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September 16, 2003

New Toys

Tomorrow my new camcorder (thanks Kat!!) should finally arrive. Kat originally ordered another JVC camcorder for my birthday but it didn't have all the features that I needed. Thankfully Amazon has a reasonable return policy and allowed me to exchange it. Unfortunately this new camera was on back order and it didn't ship until last week. If it doesn't arrive tomorrow as it is supposed to I'll be throughly disappointed as well as extremely pissed at UPS.

Tomorrow I have to go to VerizonWireless and pick up my new cell phone.

Saturday I picked out the Audiovox Thera Pocket PC 2002/Phone because I thought it was a steal. They don't stock it so they offered to Fedex it to me for free. But after reading a few reviews and its entire manual on the Audiovox web site later that night I saw that even with its low price it wasn't worth it. For instance to use the device as a phone you'd have to use it either as a speaker phone (completely eliminating any privacy) or carry around a silly mic and earphone cord. Its phone software isn't even embedded and fully compatible with the PocketPC Outlook address book. Completely ridiculous!

I went back to Verizon on Sunday to try to cancel the order but they don't seem to be able to do that. At least waiting there to see someone gave me a few hours to compare all the other phones. I finally settled on the LG VX4400 because it has the nicest features for its price. From what I read it also seems easy to customize thanks to tools like Bitpim.

I would have really liked to have bought a Nokia 3650 but Verizon doesn't offer it. You might ask why don't I switch to another provider so I can? Well, I've been with all the other providers available in Vermont and I don't want to go through that again. I feel Verizon's service is definitely the most stable here. Just to make sure things haven't changed since I was with someone else, I been asking everyone I see with non-Verizon phones who their service provider is and how happy they are with them. But I only hear bad things, very bad things.

I will post more on the new toys after I've had some time to play with them. I'm also working on a full review of McAfee Personal Firewall Plus, McAfee SpamKiller, and hope to be getting my hands on the new McAfee Privacy Service soon.

Posted in Product Reviews & Purchases by usrbingeek at 2003-09-16 21:04 ET (GMT-5) | 3 Comments | Permalink


Dude... Get the VX 6000 camera phone. It's one of the best phones I've ever seen and/or used. Trust me when I tell you it's worth every penny.

Posted by: Vinny at September 16, 2003 09:18 PM

I had cellular one/unicel previously and I wasn't happy with their service (long story about their emergency plan not allowing outgoing calls and about how often I'd be stuck on roam) nor when the time came to upgrade from analog to digital, their choices in low end phones.

I'm with Verizon now and about the only place in VT I've noticed that I don't have coverage was when I was in Tunbridge last weekend. That was the first time I've been on the extended network. But the real reason why I got verizon was because I wanted coverage when I traveled out of state.

But funny thing is that Verizon markets totally different phones up here. When I was in Philly not too long ago, everybody had the motorola v 60 (silver flip top). It's a very promoted phone. When I took out my lowly Kyocera, I looked like such a n00b.

Posted by: joy at September 16, 2003 09:32 PM

Vinny, I wish I could, but its only a dual mode. A tri-mode with analog is a necessity here in the sticks.

Posted by: Steve at September 16, 2003 09:40 PM

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