Archive | January, 2009

ABI: 11% View Netbooks as Primary Devices

Posted on 30 January 2009

ABI surveyed 1000 people about netbooks. According to their results, only 79% see them as a secondary computer. 11% see them as a primary computer proving that there is a significant overlap an direct impact on notebook sales. No surprise really. The results are not good news for laptop and netbook manufacturers in general, despite the 79% that are buying a netbooks as a second device. Here are some thoughts […]

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More smartphone battery life red-flags.

Posted on 30 January 2009

Jon Stokes, one of my favourite mobility-focused journalists, wrote in ARS Technica about battery life on the Palm Pre a few days ago and brings up one of my favourite topics. Battery life. It’s a real issue for smartphones now as the platforms reach levels where they can be considered capable of returning an acceptable web experience but when used in such a scenario, the battery life is too short. […]

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The Compal MID variations.

Posted on 30 January 2009

Over at UMPCPortal I’m tracking the various versions of the Compal MID, their specifications and where you can buy them. Following an interesting forum thread over there I’ve written a short article that talks about the variants of the device and where you can buy them. Check the article out here: MID IDOL di Tim. Hands-on from Italy | UMPCPortal – The Mobile Internet and Computing Reference Site.

MID IDOL di Tim. Hands-on from Italy

Posted on 30 January 2009

Yesterday I asked for input on the French SFR-version of the Compal MID. It turns out (thanks, everyone, for the feeback) that it’s provider locked but there’s no contract commitment. For the French, it’s a deal! The Italians have their own option in the IDOL that is offered through TIM, one of the local mobile Telco’s. There’s a nice thread in the forum where IDOL users are getting together to […]

Sony Vaio P arrives at Pocketables

Posted on 30 January 2009

The sun is shining out in Pocketables land. I can almost see Jenn’s smile radiating from here, 7500 miles away on the other side of the planet. She’s got the Vaio P and the unboxing and testing has already started. Unboxing photos’s here. It looks like the usual stack of Sony apps and try-me-ware is installed so Jenn will probably have some cleaning-up to do before the first impressions come […]

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ClarionMiND MID / CarPC, 10-minute overview

Posted on 29 January 2009

Well I guess it wouldn’t have made any difference if the ClarionMiND (yes, one-word due to legalities) had turned up for my 5-country day-trip; there’s no flippin Euro maps on it! Despite that, I’ve quite enjoyed familiarising myself with it because in terms of finger-friendly user interface, it’s a real gem. Carrousel style menu system and a UI that appears to run through the whole system. Only some sub-menus within […]

349, Euro. MID avec solution Internet 3G+ (Compal MID for 349 Euro?)

Posted on 29 January 2009

This is more a call for help from the French readers than anything else. It seems to me that my French neighbors can pick up an SFR-branded Compal MID with 3G for 349 Euros without a contract commitment. The only thing I’m not sure about is the 3G. Is it locked to SFR? I’d appreciate any help on this so if you can read French or have already investigated this, […]

Looking forward to a Palm Pre Family

Posted on 29 January 2009

The Palm Pre will probably be the most powerful smartphone ever when it launches and browsing is likely to be significantly faster than any other smartphone before it. The browser is built on Webkit so there’s likely to be a good degree of accuracy and the connectivity options look good too so in many respects, this is going to be a great mobile Internet device.

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» Sidekick LX 2009. Potential MID?

Posted on 29 January 2009

This is an unconfirmed rumor but if it’s true, we might have another smartphone ‘MID’ on our hands here. 3G, 854×480 screen, GPS, Qwerty keyboard, slick design. No info on processor at the moment. I’ve never tried a sidekick as they’ve always looked like toys to me but I know some people that swear by them and rate the keyboard very highly indeed. The 3.2inch screen would be difficult to […]

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Live unboxing of the ClarionMiND MID/CarPC…On Friendfeed.

Posted on 28 January 2009

I had a bit of fun with followers on FriendFeed this evening and unboxed the ClarionMiND live with photos going to Flickr. Flickr photos are here. Follow me on Friendfeed or Twitter to get notifications of other silly events like this. I’ll be doing an intro video and posting soon though so stay tuned here too! Transcript of the Friendfeed session: Images going up into my flickr stream (will appear […]

Earth – Highlights From Day Four of my Mid Moves Tour

Posted on 28 January 2009

The final day for myself on the road for this iteration of the Mid Moves tour. I’ve left myself one classical element to explore (Earth) and for the fourth mode of transport I’m turning to the Underground, specifically the Glasgow Underground.

My Photograph Of The Day

Posted on 28 January 2009

The final day of my part of the Mid Moves tour, and I headed into central Glasgow on their Underground (with the final element being Earth I think the reason is obvious).