TOYBOX: Philips comes up big with the Key 019

Everyone knows that smaller is continually the future when it comes to the world of electronic gadgets. That said, I was still very surprised by how small -and how versatile - the new Philips Key 019 wearable camcorder is.

Everyone knows that smaller is continually the future when it comes to the world of electronic gadgets. That said, I was still very surprised by how small -and how versatile - the new Philips Key 019 wearable camcorder is.

Sleek, black, and tiny, it definitely has the look of a spy camera. But the 019 - it even sounds like something a spy would carry - is not just a digital camera. It also records up to 25 minutes of digital video in MPEG4 format and is an MP3 player with 128 MB of internal flash memory. Using the various functions on the 019 was fairly straightforward; a ring around the lens rotates from camera to camcorder to music player. Picture quality was good and the video looked good playing on my computer. File transferring was simple through a USB connection. The wired remote control was a bit clunky to hook up and use. I'm also sure that if I owned an 019, I'd eventually lose the end cap that covers the USB connector. In all, however, those are minor quibbles. Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com Any suggestions for gadgets we should try? Send them to toybox@prweek.com
  • John N. Frank writes Toy Box. He is the Chicago-based Midwest bureau chief for PRWeek. Price $249 Available at Best Buy, HiFi Buys, and at www.ThingsToDoYourThing.com Specs 2.1 ounces; holds up to 200 2 mega pixel digital photos, 25 minutes of video in MPEG4 format. 128K flash memory

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