Inspecting gadgets

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from electronic book readers to the latest in touchscreen mobile phones.

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By  Imthishan Giado Published  February 7, 2009

ACN rounds up the latest and greatest executive gadgets, from electronic book readers to the latest in touchscreen mobile phones.

Sony PRS-700 E-Reader

Here's a classic example of technology overcoming an initial Luddite-like impression to become genuinely useful. When ACN took a look at electronic paper last year, we were impressed with its potential to save on printing costs, but slated the first generation readers from Amazon and Sony as being unwieldy and lacking in self-illumination.

What a difference a year makes - and the addition of an LED backlight. Sony's new version of the reader addresses all the flaws of the original version by slimming down its size and weight.

The slightly-blue LED backlight has two settings so it doesn't blind your fellow passengers on the bus, tram or wherever else you plan to read. Flipping pages is now easier as well with the zippy touchscreen UI - something that the button-festooned Kindle would do well to adopt.

Now that digital readers are starting to approach maturity, enterprises can start to look at the technology as a real alternative to the number of printed reports that executives face on their desks every day.

But even if the Sony Reader of the year 3000 looks and feels exactly like a printed page that we all grew up with, even if everyone is reading ACN on their digital readers on the way to work, we're willing to bet that some CIOs will never give up the crispness of a printed page.

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