I hope you had a great Thanksgiving and weren't too shopped out yesterday! If you still have shopping to do for Christmas, we have some seen some cool gear over the last week that might be worth a look. The Sony Ericsson Kurara has been reviewed and the verdict is that the device needs to be cheap to succeed. We reviewed the Nokia Booklet 3G this week. The final verdict was that the machine is underpowered and outperformed by first generation netbooks.
The weeks are just flying by, time change is this weekend so I hope you aren't late for anything. The holidays will be here before we know it. This has been another busy week in the gadget world. HTC has confirmed that Android 2.0 smartphones are incoming and the HTC Dragon is the likely first Android 2.0 device to come from HTC.
After spending most of Friday curled in a ball twitching and drooling after losing power and Internet access for almost 12 hours, I am glad to be back online and in the 21st century again. Just in time to hunker down and dose myself with a nice helping of week in review for your perusal. Chris reviewed the GSM Palm Pre and found the camera wasn't as good as some of its peers but found plenty to like in the end. The webOS operating system stands apart from rival OS'. Buffalo announced the HD-HU3 USB 3.0 drive and controller that will be shipping in Japan this month. The drive isn’t even that expensive; I hope it comes to America too.
Qualcomm have announced the Kayak PC alternative, a low-cost entry level computing device that the company describes as positioned "between desktop PCs, which normally require landlines or separate accessories for connectivity, and internet-capable wireless devices". Devices built according to the Kayak reference design would be a hybrid of 3G-enabled netbooks and stationary nettops: rather than use hardwired ADSL or cable connections, they would take advantage of high-speed cellular broadband. Qualcomm envisage future Kayak products as using their Snapdragon platform, but initial devices will rely on the company's Mobile Station Modem MSM7xxx-series chipsets that incorporate both computing and connectivity.
Kahilo are hoping to drum up enough interest in their Linux-based KU860 convertible UMPC for someone to buy a few dozen crates and slap a company logo on them; the OEM is offering this 7-inch WXGA touchscreen device for bulk orders. Running a 1.2GHz VIA C7-M processor, 1GB of RAM and up to a 60GB hard-drive, it also includes GPS for the navigationally-challenged.
There are a couple of 7-inch ultraportables rocking the convertible tablet PC form-factor - Kohjinsha's SC3 being the most recent - but it's less usual to find them in the budget aisles. That's what Aware Electronics are promising in the shape of the A-Book : a bargain netbook with a 7-inch swivelling touchscreen display, WiFi, Bluetooth and an Aday5G 800MHz X86 processor with 512MB RAM. All that, in fact, for just $300.
What do you call a grown-up UMPC? That's the question over at jkOnTheRun, where a dishevelled Kevin Tofel has taken delivery of a VYE S37 from import specialist Dynamism. Based on a platform by Kohjinsha - who have featured regularly on SlashGear's pages for their ultra-compact convertible Tablet PCs - the S37 is nonetheless its own beast, with upgraded specifications pushing the device into the ambiguous mid-ground between pure UMPC and ultra-portable laptop.
Import Gods Dynamism have put up their pre-order page for the headline-making Kohjinsha SA1 - the ultra-portable convertible tablet PC which packs an AMD Geode LX800 processor, 512mb of RAM, a choice of 40gb or 80gb hard-drives, WiFi, Bluetooth, a full QWERTY keyboard and 7-inch screen into an 8.6×6.4×1.0 inch, 960g chassis. Available in early December, the two models are priced at $999 for the 40gb and $1,249 for the 80gb (is it just me or is that a bloody big jump?). An upgrade to 1gb of RAM is $199.
While I was there, I noticed the Flybook VM - a curious looking notebook with a telescopic neck that raises the 12.1-inch widescreen up to eye-level. Available for pre-order now, with delivery expected in December, the VM range starts at $2,899 for a 1.66GHz Intel Core Duo powered machine with 30GB HD, 1GB RAM and DVD-CD-R running WinXP Pro. It's available in silver, red, black and yellow.
Blimey, only yesterday I was slobbering in a not-too-attractive way over the tiny Kohjinsha convertible Tablet PC, and now I've got this crazily-twisting UMPC from Samsung to promise my heart (and wallet) to. The SPH-P9000 Deluxe MITs was announced at the Mobile WiMax Summit 2006 and sports a 1GHz Transmeta processor, a bevy of wireless standards (including Mobile WiMax, EV-DO, Bluetooth but no WiFi) that can manage up to 2-3Mbps transfer rates at speeds of up to 75mph, a 5-inch WVGA display, 30GB hard-drive and 1.3 megapixel camera, all running under Windows XP.