Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Gadget guide: Ultimate Web device is Apple's iPhone

The big story in networking and cellular gadgetry is the emergence of usable Internet speeds in mobile. Send a photo? It's quick! Browse the Web? Faster than DSL in many parts of the country. With that in mind, here are my picks for the finest Web-enabled gadgets in the land.

T-Mobile Cameo

$100, $10 per month

Nobody writes home enough. It's okay, we're all in the same boat. But this holiday season, you can do something about it. Buy your tech-phobic family member the Cameo. Each device has its own phone number — you can send multimedia photo messages to the frame as if it was your buddy's cell phone. Just be careful not to MMS Grandma after midnight with your booze-soaked bar photos. It's available only in T-Mobile stores.

Q2 MSI Wind

$350

The netbook is an odd machine. It's smaller than a laptop, but easier to read and more fully featured than even the slickest cell phone. The Wind is fantastic for couch-based Web surfing, for music or movies on an airplane, or even as a "my first laptop" for the young ones. And the Wind fits neatly between the low-end Acer Eee PC and the better-known Dell and HP netbooks. Do yourself a favor and try the Wind at your local big-box store. Make sure you can type on the slightly-too-small keyboard before you bring it home.

Apple iPhone 3G 8 GB

$200

So, you may have opinions about the hipster-magnet Apple iPhone, but leave all of that at the door. The iPhone cuts across demographics like few other devices. It's obvious why — inspiring hardware and the best user interface available. And it's more than just a phenomenal phone. It's also a top-notch gaming platform, a workable mobile office and a stunning media player. AT&T might have exorbitant contract demands, but the bottom line is that it's worth it. The next person you meet who dislikes their iPhone will be the first. Available at AT&T stores or the Apple Store at International Plaza in Tampa.

Times online operations specialist Jeremy Bowers may be reached at jbowers@sptimes.com.

Read more

Get suggestions from Times experts for Web, PC, video, organization, music, video games and the great outdoors from our Holiday Gadget Guide.

Price note

We list rounded prices based on what we found among online retailers last week. Prices you find may vary. You may even find the item for much less.

Gadget guide: Ultimate Web device is Apple's iPhone 11/26/08 [Last modified: Thursday, November 4, 2010 10:29am]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Gators rally past Kentucky, streak hits 31

    Blogs

    LEXINGTON, Ky. — For the second week in a row, Florida found itself storming the field in a game that came down to the last second. A 57-yard field-goal attempt by Kentucky kicker Austin MacGinnis came just a few feet short of making history and snapping a 30-year losing streak, as the No. 20 Gators escaped a …

    Florida wide receiver Brandon Powell (4) scores a touchdown during the second half of an NCAA college football game against Kentucky, Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lexington, Ky.
  2. Pen makes it way too interesting as Rays hang on for 9-6 win

    Blogs

    A couple of home runs provided the news pegs of the night for the Rays, but it was more topical to talk about what nearly happened as they hung on for a 9-6 win over the Orioles.

    Lucas Duda's three-run homer in the third inning was the Rays' record-breaking 217th of the season, as well as his …

  3. An attempt to project what Rays will look like in 2018

    The Heater

    BALTIMORE — We know what the Rays look like this year: a team that had enough talent but too many flaws, in construction and performance, and in the next few days will be officially eliminated from a wild-card race it had a chance to win but let slip away.

    Adeiny Hechavarria, high-fiving Lucas Duda, seems likely to be brought back.
  4. Trump fallout: Bucs' DeSean Jackson to make 'statement' Sunday

    Bucs

    Bucs receiver DeSean Jackson said Saturday that he will make a "statement" before today's game against the Vikings in response to President Donald Trump's comment that owners should "fire" players who kneel in protest during the national anthem.

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers wide receiver DeSean Jackson (11) makes a catch during the first half of an NFL game between the Chicago Bears and Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Fla., on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017.
  5. Kriseman invites Steph Curry to St. Pete on Twitter

    Blogs

    Mayor Rick Kriseman is no stranger to tweaking President Donald Trump on social media.

    Mayor Rick Kriseman took to Twitter Saturday evening to wade into President Donald Trump's latest social media scuffle