Getting Rid of My Brick

Alison Young
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March 04, 2005
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I love listening to my Apple iPod when I’m exercising. It holds my entire song collection on its 10GB hard drive. I’ve had my beloved iPod since 2002, and lately, my husband’s been teasing me about it.

You see, I was content with it until Apple introduced the iPod mini, which I gave to my hubby for Valentine’s Day 2004. Since gaining that iPod superiority, he has been teasing me about the “brick” that I wear on my arm. “Doesn’t your arm feel like it’s gonna fall off? That’s a nice brick on your arm. Gee, your right arm is gonna be buffer than your left arm soon.”


The final straw-that-broke-the camel’s- back comment (honestly meant to be a compliment) was when I participated in a group run and one of my fellow runners said to me, “that’s a cool heart monitor you’ve got there.” I was then and there 100 percent sure it was time to get something new.

After much thought, two devices came to mind — the Apple iPod shuffle and Creative Lab’s MuVo Micro N200. Because of their small size, both are ideal for active, on-the-go users and runners such as myself, and both are also highly affordable. The 512MB iPod shuffle is $99 (120 songs) and the 1GB is $129 (240 songs). The 512MB N200 goes for $130, and the 1GB for $180, but it also has an LCD screen, FM tuning and in-line recording. Both include a lanyard and earphones, but the N200 also comes with a belt clip and an armband. If you want an armband for your shuffle, it’s $29.

Surely with either one of these, I will never be teased for wearing a brick around my arm or complimented for my nice heart monitor.

If you went to this year’s 77th Annual Academy Awards, you may have been lucky to catch a glimpse of the special edition Motorola Razr V3 cellular phone that was handed out This phone is black, instead of the metal finish on the regular V3.

Tech goodies seem to be a must with the high-profile awards these days. Previous years’ baskets included items such as a Samsung high-definition television with a one-year subscription to satellite HDTV, and a TAZ I personal video and media player from Tight Systems. Past Grammy gift bags reportedly included an Apple Computer 20GB iPod, a Siemens mobile phone and a Logitech digital camera. Still, I think this special edition Razr V3 will take the cake.

Because of its high success and popularity, it’s rumored that Motorola plans to extend the Razr V3 into a line of high-end devices sometime later this year. Motorola is hard at work on a whole family of Razrlike phones in various shapes and colors, including the Sliver, a candybar- shaped Razr.

As I eagerly wait to see the “Oscar V3,” for now I have to settle for the thin, sleek metallic version, which includes a bright LCD screen and a VGA camera with a 4x digital zoom. The Razr V3 is also a GSM quad-band world phone with speakerphone, Internet browsing and Bluetooth capable. The keypad is chemically etched into an electro-luminescent strip, which gives it a light-blue glow in the dark. The whole phone is only 13.9 mm thick, 2 inches wide and weighs 95 grams — truly a design and engineering marvel.

Since it hit store shelves in November 2004, Motorola has shipped an estimated 750,000 Razr V3s. It is available at all Hawaii Cingular dealers, Cingular locations, and online at www.cingular.com. Prices range from $289 to $729, depending on what mobile plan you purchase with the phone.

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