Archive for Charlie Brewer

FIELD TECH - Panasonic CF-18 Toughbook
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FIELD TECH - Panasonic CF-18 Toughbook

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Welcome to this, the first, of Pocket-lint's new "Field Tech" Column. Every month we will be looking at technology specifically designed to carry on working even in the harshest of conditions, and we've decided to start with the world's toughest Tablet... >>

Scandyna the dock iPod speaker system
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Scandyna the dock iPod speaker system

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It seems that trying to borrow an iPod these day is no easier that it was when these coveted devices were few and far between. You'd think by now I'd have dug deep, bought early and be pining for an upgrade of the device blessed with reviving Apple's... >>

Oregon Scientific Music Sphere
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Oregon Scientific Music Sphere

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American technology manufacturer, Oregon Scientific, have opted to enter the music technology market with their newly created StyleFi brand. The launch consists of four products, a music centre, two takes on a wireless speaker solution and a portable... >>

Lexmark P450 - FIRST LOOK

Lexmark P450 - FIRST LOOK

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A damp evening in London was brightened up by the presentation of the new Lexmark P450, accompanied by a talk from music photographer Benjamin Johnson. Compact in size, the P450 bares a similarity in design to its larger siblings in the Lexmark ‘P'... >>

Orange Nokia 9300 Communicator SmartPhone
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Orange Nokia 9300 Communicator SmartPhone

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The Nokia 9300, the latest in Nokia's 'communicator' business phone range offers familiar features in a considerably smaller package. Sadly Orange only make it available to their Blackberry business users, while Vodafone offer the more open version. The... >>

Sony Ericsson W900 - FIRST LOOK

Sony Ericsson W900 - FIRST LOOK

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The canapés might have been scoffed, but the UK launch of the latest offerings from Sony Ericsson more than made up for it. Riding high on the success of the W800i ‘Walkman' phone Sony Ericsson's latest launch combines not only the Walkman brand, but... >>

Oregon Scientific STARK Music Medium Clock
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Oregon Scientific STARK Music Medium Clock

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Available in four formats, two sizes and the three colours there is certainly plenty of choice in the Philippe Stark designed range of clock-radio weather stations created in collaboration with American technology brand Oregon Scientific. The Medium Music... >>

Jessica Ogden TomTom handbag
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Jessica Ogden TomTom handbag

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Renowned clothing and accessory designer Jessica Odgen has teamed up with GPS navigation supremos TomTom to make a designer shoulder bag for a piece of technology that's not an iPod! Paris based Ogden has been a leading couture designer for the last decade... >>

Wanadoo LiveBox network box
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Wanadoo LiveBox network box

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Wanadoo is hoping that by sprucing up its internet router, more customers will be tempted to use the service, but is it a case of style over substance? Pocket-lint gets connected to find out. The ‘all-in-one’ solution from French ISP Wanadoo is an... >>

Lexmark P4350 All-in-One Photo Printer
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Lexmark P4350 All-in-One Photo Printer

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Coming in for a well-deserved silver medal, behind Lexmark’s new top of the range P6350, the 4350 all-in-one photo printer, scanner and copier takes some beating when it comes to the price-functionality ratio. Launched in June 2005, the P4350 offers... >>

ONeill H2 series CommEnt Jacket
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ONeill H2 series CommEnt Jacket

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Adding to the H2 smart clothing range, the CommEnts jacket offers a tantalising combination of style, function and technology. Like the rucksacks in the CommEnts range, the core of the jackets operating system is the H2 control hub, operated by the left-arm... >>

Sony Ericsson W800i mobile phone
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Sony Ericsson W800i mobile phone

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In a recent review we pointed out Sony Ericsson’s expertise in creating one phone core and then placing numerous bodies around it, well just as the K750i and the D750i are effectively the same handset with the minor cosmetic alteration to the shutter... >>

ONeill H2 series CommEnt Solar Backpack (Limited Edition)
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ONeill H2 series CommEnt Solar Backpack (Limited Edition)

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Sports equipment supplier O'Neill seem to believe that what every snow boarder needs is the ability to securely attach a board to their backs, ascend a mountain and then hurtle back down the same mountain at break-neck speeds, jumping moguls and zig-zagging... >>

Orange SPV M500 Smartphone
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Orange SPV M500 Smartphone

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Once you place the Orange SPV M500 and T-Mobile's MDA compact next to each other you might be surprised to see how similar the two devices are. This may be a little less surprising though when you discover that the same company in Taiwan makes both products,... >>

ACECAD DigiMemo A501 Digital notepad
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ACECAD DigiMemo A501 Digital notepad

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It's been given loads of different names, but my favourite one is ‘Gerard's syndrome', named after a chap I used to work with. This office-bound aliment is the pest of many an overworked office-type, who spends so much time in meetings, feverishly scribbling... >>

BOSE 321 GS Series II DVD home entertainment system
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BOSE 321 GS Series II DVD home entertainment system

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Like some remote theological concept, sometimes the more you search for an explanation for something, the harder it becomes to find. Understanding why American audio R and D guru's BOSE have chosen Ted Rogers' famous catch phrase, 3.2.1, for their latest... >>

