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Gadget Blog Corrections Blog

An actually-researched look at gadget blog bullshit.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Sony Ericsson W700i: Who's awake?

Engadget's Thomas Ricker spots something fishy about this new phone:
Hey, wait a second, other than being gold and shipping with a 256MB (not 512) MS Pro Duo card, there's nothing to distinguish this Walkman from the W800i released last year. Hell, it even sports the exact dimensions.
And I think he's right. Did Gizmodo spot this?
Sony Ericsson also announced a new member of its Walkman line, the W700 (pictured at right).
No then. They actually made another post about it a second time:
The titanium-colored phone maintains the simplistic styling of previous Walkman phones, but don’t mistake that for weakness. It has 256MB of storage onboard, with the capacity to add more via Memory Stick Duos.
No again. Also the 256MB isn't onboard, it's on a Memory Stick.

Monday, April 03, 2006

Leica C-Lux 1: Are you high?

I just wanted to point this utterly bizarre post on Gizmodo:
This is the latest in Leica's digital cameras. It comes in an elegant black metal exterior and measures 2-inches by 4-inches. This is a 6-megapixel camera that also features an ultra-short shutter delay, precise auto-focus measurement and a slew of other options. The ease of use, size, quality and large 2.5-inch screen would make this camera excellent for any situation.
The first thing I thought was that they've gotten lazy and cut and pasted some text from the press release, but no, apparently Gizmodo employ someone who writes like a marketing droid.

It's also worth mentioning (which Gizmodo don't) that that camera is nothing but a rebadged Panasonic FX01, which Gizmodo covered in February.

Kodak Easyshare V610: Ball dropped

Ryan Block contributes this weird little post to Engadget:
it's dubious this is anything more than a proof-of-concept for future, yet unearthed-in-the-FCC cameras, like the one in which the device appears to be implanted (that dual-lenser that sure as hell aint a V570, that much we can tell you).
Of course, if he'd spent a few moments flicking through the report (PDF) he linked to he would have discovered the test camera is the as-yet-unannounced V610 (see page 8). A Google search reveals rumblings about the V610, but as yet no photos (this other report, which is also on the page Ryan linked to, does contain photos).

See how a little research could have turned some pointless and apparently wrong conjecture into an exclusive first post on the new Kodak model? It seems I have the scoop instead.

(I should add that Gizmodo and Mobilewhack also dropped the ball on this one)