The morning ride to work can be a lot more comfortable with some distractions of the electronic kind. With these gadgets, you can catch up on the latest tweets, kick a few alien butt or even wrap up some early morning sales calls. And all before you step in the office.
1. HTC Desire S
Just holding the Desire S makes us, well, desire it. The aluminium body gives it a cool, sleek and solid feel. It runs on Android 2.3, with 1GB of built-in memory and 768MB RAM, and comes across as a very smooth unit – the categorised scrolling menus are signifi cantly easier to navigate compared to most other phones’. Surfing on Wi-fi and 3G is a breeze, with the browser being fast to load and intuitive to handle. A 5-megapixel camera ensures you’ll never miss a Stomp-worthy moment.
$688, available from authorised HTC dealers
2. Samsung Wave 2
This baby rocks because of its large 3.7-inch screen that makes it a joy to navigate and read documents. It’s also shod with a 2GB memory space, as opposed to 1GB that most smartphones come with now. This is one gadget that scores at social networking, since it merges Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, SMS and voice contacts all in one easy-to-read list. If you’re a social media addict, look no further. It has got the ability to record high-definition videos, too.
$598, available from authorised Samsung dealers
3. Plantronics Savor M1100
Most hands-free sets make you look pretentious, but the Savor’s design actually gives it a touch of class. It functions as a fully hands-free set, with an automated phone service that lets you send tweets and e-mail with just your voice. Don’t know what commands to give? Just press the voice recognition button and ask: “What can I say?” You’ll be presented with a menu of voice commands. Sweet.
$199, available from authorised Plantronics dealers
4. Sony Walkman NWZ-B163F
Nothing beats a dedicated MP3 player to make a mind-numbing MRT ride just that little bit more relaxing – or exciting. The unit sports an impressive bass that adds oomph to sound quality, and there are quite a few options you can use to tweak your aural experience. We love the battery life – 18 hours in a single charge. Opt for the quick refill (three minutes) to get 90 minutes of playback. There are even photo and video playback options. Best of all, it’s affordable.
$78, available from authorised Sony dealers
5. Jabra Cruiser 2
In-car speakerphones aren’t new, but the Cruiser 2 stands out because it gives pretty awesome voice feedback, with dual microphones that screen out background noise, allowing your voice to be transmitted with amazing clarity. You’ll hear your caller’s voice equally clear as well. A huge, one-touch answering button makes this a superbly easy piece of equipment to use – just hook it onto your windscreen fl ap. It’s a must for folks who need to answer calls on the go.
$198, available from authorised Jabra dealers
6. Sony Xperia Play
The Xperia Play looks (and functions) like a smartphone, but slide out the console and the unit transforms into a Playstation-esque gaming machine that churns out up to 60fps of mobile gaming. The Play comes preloaded with six games, with the potential for many more high-quality 3-D game titles. If anything, this is one kick-ass phone with a smorgasbord of social networking functions and a 5-megapixel camera.
$888, available from authorised Sony Ericsson dealers