July 1, 2003
Hard Disk To Go
For years now, the world has been saying floppy disks are, well, passÃ©. And although we don’t necessarily agree, the Iomega Mini USB drive gives us yet another reason to reconsider. The drive comes in 64MB, 128MB, and 256MB capacities (we tested a 16MB version of the device) and supports Windows, Mac OS 9.0 and above, and Linux 2.4.0. The tiny keychain device weighs just 20 grams (.7 ounces) and is a cinch to use. Simply plug it into your USB port — no software required.
If you’re concerned about data loss, the device ships with Mini Lock software, which lets you password-protect your information. In addition to data, you can also download Iomega Active Disk software directly onto the device and run it without taking up valuable hard disk space. (www .iomega.com; 64MB, $59.95; 128MB, $89.95; 256MB, $159.95)
CAN YOU HEAR AND SEE ME NOW?
There’s been plenty of hype lately about the new camera phones. And rightfully so. They’re sleek, stylish, and hot. Samsung’s SGH v205 is one phone that will definitely up your cool quotient. Although we’re not too sure about the business applications for the phone-camera combo (since T-mobile, provider of service to the v205, keeps advertising the consumer capabilities), there are some. Those who work in the field — sales, real estate, auto dealers, etc. — will likely be able to put the device to good use. But like text messaging, photo and video messaging could be costly.
We tested the v205, a slim, lightweight phone with a bright full-color screen and attractive, easy-to-use graphical interface. All the usual suspects are featured: phone book and organizer, text and picture messaging capabilities, and a Fun Box filled with games. We also loved being able to customize the screen with our zodiac sign. And while the quality of the photos is nothing to write home about, they are a fun yet practical way to send information quickly.
The phone features a smooth, metallic keypad that is attractive, but the flat keys may prove problematic. We had difficulty dialing because the keys weren’t raised and there is no spacing in between to compensate for that. The 3.4-ounce phone has a talk time of 4 hours and standby time of up to 100 hours. Samsung also includes an additional battery with the phone. (www.samsung.com; $399.9