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    • 10 out of 10
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    • Gimme Fiction by Spoon is a terrific album by an Austin band that I was lucky enough to catch on an Austin radio station during a Christmas visit.

  • Bowie at Beeb: Best of BBC Radio 68-72

    • 10 out of 10
    • David Bowie
    • The companion CD to a BBC television concert, BBC Radio Theatre has some of the best renditions of many of Bowie's best songs throughout his career. "I'm Afraid of Americans" is substantial

  • Chicago Transit Authority

    • 10 out of 10
    • Chicago
    • For those of you who don't know, Chicago didn't always suck, and everyone in the band didn't always play a keyboard. When the band started off they were pioneers of rock and jazz fusion, and guita

  • Suspended Animation

    • 8 out of 10
    • Fantomas
    • Mike Patton may well be one of the hardest working men in showbiz these days, and his latest with Fantômas underscores just about how far out he is willing to travel.

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  • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah

    • 8 out of 10
    • Clap Your Hands Say Yeah
    • When I first got hooked to Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the only place I could get their debut album, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, was through the band's Web site. I listened to the two tracks a

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In-Depth Review

Better Energy Systems’ Solio

The Solio is a solar-powered charger for the iPod and other digital devices like cell phones, PDAs, and Gameboys. Made by a small UK firm, Solio takes about 10 hours of good sunlight to charge an internal battery, which in turn can charge other battery-powered devices (like the iPod). The device is light and portable, and can also charge from an outlet, so it doubles as a spare iPod or cell phone battery.

There are some minor quibbles with the product. Solio has an ornery rubber port plug that doesn't stay properly in place. Also, it tries to communicate too much information with a single indicator light, creating occasional uncertainty as to whether your iPod or phone really is charging.

I found it takes some planning and forethought to keep Solio juiced while traveling, but if you expect to be in remote places, or if you're just eco-conscious, you'll find the Solio can be a tremendously useful device. Also, see my full review at The Mac Observer.

Just The Facts

Solio from Better Energy Systems

MSRP $99
Street Price: $99.88 - From Amazon.

Pros:Light, versatile solar charger for the iPod. Very useful in remote, sunny places.

Cons:Minor user-feedback issues, long time to charge Solio using the sun.

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