Ive just had 15 minutes with the Compaq Airlife 100 and have come away very impressed indeed. As I’ve mentioned before, this idea of being always connected, always on, always active is going to be compelling and I really think that when users start to experience this they will find it very difficult to go back to a device that needs to be taken out of a standby state and connected to a network.
The UI was well-developed and modified for the touscreen and the #G was working very smoothly indeed. Ive noticed others having issues with Wifi so it makes for a good demo at MWC
Buld quality was excellent, keyboard was good and it weighed considerably less than the average netbook. Screes is matt and resistive. The viewing angle not perfect and brightness seemed a little low. It’s a perfect candidate for a Pixel Qi screen.
At the moment only Telefonica Spain have announced availability but it is expected to appear with other carriers soon I do hope, however, that its available without a contract commitment because if this is priced in the same range as netbooks, its going to be an interesting option for consumers.
Video coming later.