I’m in the ‘BUX (as my fellow US-based bloggers say!) with the SC3 and having a fun, productive time. Watching that battery level of course but really enjoying the form factor. To most people round here I guess it looks like ‘one of those small notebooks’ but they are so so wrong!
Things you can’t do with a netbook..but can with an SC3.
- Thumb the keyboard. Yup, it feels comfortable for one-lines, IM, passwords and URLs.
- Hold it in one hand and drive it via the touch screen while leaning back.
- Leaning back with a coffee in one hand and the SC3 converted to tablet mode reading feeds in the other.
- Slipping it into my ‘man purse.’ [Yes, a debateable advantage ;-) ]
- Bluetooth teathering to my phone (OK, some netbooks do actually have Bluetooth)
- Feeling really happy that you have one of the smallest and most adaptable PC formats ever.
Problems you must cope with…
- Battery life
- Keyboard not as good as a netbook but im happy to sacrifice a handful of words per minute.
- Vista keeps slowing me down with its disk activity and inability to be slim and fast. I checked out an XP-based 1.33Ghz Silverthorne-based device this morning. It was so much better.
I have decided to give the SC3 another chance. My Tekkeon and Samsung Q1U died last week so rather than shell out $1400 for my ideal Q1 Ultra, i’m going to get a slim, 30hw external battery pack that will fit in my gadget bag and provide some badly needed energy. When I get the chance, i’ll try out the Kohjinsha extended battery. It should save me $1000 while I wait for a new device. In the meantime i’ll have to put up with the rollercoaster of emotions that the SC3 gives me. 2hrs mobile happiness followed by massive frustration that device is unuseable without mains power! A bit like the HTC Shift but with a much, much better screen.
[Note about that rollewrcoaster: I was tethering to my N82 rather than using WiFi to save battery power and the battery on my phone died before I had a chance to post this. Battery life, battery life, battery life. Grrr!]