I’ll start out by just saying that I’m disappointed in the R50A. It is hard for a product like this to really succeed though. When you think about it, the R50A tries to fill a niche within a niche. Unless you are specifically looking for a handheld device that can only be used as a slate, I couldn’t recommend the R50A to you. I can’t think of many situations where a full sized slate, or convertible Tablet PC wouldn’t be a much better alternative than the R50A. Unfortunately the ultra mobile PC form-factor and slate PC concept just don’t mix well. What you end up with is a device that can’t be held with one hand very comfortably, and even looking beyond that, has a very small writing space (compared to other full sized tablets out there).
I hate to put the R50A down too much. It has solid hardware, but the lack of keyboard really kills the experience for me. It limits the number of applications that you can realistically use, dramatically. Vista just-plain-old-doesn’t-work-well given the hardware that is available to it. On top of these shortcomings, the price is just not very competitive with the landscape of today. If you are really looking for something handheld and close to pocketable, allow me to direct your attention to the Sony UX line, a very similar computer, but with a usable keyboard, and a better thumb-mouse. If you don’t specifically need something that small and would like to spend less money, check out the numerous netbooks that are available today.
I would like to thank Dynamism for sending us this unit for review.