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In this week's review roundup: The Gillette Fusion five blade razor, and Nokia 6682 smartphone

Gillette Fusion
Release Date: Early 2006
Price: $11.99
That's right my friends, five blades. Count em. FIIIIIIIIVE. Didn't think it would happen in your lifetime did you? Well, neither did most of us. So how does everyone feel about the new Gillette Fusion? So far, it's receiving mixed reviews. "The Gillette Fusion, which comes in powered and unpowered versions, is here and it wants its man back. Basically, it has one more blade, but to hear Gillette talk about it should you encounter God, God would be cut."


But how do you really feel? "We didn't claw our way to the top of the razor game by clinging to the two-blade industry standard. We got here by taking chances. Well, five blades is the biggest chance of all." That's right, "this is our chance to make razor history. Let's dream big. All you have to do is say that five blades can happen, and it will happen." Hallelujah! And we haven't even gotten to The Onion yet.

But why? Why are we at this crossroads of razor crossroads? What is the Fusion all about? It's "a wet-shaving system with a lot more bells and whistles than the company's Mach3Turbo and M3Power, currently the top-selling shavers." Ok, and..."Gillette Fusion is 'the future of shaving." At stake for Gillette? "American men spent about $1.7 billion on blades and razors last year, and another $300 million on shaving creams and gels. Globally, shaving products accounted for more than $10.4 billion in sales." Fascinating. And the company feels, for sure, that they can pull this off, "When you're on top, people talk. That's the price you pay for being on top. Which Gillette is, always has been, and forever shall be, Amen, five blades, sweet Jesus in heaven."

Look for the "Precision Trimmer blade on the back of the blade cartridge, to be used to trim sideburns or shape facial hair," and other high-tech advances like "Its cartridges—which will also fit on the manual version—have a super-thin coating that Gillette says provides for an even closer shave." WOOOO-WEEEEEEEEE. Throw in an electronic chip "to regulate voltage and otherwise ensure that the 'shaving experience' is consistent as the battery drains" and you've got something special.
Heres' to you Gillette. God bless the Fusion and the number five.

Do Men Want an Even Closer Shave? [The New York Times]
Fuck Everything, We're Doing Five Blades [The Onion]
Gillette 5 Blade Razor [Gizmodo]

Nokia 6682
Release Date: This Week
Price: Between $300 and $350
This week, Nokia brought another Smartphone to the US market, and reviewers are happy with the new Finnish offering. "The 6682 is distinctly more consumer oriented, from its fashion-friendly candy bar style pearl case to the 1.3 megapixel camera that can also shoot video," and "If you're the kind of person who tends to take off at a moment's notice and needs to bring along a phone that can serve as a phone, camera, email device and maybe even something to do a little work on, the 6682 will suit your needs just fine," and of course, "the Nokia 6682 is a powerful, flexible device for people who want a phone that happens to do more than just make calls."

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Sounds like a good start, but how does it work? Again, mostly good things are being bandied about. As a phone, which we sometimes forget is the most important aspect of a cellphone, "the 6682 is excellent. Sound quality is loud and clear both on the earpiece and speakerphone, and we easily connected it with Nokia and Sony Ericsson Bluetooth headsets." But the keypad is still far from perfect. "The left and right softkeys are each very large but the numeric keypad keys are still tiny and scrunched at the bottom of the phone. To enhance usability, Nokia used a more standardized keypad layout , and also beveled each key, creating rows you can physically feel—making it a bit easier to use the cramped keypad. Those with large hands will still find the keypad difficult to use."

The display is a little small for a PDA but about average for a Smartphone. The best part of it, however, is "the light sensor embedded in the upper left corner of the front. The sensor actually detects light levels, adjusting the display accordingly. So in a dark room, the screen will dim while the keypad backlight will engage. In the sun, it's just the opposite. This level of power management makes it much easier on the user, since the changes are quick and accurate for the lighting conditions." I think this technology was last used in the GameBoy title Boktai: The Sun Is In Your Hand.


In terms of Smartphone capabilities, it has "built-in e-mail client supports POP3/IMAP accounts with attachments. You can get Microsoft Outlook and Lotus Notes e-mail through the third-party Smartner Duality (now changing its name to Seven Always-On) program, available from Handango, and the free Agile Messenger IM program is the best for any mobile platform." Throw in a "Class 10 EDGE data modem, running at 108 to 120 Kbps on our tests" and things are looking good.

The verdict? "I feel like this device serves well as a notebook compliment, for someone who doesn't really need the features of a full-fledged PDA, but needs more than what a typical mobile phone can deliver."

Nokia 6682 [PC Mag]
Review: Nokia 6682 [Phonescoop]
Nokia 6682 Review []


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