a beer in hand. As Sooloos cocreator Rob Darling reminds us, “Everyone has a favorite memory in their life that involves alcohol, loud music, and a jukebox.”
Sooloos high-fidelity music server, $12,000, sooloos.com
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Zune Insider has a little update about specifics of the new Zunes
up on their site, with the rather minor — but interesting — tidbit that the new Zunes natively support video of up to 720×480 at 30fps, or 720×576 at 25fps. These formats will only play at full quality via TV-Out — the Zune display is expected to be a regular 320 x 240 affair
— but it’s nice to know that you’ll be able to lug around full DVD resolution movies on the next Zune, right?
[Thanks, alexsv: via Zune Online]