LOS ANGELES -- The iPhone is hot, but is there something even hotter out there? At least two alternatives pack a mean punch. Will Apple's (AAPL) - Get Report own iPod Touch prove to be the iPhone's greatest competition, or will Verizon Wireless' LG Voyager knock Apple out of the box? Gadget Grrl weighs in, but you be the judge.
If you haven't bought an iPhone but want the slick style and size (weighing in at4.2 ounces vs. 4.8 oz), consider the iPod Touch.
For starters, you won't be locked into any long-term contracts. The reason to pick this one up is to quickly hop on the Internet, check-in with an airlines, check email and view or listen to media.
The Web browser is better than almost anything else out there. The navigation is smooth, the interface is way slick, and the screen is downright beautiful for viewing media. Apple has included a Wi-Fi version of iTunes to make it easy to buy tunes on the go, and a deal with
enables you to purchase songs while consuming your Expresso.
On the still-needs-work side, I have never understood why the same people who design iPods can't design a better set of ear buds. They continue to disappoint.
My other tweak on this is the keyboard. A stylus is out of the question because the keyboard is heat sensitive. Typing out any long responses to email can be a challenge, especially if your fingers don't hit the letters exactly right. If they had this feature down, these would fly off the shelves.
There are currently two models, the eight-gigabyte and the 16-gigabyte. If you want to load more movies and music for the road, go with the 16-gigabyte model.
The highly anticipated LG Voyager has just been released and claims to be an iPhone killer. Hmmm. Let's see.
There are a number of features that Verizon Wireless (co-owned by
) customers will like. First and foremost, they will enjoy faster Internet speeds on a full HTML browser.
The Voyager offers two ways to input: For quick text messages and browsing, you can use the touch screen on top, and for lengthy email responses, you can open up the cover and use the Qwerty keyboard.
Another offering is the built-in, 2-megapixel camera, but you have to turn it horizontally to take a photo. There are also built-in speakers, making it easier to share your media with others.
My personal tweak on this is the interface; it just looks old-school. It's just not hip, slick or cool, though it does get the job done. Also, its size, which does allow for the keyboard, is bulky in comparison to that of the iPhone/iPod Touch.
V-cast TV is playable on the device, and you can upgrade thememory (something Apple is not inclined to offer). As to the price, check with Verizon, because if you buy it directly online, you'll save.
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Diana Forbes is a Los Angeles-based writer and media personality. Her "Gadget Grrl" reviews appear in various national print and online publications, and she demonstrates consumer products on national and local television shows. Click
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