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The I Gotta Have It! Electronics List

A technology Blurb on the "latest" trends. 

The “I Gotta Have It!” Electronics List

I have to say that I love technology.

As much as I love clothes, I would rather spend $200 on an iPod than on shoes.

I (like most college-age kids) aspire to own all the new, trendy electronics out there.

I know more than a few people that would die to have some of the items below. I hope you see something you like, and I hope you enjoy!

Music Players

iPod. The iPod has become the must have accessory of the masses. What is better than having your whole music collection on you at all times? Having it on your music player/address book/portable hard drive/boredom reducer. This sleek machine that has definitely put Apple back on the map. Now we have plenty of choices to fit every budget: There’s the iPod shuffle (512 MB model, $99), the iPod Mini (4 GB, $199), the new 4th Generation iPod (20 GB, $299). The best part is, if you buy it directly from Apple (via store or online), you get a 5% student discount! Visit apple.com for more details!

 

Phones

Motorola Razr V3: This phone has been deemed the “sexiest phone” and the “must have phone” of the year (so far). I am not too impressed with it, except for the fact that it’s so thin. The price is anywhere from $199 (if you get it with Cingular) to $450 unlocked.

The Motorola MPx220 (or its cheaper cousin, MPx200) is a better bet for me. It is loaded with features and while a little steep, it is worth the money if you want to keep up with the Joneses, and be functional as well. The MPx200 is anywhere from free (with AT&T/Cingular) to $200 unlocked. The MPx220 is about $400 unlocked. I believe that Cingular is supposed to have it soon, but I was unable to get a price from Cingular.

 

Computers

Macs are back!

With all the B.S we have been putting up with from Microsoft (you know, Windows crashing just as you’re finishing your 30 page paper?), it’s about time Apple has stepped back up to the plate to provide us with some reliable technology.

I recommend the Apple Mac Mini. It is very small, and very affordable. It is just the tower (it is too small to call it a tower, but…for lack of precise terms, that’s what I’ll call it), but you can connect any monitor and speakers to it—even the ones you’re using on your PC. It has a 1.25GHz G4 processor, 256MB RAM, a 40GB hard drive, and a combo drive (CD-RW/DVD-ROM). The 1.25GHz model is priced $499.

 

Video Game Consoles

Sony PSP: This has been the most anticipated game console since…well, I guess Nintendo’s DS, but that’s not the point. This is the “it” gadget of the moment. It has been rated 8.7 out of ten by cnet.com. This is what cnet.com had to say about it:

The good:

Slick design; impressive wide-screen display; PS2-like graphics; built-in Wi-Fi, MP3 and video playback, and image viewer; removable battery.

The bad:

Multimedia functionality is half-baked, especially for video; you need to supply your own software and expensive memory cards.

I myself have yet to get one. To be honest, I am more than content with my Gameboy SP and my iPod. As much as I love electronics, this console is a bit overrated for my tastes. I’ll wait until they perfect it before spending $300 on it!

 

Hope you can find something to buy yourself for a semester well done!

For the seniors: some of these would make great gifts! Drop this article around and drop some heavy hints!

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