Archive | October, 2007

Mobile Internet devices. What and Why? Pt1 of 2.

Posted on 31 October 2007

This is a fairly wide-ranging overview of mobile Internet devices where I’ve taken my thoughts and my notes and formed them into a report. I’ve done it mainly for my own benefit because, I’m someone that has to write things down in black and white before I can develop a complete picture but I hope you get something out of it too! Feedback is more than welcome. Part 2 is […]

E90 firmware upgrade solves slow GPS

Posted on 31 October 2007

This is great. I’ve just sold the Nokia E90 and bang! up pops a rather significant firmware release that completely fixes the slow GPS lock issue and has the potential to speed it up significantly. I’ve been chatting to a few E90 owners and sure enough, the new firmware (7.40.1.2) has fixed the GPS slow-lock problem. There’s also some rumors that the FPU has been enabled which could speed up […]

Packard Bell UMPC price update.

Posted on 31 October 2007

Image5 The £350 UMPC that PC-World UK advertised for the shocking price of £600 has now come down in price. Its now being offered at £500. Only 42% more than the price shown at Packard Bell’s site. A bargain!

No link to PCWorld here but if you insist on going to PCworld’s website, check out UltraMobileLife or the original source, Pocket-Lint for the direct links.

The Three Tableteers’ first podcast.

Posted on 31 October 2007

There’s nothing better than a good podcast after you wake up to get you thinking in. Well, that and a nice cuppa cha! Reggie Suplido from InternetTabletTalk.com, Jonathan Greene from maemoapps.com and Daniel Gentleman (Thoughtfix) from TabletBlog, all N810 owners/testers have put their N810 thoughts together on target markets, applications, mapping and a whole load of interesting Internet tablet topics. Its an hour long but chock-full of good stuff. Access […]

Audiovox Anywhere Navigation-focused UMPC

Posted on 31 October 2007

Image4Here’s one for all you US/Canada-based truckers out there! Gotta copy on that good buddy?

The Audiovox Anywhere will serve as a navigation device in the daytime and, when you’ve parked up for the evening you can use it as your Internet-connected PC and media player. The Audiovox Anywhere is "…the only Ultra Mobile PC product that gives the user GPS navigation, Bluetooth and Windows, in a package smaller than a conventional laptop." Say Audiovox. Its a debatable claim but we’ll let it go.

From a technical angle, its a VIA C7-M based UMPC with full navigation suite and car mount and it retails for $1500. I hope Audiovox don’t try and market it alongside $300 dedicated navigation units or the Nokia N810 because they are going to have a hard time explaining why it costs 5 times as much! Like I said, its probably one for truckers, coach drivers and taxis.

The companies product web page is here but the detail tabs don’t seem to work for me. More technical specs and links for this item are in the UMPCPortal product page for the Uren, which is the same device under a different brand. See you on the flip-side. I’m gone.

The Three Tableteers’ first podcast.

Posted on 31 October 2007

Image2 There’s nothing better than a good podcast after you wake up to get you thinking in. Well, that and a nice cuppa cha!

Reggie Suplido from InternetTabletTalk.com, Jonathan Greene from maemoapps.com and Daniel Gentleman (Thoughtfix) from TabletBlog, all N810 owners/testers have put their N810 thoughts together on target markets, applications, mapping and a whole load of interesting Internet tablet topics. Its an hour long but chock-full of good stuff.

Access the podcast here.

Atheros Wifi chip enables always-on WiFi

Posted on 31 October 2007

You’ll often hear me talking about ‘wifi-on browsing time’ when I talk about battery life on UMPCs. Its a reference point I use because its 1) a common scenario and 2) A fairly heavy drain on battery life. In some cases the Wifi accounts for 20% of the battery drain. For example, the Vye V37 that I recently tested is a 2-hour device with the Wifi on but goes to 2.5 hours with WiFi off.

Atheros obviously know about this problem

and have just released the AR6002 to address it. Its a low-power Wifi chip that uses, and I find this very cool indeed, near-zero power on standby which means you can leave it on all the time. Due for early 2008, it brings the sub-4W umpc closer to reality.

