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</img>: Forty-percent smaller and 100 percent slicker than its predecessor, the pocket-friendly Mino (pronounced like the SS Minnow) is the newer, trimmer, quicker-on-the-draw feel and decidedly more fun version of the Flip Ultra.
Despite the smaller body, USB 1.0 compatibility and more sensible battery it’s hard to say just why you’d really want to spend $30 more for the Mino instead of the soon-to-be-reduced Ultra. The Mino features a slightly improved video-compression engine, but you’re still getting the same frame rate (30 fps), same 1/4-inch VGA CMOS sensor, same bitrate, same 640 x 480, and same 2-GB hard drive without any of the higher-end, higher-res optics or features (3x zoom?) that a pocket-friendly $200 digicam will give you. —Steven Leckart
WIRED Buttons can be muted (great for weddings, lectures, pirating movies); easy to shoot, download and upload vids; internal battery equals no need to go hunting for AA batteries. Elegant Vader-black or Storm Trooper-white casing.
TIRED No optical zoom, no upgradeable memory, no Bluetooth, no decent stills. FFWD could be FSTR. Macheads must upgrade to OSX 10.5. Eager-beaver touch buttons are too sensitive and have a tricky sweet spot.
$180, Flip

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</img>: First, the good news. Getting the MBS-100 connected to my Bluetooth gadgets (cellphones and laptops mostly) is idiot-proof due in no small part to its excellent synchronization ability. The device defaults to "search mode" when first powered on and the pass code is "0000." Want to add another device? Just hold down the sync button on the bottom of the speaker, wash, rinse and repeat. It's that simple.
Now the bad news. Sadly, audio is another story. After busting out some raaawk by Rise Against, it was clear that the MBS-100 was doomed. I cranked up the volume but between the relentless kick drum and the mid-range of the frantic guitar work, the MBS-100 sputtered surprisingly distorted audio even at medium levels. R&B and classical music performed much better at comparable and higher levels, but even those sounded anemic when it came time to deliver low-frequency bass. —Terrence Russell
WIRED Easy to use and extremely portable. Carrying case included. Decent wireless range and relatively smooth streaming. Supports advanced audio distribution and audio and video remote control profiles.
TIRED A damning combination of being pricey/underpowered. Bass-hungry beat fiends need not apply. Only 50 hours of standby?!
$100, Sony Ericsson

 
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