Photo from MyiTablet
Posted the 2-part review from Mobile.Review, tons of pics along with a very thorough review, great reading for iPhone launch day since we in Hong Kong would not be getting the iPhone for another six months or so. Links as follow -
Review of GSM-communicator HTC Touch (Elf)
June 28th – July 15th, 2007
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Video review from David Pogue of New York Times out, for the related article, click here.
Another one from Walter S. Mossberg and Katherine Boehret of Wall Street Journal, click here to watch.
Image from Gizmodo
What it has:
• Built-in iPod with Video playback
• Intelligent predictive typing
• Multi-touch interface (fast)
• Great scratch resistant screen (easily cleaned with your sleeve)
• Tilt sensors that lock the screen when up to your face, but unlocks it when you lower it to type numbers
• Screen that’s visible in direct sunlight
• Software upgrades over time
• Decent voice quality……
What it doesn’t have:
• Support for all iPod accessories—doesn’t support all car adapters for playing back, only charging
• An easy way to transfer phone numbers, via AT&T, from an existing phone
• Copy and paste support
• MP3/iTunes music ringtones
• Built-in game support
• Flash support anywhere (including browser)
• Instant Messaging…….
click here for full article from Gizmodo.
[16 May] The first PocketPC with built-in Nvidia graphics processor is finally here in town, the all new O2 Flame. Featuring Windows Mobile 5.0 running on a Intel® XScale® PXA 270 Processor at 520 MHz; NVIDIA® GoForce® 5500 GPU driving a 3.6″ 640×480 LCD; 2GB of flash ROM and 128MB of RAM; 2MP digital camera with flash and 4x zoom and autofocus; and supports tri-band GSM, WCDMA2100, GPRS, WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth, USB, and Infrared. If you want to see some more close up comparison pics between the O2 Flame and the O2 Atom Life, click here for the Taiwanese site.
Only English version currently available in shops down in Wanchai and Mongkok computer centres, prices starts at around $7,000 depending whether you opt for the whole set of freebies such as extra battery, bluetooth earpiece…etc. or not. Initial reviews from local forums indicated that there’s a lot of bugs still, probably would need couple patches to fix.
[Updated: 26 May] Yet another good review on the O2 Flame here, too bad it’s in Chinese, check out the pics tho.
Review on the Samsung Q1 Ultra by InformationWeek (source via GottaBeMobile) is up, full article here. The conclusion from the author – not so good. Extract as below -
The ultramobile PC category is growing rapidly, and designers and manufacturers are experimenting almost wildly with features and designs. Samsung has been one of the leaders with its work on the Origami spec and the rapid release of new Q1 models over the past year. It’s design decisions for the Q1 Ultra are interesting, particularly the continuing omission of a full keyboard and the reduction in processor speed from 1 GHz to 800 MHz (even while adding Windows Vista, an operating system that requires a good deal of heavy lifting).
The portability is hugely tempting — I’d love to leave my 6-pound laptop at home and take a Q1 Ultra (and a folding keyboard) on my next trip. But overall, a device with a small screen, no keyboard, and performance in the PDA class doesn’t quite convince me it’s a “fully functional PC.”
Photo and article from Gizmodo, link here. Sure it’s interesting.
Star-TechCentral posted a review on the Fujitsu U1010, link here. The machine is now available in Hong Kong and the price tag is HK$ 9,998. I checked and played with one yesterday at the Broadway shop and my first impressions are -
- the CPU is slow compared to my Sony U27, much lag in video playback
- the 5.6″ screen not as crisp as I thought, touch sensitivity mediocre
- the 4-cell battery not going to last too long
- running Vista on this machine is really stretching things a bit, should have better performance under XP Tablet OS
Once again Hugo Ortega got it all, this time he blogs about how to upgrade the Samsung Q1 Ultra to 2GB Ram. According to him, by upgrading, the following improved -
Check out the vid and link to article here.
MSMobiles have an update on the HTC Kaiser, story here. Seems like it should be launched any day now.
[11 Jan] Saw this today, got it, and let me tell you, this is a piece of art. Don’t get me wrong, still like my Plantronics Pulsar 590A for my music and online gaming (ventrilo) and my old Jabra BT800 (first with caller display), but this piece is ultimate. You can wear this as just one piece (right side) or connect the attachable stereo unit to it (on left side) and enjoy true Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP) and Audio Video Remote Control Profile (AVRCP). Remember the dongle I had with my Plantronics Pulsar 590A? (see link here) it works with wonder with this Jabra headset. Love it on my iPod and new Archos 404 (review later). This headset cost HK$850 (around US$110) and it’s definitely worth it.
For detail specification, click here.
[Update: 13 Jan] Well, the headphones itself is very nice, however, a major design flaw was noticed the past week. The plastic ear hook piece can be detached easily, lost mine already. Called Jabra’s local agent in town and they don’t have the spares yet. Bummer. Went downtown and bought the Jabra BT125 which uses the same plastic ear hook piece (US$45). So for those of you who bought this, beware.
[Update: 19 Jan] More defects noted. The plastic ear hook piece I was talking about last week, breaks fairly easily, just got mine exchanged at Broadway (10 days replacement guarantee, any shop, that’s why I love shopping there).
[Updated: 26 June] Found a new review and vid on the BT8010 from UltraMobileGeeks, link here. FYI, I’m still using it daily listening to MP3 on my way to work, still works fine. No more problem with the plastic ear hook.