Pakuma Choroka K1 Laptop Bag
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Pakuma Choroka K1 Laptop Bag

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Created by the same family as the Casetec brand, Pakuma strives to move away from more traditional designs and offer an entirely new, rugged, and carefully conceived laptop carrying solutions. The bags' concepts come from Christian Drew who, while living... >>

Sony Ericsson K750i Mobile Phone
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Sony Ericsson K750i Mobile Phone

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It seems that Sony Ericsson have been hard at work on their latest batch of handsets announcing no less than seven new models at the recent UK press event. Always the chameleon, Sony Ericsson seem to have perfected the art of squeezing the same technology... >>

Pentax Optio 50 Digital Camera
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Pentax Optio 50 Digital Camera

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The model 50 is the 14th camera to be launched in Pentax’s Optio digital range and with prices going down, and features going up, it offers a glimpse of the tough competition other manufactures will face in the second half of 2005 and the Christmas... >>

NHJ VTV-201 Wristwatch Colour  TV
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NHJ VTV-201 Wristwatch Colour TV

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Nothing says gadget quite like a wrist-watch that does more than tell the time, and nothing wastes time like watching TV, therefore a watch that is a TV is somewhat of a paradox. Newly arrived in the UK, Japanese consumer technology company NHJ is treating... >>

Fujitsu fi-5110EOX2  ScanSnap Scanner
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Fujitsu fi-5110EOX2 ScanSnap Scanner

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Looking rather like Fujitsu have gutted a batch of bubblejet printers, ScanSnap brings new technology to a familiar package, and although the model number is longer than that of a Star Wars robot, this is the third iteration of this device. This latest... >>

O2 X4 3G
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O2 X4 3G

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Picking up the baton of O2's ‘X’ range of products, the X4 is the first to offer 3G but will it offer enough features and is the usability any good? We test the dog and bone to find out. Of the four 3G handsets currently supplied by O2, three are... >>

Nikon Coolpix S1 Digital Camera
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Nikon Coolpix S1 Digital Camera

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With the Coolpix S1, Nikon finally adds the missing link from its compact digital camera range, a truly compact digital camera. Once again Nikon has proved being last to market, can be an advantageous, learning from competitors' expensive mistakes. The... >>

Oregon Scientific Easy Thermo Projecting Clock
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Oregon Scientific Easy Thermo Projecting Clock

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Time is important. Look around your house and you'll have lots of timepieces, whether it's the one on your wall, on your video recorder, wrist, phone, PDA… It's a pretty safe bet they are all telling different times, even if only within minutes. In... >>

Navman R300 sport.tool
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Navman R300 sport.tool

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For runners, stats are everything, how fast am I going? How far have I run? How long is there left? Are questions we all ask ourselves as we pound that pavement or country path. While Garmin offer the Forerunner, a beast of a unit, Navman has opted for... >>

Gizmondo handheld console
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Gizmondo handheld console

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I want to be nice, no really, I do, and I want to like the Gizmondo, because it's brave for an independent company to try and launch a mobile games device at the same time as Nintendo and Sony are slugging it out over mobile market supremacy. I'll praise... >>

Fujitsu DynaMO 1300U2 Photo disk drive
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Fujitsu DynaMO 1300U2 Photo disk drive

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In the arms race of storage Vs. resolution and ever higher bit rates, it still all comes down to just one thing, disk space. Even with the best camera ever, if a storage card fills up after 20 minutes, you're no better off than your contemporaries staring... >>

O2 Xda IIi pda
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O2 Xda IIi pda

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The latest, of the O2 ‘UberPDA's' the new XDA IIi, certainly looks impressive when you see its vital statistics laid out on paper. Launched just after the heavyweight, ‘IIs', version of the range, the ‘IIi' bears a number of similarities with its... >>

Nikon F6
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Nikon F6

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With Digital SLR becoming such a force to be reckoned with in the professional and consumer markets is there still a need for a high end 35mm model from the camera manufacturers? Apparently so if Nikon has anything to say about it. Things seem to have... >>

Oregon Scientific Easy Weather Station Advanced
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Oregon Scientific Easy Weather Station Advanced

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During the long winter months, the wise should be willing to go that little bit further in pursuit of knowing what the day is about to throw at them, so any device that can deliver accurate metrological reports at exactly the same time as it wakes you... >>

JVC Everio Digital Media camera
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JVC Everio Digital Media camera

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The concept of the digital media recording camera is a not a new one, although previously these have gone under a variety of names. In essence, “camera” does exactly what it says, and records direct onto a digital media format rather onto a tape.... >>

Packard Bell EasyNote H5 315 laptop
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Packard Bell EasyNote H5 315 laptop

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Without the statistics in front of you the ‘EasyNote' H3 315 looks pretty much like a hundred other laptops on the market. Silver on the outside, logo on the top, touch pad to move the pointer. Yawn, seen it, done it! Grope around in the bottom of the... >>

Pentax Optio WP
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Pentax Optio WP

