Archive | April, 2010

HP Slate Mis-Match

Posted on 30 April 2010

A ‘source’ has told Techcrunch that the HP Slate project has been stopped based on issues to do with the operating system. It doesn’t surprise us although naturally, we’ll be sad if this is true. Pricing, weight and features were good although we never expected it to be a ‘performer’ because of experience we’ve had with similar builds. If this is true, it speaks strongly of the mismatches we have […]

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eviGroup Wallet MID Enters Production. Availability in May. Interview.

Posted on 29 April 2010

The eviGroup Wallet is a 5” resistive touchscreen MID running Android in much the same way as the Archos 5. Based on what is likely to be a Samsung ARM11 CPU though (probably the S3C6410 as we suspect the device is from SMiT) it’s not going to beat the Archos 5 on processing power. What it does bring is a low price, a camera and a semi-rugged design. We’re not […]

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Fusion Garage Starts a Blog, Talks About the Joojoo and Where Things Are Heading (Update for the Joojoo is on It’s Way)

Posted on 29 April 2010

Fusion Garage CEO, Chandra Rathakrishna, has let loose with a post over at Fusion Garage’s new blog. Chandra says that he plans on “communicating directly with you on developments from within Fusion Garage and on industry issues” in the new space. So far, it seems he’s done just that. In his first post, he addresses many of the recent criticisms about the Joojoo [product page]. What matters here is that […]

Sony Teases New VAIO “Ultra Mobile” — Brief Analysis

Posted on 29 April 2010

News about a new Sony VAIO “Ultra Mobile” has me pretty excited. I’ve been a long time fan of the Sony VAIO UX series, and have been wishing that Sony would reinvent the Clie UX as well. According to a teaser page on Sony.jp, they’ll be coming out with a new device. Unfortunately, I don’t think that this one will be the answer to my dreams. Let’s take a look […]

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Airlife 100 Social Netbook Launches in Spain, starts at 230 Euros

Posted on 28 April 2010

I’m not one to let companies hide the real price of a device behind a subscription but at the moment I can’t find the full, unsubsidised price of the ARM/Android-based HP Compaq Airlife 100 that has just launched in Spain. Based on the two prices below and similar subsidy deals, the full price if the Airlife looks to be about 450 Euros. It sounds expensive for a smartbook doesn’t it […]

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‘In Other News…’ April 28th

Posted on 28 April 2010

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. Published Xperia X10 First Impressions. Part 2 – Good Stuff.. In Part 1 I covered three potential showstoppers – issues that might be important to you – on the […]

WePad and JooJoo Now Available for Pre-Order in Europe.

Posted on 28 April 2010

If you’re in Europe, I’ve got good news for you. The JooJoo tablet is now available to pre order. No, don’t laugh because there’s an interesting twist here. The WePad is up for pre-order in Germany too.

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WePad Live Demos Analysed. Ubuntu Spotted.

Posted on 27 April 2010

Sascha Pallenberg, MeetMobility podcaster and editor-in-chief at Netbooknews attended a recent WePad live demo and has posted his videos. They’re in German but I’ve been through them and pulled out some of the important points here. (Luckily I also speak German.)

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Neofonie WePad Gets Shown off for Real [video]

Posted on 27 April 2010

Last time we saw something about Neofonie’s WePad slate [product page], all we got to see was an emulated version of the interface. According to netbooknews.com, “Neofine finally got sick of hearing how its product didn’t work and provided a working sample”. And thus netbooknews has lots of footage of Neofonie showing off some actual working devices at a recent press event. Watch below as they demonstrate that giant widget […]

EKEN M001 7″ Android Tablet Reviewed.

Posted on 26 April 2010

While Shanzai.com seem to be fairly upbeat about this 7” touchscreen (resistive it appears) tablet, I’m not so sure. I had the same reservations about the Camangi Webstation (which turned out to be less than exciting) and I have the same reservations about the Archos 7 tablet. I’ve experienced it with the SmartQ7 tablet too. The reason is that we’re looking at an Android device built on a processing architecture […]

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Only 64 JooJoos Purchased?

Posted on 26 April 2010

If this turns out to be accurate, I have to say that I feel pretty bad for Fusion Garage — the company behind the Joojoo [product page]. The numbers are so low for Joojoo pre-orders that it’s almost unbelievable, but then again, I can’t say that I saw any advertising for the Joojoo, pre- or post-launch, maybe they thought it’d sell itself? I think anyone could have told them that […]

A tale of two Archos 5 Android owners

Posted on 26 April 2010

I love the Archos 5 Internet Tablet. Jenn of Pocketables, on the other hand, doesn’t and we’ve been having a to-and-fro on Twitter that’s worth extending here because  it shows how personal opinions can vary widly. We’ve challenged ourselves to write one paragraph on the A5 to say why we think what we think. Before that though, here are a few tweets that kicked the discussion off. @Smith922 I’ve never […]

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