Compaq Airlife 100 Unboxing, Overview, Demo

Posted on 18 May 2010, Last updated on 27 January 2015 by

As promised in the last post, I’ve unboxed the Compaq Airlife 100 that turned up today. It’s 20 minutes long but is detailed and shows some of the features of the device including browsing and application installing. Tonight (18th May) at 2200 CEST I’ll be doing a live session with the Airlife so please, drop in and ask questions. More details about the live session in the last post.

The recordings of the Open Review are available in the Meet:Mobility UStream Channel. I’m writing a full review right now. Expected to be posted on Thursday 20th May.

10 Comments For This Post

  1. says:

    not quite correct to say the snapdragon uses a cortex-a8. Yes, it uses the armv7 instruction set, but the core itself is qualcomm designed, not arm designed.

  2. Chippy says:

    Absolutely correct. My mistake. I think I even said ARM Snapdragon at the start too!

  3. Not Lofty says:

    Hmm, not a device that I would want to buy but its a good start in the right direction for the more social portable netbooks. I was a little surprised that it wasn’t a lot thinner since it is running an arm processor and not an x86.

  4. Chippy says:

    Its a myth that ARM devices are going to be much thinner than X86 devices now. It might have been true a few years ago but not now. The Airlife weighs 1030gm. Most of the weight is for components other than the motherboard. THe battery itself must be 20% of the weight!

  5. Tai-Pan says:

    You mean ARM devices with keyboards…. I’ve seen some pretty slim tablets.

    You seem to have intuitively jumped to the touchscreen to interact with the device… is that awkward at all with the typical netbook viewing angle with the device?.. and what about the trackpad, what’s it do actually… can you drag the screens/desktops using it?

    Great video!

  6. chippy says:

    Yes, although when you think about the thermals and battery requirements for high-power ARM devices that run up to 3W, there isn’t much difference now. Moorestown brings Intel into the same ball-park as ARM in late 2010 too. That advantage has been lost IMO.

    I’m getting to grips with the touch without problems because I use a touch netbook but the mousepad is there too. Just as on the Archos5, you get a real mouse point and ability to select.

  7. srgsrgrs says:

    i wish Google would hurry up already in giving tablets/netbooks market place blessing.

    truth is, this device is probably going to be a collectors item as all future HP ARM netbooks will be based on webOS. if HP is going to even put webOS on devices like printers there is no way they will support Android any longer.

  8. Kobaljov says:


    The webcam can be used for 352×288 or 640×480 @30fps videochat? (There is app for it and the CPU can handle the load?)

    Thank you in advance!

  9. Kobaljov says:

    Storno, I just found the info in the full review now

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