Iliad, Philips VOIP 841, HTC P3470

RRP $899

From Dutch vendor iRex comes the most versatile ebook reader yet. It was released to Australia to coincide with Dymocks 2007 ebooks service but you can also buy one online.

The Iliad has a clear surface with none of the reflecting or text artefacting properties of a PC screen, and by flicking the page turn bar on the left, reading on the 400g device is easy and comfortable.

Best of all, you’re not locked to one format. Other devices like the Sony Reader have failed by trying to lock the device to the provider’s content, iPod/iTunes style. But you can download ebooks from any provider, text files, PDF documents and more to the Iliad, and with USB and memory card slots, a whole library of content can fit in any bag or large pocket.

The Iliad might finally usher in the future ebook pundits have been waiting for. 4/5

Philips VOIP841
Price: $299.95

With VOIP still making inroads into the mainstream, this Philips VOIP solution uses the form factor you know to take advantage of the gains VOIP offers.

Looking and feeling a lot like a slightly futuristic cordless phone, the VOIP814 can easily take the place of your existing phone. There’s one potential snag; the main phone point’s usually in a communal area like the kitchen while the DSL modem is usually in a bedroom or study. That will mean a long cord somewhere to connect the base station to both the PSTN phone point and your modem.

The result is you pay slightly lower call charges to regular fixed and mobile numbers over the traditional phone network while calls to Skype numbers are free, and you’re unshackled from your PC when making them. Our few tests resulted in the person on the other end reporting a crystal clear signal, but there was awful static on our end, so adjusting to minimise interference in your particular circumstances might be necessary. 3/5

HTC P3470
Price: $649

Building on the local success of the HTC Touch, the HTC P3470 moves slightly away from the distinctive design that made the Touch such a pleasure to use, and is also the first GPS-enabled model from the Hong Kong-based vendor.

It looks more like an iPod than previous models, ironic as it stole the thunder of the iPhone’s US release in the Australian media. There’s a stylus as before or you can use the clickwheel-like scroller to jump from function to function on the screen. It doesn’t have the finger-operated TouchFlo software of its predecessors, but it’s still comfortable to use, a nice size and good looking. 4/5

Full client and publication list:

  • 3D Artist
  • APC
  • Auscam
  • Australian Creative
  • Australian Macworld
  • Australian Way (Qantas)
  • Big Issue
  • Black Velvet Seductions
  • Black+White
  • Bookseller & Publisher
  • Box Magazine
  • Brain World
  • Business News
  • Business NSW
  • Campaign Brief
  • Capture
  • Cleo
  • Cosmos
  • Cream
  • Curve
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Dark Horizons
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Desktop
  • DG
  • Digital Media
  • Disney Magazine
  • DNA Magazine
  • Empire
  • Empty Magazine
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland
  • Fast Thinking
  • FHM UK
  • Film Stories
  • Filmink
  • Follow Gentlemen
  • Geek Magazine
  • Good Reading
  • Good Weekend
  • GQ
  • How It Works
  • Hydrapinion
  • Inside Film
  • Loaded
  • M2 Magazine
  • Marie Claire Australia
  • Marketing
  • Maxim Australia
  • Men's Style
  • Metro
  • Moviehole
  • MSN
  • Nine To Five
  • Paranormal
  • PC Authority
  • PC Powerplay
  • PC Update
  • PC User
  • PC World
  • Penthouse
  • People
  • Pixelmag
  • Popular Science
  • Post Magazine
  • Ralph
  • Reader's Digest
  • ScienceNetwork WA
  • SciFiNow
  • Scoop
  • Scoop Traveller
  • Seaside Observer
  • SFX
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Australian
  • The Retiree
  • The Sun Herald
  • The West Australian
  • TimeOut
  • Total Film
  • Video Camera
  • Video&Filmmaker
  • Writing Magazine
  • Xpress
  • Zoo