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Imation Atom Flash Drive 8g

Went down to my local computer shop over lunch hour and ended up getting one of these micro sized flash drives. I wanted something tiny and unobtrusive and this Atom flash drive suited my needs as I can hang it off my key chain and also works well ergonomically when used with the viliv S5 that has the USB port in a horrible position which makes handholding the unit a challenge if u have a normal length flash drive protruding.

I find 8G to be minimum for flash storage these days…4g just doesn’t cut it for me anymore.

Cost is AUD$49/USD56.

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Tomtom purchase

I managed to find the time to visit my local gadget store to pick up a Tomtom as mentioned in my previous post. I ended up going for the XL rather than the smaller One 140 as I found typing street names on the 3.5inch screen not a pleasant experience. The XL had a 4.3″ which was similar to the iPhone screen.

I fired it up and tested right after work. It started up quickly and locked onto the sattelites in less than 60 secs.. Quite impressive. Also love the inbuilt car windscreen mount… Smart design as I hate having to buy a separate car screen mount for the unit.

The UI was as expected.. Loud and clear speakers and the screen is bright and very readible.

So far I am happy with the purchase and look forward to putting it to the test this Sunday when I head off for a day trip!

Willcom D4 vs a S5

D and I are smitten by the willcom D4 which has been out and about for over a year now.

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I had the chance to fondle a D4 some months back when a mate of mine bought a reconditioned unit from http://www.conics.net.

It’s not exactly pocketable due to it’s long body and a pretty fat double capacity battery. It does have a lovely crisp screen squeezing 1024×600 worth of pixels into a 5″ screen (well, pretty similar to my S5) but what I do like about it is the geek factor dotted mouse pad, scrollbar and left/right mouse pads.  Very sexy stuff…:)

Spec-wise, quite similar to the S5..

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
CPU:
1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520
Chipset:
Intel US15W, GMA500
RAM: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (soldered onto motherboard)
Storage: 40GB HDD (1.8″ Toshiba MK4009GAL, 4200 rpm)
Expansion: MicroSD card slot
Display: 5” touchscreen (1024 x 600, 262K colors, LED-backlit)
Wireless: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
(1Seg TV tuner & phone functions work in Japan only)
Camera: 2 megapixels
Size: 7.4″ x 3.3″ x 1.0″
Weight: 1 lb. (with standard battery)

But the winner for me is the clamshell design and the thumb keyboard.  I just like a unit with an inbuilt hard keyboard..

And it’s got a camera and a  micro sd slot…take that s5!

What I didn’t like is the battery life – the slim battery is next to useless giving less than 1 hour of usage.  The double (now triple available) capacity battery adds a lot of bulk.  In this area, the S5 kicks the D4’s butt with 5 hours usage on a slim std battery.

Nonetheless, I may have to beg D to get me a D4 from Akihabara…pretty please!

D’s off the Akihabara next month! Here’s a Map..

Whoa, just realised D will be off to Akihabara next month! Lucky man…

Being the good gadget mate I am, just thought I’ll post guide maps of the Akihabara gadget district in case D and wife gets horribly lost..he can whip out the iPhone and check vilivboys.wordpress.com and refer to this post..:)

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Oh wait on, I don’t think the Aussie 3G iPhone’s may or may not work on the Japanese network. But some promising feedback on forums..

“Just returned from Tokyo this week. My 3G sim card worked a treat, video calls, caller ID, the whole box and dice. I am with Telstra, and they have a sharing agreement with Vodaphone DoCoMo. I used a Samsung Z510 as my quad band IPAQ was no good.

Hopefully D will be able to use his iPhone ’cause he promised me (and all you readers) lots of blog pic postings..:)

TomTom One 140 (Getting one tomorrow!)

Finally, I have sold the HTC Advantage to a lucky Australia eBayer!  Most of you probably remembered my previous struggle on whether to keep the Advantage or the S5 as both had its merits and attractions as my ideal MID.  If only the S5 had a webcam, a SD slot and an in-built mic like the Advantage..

Anyway, I’ve been using the Advantage as my vehicular GPS and now that it’s sold, I’m in need of a good, economical GPS device to fill the void.

I thought about using the s5 as my GPS unit; I once had Co-pilot live Laptop running on the S5 but the UI was a let down for me..so I graciously gave that away to a mate.

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The cost of procuring a decent GPS software almost equates to purchasing a discrete GPS device…that’s where the Tomtom One 140 comes into the picture. It’s cheap and cheerfully good! Around AUD$270 or USD$215.

Review: http://www.cnet.com.au/tomtom-one-140-339296661.htm

Review: http://www.pcworld.idg.com.au/review/gps_car_entertainment/tomtom/one_140_iq_routes_edition/304892

I’ve always been using Windows mobile driven PDAs with PPC version of Tomtom and I really like the Tomtom’s UI over other GPS units like Mio, Garmin and Navman.

The new feature I’m pretty rapt about is the advanced lane guidance. There’re some weird and wonderful road rules in Melbourne Australia such as “hook turns” only in the CBD where Trams and Cars share the same road…like to see whether the lane guidance is going to guide correctly in situations like these…:)

Hopefully I can pick one up at a local gadget store tomorrow as I’m travelling on sunday .. let you know how the Tomtom One goes!