More details at LinuxDevices

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AHTEC Tiny UMPC X60GT (Spain)

Posted on 30 October 2007

It looks like versions of the Arima ULV650 (OEM) are filtering through to markets now (wow, that took some time) and the pricing has changed somewhat since I was first introduced to the idea of paying 1000 Euro for it. (Medion appear to have given up with their RIM 1000 version)

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The AHTEC Tiny is selling for 699 Euro which, I have to say, isn’t that bad although when you’ve added sales tax, it brings it up to 800 Euro which takes some of the shine off. If it’s the same device as I’ve tested, the keyboard and built quality isn’t top notch but you’re getting a 4-hour 1.2Ghz (up from the original 1Ghz) VIA-C7-based UMPC with what looks like GPS and TV modules included. It has only got 768MB of RAM so I expect its running Windows XP as opposed to Vista which is a bonus in my book. The device isn’t available at present but they say (in translation) that it’s expected soon.

Another version of this device, the Gigabyte U60, is marked up as being available on the 11th November at Expansys. This one is only showing as a 1Ghz version and the price is somewhat higher but they do appear to have a range of accessories including an 84 Euro docking station. I’m wondering what Arima have been doing all this time as I tested a production sample of the Medion version back in May and according to a previous news item, the Gigabyte U62 should be shipping by now.

I’ll see what I can find out.

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Sony Mylo V2. Jan 2008 rumor.

Posted on 30 October 2007

I do remember the Sony Mylo but to be honest, I don’t actually remember what its purpose was. Was it a games machine? An MP3 player? An Internet device? I’m going to have to do a little check…BRB ….[elevator music]… …. Aha. Yes. It was a mobile Internet media player and one that I quickly diss’ed based on its small screen size. I also said that if when they produced […]

Fujitsu U810 reviewed by PCMag.

Posted on 30 October 2007

Image1I don’t know about you but when I read PCMag reviews by Cisco Chen I often get the impression that he hasn’t taken (or been given) enough time with the device. He’s better than most and obviously has a lot of knowledge but then when someone’s that good you don’t expect them to start calling the mouse pointer on the Q1 Ultra the ‘best and most comfortable.’ In his review of the Fujitsu U810, though, he seems to have had a fair amount of time with the device and has written a well balanced article. I haven’t had the chance to test the U810 yet but from what I’ve heard and understand from other owners, what he’s saying is pretty much spot on.

PCMag Fujitsu U810 review.

Don’t forget that there’s some good pricing on the U810 at the moment (if you’re in the U.S.) so unless you’re waiting for an HTC Shift, this could a good time to make up your mind!

More U810 reviews and news links

Asus R2E HSDPA. Another launch.

Posted on 30 October 2007

Ctitanic has reported that the Asus R2E is launching in November. Somewhere. Maybe he’s referring to North America because it’s already launched in Italy (availability due around now, price 1200 Euro) so I guess it’s going to be appearing worldwide soon. Unfortunately its still an 800×480 device. I really hope they took the opportunity to swap the back-light out for a LED one though. To drop in a power-saving Intel CPU and not optimise the backlight would be silly.

ASUS R2E specifications (unconfirmed) and news links.

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Gute Neuichkeiten! N810 competition opens up to world.

Posted on 29 October 2007

Well done to Thoughtfix. He found a way to open up his Nokia N810 competition to the world!

So how do you win a Nokia N810? Easy. You create a video about how you would use your Nokia Internet Tablet and you post it as a YouTube video response to Thoughtfix’s original video here. The video will be judged and if its the best one, you’ll be able to pick yourself up a Nokia N810 from Dynamism. It’s the second most viewed device on the portal which gives a good indication of the desirability factor!

I might enter but to be honest, I know I couldn’t beat what Dan himself did on Saturday. While I was in my cellar in Germany, U-streaming out to the world, Dan, working in Arizona, leaves his desk for a coffee break , flips open his N800 and calls me on Skype. I faded him into the u-stream feed and to the 35 people that were watching and listening at the time. I even managed to record it. Now that’s cool use of technology! Maybe I’ll enter the video as a response ;-)

The latest info on the competition is available at TabletBlog.