O2 Xda Flame, KonicaMinolta Bizhub C550, Apple iLife


O2 Xda Flame
RRP: $1499

A couple of reviews of the Xda Flame have been critical of its size of 126x74mm. To The West, it was a plus. It means plenty of space around the surface to reach everything you need comfortably and what feels like the biggest screen we’ve used in ages, at 76x60mm and capable of up to 480×640 pixels.

Building on the former O2 Xda models, the Flame goes in the opposite direction to the other smartphones all racing to be the slinkiest or lightest. Whether it was intentional by O2, the Flame simply feels like it has more.

And it does. From the whopping 2Gb of onboard memory to the 2 megapixel camera complete with flash, everything about the Flame is big. It’s a much more consumer-driven device, and a major point of difference is the nVidia GoForce 5500 3D hardware accelerator which makes for a very nice — to say nothing of large — picture whether you’re playing games or watching videos. Chunky, reassuring and powerful, size matters in this machine. 3.5/5

Konica Minolta Bizhub C550
$ On application

If it’s been a few years since you bought an office copier, you’ll be amazed at what they can do. The Bizhub 550 is a copier/fax/scanner/printer that produces exceptional colour and image quality whether you scan or fax, and there’s a host of other functions under the hood.

A large security-encrypted onboard disc holds everything from regular print jobs to multiple levels of user access. Konica Minolta’s Unity Desktop is an optical character recognition workflow that converts an original scanned by the Bizhub to editable text right on your desktop — with images and layout intact.

It’s fast to wake up and you’ll get 55 pages per minute in mono (45 in colour), and there’s a full range of stapling, folding and booklet options with the duplex unit.

iLife 08
RRP: $99

Apple’s successful bundling of its multimedia tools continues with new versions of iPhoto, iMovie, GarageBand, iWeb and iDVD in the one box. The incremental improvements are many, from custom-made widgets for your iWeb project to iPhoto organising images by event rather than just name or date. Frustratingly however, the service to have prints of your iPhoto images made online still isn’t available in Australia. 4/5


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