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1-2-Know: Digital twist to Polaroid


Polaroid is synonymous with instant camera, but fast forward to 2011 and you get the digital age — hence, it makes sense to have an old school name like Polaroid to reveal an instant digital camera to keep up with the times.

Known as the Polaroid Z340, this device comes with a full-function 14-megapixel digital camera that features an integrated ZINK printer.

Basically, you are able to shoot and print on the spot without having to hook this up to a nearby computer or printer. The inkless ZINK technology will rely on ZINK paper that looks like regular white photo paper, except that it relies on heat to activate and colourise crystals on the smudge-proof, water-resistant coating.

Depending on your preference, you can choose to have the Polaroid Z340 to roll out 3-inch x 4-inch prints in either the iconic Polaroid Classic Border Logo or full bleed formats.

The Polaroid Z340 also sports a 2.7-inch LCD display for you to preview and select your photos of choice before they are being sent for printing. Expect to fork out US$299.99 (RM930) for the Polaroid Z340. Details at

-For extreme sports lovers
Gone are the days when video recordings were done in VGA quality. The advent of Full HD resolution has made such technology cheaper to implement across a wide range of devices.

If you love living the rough and tumble lifestyle and want to record your escapades for family and friends to view later on, here is a suggestion — get the US$279.99 (RM882) Swann Freestyle HD wearable video camera.

The name says it all. This wearable video camera is equipped with a detachable LCD viewer, letting you shoot 1080p video with up to 3x digital zoom or even take stills in the

JPEG format, thanks to its 8-megapixel camera.

The sturdy case that houses the Swann Freestyle HD is waterproof up to 19.6m, and you can wear it on your body or mount it to bikes, cars, helmets, and skateboards, among others.

Want to view your action movie in real-time? That’s a snap with a 1.5-inch LCD display, where all recordings are stored in a microSD memory card which can be transferred to a computer via USB.

The rechargeable lithium-ion battery offers up to 2.5 hours of recording time per charge. Taking that downhill ride off the beaten track on your bicycle has just gotten more exciting. Details at

-Tablet that can take abuse
We do know that Panasonic does rugged notebooks but tablets? Well, they have broken into this particular niche market as well with their latest release, the aptly-named Toughpad FZ-A1 tablet.

This particular tablet is not as fancy as your iPad or Galaxy Tab, but it will certainly do the job well in challenging conditions such as aviation, construction, field service and public safety sectors.

This new Toughpad FZ-A1 tablet is specially designed to be on par with Panasonic’s Toughbook range in terms of durability standards, trumpeting a MIL-STD-810G rating that is good for 120cm drops, in addition to an IP65 ingress protection rating for resistance to dust and water.

Apart from that, there is a CPU within the Toughpad FZ-A1 which boasts a dedicated, tamper-proof security processor, so that the multipurpose CPU core can be freed to perform other tasks.

Additional hardware specifications include Bluetooth 2.1 and WiFi connectivity, GPS support and optional 3G mobile broadband. The display comprises a 10.1-inch XGA, capacitive multi-touch, daylight-viewable screen with an anti-glare coating — this makes it all the more suitable for operation in a perpetually sunny country like Malaysia.

The Toughpad FZ-A1 tablet is powered by a 1.2GHz dual core processor running on Android 3.2 Honeycomb, accompanied by 1GB RAM and two cameras — a 5-megapixel shooter on the outside, and a 2-megapixel camera at the back. Details at

-Strictly for texters
BlackBerry keyboards have often been touted to be among the best when it comes to smartphones over the years, although there were some misses along the way on selected models.

Well, the candybar form factor with a built-in QWERTY keyboard is still a popular choice for phone manufacturers who want to roll out smartphones that do not rely on a virtual keyboard, and Sony Ericsson‘s latest release will come in the form of the Sony Ericsson txt.

This is not only a messaging phone as it is meant to keep you entertained as well. Being a sister phone to the Sony Ericsson txt pro, the txt sports a full view QWERTY keyboard and a SMS shortcut key.

There is also a preloaded “Friends” application which allows you to check out Facebook and Twitter updates at a glance from your top five friends.

Other hardware specifications include WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, a 3.2-megapixel camera, a 2.6-inch TFT display at 240 x 320 pixels, and 100MB of internal memory that can be augmented by a microSD memory card.

Choose from black, white, pink and blue shades at RM369 a piece. Details at

Polaroid Z340

Swann Freestyle HD



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