Switched to Dell DJ30

Tired of waiting for Creative to fix the Zen Touch playback problems and update the firmware to support PlaysForSure, I got a Dell DJ30 for my birthday. So far, it’s passed the first test: after a quick firmware upgrade, I was able to download my entire Yahoo Music Engine library (most of which is from the $5/month subscription service) and it worked! Overall the feel and controls are pretty nice. Dell uses a scroll thumb wheel rather than the ‘touch’ pad on the Zen. The wheel is better because it has feedback for each click. Also the overall unit is…

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Creative Zen Touch

Very late to the portable audio party, I finally broke down and bought the Creative Zen Touch 20GB. It just arrived from Amazon tonight and I’ve been checking it out while watching the Red Sox beat the Yankees. So far it seems very solid. With USB 2.0, the songs copy from my PC really fast and the audio quality is surprisingly good. I couldn’t decide between an iPod or something else, finally choosing the Zen Touch after reading some good reviews. The iPods are really cool and the price didn’t scare me off, but I’m mostly a Windows users and…

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Google by SMS

Google just launched an SMS service for retrieving search results from a mobile phone. Basically you send specific messages to the number 46645 (GOOGL on most phones). You can do some specific searches like businesses, people, Froogle prices, and word definitions. You can also do normal searches with snippets returned to your phone. I tried this on my Treo 600 and it worked pretty well, although the messages returned arrived out of order. (Not sure whether this is Google’s or Sprint’s issue.) They number the messages (“1 of 2” and “2 of 2” in this case), so arriving out of…

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Z600

StickyC seems to be looking at the new Sony Ericsson Z600 phone. Earlier today I was reading a series on the new T630 which led to Sony Ericsson Z600: Diary of a Switcher. The Z600 looks quite cool. They seem to be selling the personalization of the phone (changeable panels, etc.), but I like idea of a small bluetooth phone in the clamshell design.

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Sony-Ericsson T608 Cancelled

Back in May, I caught wind of the Sony-Ericsson T608 Bluetooth phone being available soon to Sprint PCS customers. This looked like the perfect phone upgrade for me (and my Palm Tungsten T), but alas I read today that it's being cancelled. Back to the drawing board for picking a new phone. [Via MobileTracker, via Gizmodo]

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