London Lite Thursday, 5 November 2009 13 Thefuture startshere... Tomorrows gadgets reviewed today PAIRINGANDSHARING Sony Ericsson Satio Due date: now Price: free with contract The gulf between high-end compact digital cameras and mobile phone cameras appears to be shrinking with this weeks launch of Sony ericssons Satio. This remarkable phone comes with a whopping 12.1 megapixels and a Xenon flash for taking stunning pictures. SmilE THE Satio has an impressive resolution, but megapixels alone dont make a great camera. Sony has also added features such as face detection, autofocus, red-eye reduction and a photo fix picture optimiser that automatically adjusts the light balance and contrast, to ensure you get the best snapshots. They are all displayed on a stunning widescreen touch interface, capable of 16m colours, which lets you focus on an area just by tapping it. It even has a clever smile-detection feature that will automatically snap a shot when the subject is smiling. Touch BESIdES the photographic merits of this phone, it naturally also comes with a touchscreen. But unlike the iPhone this one will let you use your finger or a stylus, which is good for the handwriting recognition feature. Just scribble a note as you would with a pen and the phone will transform it into text characters. TunES BEIng a Sony the Satio also comes with the usual great quality music features. This includes TrackId, an app that lets you record a few seconds of a track you might like and then get the song title, artist and album details sent to your phone. Available in black, silver or Bordeaux. See sonyericsson. com SURROUND SOUND doES surround sound conjure up images of speakers and cables all over the living room? Well, those listening alone can instead snap on a pair of Ultrasone HFI-2400s. These employ Ultrasones patented S-Logic reproduction system to direct sounds around the whole ear for a 3d audio effect. The effectiveness means Ultrasone can knock a few decibels off playback, saving your eardrums. Pros: no-fuss surround sound. cons: Theyre not cheap. Price: 225; ultrasone.com HEARTHE OUTSIDEWORLD WITH the Sennheiser PXC- 450s you need never miss the opportunity for a gossip, as one tap on the talk through button opens the built-in microphone so you can hear the outside world. These high-end headphones also have built-in noise- cancelling, so all you ever have to hear is your own music loud and clear, or the chat of the chums you let in. Fantastic stuff. Pros: Brilliant noise- cancelling and talk through. cons: Bass is a little lacking. Price: 299; sennheiser.com WireleSS Bluetooth headphones are old hat but Jabras new halos have a few twists. The halos can be paired with more than one Bluetooth gadget at a time -- handy if you want to listen with devices other than your mobile phone. They also have two built-in microphones to make and receive calls, enabling them to better filter out background noise and concentrate pick-up on the speakers voice. Also features touch-sensitive audio controls. Pros: Compact design; can be used with a cord if the battery runs dry. cons: Touch controls can be unresponsive. Price: 100; jabra.com TANGLE TECHNOLOGY WIrELESS headphones are 10-a-penny these days but theres still good reason to use corded cans (there are no batteries to run dry mid- track, for starters). However, those pesky cables dont half get tangled sometimes. A new invention from US company Innovelis aims to solve the problem. Called CordFits, its a thumb-sized widget that clips on to a headphone cord and can be used to either shorten the cable length or wrap cords without knots and kinks. Pros: reduces cable length. cons: Looks a little ugly. Price: About 6; cordfits.com AVOIDEARDAMAGE LISTEnIng on public transport theres always the temptation to crank up the volume. Trouble is, apart from the annoyance for others, that risks hearing damage. But pop in Logitechs Loud Enough lug- plugs and listen easy: they automatically limit maximum volume. These even come with child- sized cushions, ensuring a snug fit and better noise isolation in developing ears if youre buying for youngsters. Pros: good noise isolation and fair volume. cons: Limiter cannot be over- ridden (though thats the point). Price: 29.99; logitech.com PAIRINGANDSHARING yourheadcandy Cans that can: with these Halos you can pair with multiple devices index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html40.html41.html42.html43.html44.html45.html46.html47.html