Guzzlers vs. Sippers

My name is battery. I have a problem.

by Dwight Eschliman

Dwight Eschliman

PORTABLE VIDEO PLAYERS

Guzzler:
Archos AV480
Specs: 80GB hard drive (320 hours of TV), 3.8-inch screen
Life: 4.5 hours playback on internal Li-ion
$800; arcos.com

Sipper:
ZVUE
Specs: SD-card video storage, records video on PC, 2.5-inch screen
Life: up to 8 hours playback on AAs
$150; zview.com

DIGITAL CAMERAS

Guzzler:
HP Photosmart R707
Specs: 5.1MP, 3x optical zoom, 1.5-inch LCD, 7.2 ounces
Life: 200 shots on removable Li-ion
$350; hp.com

Sipper:
Canon EOS Digital Rebel
Specs: 6.3MP SLR, 18-55mm lens, 1.8-inch LCD, 26 ounces
Life: 600 shots on removable Li-ion
$1,000; usa.canon.com

POCKET-SIZE MP3s

Guzzler:
Apple iPod Mini
Specs: 4GB hard drive, 3.6 ounces
Life: 8 hours on internal Li-ion
$250; apple.com

Sipper:
Creative MuVo2 Specs: 4GB hard drive, 3.2 ounces
Life: 14 hours on rechargeable, removable Li-ion
$200; us.creative.com

PDAs WITH GPS

Guzzler:
Garmin iQue 3600
Specs: Palm PDA with built-in GPS
Life: 23 hours on rechargeable Li-ion with GPS enabled; 10 days with GPS off
$600; garmin.com

Sipper:
Belkin GPS Navigation System
Specs: Stand-alone GPS communicates with Bluetooth-enabled PDA
Life: 10 hours on rechargeable Li-ion polymer
$400; belkin.com

CELLPHONES

Guzzler:
Siemens SX1
Specs: Active-matrix color screen, MP3 and radio streaming, video recording, PDA
Life: 4 hours talk time, 200 hours standby on Li-ion
$600; siemens-mobile.com/us

Sipper:
Motorola C155
Specs: Basic phone, passive-matrix color screen, downloadable games and ringtones
Life: 7 hours talk time, 313 hours standby on Li-ion
$100; hellomoto.com