Discussion in 'General Board' started by David Brayshaw, Apr 4, 2007.
It was at Cbit, text is very small, but sony sells
Blimey! A true portable PC.
It has the same processing power as my 5yr old dedicated sever at rackspace!
In fact, it's got a bigger hard drive!!! :???:
Yes the text is pretty small, but it has a cool feature to zoom in, also add a laser key board and micro projector... Would totaly recomend it
Oddly enough I was playing with one yesterday - very neat devices!
Currently I am on (and can recommend) http://vaio.sony.co.uk/view/ShowProductCategory.action?site=voe_en_GB_cons&category=VN+TX+Series for portable stuff but always on the look out for the next gadget
Nice very nice
If you put it in you pocket does it vibrate
The major draw back with these devices is always the keyboard.
People who genuinely want to work on the move aren't interested in music, video or a poxy 1.3MP camera - both of which are server better on other mobile devices like phones or ipods. They need to be able to type and send documents, proposals, artwork, email etc and the difference between working on a full size keyboard and something that's not much bigger than a mobile phone keypad is staggering.
I'd say it's nothing more than an amateurish gadget.
The best, IMO, lightweight portable pc always has been the IBM X Series. They're abit pricey though.
Totally agree, these devices have an instant wow factor but as soon as you want to use them for something reletively simple you find that more time is gone into bringing up the on screen keyboard and fumbling your way through it...
Wasn't Samsung the first to bring something like this out, I had a mailshot at work a few months back for the 'Q1', take a look:
They have one on display at Heathrow in Dixons, screen is very small but there is a zoom feature. I'd like one, but will wait for the price to drop a bit first.
I have one of the predecessors - the Sony U series (the U50 I think). Bought it whilst in the US. It was fun for a couple of weeks, but the small screen and 800 x 600 resolution and the weight made it difficult to use. I'll probably find a use for it in some sort of home automation role at some point.
As regards laptops, I have a Sony TR2 which I use on occasions. It predates the TX series. A friend of mine has the US model minus the bluetooth and with 1Gb RAM. The latter makes it much more useful. I also have one of the HP tablets in the original form factor (the TC1100) as used by Tom Cruise in Collateral. The keyboard is detachable so the device can be used in slate only mode. HP don't make this form factor anymore.
On a seperate issue, I am annoyed that larger "desktop Replacement" laptops only appear to come with wide screens. I have a 3 year old Sony with a 16" screen that runs 1600 x 1200 native. The equivalent today is the Sony AR series with a 17" wide screen. Unfortunately it is simply too large to travel with (my current 16" non wide screen is just about suitable). It seems nowhere is making non wide screen laptops capable of doing 1600 x 1200 natively.
Finally I recently ditched my HTC TyTN (aka SPV 3100 on Orange / Vario II on T-Mobile) because it is simply too slow and cumbersome. Rubbish as an actual phone too. I much prefer my Blackberry 8700 which never crashed, receives push email from Exchange faster than the Windows Mobile devices and just "works". The TyTN has been replaced with a Nokia n95. Combined with a copy of RoadSync, all calendar, contacts and email (although I just sync 1 weeks email, and use the Blackberry for the rest) can be kept syncronised with Exchange.
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