The $189 Smart Devices Q7 web-pad story gets more exciting today as weâ€™ve received some live pics of the device. ElectroWorld, the strange looking Chinese website that many of us would probably avoid, have come up trumps after we contacted them for a purchase. They also tell us they will have a device â€˜next week.â€™Â We assume this will be a sample which could mean a 1-2 month wait for the first production run. We hope we’re wrong but we’ll check it out and get back to you.
At $180, the only real question for gadget fans is, what colour? Iâ€™d go for Lime Green just to be disruptive and clash with that brown leather sofa you find in every coffee shop these days.
This isnâ€™t going to be a fast browsing device, the build quality needs to be checked out and there will be limitations on the China-focused software stack but if they get the quality right, (a big â€˜ifâ€™) and offer some better colours, this is a no-brainer for the coffee-table. Iâ€™m thinking TV-Guide, auto-updating Friendfeed, Last.fm radio, public transport timetable, picture frame (tuned to the Flickr UMPC tag of course!), there must be a thousand uses. What would you do with it?
Update. I have had further contact with Electroworld and have decided to order. They offered me a Paypal option so I have payed $240 inclusive delivery. Ill have German import tax of 19% on top of that. No dates yet but Electroworld have promised to send more specs when they get the sample on May 12th. First production run will, as is normal, be limited.
Update 2. Electroworld have said that shipment could be next week. Soon after 12th May.