Archive | November, 2010

Galaxy Tab worked Hard!

Posted on 30 November 2010

While I wait for my (6 hour) delayed flight here in Frankfurt it’s probably worth putting some text down about how the Tab has performed today, a day of snow, cold and cancellations. Unplugged at about 10am today the Tab was fully charged and performed its first duty by giving me the time of the next bus the the main station. From that point onvit’s been non-stop tabbing. My day […]

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Another Reporting Kit Hits the Road

Posted on 29 November 2010

Now that the N350 has gone back to Samsung, I’m back on the Gigabyte Touchnote for a 5-day trip to London and Berlin starting tomorrow. 1.4kg + battery pack is not the lightest but it will last all day and, very importantly, has proven itself a stable, reliable companion; so much so that i’m being very careful about changing it.  The Runcore SSD and 2GB RAM upgrade was the right […]

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Galaxy Tab Limits and Why Some Owners are Unhappy

Posted on 29 November 2010

Customer satisfaction during product purchase and ownership is a complex science and I wouldn’t suggest for a moment that I know a lot about it. Personally I can get very upset if a product fails to deliver on marketing promises and wildly passionate if a product does more than expected. That’s something I keep out of my reviews though and I always aim to project my thoughts from various target […]

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The Evolution of Apps and Stores, Events at App World – London, App Lab – Berlin Next Week

Posted on 28 November 2010

It’s hard to believe that the iPhone launched without an application store but it did. If you’ve lived with ‘apps’ for any length of time you’ll appreciate the advantages and probably won’t want to go back to a place without an integrated app store right? Discovery Try-and-Buy Unified Billing Discussion / Comment / Sharing Developer opportunity (money, fame!) Diversity / Niche applications Device Customisation Application control and conformity Centralised security […]

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The Evolution of Apps and Stores, Events at App World – London, App Lab – Berlin Next Week

Posted on 28 November 2010

It’s hard to believe that the iPhone launched without an application store but it did. If you’ve lived with ‘apps’ for any length of time you’ll appreciate the advantages and probably won’t want to go back to a place without an integrated app store right? Discovery Try-and-Buy Unified Billing Discussion / Comment / Sharing Developer opportunity (money, fame!) Diversity / Niche applications Device Customisation Application control and conformity Centralised security […]

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OCS1 Oaktrail UMPC. Official Specs Posted. Q1, AT&T Target

Posted on 27 November 2010

Thanks to nick95 in our forums we now have an official spec sheet on the Ocosmos OCS1 that we covered at IDF in September. The OCS1 was one of the first Oaktrail products we’d seen and definitely, a UMPC! [Tracking page includes links and videos] 5” Slider screen at 1024×768 looks useful but those controllers don’t include a mouse pointer which, especially on a Win 7 device with capacitive screen, […]

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Chippy on the Freelance Advisor Podcast–Talking Mobile Productivity

Posted on 26 November 2010

A few weeks ago I was invited to talk on the Freelance Advisor Podcast. The topic was mobile computing and productivity – my favorite subject! I answer questions from host  Andy White about the ‘cloud’ , Google Docs, Android, collaboration, iOS, MiFi and limitations. Check it out here. (Scroll down past the transcript for the embedded player and download link.)

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Linx Commtiva N700, A Discounted Viewpad 7?

Posted on 26 November 2010

Chippy has already unboxed and live reviewed the Viewsonic Viewpad 7 [tracking page] and although its not quite the Samsung Galaxy Tab it is a viable and cheaper alternative. Well if you’re on an even tighter budget you may want to look at the identically spec’d Linx Commtiva N700 which is a full £100 cheaper than the £400 Viewpad 7. It still comes with the same lowly Qualcomm MSM7227 600 […]

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While We Wait for Intel’s Moorestown – Info on GPU and HD Video Support

Posted on 26 November 2010

Moorestown is late. There’s no way that Intel can spin it otherwise because I’ve asked officials many times and they always promised ‘products’ in 2010. All we’re hearing about is Oaktrail and the reason for that might be because there isn’t an operating system for Moorestown yet. Moblin, MeeGo and Android are all listed as supported operating systems but none of those builds are completely ready for X86 prime-time yet. […]

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‘In Other Ultra-Mobile News…’ November 26th

Posted on 26 November 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. Shared Viewsonic ViewPad 7 Tablet Unboxing. Shared 10-Inch Archos 101 Android Tablet Now Shipping. Shared 2 videos. Published Report: Timeline for MeeGo Netbooks, Tablets and Smartphones. Shared MeeGo Conference […]

Is AMD Now In the Ultra-Mobile Game with Ontario?

Posted on 25 November 2010

In our podcast on Monday, we spoke briefly about AMD’s ‘Atom killer.’ Coming from the ultra-mobile sector we were fairly negative about the potential impact of Fusion architecture. A comment on Carrypad made me think twice and take a closer look at the low-end of the Fusion processors (or APU’s – Accelerated Processing Units- as AMD calls them) to see just what might be possible with Ontario. I’ve seen a […]

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Meet:Mobility Podcast 59 – Taking Corners

Posted on 25 November 2010

Meet:Mobility Podcast 59 is now available. Sascha, JKK and Chippy in a long and detailed podcast about some premium netbooks, the latest Tablets (Tab, Viewpad, Playbook included), and talk about Chrome OS and AMD’s Bobcat. Apologies for the audio quality on Chippy’s vocals. On this podcast: Sascha Pallenberg of NetbookNews – @Sascha_p on Twitter. JKK from JKKmobile – @jkkmobile on Twitter Chippy from Carrypad– @Chippy on Twitter Full show notes, […]

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