What the Gadget Guy talked about – 2UE – October 4, 2008

2UE_George-and-Paul.jpg This week Pete looked at the new touchscreen phone from Nokia, the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic – how will it go against the perceived leader of the touchscreen phone stakes, the Apple iPhone 3G?

Also, Blu-ray – it won the ‘high definition disc format war’ against DVD, but what exactly is it, why is it better than DVD and what can it do?

And finally, a tale of good out of bad. Pete’s computer was stolen this week – luckily being a Mac, and being a Mac with the Leopard operating system, and being a Mac that used Leopard’s Time Machine program in concert with an external hard drive, Pete was able to replicate the entire contents of his stolen Mac.

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The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen phone

Nokia 5800 Xpress Music – the 5800 Xpress Music, Nokia’s first touchscreen phone, is to appear in Australia later this year. It might not ‘kill’ the iPhone, but will it make it get a slight cold?


Here’s a collection of articles, news and blogs that will give you an excellent grounding in all things Blu-ray. And if you’re in the neighbourhood of Castle Towers Shopping Centre, in Castle Hill in Sydney, the Gadget Guy himself, Peter Blasina, will be on hand from 12.30 to 3.30 pm to answer your questions on all things Blu-ray.

Raising your profile: what you need to know about profiles before you buy a Blu-ray player – the war between Blu-ray and HD DVD is over, but to get the most from Blu-ray into the future you need a player with the right profile. We explain what to look for.

Getting the best out of Blu-ray – Blu-ray takes movies to a whole new level, but only if your other gear is up to the job.

Cutting some of the confusion regarding Blu-ray – What TVs are Blu-ray Disc Ready? Is Blu-ray a fully-realised technology? What exactly is a true high definition plasma or LCD TV? These questions and more answered – let’s get you in the shops knowing your way around a tricky area of consumer electronics.

PlayStation 3 review – ostensibly a games console, the newest PlayStation is also a Blu-ray disc player, and is still one of the best on sale.

Panasonic DMR-BW500 – what is most extraordinary about the Panasonic DMR-BW500 is not that it is the first consumer Blu-ray recorder – although that is itself pretty extraordinary – but that it performs that, and its other functions – so well.

Sony BDP-S350 and BDP-S550: new Blu-ray players, affordably priced for your first step into high definition discs – DVD really took off when the players dropped below $500. This week Sony announced details of its two new Blu-ray players, one under $500, the other not too far over.

Apple’s Time Machine – automatic backup that’s built right into Mac OS X. It keeps an up-to-date copy of everything on your Mac – applications, digital photos, music, movies, TV shows and documents.