MANILA, NOVEMBER 4, 2007 (STAR) Nokia N95 proves to be an essential tool for techies and techie-idiots in these fast-changing times.

Powerful doesn’t even begin to describe Nokia’s flagship phone, N95. With its wealth of features and state-of-the-art conveniences that most handheld computers have today, N95 proves to be the reliable all-arounder. It has a 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, GPS satellite navigation, media player, radio, and 3G video calling option, which can save users a deal of time searching for maps in the internet.

Although it cannot easily take the place of a digital camera, the N95 can capture images good enough for web publishing, e-mail, and souvenir. Most gadget freaks would scream in protest and say the N93’s camera is way better than that of the N95. But thanks to its many camera options such as different shutter modes for fast-moving subjects or night-time snaps and easy access to Flickr accounts, the N95 is a standout.

Also packing a serious punch is the N95’s video recording capability, as it records in VGA Resolution (640 x 480 pixels) at up to 30 frames per second with good audio quality. Its TV-out cable allows users to play videos on their TV sets, too.

Music aficionados might find a new best friend in N95. For those thinking of leaving their bulky iPods at home, N95 is the next best thing. It supports an array of file types: MP3, AAC, DRM, and WMA, and has a visualizer and equalizer with presets that users can manipulate to their liking. Equipped with an application to automatically scan local stations, the built-in FM Radio makes listening-on-the-go a breeze. Aside from the stereo speakers, the 3.5mm headphone jack makes N95 a gem.

Although it is heavily criticized for its rather bulky size (99 x 53 x 21 mm) and weight (120g), N95 has an impressive display: 240 x 320 pixels and 16 million colors within its nifty 2.6 inch-screen. Because of its ambient light detector, the N95 has vivid display under the glare of the sun. While other users will have fun tinkering with dedicated media keys, some might find them a little annoying as they would sometimes get in the way.

There are the occasional system lags, especially when opening and closing applications, but Nokia N95’s many features, aimed to make anyone’s life easier, will make anyone forgive and forget such flaws. Heck, N95 might even squash the long-running dirt about Nokia phones being bug-ridden and problematic. — Gabby Libarios

The Irresistible Apple

Apple unveiled its most incredible desktop computer yet, an all-in-one iMac line, featuring 20- and 24-inch widescreen displays in elegant aluminum and glass enclosures. The entire new line includes the latest Intel Core 2 Duo processors, an ultra-thin (.33 inches) aluminum Apple keyboard, built-in iSight video camera for video conferencing and iLife ‘08, the most significant update ever to Apple’s award-winning suite of digital lifestyle applications.

Combining power and convenience, the new iMac offers up to 1TB of internal storage to accommodate a user’s growing library of digital photos, movies, and music. It also includes built-in AirPort Extreme 802.11n Wi-Fi networking, delivering up to five times the performance and twice the range of 802.11g; Gigabit Ethernet; a total of five USB 2.0 ports, and one FireWire 400 and one FireWire 800 port. It also comes with the world’s most advanced operating system, Mac OS X version 10.4.10 Tiger, Safari, Mail, iCal, iChat AV, Front Row and Photo Booth.

With iMac’s stunning design, durable materials, and highly powerful features, Apple has indeed transformed the desktop computer into one killer machine.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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