Wednesday, 3 June 2009
Netbooks to Smart Books - local NZ impacts
This might just be eye candy. However, I am really curious about new devices which have inbuilt 3G and can access both the Vodafone, Telecom XT and 3 degrees mobile networks.
Ondeck content deals?
I talked about the potential of this in terms on ebook content etc in my review of the Telecom XT launch, here
Asus unveils all-band 3G netbook running Google Android
Chris Keal of NBR has also been looking at the impact of these new configurations, here. It's a great read.
Lenovo Idea Pad
Also, for the last week or so I have had the chance to take the Lenovo Idea Pad for a test drive.
This is a netbook - i.e. the cross between a laptop and a mobile phone in size - i.e exactly the size of a trade paperback.
It is just like a laptop in function - so this means the keyboard is a wee bit small for daily use - uses Windows XP as the OS, with all the strengths and weaknesses of the latter.
That said, I've had a lot of fun with it. It fits in the bag easy as pie - definitely can handle any task I want to throw at it - web browsing - word processing - email - video - built in camera, etc. And if you are in the market for this kind of device, then it is definitely a candidate.
You can see more details of it, here, YouTube product videos, here. Local pricing - here
The curious thing for me is why Lenovo, a Chinese company with links to IBM isnt making more of the potential of Android, open source, or other developments which the likes of IBM are keen to promote? But I guess I wil leave that for the tech-heads among us to educate me on?
Update - Thursday - 4th June
Sierra Wireless - compass 885 - usb modem
Just in time - I have a Seirra 3G wireless modem to test out courtesay of Telcom XT. They really are pushing the boat out in terms of media access and play points. I have it for four weeks - should be an interesting addition to the Lenova. Will report on this direct - but in the meantime - the laptop/3g interplay just got a lot more interesting.