The Nikon Coolpix L5 Review by Mike

I picked this camera because Nikon has always had a good reputation for taking good pictures.

Pros:

One thing I like about this Camera is that it has a very sturdy feel to it. It doesn’t feel cheap like my previous cameras. The LCD is easy to see at various angles and doesnโ€™t have too much glare. It has plenty of features to appease most photographers. I really itโ€™s has image stabilization and panorama assist features. I think the best thing it has to offer is the quality video capturing capability. It worked awesome at the last baseball game I went to. I only wish I had a bigger card. The battery life is just above average. It is nice that it only takes two AA instead of the typical four. It can also use regular AA but I would recommend using Nickel Metal Hydride for longer use. The red eye reduction is also above average. I also like the 5 times zoom instead of the typical 3 times zoom offered on most other cameras in this price range.

Cons:

I think the one thing I can definitely say I hate the most about this camera is the shot to shot delay. It is horrible. My kids are grown up before I get the next shot in. The pictures are descent but not as nice as my old Kodak Easyshare Z700. I must say Kodak is really stepping it up on their lower end cameras. I wish this camera had a viewfinder so you are not always forced to use the LCD screen. That is normally okay except on very bright sunny days when you can’t see the screen.

GadgetToGet:

Well I hate to do this but I will have to give this one a “Heck No!” My number one reason is that it has such a long delay between taking each picture. The reason anyone gets a camera in the first place is to take pictures. You want to capture the moment. You can not do this if the moment was over 5 minutes ago. I do like the build, multiple features and ease of use but just can’t get over the delay. Hope this was helpful. Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

The T-Mobile Samsung t629 Review by Mike

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This is the phone is one of T-Mobile’s latest Slider phones that is also a myFavs phone.

Pros:

This phone feels pretty sturdy and doesn’t give you that cheap plastic feel like many others do. It seems nicer that the Motorola Razor phones and is just about as thin. The screen is very clear and easy to read. It has a very user friendly interface and just about anyone could figure it out. It is also has a music player built in but needs stereo headphones and a micro SD card to get the most out of it. The picture quality comes out pretty good for a camera phone. Just remember that there is no substitute for the real thing. The instant messenger and text messenger programs are very easy to use, but you have to force yourself to learn the predictive text. I know it is frustrating at first, but it will pay off in the long run. The reception is very good. I have not had any problems hearing any of my callers or that static sound I get sometimes in my sidekick phone. The Bluetooth works pretty well too. I had no problems connecting it to my Dell Axim X50.

Cons:

I do not have too many complaints with this phone. It does seem like the battery life drains pretty fast when I send a lot of instant messages. The camera forces me step back pretty far when taking pictures as if it were zoomed in too close. The screen is very big and vulnerable to scratches. It is a shame they don’t build it to hide and protect that area. The phone doesn’t come with many standard accessories. It only comes with the charger and hands free headset. I wish it came with a stereo headset and a case. I would highly recommend buying some clear screen protectors for it to prevent scratches.

GadgetToGet:

I highly recommend this phone. It is not one of the free ones but is worth taking a look at. It looks pretty sharp and has all the basic functions of all the other new phones out there.(Music player, 1.3 Mega pixel photos, video capture/playback, Hi-Fi ringers, EDGE capable, Bluetooth, instant messengers and actually works as a phone!) I would use it all the time myself but I can’t live without my full keyboard on my sidekick. ๐Ÿ™‚

The Nintendo Wii Review by Mike

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I have played this thing into the ground. I know there are tons of reviews out there but mine is better. Ok…Maybe not but I am going to do one anyway!

Pros:

Right out of the box…The Wii is easy to setup. If you already have Wi-Fi built in your house, it will work without any additional hardware. My favorite game is Wii-Sports(Tennis, Baseball, Boxing, Golf and Bowling). The best part is that is comes free with the system. I have bought or rented many games and Wii Sports is still my favorite. Everyone seems to love bowling for some reason. The motions of using the new remotes takes some getting used to but make it so much fun for the whole family. You should see your mom and dad use it. They will love it but you will want to get your camera out. ๐Ÿ™‚ This system is so user friendly.

You can create your very own Mii (avatar) or character whom will be you or anyone you create them to be. This can be done for everyone in the house or all your friends. For Example: On games like Wii-sports; it will look like you are playing your dad or whoever creates their own Mii. Anyway, this system also plays Gamecube games as well. One of my favorites is Lego Star Wars. It lets you download older games from systems such as Turbographics, Nintendo, Super Nintendo, Nintendo 64 and Sega. You will have to buy wii points (20 dollars for 2000 points) in order to purchase these. If your prefer not to use your credit card online… you can be buy Wii-point cards at local stores that sell electronics. Most downloaded games usually cost around 5 to 10 dollars. (500 to 1000 points).

The Wii also has an SD Card slot to load your photos and manipulate them using the built in photo software. This software will also let you create instant slideshows or have fun like playing videos backwards. You can get instant weather and news on it as well. I love using the Wii’s internet capability to check my myspace page or email when someone like my daughter is on the our computer. You must download the opera browser first which was free but may cost you now. I would recommend buying it if you ever want to use the internet. There is another neat little voting program you can download that will ask questions to everyone who owns a Wii. That includes everyone in the world and after the time has expired…you can see how your answers compared to the rest of the world. This system is a lot of fun that the whole family could enjoy. I think the best part of the whole system is the exercise you get from moving around all the time while playing games. ๐Ÿ™‚

Cons:

Nothing is perfect. The graphics on here are pretty much the same as the gamecube. They are not even close to the latest Sony Playstation 3 or Xbox 360. You must remember that it is a Nintendo and not designed to show close up blood and gore shots. I finally gave up on getting it work on my secure, password protected Wi-Fi network. I was forced to take off the password protection and share it with the world to get it to work properly. Fortunately all my neighbors already have Wi-Fi.

