If your wish list for digital travel companions includes music and movie players, an FM Radio, a quick e-book and document viewer and a satellite-based route finder, you can now have it all on a single palm sized device that weighs less than 200 grams and comes with a large 5 inch ( 12.7 cm) touch screen. What’s more you can latch a mobile phone the device, wirelessly with Bluetooth and if you have a GPRS connection to the Internet, the same device becomes a quick browsing tool or a hands-free phone.
The Magnum Touch Media Device
(TMD) , just launched all over India by the Bangalore-based Lakshmi Access Communication Systems (www.lacs.co.in
) , also throws in a folder full of games and two GB of storage. If you want to carry your own library of movies for on-the-go entertainment, there is a microSD slot to store them on a Flash card of up to 8 GB capacity – and budding DJs may appreciate the ability to ‘broadcast’ their selections in the neighborhood, with the built-in FM transmitter.
All controls are touch-based and while not quite the iPad killer that some sections of the media are calling it, the Magnum TMD is nevertheless a good combo of digital tools and players for the asking price of Rs 9999. The slightly smaller 4.3 inch ( 10.9 cm) version costs Rs 8999.