HTC Touch Dual, iMac, Folder Synchronizer X


HTC Touch Dual
Price: $899

The progeny of the HTC Touch that stole so much thunder from the iPhone’s local press coverage last year, the HTC Touch Dual is virtually identical, with the same great form factor, easy to handle profile and great interface.

It still has the wonderful original feature like TouchFlo, HTC’s touch screen-friendly multimedia and messaging application, but there’s a big difference. Slide the front face of the phone upward and it reveals a mobile keyboard for those who don’t like touch-screen based communication. Despite the change, the HTC Touch Dual is the same weight and size as the original HTC Touch. It’s a great addition to an already great product. Rating: 5

iMac
Price: $3,269

Perhaps revealing Apple’s efforts to position itself as a digital lifestyle purveyor rather than a computer maker, the 24 inch iMac looks more like a TV than the old, white-bodied iMac. The hard drive, Intel Core Duo 2 chip, optical drive and everything else are tucked neatly away in the slender, monitor-shaped body and it stands on a modern-looking pedestal, taking up about 20 square inches on your desk.

For such a large computer, it may have been a better idea to put the USB and Firewire ports on the side rather than the back. Most of us have more than three USB devices nowadays and you’ll find yourself constantly turning it around to swap cables, but the 2.8GHz chip and 2GB of Ram really performed, chewing through heavy tasks with gusto.

The top of the range, lower models starts at $1698. Rating: 4

Folder Synchronizer X
US$40

There aren’t a lot of backup tools for the Mac, and if you’ve been simply dragging your ‘work in progress’ folders to an external hard disk for years, Folder Synchronizer X is the answer.

A tiny, easy to use application, it’s designed to sync the contents of folders or create straight backups. Simply define the live folder and target folders and save the task as a file to enact at will.

You can set folders to exclude, rules about which versions to keep or combine and more. Our backup of about 15Gb of data — which usually takes about half an hour — took Folder Synchronizer X from a few seconds to no more than a minute as it scanned the folders and updated the changed or new files to the target folder on an external hard drive.

It’ll not only save a lot of time, it saves the performance of your target volume from the constant rewriting of huge amounts of data that hasn’t changed. Download at softobe.com Rating: 5


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