I must be nuts. Iâ€™ve just paid 900 Euro for an Atom-based notebook. Or am I?
A few days ago I bought the Samsung ATIV 500T after a disappointing time with the Lenovo Lynx keyboard (of all things Lenovo!) The unboxing went well until I spotted a connectivity problem between the dock and the tablet. I really wasnâ€™t very happy. Today I swapped it out for a new one. I also spotted the 3G version in stock so I end up paying 899 Euro. Itâ€™s more expensive than at other retailers too although, for you US people, itâ€™s a business sale which is 19% tax-free here in Germany.
Iâ€™ve got the 64GB version with 3G, GNSS (GPS) and NFC now though so at least I can test and demo that.Â 3G runs up to HSPA+ speeds. In this case 21Mbps D/L and 5.76Mbps U/L. Letâ€™s see how it performs though because I’d rather have a quality 1Mbps than an occasional 20Mbps. Iâ€™ll know more about antenna quality soon. Iâ€™m also interested in doing more with the digitizer on the AVIT 500T.
The plan is, having fully tested the Acer W510 and found issues with the small keyboard, that iâ€™ll use this at Mobile World Congress next week as my only PC. I wonâ€™t even be taking a 7â€ tablet as I usually do.
More about that soon though. For the time being Iâ€™m happy that, after four attempts, I’ve got what seems to be a 100% working Clovertrail tablet.
One more thing. Now I’ve got 3GÂ I’veÂ effectively got a huge, always-on Skype phone!