Inspected Gadget: Apple iPad Tablet

It’s here. The Apple iPad, a cross between an iPhone a giant iPod Touch and a very media-capable fun media browsing computer, all in a tablet form factor. It’s does everything a bunch of stuff you’d expect: solid web browsing, email via on screen keyboard, photo browsing, iTunes music playback and purchasing (movies, tv shows, podcasts, all apps, games etc), and scales up existing iPhone apps or runs them in small windows. 9.7 inch diagonal touchscreen, speaker, microphone, dock connector, wireless 802.11n wifi, bluetooth, fancy multi-finger gestures, pop-up onscreen keyboard – the whole enchilada.

Updated: pricing starts at $499 for 16gb of memory, then $599 for 32gb, and $699 for 64gb. Those three versions have wifi only (no 3g wireless service) and will be available around March 27, 2010.

If you want roaming with 3g service, add on $130 to each price level for theintegrated 3g hardware and wait until the end of April. Then add on another $30 per month (prepaid, no contract – turn it on and off as you please) for 3g service via AT&T. You also gain free access to their wifi hotspots (i.e. Starbucks etc.). Also  available is a lower data plan for $15 per month that limits you to 250 mb of transfer – but browsing, music and video streaming would kill that in a few days.

We know what you’ll really do with it.

Hands-on review below.

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Inspected Gadget: Nexus One, AKA The Google Phone

So it’s here for real, after all. Google aping the iPhone a bit hard in this case, but these days all smart phones are moving towards the same form factor in both hardware and software. The built in apps look solid and it obviously plays very nicely in their ecosystem. So now, Google is right there with you, in your pocket, with GPS, Search, Voice, Email, smarter and smarter AI. The future is unwritten, lets see how long it takes Skynet to become self-aware.

Inspected Gadget: Yamaha YHT-S400BL Amp+Subwoofer Mashup with Soundbar

Aside from the Yamaha YHT-S400BL’s surround-sound-simulating speaker bar, the interesting feature is the combination of the subwoofer port into the amplifier body. Because in smaller homes, where are you supposed to plop down that big black box?

Three HDMI inputs are included, and handles HD audio signals from Blu-ray Discs.

Via Engadget. MSRP is $599.95 – Check it out at Amazon

Inspected Gadget: Altec Lansing iMT620 iPhone Boombox

The Altec Lansing inMotion  iMT620 iPhone Boombox is a pretty sleek, space-age retro looking piece of audio equipment. It has the usual features you’d expect nowadays: iPod/iPhone dock, decent sound loud enough for an apartment party, and a remote.

Why it matters: It has a five hour battery, a telescoping antenna for built in AM/FM radio, and a full size handle. One step better: it comes with travel adapters for US, UK, Europe, China, and Australia.

Get it at Amazon

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Inspected Gadget: Rugged Casio Exilim EX-G1

Tired of camera round ups and the like? Just skip them all and try this tough guy, then take it with you on the slopes without worrying one bit. At first glance I thought it was just kinda ugly and hyping up the ‘rugged’ thing. Giving it a harder look, I think I like it – obviously a tie-in to the Casio’s  G-Shock watch “endurance-minded features” without exactly aping the name.

-Shock resistant elements inside and outside. Stainless steel outer casing, resin protective ring on the lens.
-Water resistant to 10 feet for 60 continuous minutes, even under direct spray.
-Weather resistant down to 14°F
-12.1 Megapixels, with interval shooting of photos or movies (fun)
-Available in black or red, $299 MSRP but cheaper in real life

Buy it on Amazon

2 wheel obsession

I have been riding my bike a lot these days and am feeling that an upgrade is due. I know there is a trend toward the fixed gear but, this bicycle from Kronan is my new must have. Classic in every aspect of the word, it’s like a sherman tank.

Inspected Gadget: Atwood Knives and Multitools

Atwood Knives creates small batches of micro-manufactured multitools and knives. Orders are lottery based for small runs, and first-come-first-serve for larger runs.

Use the Force


Star Wars + Adidas. A midpriced way to look like a total nerd.

I give this my complete approval for 1-17 year olds. Though, over 13, I’d start to worry. Most girls could probably rock the Game Mid “Princess Leia” edition on the right.

Check out the entire collection at at Adidas

Inspected Gadget: Sleek Audio SA1 Earbuds


Earbud headphones with audiophile quality in a Siam rosewood body, a wide variety of ear tip choices – all for a relatively modest price. There’s also a wireless attachment that lets you throw your phone or music player in your bag or pocket, and go semi-cordless. Some specs:

  • Custom Tuned Dynamic Driver
  • VQ System variable equalization system allows for independent tuning of high and low frequencies using different treble porting options
  • Removable cable swivels for limitless wearing positions Easy replacement if cable is damaged
  • Wireless Compatible the cable is easily removed and the W1 Wireless can be installed to free you from cables
  • Real Wood Body and ESC Environmentmental Sound Control for blocking ambient noise

Get it at Amazon

Check out the review at Engadget– they loved these.

Inspected Gadget: Boxee Internet TV Box


Keep your eyes open for the Boxee internet video streaming device. I currently have this on my computer and have it hacked on my Apple TV. Works like a charm, pulling in almost every online streaming video service. This will be my cable killer for sure.

From Boxee:

“designed by Astro Studios, the team who crafted designs for the Xbox 360, watches from Nike, Alienware PCs. It’s being built by D-Link, the leading networking company for homes & small businesses”

  • HDMI – one inexpensive HDMI cable to connect The Boxee Box to your TV
  • SPDIF – hi-definition digital audio that will pass through Dolby 5.1 Surround Sound and DTS to your A/V Receiver
  • Stereo Audio (RCA) – red & white cables from the 80’s, 90’s and today
  • 2 x USB ports – add devices like external hard drives and more
  • Wireless 802.11n & Wired Ethernet – Cords if you got ‘em, wireless if you don’t
  • RF Remote Control – control playback from anywhere

Another photo of the back of the unit after the jump. It’s quite tiny – no taller than a can of soda.

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Inspected Gadget: Retro Radio Body Custom Computer Cases


Check out these full computers built into old radio bodies.

Each one is custom made but tend to have relatively similar specs. They start with Ubuntu Linux, so they’d make a solid media server, but other operating systems can be installed. “The system boasts an Intel BOXD945GCLF2 Atom 330 Intel 945GC Mini ITX Motherboard, 2 GB RAM , 250 GB SATA 7200 rpm Seagate HD, DVD-RW (with LightScribe), and Gigabit Ethernet.”

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Inspected Gadget: DLO WallDock iPhone Charger


Charge your iPhone right in the wall, nicely leaning back from the outlet, with the DLO WallDock iPhone charger. Solution to a problem that didn’t really exist. DLO is short for “Digital Lifestyle Outfitters” which is made by Philips, so it’s likely a quality gadget.

Not sure about you but I’ve always got my phone charging in this one particular spot in the kitchen that looks exactly like the photo – which means my phone is on top of a coiled cable, sometimes on top of something else like a container or some papers to avoid getting hit by spills as it sits on the counter. I even had the screen smashed once when a glass fell out of the cabinet onto it. This looks like a winner.

Via Engadget