Businesstraveller.com brings you the latest travel gadgets and accessories to make life on the road easier. This week: The iPhone 4, Fuji Finepix XP10 digital camera, Toshiba Camileo BW10 camcorder and the Acer Aspire One D260
We couldn’t very well have a round-up without devoting at least a few words to the biggest tech story this week. iPhone 4 anyone? Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced the latest incarnation of the iPhone at the Apple WWDC 2010 conference this week to an understandably packed audience. In it he outlined some of the 100 said improvements on the current, and hugely popular, iPhone 3Gs. Here are some of the highlights:-
FaceTime Basically iPhone-to-iPhone video calling which makes perfect use of the iPhone 4’s new front-mounted camera. It differs from the video calling currently available through the UK provider 3, in that it is only available over wifi connections and not the 3G network. This makes it much faster and more reliable, just as long as both you and the person you’re calling happen to be in a wifi hotspot.
Retina display According to the reactions of the first to see the iPhone 4, it’s the best screen out there by far. Apple says its resolution is so high that it exceeds the limits of human perception, in other words it’s impossible to see any pixels. If you’re struggling to picture that (pun intended), it would be something like looking at a printed page.
HD video recording/editing Little explanation needed here. The iPhone 4 can record in 720p HD at up to 30 frames per second. This can then be edited, and an iPhone version of the popular iMovie software will soon be available to buy.
WHEN? June 24, though Apple.com/uk will take orders from June 15.
PRICE Reports say O2, Vodafone, Orange, T-Mobile and 3 will all offer the iPhone 4 in the UK, but as yet no details of price plans have been released.
Fuji Finepix XP10
Aimed at the more adventurous amateur photographer, the robust XP10 digital compact camera is waterproof, shockproof, freeze-proof and dustproof, and all at a pretty reasonable price. The XP10 also has Scene Recognition, which automatically chooses the best camera settings based on the current conditions, and Tracking Auto Focus for use when snapping fast-moving objects. The XP10 is available in black, blue and silver.
Toshiba Camileo BW10
Another one for the extreme business traveller who likes to live life on the “edge”, the Toshiba Camileo BW10 is a robust camcorder very much in the Flip style. Designed to withstand water, snow, rain or dust, the stylish, BW10 can capture full 1080p high definition (HD) footage in the most challenging conditions. The BW10 is waterproof to two metres and has a rubber casing to protect it from shock damage and sand. A SD card slot provides up to 64GB of external storage.
Coming soon – July
Acer Aspire One D260
The new Acer Aspire One D260 has an ultra-thin and light design, and up to eight hours battery life. Acer’s Aspire One range is known for being at the higher end of netbook specification, outperforming most rivals of a similar price point. The 10.1 inch D260 is just 24mm thick, weighs in at 1.25kg and has 1024×600 widescreen display. It has built-in wifi and Bluetooth, and 3G is optional. Under the hood there’s a N455 or N450 Intel Atom, an integrated Intel graphics chip and up to 2GB of DDR3 RAM.