Affordable Alternatives for Favorite Pricey Gadgets

Affordable Alternatives for Favorite Pricey Gadgets

Joel Pirela
Feb 2, 2011

Nothing really beats the real thing; but sometimes, priorities and budget constraints, force us to choose the very best next thing. These examples will show you that you don't have to sacrifice quality to enjoy the closest thing to the real McCoy. Imitation is the most sincere form of saving money.

iPad replacement:
Archos 5: One of the first Android tablets to come to market, Archos' 5-inch multimedia machine benefits from the French company's expertise in the portable media player space while taking advantage of the flexibility its OS offers. Though the tablet space has moved on to bigger screens and increased functionality, the Internet Tablet remains a strong contender due to the device's growing app market and engaged (and helpful) user base. The 8GB model costs $250 less than the 16GB, WIFI version of the iPad, yet offers Flash support and multitasking.

Leica replacement:
Panasonic Lumix GF1: The LUMIX DMC-GF1 is the latest addition to the LUMIX G Series, which debuts as the lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash. The LUMIX DMC-GF1 has a compact design reminiscent of classic film cameras, using digital interchangeable lens, based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. With its compact size, user-friendly design and can even record High Definition (HD) video and take professional-quality photos. Since it is really lightweight, this is the ideal digital camera to carry with you at all times. It can record 1280 x 720 High Definition video in AVCHD Lite, a format that enables longer recording times. With a dedicated video record button, capturing video is convenient and pretty easy. The LUMIX GF1 has a unique Movie Program Mode that allows consumers to adjust the depth-of-field while shooting in HD video, so background and foreground can be blurred to give creative effects--something typically only possible with expensive professional camcorders.

iMac replacement:
Dell Inspiron One 2305:We like its elegant design and great features, something you don't always see from a PC company. TouchCam lets you edit and upload photos and video directly to Facebook or YouTube with the swipe of a finger. By combining the tower and monitor, this powerful, compact all-in-one PC, with full HD wide-screen, is perfect for your family room or kitchen. The optional wireless mouse and keyboard tuck neatly under the monitor for even more space saving. (wireless mouse and keyboard are standard on touch screen systems) One power cord doesn't just cut down on clutter, but also helps make setup simple and hassle free.

iPhone replacement:
Meizu M8: Meizu finally released the iPhone-wannabe. The first version will have 128MB RAM and an unspecified amount of storage, and a second version is scheduled with 256MB RAM and 8GB on-board flash. The funniest part? The M8 will cost around $320, or $120 more than the AT&T subsidized 8GB iPhone 3G here in the US of A. Luckily for them (and us) this probably won't see its way outside of China. You are better with an Android version of the iPhone from HTC or Samsung.

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