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In the past I have queried whether people would actually watch video on a small screen; I d now say they will as long as the quality is there. Today though, a player even smaller than a Zune or an iPOD " more like two match boxes end to end " arrived called a T.sonic 850 and it is astonishing.
The 1.8 screen sports 176x220 pixels and is pin sharp. But if you thought the 850 was just for music and video playback, you d be very wrong. This tiny wonder is also a photo viewer, digital voice recorder, USB flash drive, FM radio, real time clock with world times and can even do Karaoke in 13 different languages. All this with 4GB memory and 22 hour battery life (so they say).
The major controls for the T.sonic 850 are based around a lower central mounted button and four arrow keys. With a little bit of experimentation, the options available come to light pretty easily such as arrow up and down are volume, left and right next/fast forward and back/rewind with the central button being play/stop. On the right hand side are a record and menu button and on the left, a hold switch. The mic position is given away by a tiny hole on the top. Underneath the unit you ll find the USB 2.0 slot and a mini headphone jack.
|The T.sonic also serves as a picture viewer and a voice recorder|
To get music sounding like you prefer it, there are seven equalizer effects built in, and you can also customize your own EQ settings if you wish and save them. Music files that can be transferred include MP3, WMA or WMA-DRM10, however, video files must be converted to the MTV format from the supplied CD.
For A$199.95 (US$188), it s not exactly a bargain, but it certainly stacks up well features wise against potential competitors, and the breadth of features may make it desirable to some. Personally I find the capability to act as a voice recorder very useful.
For more information, contact Cellnet on +61 7 3853 5555 or www.cellnet.com.au
David is the owner and publisher of Australian Videocamera. He has a background in media dating back to 1979 when he first got involved with photojournalism in motorsport, and went from there into technology via a 5 year stint with Tandy Computers.
Moving back to WA, David wrote scripts for Computer Television for video training for the just released Windows and Office 95 among others, and was then lured to Sydney to create web sites for the newly commercial Internet in 1995, building hundreds of sites under contract to OzEmail including Coates Hire, Hertz Queensland, John Williamson, the NSW Board of Studies and many, many more.
David can be contacted via firstname.lastname@example.org