Archive for May, 2009

SmartQ 7 gets reviewed: niche MID with promise

SmartQ 7 gets reviewed: niche MID with promise

Since spending a few hundred dollars of his own money on importing one of the first SmartQ 7 MIDs from China, Steve over at UMPC Portal has been promising a full review.  That's now online, and it's a mixed bag; the SmartQ 7 ticks many ultraportable boxes - like decent battery life, solid 1mbps DivX playback and a browser that handles page formating well - but falls well short in other areas.

Video demo after the cut

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TwoNav Aventura PND with custom mapping provision

TwoNav Aventura PND with custom mapping provision

If you've ever looked at your PND and thought "I could draw maps better than these" - usually when you've just driven the wrong way down a one-way street - then TwoNav's Aventura could be for you.  Based around a 3.5-inch touchscreen and SiRFstar III GPS chipset, the Aventura does the usual automotive directions complete with Tele Atlas maps, but what makes it special is its flexibility to use custom or DIY mapping data.

According to TwoNav, the Aventura will "use any kind of map without problem of compatibility."  That means you can load any number of vector maps or raster imagery, such as satellite photos, or digital elevation models, 3D landscapes, pretty much anything that can be scanned in and calibrated.

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Samsung demo 6.5-inch flexible AMOLED

Samsung demo 6.5-inch flexible AMOLED

Samsung Mobile Display (SMD) have been showing off their latest AMOLED prototype, a 6.5-inch panel that's more flexible than any of their previous models.  While this particular display is still more a proof of concept than anything else, SMD expect production panels based on the technology to find their way into watches, cellphones and flexible ebook readers.

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