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November 22, 2008

Cheapo HD

Michael Blowhard writes:

Dear Blowhards --

David Pogue likes Flip's new $229 Mino HD. Andy Ihnatko thinks that the Flip delivers a more subtle picture than Kodak's $179 Zi6 does, but that the Kodak's sound is better. What I can't figure out is why people in the market for cheapo HD aren't buying this little Kodak camera instead. It does HD video; it's cheaper than both the Mino HD and the Zi6; it has an optical zoom; and it takes perfectly nice stills. But maybe there are good reasons why nobody's paying me to be a technology pundit.

What do you lug around with you in the way of a small and cheap day-to-day snapshooter / videocam? Is now the moment to upgrade or not?

Bonus link: Speaking of video ... One of the biggest differences between happy and unhappy people? Happy people watch less TV.

Doing my manly best to resist buying a new camera because they're always getting better,


posted by Michael at November 22, 2008


watching "prison break" on dvd makes me happier then having a life would.

Posted by: t. j. on November 22, 2008 3:08 PM

i hate the styling on these.

Im waiting for the "high phone which will give me a 40 g video ipod,sliding keyboard touchscreen Phone, HDV camera/12mpx still camera with a 10 x optical zoom and a web browser PDA without all the fuss of the blackberry.

It's about one year away, and I'll need only one charger.

Posted by: Ramesh on November 22, 2008 4:12 PM

I think you just found me my Hanukkah present this year.

Posted by: Neil on November 22, 2008 4:37 PM

Speaking of HD,

I wish this

was a 1080p hd thing. It's going on my wishlist as soon as they make it HD.

Posted by: Ramesh on November 22, 2008 9:08 PM


now this looks like the holy grail. if only they added a 40-80 gig hard drive to this phone - projector...(40 inch screen size- likewatching your flatscreen, with no screen.)

i go on at&t get 3g internet, watch TV projected for free after the digital wireless package kicks in, watch all my mp4 movies, download from the internet, keep all my work in one(heck i'll even buy a backup device if its this size), use the camera and video camera.... the mind boggles.

Posted by: Ramesh on November 22, 2008 11:41 PM

t.j. -- Well, there are certainly those moments when we all need some TV therapy.

Neil -- Time to email discreet link-hints to those likely to offer presents.

Ramesh -- Gadget fever is really something, isn't it? My own ideal device is *always* a year away.

Posted by: Michael Blowhard on November 23, 2008 12:09 AM

I suffer it joyously, a whitesox fan at the beginning of a season.

my near Ideal device , though, is only two months the Las vegas CES show in January.

Posted by: Ramesh on November 23, 2008 9:02 AM

So, this means that when they cancel a couple of the very few shows I watch anymore, my happiness index goes up?

Posted by: Yahmdallah on November 24, 2008 10:56 AM

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