MANILA, MARCH 5, 2008 (STAR) PEOPLE ASIA - Techno-geeks have been having a field day lately. With all the eye-catching thingamajigs popping up in the market today, who wouldn’t be tempted to bust their piggy banks open and splurge on the latest high-tech toys? People’s taste has become diverse over the years, prompting computer and mobile phone manufacturers to come up with an array of gadgets, equipped with varied capabilities, to tap the different markets.

Easy PC

Billed as America’s most wanted Christmas gift by Amazon shopping website and CNET, Asus Eee PC has become synonymous with Internet and mobile office technology, the same way Ipod has become synonymous with MP3s and Wii with gaming consoles.

Easy to carry and aesthetically pleasing, the Asus Eee PC was said to have been selling like hotcakes since its release in the market. Yahoo was reported to have sold 50 units in just 210 seconds. That’s 1 Eee PC sold every 4.2 seconds — and for good reason.

Power-efficient and weighing only 0.92 kg, the Eee PC efficiently answers the demand for a reliable and portable notebook. With its dependable solid-state disk, this baby is protected from bumps and shocks, which would normally disrupt the operation of the average laptop.

One of the strongest selling points of this compact model is its no-fuss, foolproof interface. With a rapid start-up time, the lightweight Eee PC is always ready to spring into action, whatever the task. Its built-in WiFi 802.11 b/g automatically detects and connects to the Internet at any hotspot. It also comes with a built-in card reader, camera, speakers, and microphone.

Although it has a limited storage capacity (8GB), the digital multimedia experience is not compromised. Users can enjoy music and videos and do other multimedia tasks anywhere, anytime.

Ultimate eyecandy

Handcrafted in England, the new Vertu Ascent Ti is testament to Vertu’s uncompromising attitude to craftsmanship, engineering and exclusivity. The striking silhouette emulates the clean, sculpted curves of a powerful car, while the onscreen chronograph and offset illumination of the keypad echo precision dashboard instruments.

‘Ti’ is the chemical symbol for Titanium, the non-corrosive element that can withstand extreme temperatures.

From the tanned cowhide leatherback to the scratch-resistant sapphire crystal face and highly polished ceramic, every component is of the highest possible specification and hand assembled by expertly trained craftsmen.

The Vertu Ascent Ti is a quad band, 3G handset, with a 3-megapixel flash VGA camera. The core collection comprises of three colours – black or red leather with a black ceramic pillow or brown with a silver ceramic pillow.

Users have access to Vertu’s 24-hour concierge service from virtually anywhere in the world. Vertu Concierge can help customers with anything, from recommending a local restaurant, to making a theatre booking or even sending a gift around the globe. That’s what you get for shelling out more than P300,000.

Simple elegance

Nokia ups the style ante with its 6500 Slide. What makes 6500 Slide a headturner is its brushed stainless-steel cover and elegant black keypad that make it look more like a fashionable accessory than a phone. A chic sliderphone, it bears some resemblance with the Nokia’s high-end N95 smartphone.

Users can get to enjoy an array of useful video features. The 6500 has a video-call capability, a video-out cable and a 3.2 megapixel camera with a Carl Zeiss lens that works well in the daylight. It also has autofocus capability and a built-in flash.

Its nifty 2.2-inch QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) LCD display supports up to 16.7 million colors, providing a clear, crisp platform for viewing images, video, web pages and other content.

Its music player supports MP3, MP4, AAC, eAAC+ and WMA audio file formats. Using the same interface as regular MP3 players, the 6500 has songs arranged in the usual categories: artists, albums, genres and playlists.

Although some users find it a little heavy (weighs a substantial 123g, a little heavier than the N95), the Nokia 6500 Slide doesn’t slip from the hand easily.

Packed with higher specs than its svelte counterpart — the 6500 Classic — the 6500 Slide is a no-frills, straightforward phone that upwardly mobile professionals can bring wherever they go. Just don’t expect this phone to keep up with your lightning-fast texting ability.

Chief News Editor: Sol Jose Vanzi

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