How many gadgets is too many?
The television commercial for the new Samsung BlackJack smartphone got me thinking about this question.
The BlackJack looks like a BlackBerry but skinnier.
The commercial is a slick one, and it shows a pair of hands digitally shuffling a half-dozen small electronic devices -- cell phone, music player, video player and so on -- like a deck of cards.
Even watching all these gadgets gave me a rush of gadget anxiety -- and I like gadgets.
But then the hands shuffle all the gadgets into one -- the BlackJack -- in a smooth marketing move. Ah, I get it: It's all these devices wrapped in one. Suddenly, my anxiety ceded. Just like Samsung wanted.
I am adamantly opposed to carrying more than one electronic communications device. I have a Treo phone, which works as my phone, my PDA and lets me text--everything I want to do. I turned down a BlackBerry from work because a) I don't want to carry two devices and b) work doesn't need another way to find me.
Let me hear from you on this one: How many devices do you carry and why? What can device-makers do to make your life easier (and less-cumbersome)?
Today In The Post:
* Who needs the stunning visuals and production values of XBox and PS3? For retro gamers -- who love the classics (read: 1980s and before) like Atari, "a game is a game is a game," says one. Jose Antonio Vargas reports.
*You've heard of video mash-ups, now check out data mash-ups: Mixing online data for high purposes, such as finding college-educated single women in New York bars. Kim Hart reports.
* Visits to online shopping sites jumped 12 percent on the day after Thanksgiving this year compared to last year, Nielsen/NetRatings reports, but it was less than half the increase of last year over 2004. The big shopping item? Consumer electronics. Big winner? Best Buy.
* Why is gazillionaire, octogenarian Viacom honcho Sumner Redstone so bullish on Midway Games which, in a golden age for video games, can't seem to stop a steep stock slide? His family would probably like to know, too: 88 percent of the company -- and its diminishing value -- is held by Redstone and his kin.
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