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In the wake of the hubbub Netflix caused when it announced a radical adjustment to its pricing structure, the rental and streaming pioneer has released an application for Nintendo’s 3DS. Users with Netflix’s $7.99 streaming plan can download the free application from the online Nintendo store right now, and enjoy TV and movies straight on their portable device.
The jury is still out but, of course, many in the gaming world have their opinions. There’s what we do know: Nintendo plans to introduce its new Wii 2 (though it’s not confirmed it that’s its official name) at next month’s E3 trade show in Los Angeles. It’s said to be released early next spring, but that too could change. More people are wondering if, and how, Nintendo will step up its game with its new product.
Businesses can learn a lot from the video game industry. Games are addictive, pervasive, and nostalgic. Most of us can still remember the first Nintendo system and the first Game Boy. People will always return to video games, even when consoles experience several down years, sometimes four or five in a row. But customers return because video games, at times, can provide the most compelling, quality products. Other industries wish they could bottle the magic of video games and harness that level of immersion. If companies could create ways to compel customers to return, they would have better luck retaining customers, especially during the hard times.
Size matters when you’re attempting an out-of-office experience. These portable tech devices–scheduled for fall release–not only are small but also include some new options (details on next page) that will keep you connected almost anywhere you travel. You’ll have to decide for yourself whether that’s a good thing. Getting Mobile No more looking for a Wi-Fi hot spot–the three-pound VAIO T350 is the first notebook with a cellular modem built in. With Sony’s SmartWi utility you’ll be connected in a single click to Cingular’s nationwide EDGE network. It’s about three times as fast as dial-up wherever you roam, whether it’s in a cab or at the beach. (Cingular’s unlimited data plan goes for $80 a month.) A 1.2-GHz Pentium M processor runs the show along with 512MB of RAM and a 60GB hard drive. The 10.6-inch widescreen display and a slightly shrunken keyboard are a tad cramped, but with a DVD burner, Bluetooth, and nearly five hours of battery life, the T350 is versatile and convenient. $2,199; www.sonystyle.com Slick Talker Finally, there’s a Bluetooth headset that won’t make you look like some kind of cyborg. Created by Jacob Jansen Design, the Jabra JX10 is wearable minimalist art. It weighs a smidge more than 0.3 ounces and is less than 1.5 inches long, which means you’ll barely know you have it on. The headset includes a pairing button that allows for simple setup with Bluetooth phones. It also has automatic volume control as well as a USB charging cable so you can use your laptop to top off the JX10′s battery when you can’t get to an outlet. Expect up to four hours of talk time, about 100 hours of standby time, and a few envious stares. $179; www.jabra.com Hand-held With Hookups Not only does Samsung’s SCH-i730, a Windows Mobile smart phone, connect to the Verizon Wireless fast BroadbandAccess network, it’s also Wi-Fi enabled for when you want to download huge files even faster at a hot spot. This 5.5-ounce multitasker has a slide-out keyboard and a 2.8-inch color screen for viewing webpages and editing Word files. And it comes with a 520-MHz processor, advanced voice recognition for speed dialing that works with or without a Bluetooth headset, and a program that turns the i730 into a universal remote control. We wish this smart phone were smart enough to take calls when the Wi-Fi connection is turned on (they go straight to voice mail), but otherwise it’s a convergence home run. $599; www.samsungusa.com Small Diversion If you like playing games on the go but don’t see yourself carrying a brick like the Nintendo DS or Sony PSP, try the Game Boy Micro. At 2.8 ounces, it weighs less than most cell phones. It has an ultrabright display that brings Nintendo’s 700 Game Boy Advance titles to life (including many classic NES titles like Donkey Kong and Super Mario Bros. 3, which have recently been rejiggered for the Game Boy). Compared with other mobile game consoles, the Micro keeps things simple in the controls department with just a directional pad, two action buttons, and two shoulder buttons. The system uses a rechargeable battery and standard headphones. $99; www.nintendo.com So Five Seconds Ago A lot of credit card size cameras can take five-megapixel photos. But Casio’s Exilim EX-S500 has a processor that compensates for fast-moving subjects to reduce blurry pics. This camera, with a 2.2-inch LCD display and a 3x optical zoom, needs just a second to start up and takes up to 200 shots on one charge. It can also capture crisp VGA video at a TV-like 30 frames per second. The Past Movie function lets you record five seconds before you press the button, by continuously capturing video into buffer memory. Unfortunately, you’ll have to spring for a decent memory card since the internal memory can store only two shots at the highest resolution or 13 seconds of video (and the camera doesn’t come with even a wimpy memory card). $399; www.casio.com
Distractions This Nintendo isn’t kid stuff. Created to lure game-playing grownups who have a greater concern for style and screen visibility, the GameBoy Advance SP (SP stands for special) is more akin to a cell phone than a toy box. When closed, the square measures approximately three by three by one inches, so it can be stashed in a jacket pocket or purse. Its front-lighted screen feature affords better viewing in both darkness and direct sunlight and shuts off for enhanced battery life. (You can add 8 hours to its 10-hour battery span by doing this.) The handheld is also backward-compatible with approximately 1,000 games released for the 14-year-old GameBoy platform. With no real competitor in this space, Nintendo has moved 11.5 million of the GameBoy Advance since its July 2001 release; it’s sold 150 million GameBoys since 1989. The Advance SP will hit stores later this month for $100 — a more mature price than the $70 Advance — and will be available in either cobalt or platinum. Please E-mail your comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.