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The new WP's pretty and compact design makes it a camera designed to live in a handbag, engineered to operated underwater and contains enough digital wizardry to challenge the most creative of minds, but does it take good pictures? Our man Charlie Brewer... >>

Exspect EX80085 Funbag
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Exspect EX80085 Funbag

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It's always worrying to think that others are having more fun while you're stuck in the office slaving for the ‘Man'. In this case, the team from Exspect, who are more like the club reps for 18 to 30, than luggage designers, this is doubly true, because... >>

01 Binary watch
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01 Binary watch

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There's something vaguely postmodern surrounding the idea of creating a watch that not ideally suited for telling the time. The 01 Binary watch is not the first wrist chronometer to employ a more fanciful system of conveying the hour and minute to the... >>

iTech MobileWIZZ and PHOTO mobile WIZZ
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iTech MobileWIZZ and PHOTO mobile WIZZ

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The WIZZ devices, from iTECH, are designed to enable backup of data from your mobile phone. The Mobile WIZZ handles phonebook entries and the PHOTO MobileWIZZ handles images taken with the camera's phone. In both cases, the WIZZ device fills the gap left... >>

iTech XFM DAB radio
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iTech XFM DAB radio

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Over the last few years Apple computers have had their fortunes not just reprieved but completely reversed, becoming the creators of the must-have items of the start of the 21st Century. This miraculous turnabout has been in part due to the iconic iPod,... >>

Contax U4R
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Contax U4R

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It's me, well it must be, Contax don't make rubbishy cameras, they're up on the same photographic Mount Olympus as Leica. When the shutter falls on a Contax camera an angel beats its wings over your photograph and your image is blessed. Or at least that's... >>

O2 3G data card
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O2 3G data card

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This isn't the first 3G data card to be launched by a major UK network and undoubtedly not the last. ‘The C@rd' as O2 marketeers have dubbed it on its website offers a lot of the same features as existing products, so what sets the O2 version apart?... >>

Nikon Coolpix 4800 Digital camera
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Nikon Coolpix 4800 Digital camera

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The 4800 may be aimed at the more amateur end of the market but it includes some new and interesting features. Benefiting from a year's worth of development, in the overall Coolpix range, the 4800 includes a lot of the features designed for more professional... >>

Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook review
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Creative Sound Blaster Audigy 2 ZS Notebook review

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Impressive audio has never been one of the selling points of laptops. Small speakers, needing to conserve energy rather than belt out virtuoso, ear-splitting performances have always resulted in less than impressive overall quality. Until now. Enter stage... >>

JVC MP-XV841 Mobile Mini note PC
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JVC MP-XV841 Mobile Mini note PC

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After slogging down the high street, laden with presents for the angry masses, it’s nice to know that JVC are thinking of ever more impressive ways to lighten the load, in your laptop bag. Smaller than one of Santa’s little helpers, and more fun packed... >>

Nokia 6670
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Nokia 6670

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Based on the popular 7610, the 6670 tries to offer the same features but merely in a different packaging, but is it enough to woo the public once again? The phone itself is a fairly standard, 140 minutes talktime, with 240hours standby and coverage of... >>

Nikon Coolpix 8800
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Nikon Coolpix 8800

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Nikon seems determined to cover all their bases with innovations and models different enough to keep both consumer and professional interested. Their last major release was the D70, a universally well received sub-£1000 SLR system. Now, the Coolpix 8800,... >>

ITECH Virtual keyboard
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ITECH Virtual keyboard

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Created by Israeli ex-military engineers, the ingenious I.TECH virtual keyboard is the perfect space saving device for mobile business. The compact, rechargeable, unit combines aspects of infer red and laser light technologies to project a trapezium shaped... >>

Rio Forge 256Mb MP3 player
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Rio Forge 256Mb MP3 player

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Available in three different memory capacities, the new Rio Forge sports MP3 player will keep your brain entertained while your body grinds away exercising. The Forge range seems to be following in the footsteps of the Rio Cali and has been specifically... >>

Voq Professional Phone
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Voq Professional Phone

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Have you ever heard of a Voq? No? Well, what about the expression ‘professional Phone'? Really, not that either. Well you must have heard of the Canadian Telecoms company Sierra Wireless. You're kidding me! Well you and me both on all three then, but... >>

Olympus Mju-mini
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Olympus Mju-mini

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Never wishing to be seen to stand idly by while the competition innovates, Olympus is always looking for ways to develop its record-breaking Mju cameras. Last time the sacrosanct design was refined brought about a format evolution, from film to digital.... >>

Knomo Laptop bags
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Knomo Laptop bags

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When impressions really matter, and your wardrobe is more coordinated than the spoilers of a F1 racing car, then you are going to want something as special to move you laptop around. Enter Knomo. Targeting the travelling professional and the fashion conscious... >>

Danger Hiptop2
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Danger Hiptop2

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It's often been remarked that my dad makes the ‘Luddites' look like technology's early adopters. So imagine my surprise when I discovered him playing with the Hiptop2, the nice folk at Danger had blessed with. I'm not sure he had any idea what he was... >>