My next complaint is that everytime you want to play a two player game; you must setup the second controller. Sometimes it takes forever to find it or has a hard time recognizing the controller at all. I also hate that you have to buy so many controllers. You have to buy the remote and the nunchuk separately. It only comes with one set. You must also buy a gamecube controller and a gamecube memory card to play and save gamecube games. The gamecube controller will also be needed to play the older games you downloaded too. I highly recommend you pay the extra couple of dollars and get the cordless/wireless ones. Otherwise you will have to sit right in front of the TV.

It does not support HDTV but I don’t have a plasma HDTV anyway. It also does not have a wireless keyboard; but hopefully one day it will for using the internet part it has to offer. You will get mighty tired of pointing at the keys on the TV like using a laser pointer. The final, but kind of ridiculous complaint is that it should have come with a set of wireless ankle straps so that you could give your feet exercise too. I get scared when my kids play and worry that they are going to punch each other when playing boxing or tennis. It would at least be nice to get your legs a good workout too…Maybe the next generation will…???

๐Ÿ™‚ GadgetToGet?

I do think it is worth getting. It is much cheaper than the other systems and most games are kid friendly. They are putting some gory, bloody games like Mortal Combat out now, but most of them are innocent enough for young children. It keeps both kids and adults from just sitting on their butts by forcing them to either lose or get up out of that chair and play. Nintendo also has many educational games to offer as well. If you are looking for a fun and and inexpensive system that keeps you active and entertained, then I suggest getting a Wii. I also forgot to mention that it is so much smaller than it’s competition. (Xbox 360 and Playstation 3) I really don’t know why we compare all three systems because the Nintendo Wii is in it’s own category. ๐Ÿ™‚

The T-Mobile Sidekick ID Review by Mike

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The T-Mobile Sidekick ID

I picked one of these up recently in my latest T-Mobile upgrade and wanted to share my opinions on what I have found.

Pros:

I can get on the internet everywhere I go. I live in a big city so it may be different wherever you live. It may be a little slow since it uses GPRS, but it is worth it! My “Myspace” page loads much better on this than it did on my old blackberry. The keyboard rocks! This thing is awesome for typing text messages and emails. The scroller does take some time to get used to but is pretty easy to use.The scroller wheel blinks different colors based on the status of anything that it is doing. For example: It blinks green when it is connecting to check for new data. / It Blinks blue if you get a new text message, instant message or miss a call. Another cool thing is that you can log into all three instant messengers at the same time.(Yahoo, AOL and MSN) This can be quite challenging when you have 3 friends trying to talk to you on 3 different messengers. You can even customize every tone or message so you know who is trying to reach you. You can even have it vibrate differently for each function.It can send emails in a snap. It is probably one of the most user friendly phones out there; once it has been set up. Game play is easier and more fun on the sidekick than most flip up phones. It actually resembles the feel of a gameboy in some aspects of it’s build. Overall it is a pretty cool phone; if you like to stay connected to your friends and family. I chose it because it was 100 dollars cheaper than a sidekick 3. It also has multi-colored covers that are easy to change for around 20 dollars. (see examples above)

Cons:

It has GPRS instead of EDGE. That basically means the internet speed is a little slower than the newer phones like the sidekick 3. Of course we all know it doesn’t have the MP3 player, Bluetooth, Camera and extra storage slot. I actually have about 4 total complaints in all…The above doesn’t really bother me much at all. I knew all that before I bought this phone. My first complaint is the phone sound quality. I can’t say I have ever had a descent, clear phone call since I have had it. The best phone calls are when I use the speakerphone. Isn’t that the main reason we buy a phone in the first place??? Pretty sad huh?My next complaint is that it only limits you to 3 email accounts. In otherwords you can only have 3 pop emails sent to your phone. I know this makes most of you say “Who has more than 3 email accounts?”. You would be surprised…. It is like saying “Who has more than 3 passwords?”. My third complaint is the size and carrier of this device. I really wish they could have made it a little smaller and lighter. It is like carrying a Nintendo DS or an old 80’s cell phone. This thing is huge! Maybe I need to gain weight or something but if your belt isn’t tight…Your pants are going to drag…My final complaint is not necessarily with the phone…so I guess it really falls towards T-Mobile. The pop mail feature stopped working with my yahoo account. I am forced to have my email forwarded to my phone. I hate this because I can’t keep the emails I want to save on the server. They claim they are working on it but it has been weeks. Well that’s all my complaints…

๐Ÿ™‚ GadgetToGet?

This is worth getting if you like to text message and instant message without paying a lot of money for a phone. If you want to do more than that; then I would suggest looking elsewhere. Would I buy it again? Noโ€ฆI would most likely pay the extra hundred dollars for the Sidekick 3. I would definitely make use of the MP3 player, Bluetooth, Camera, Edge network and Extra storage slot. The only other deciding factor on this type of phone is that T-Mobileโ€™s Sidekick plan is cheaper than the blackberry plans. It includes everything for only 20 dollars. (Unlimited Internet, text, emails and pictures). The blackberry plan doesnโ€™t include unlimited text messaging. I guess it boils down to personal preference.

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