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COSTLY GADGETS Most of Macworld Australia I find is great reading, and I particularly enjoyed the recent article on Siri. However, the Gadget Guide seems to feature only the top end of the price range. A kickstand case for iPhone 6 at $64.99, an Adonit stylus at $129.99, and a Tabletop Radio at $449 are all highly priced. Google the products or their equivalents and you will find a range of products at a range of prices. I know you have to pay for quality, but how much? A recent purchase of a charging stand for an iPhone 4s cost me $6, including postage from China. Paid for by PayPal, delivered within five days from order, and a happy customer thank you. Not so good, a charger for my MacBook Air set me back $28 ($99 from Apple) and arrived OK, but it did not function properly. I raised a complaint with PayPal and they promptly refunded me in full. Although I have not bought them, both an iPhone case and a stylus are available from eBay and others from about $12 upwards. All in all, a bit more effort, and sometimes more hassle, but definitely worth it, especially if you are a bargain hunter like me. Sam Luxemburg

Thanks Sam. That’s a great reminder for us. We can be a little spoilt here at Macworld Australia as we get to play with the latest and greatest gear and can get carried away. Every couple of weeks, I do a walk through some of the local retailers to see what people are looking at and where real world prices are. However, we’ll do a better job of looking for products across a range of different prices, so that we’ve got something for everyone.

Well, there’s nothing like a story about broadband access and the Australian digital divide to stimulate conversation by our online readers. Here’s what a few of you had to say about the state of broadband access in Australia. The introduction of NBN is being done on the cheap. I am about to have my connection joined from outside the house to the inside. I have been told that the contractors doing the work are allocated $80 per household to connect. They therefore opt for the easiest installation for them, but not necessarily the best location in the house for the occupant. Another business that I know of has a contract to fix up the mistakes the first contractor made. Where is the sense in all this? And what is now the government policy on future installations? They have been very quiet on the subject since taking office.

Steve Sanders I sometimes think that it’d be better if I was still on dial-up [currently on ADSL2]… because there are times when I have little or no connectivity at all… and my closest Exchange is approximately four kilometres away. I have a cable to the pole in front of my house, but am not able to connect as it’s an Education Department connection only.

Mick McMillan

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