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Internet in your pocket - iPod Touch Review E-mail
Written by Peter   
iPod Touch

Apple iPod Touch


Rating: 4 out of 5

Summary: Adding to the features of the iPods before it, the iPod Touch adds one critical feature that made the purchase a no-brainer: WiFi with a fully compliant internet browser. The ability to carry the internet with you everywhere at a price that's several hundred dollars cheaper than a full-fledged iPhone makes the iPod Touch seriously worth looking at.




It makes a great birthday gift, apparently. After hearing for weeks about how my wife would just love an iPod, and how she would play games and video and music on it if I got her one - I figured the hints couldn't get much more obvious. This, coupled with her birthday coming up in a week and myself without any other bright ideas led me to seek out one of the oh-so-trendy music players.


I started at the Apple site, checking out the spectrum from the iPod video, mini, nano and…wait, what was this – The new iPod Touch. First of all, the thing looks cool. It looks like an iPhone, all dark and with a distinct lack of buttons making the operation appear enigmatic – like a traveler from the future would carry with him (or her). The second thing I noticed, which pretty much immediately sealed the need to immediately own one: the built-in WiFi and full browser.

Garmin vs Magellan Review - Which GPS is best? E-mail
Written by Peter   


Magellan Maestro 3210Garmin Nuvi 360

Magellan Maestro 3210

Garmin Nuvi 360


Rating: 3 out of 5


Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Updated: While the models listed here are still good inexpensive choices, a full list of the most popular GPS models updated each week is available here.

: The Magellan offers a GPS with route highlighting, touch-screen and speech for a price that makes you wonder how they can possibly build, market and ship it while still making a profit. The Nuvi is a feature-rich GPS which speaks street names, plays mp3s and has an excellent interface, for about an extra hundred dollars.

Ah, the fundamental questions. Why are we here? What am I doing with my life? Where the heck am I? At least the last question can be answered by the Magellan Maestro 3210 GPS. This budget GPS recently went on sale and I decided to pick one up – After a few days my experiences are already mixed.

Upon arrival I unpacked the box and was immediately surprised with how small it looks. My parents have a Garmin Nuvi 360 (which my dad researched heavily before buying) which is basically the best feature-loaded GPS at the sub $300 price point, and the one I was originally holding out for…before I saw the Magellan on sale. I’ve used the Nuvi 360 heavily, including installing new maps (relatively painless) and exploring new cities with it – it always performed admirably, so the question in my mind was: Could the Magellan compete?