Archive | November, 2009

6 Crunchpad Alternatives

Posted on 30 November 2009

The Crunchpad is no more but don’t worry because there are a number of options already out there for sofa-surfing fans. I’ve lined them all up with a short summary in this post.

Crunchpad Project Collapses on Partner Disagreement.

Posted on 30 November 2009

The Crunchpad project has collapsed due to a critical business issue between the two partners controlling the project.

In a post this afternoon, just weeks after I picked up on the comments by Mike Arrington in the Gilmor Gang videocast, Mike Arrington explains how he and Fusion Garage, the partner company in the project have failed to reach an agreement on terms. There’s no statement from the Fusion Garage yet.

JKK Unboxes the Milestone (AKA Droid) Smartphone.

Posted on 30 November 2009

I’ve had a few hours hands-on with the Milestone and I have to say I really loved it. It brings the fun of Android to a really useful form factor and design. The capacitive screen, keyboard and 5mp camera go together to make this an excelent value package. Slightly too small, in my opinion, to be a fully productive web-app tool but for a smartphone, this is about as much as you could hope to get in a 24/7 pocketable package. In this video, JKK of JKKMobile unboxes the Milestone and takes us round the device.

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Shanzai.com looks at the MID operating systems choices

Posted on 30 November 2009

The definition of a MID, a mobile internet device, changes with every person you ask but one thing remains constant. It’s aimed at the consumer and not the productive professional. That’s UMPC territory! Consumer devices require careful attention to ease-of-use and fun, dynamic software so the choice of operating system becomes just as important as the hardware it’s built on.

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Viliv S7 ‘Micro Laptop’ – Review: Features, Usage, Customers and Round-up.

Posted on 30 November 2009

Ben posted an excellent review of the Viliv S7 at Pocketables a few weeks ago and it follows my thoughts to the letter. The Viliv S7 has been working flawlessly here so rather than produce a copy of that review I’ve decided to take a different angle on the device and talk a bit more about the scenarios that best fit the S7 and the types of customers that might be interested in the device.

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Engadget has a quick hands-on video with a Vega prototype

Posted on 29 November 2009

We mentioned the supposedly Android and Nvidia Tegra powered ‘Vega’ tablet a few weeks ago, and now it looks like Engadget has gotten their hands on a prototype. Jump over to their story to see the video. The thing that will probably jump out to any of us is that the prototype is running Windows CE at the moment. It’s possible that this is just temporary while they build and […]

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‘In Other News…’ November 29th

Posted on 29 November 2009

Here’s the weekly rundown of items that we posted to the middle column on UMPCPortal, our ‘Other News’ section. It’s all good ultra mobile PC and MID-related stuff that, in most cases, we didn’t write about as a main news item. Shared Eking S515 tilt/slider ultra mobile PC overview. Posted Official Website for the EviGroup Pad Shared Just purchased a BenQ S6 for 149.99 – MID Wiki Forums Shared JKK […]

Kohjinsha to sell its dual-screen netbook next month, turns out to be a convertible too

Posted on 28 November 2009

You may have seen the Kohjinsha dual screen netbook concept floating around the web recently, but apparently they are actually going to be putting this thing on the market. The unit will go on sale as the Kohjinsha DZ, and at first I saw this unit as novel, but after seeing it function on video I realize that this could really be useful for some people out there. Maybe I […]

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Dynamism Black Friday Deals

Posted on 28 November 2009

Dynamism has two ultra mobile PC deals (good today only) that might be of interest: For $30 off the regular price, you can order the pink or black base model UMID M1 [Portal page]. Both have 512MB of RAM, Windows XP, an 8GB SSD and come with a case and 4GB MicroSD card. The pink version will run you $419 and has a 1.2GHz Atom CPU, and the black version […]

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4 problems with recent no-name MIDs out of Asia

Posted on 27 November 2009

Wow… and I thought netbooks were boring… Seems strange that we’ve been seeing quite a few MIDs lately, but not in the capacity in which they were expected. Intel is responsible for propagating the term MID and the initial plan was to couple these devices with the Atom platform to have pocketable web access ‘companion’ device that could also function as a media player and productivity tool. However this hasn’t […]

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A1 Launch Imminent

Posted on 26 November 2009

According to Shanzai.com, the Acer Liquid is ready to go and if the prices we’re seeing at Clove are correct, Acer will be lowering the pricing bar a long way for high-end smartphones.

Pixel Qi Low-power / Daylight Screens go to Mass Production

Posted on 26 November 2009

While Intel, AMD, ARM and VIA might want you to believe that low-power silicon is the answer to all battery life problems, the truth is somewhat different. We’re at a point now where all silicon, be it X86 or RISC-based, can perform at low enough power consumption that other components on a device become more significant in the power, heat and battery life equation. Talk about ‘ídle’ power drain is irrelevant when you’re using a device in constantly-connected mobile computing scenarios.

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