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Gadget Quest

Since it's been a couple years, it's time to update my technological toys. You see, they've begun malfunctioning. Oh, the joys of planned obsolescence!

My camera, a Canon PowerShot S400 Digital Elph bought, has been to the manufacturer twice for repairs and has recently been shy about playing back pictures. "No, you really don't want to see that one. It's kinda blurry and stuff..."

A friend of mine, The Hugger, raves about her new camera, a Coolpix L18. I've got some familiarity with the Coolpix brand, having used two different models of them for work-related uses (back in the Stone Ages when they were as heavy as plastic paperweights and almost as useful).

Does anyone have any suggestions? I'm looking for a lightweight, small point-and-shoot camera. I take a lot of photos, but I'm an amateur. While I'd love to buy a more professional SLR camera, I'm not certain the price would be worth it for my uses. Thoughts?

I'm also looking for recommendations for a portable DVD player. You see, I'm a chronic multitasker, and I'd love to be able to watch DVDs while I'm working at the computer. I currently have a 13-inch color TV in my office which, sadly, doesn't have proper inputs and also has a vestigial VHS player (I killed it with a time-shifted episode of Medium and suspect poltergeists).

Given the limits of my office space and my budget, I figured that a portable DVD player was the cheapest solution. That way I can also take it with me to places like hotel rooms.

My New Phone (Click to enlarge)

My pretty new phone

When I tried to find a replacement battery for my camera phone while in my hometown for my high school reunion, the sales person talked me into an upgrade. You see, they didn't have the battery in stock (I mean, it was like two years old — freaking ancient!), and I could replace it with a new LG phone with a flip keyboard and a better camera. With the rebate, the camera would be practically free. How could I resist?

Gaze upon it, for it is shiny.

New Phone Keyboard (Click to enlarge)

I chose the cranberry color and also added on a carrying case. While the salesperson transferred over my pictures and contact list, we chatted. Turns out he's an occasional roadie for a local band, Useless Words [SITE HAS MUSIC], and has gone to several East Coast cities with them. I promised to check them out when I get a chance.

Immediately upon receiving my phone, I texted my first message: to my husband, The Gryphon, to tell him I loved him. I also tested out the camera, while browsing the furniture collection at the furniture outlet/lunch counter where I was meeting my Mom for lunch.

Alyce in Furniture Store (Click to enlarge)

It's not as good as my digital camera, but it's a big improvement over the very grainy pictures on my previous camera phone. And it's cranberry.

New gadgets are shiny!

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