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Tablet Store 10.1″ iPhone-styled Windows 7 3G Tablet

Shanzai gets it right sometimes, and Tablet Store UK’s Windows 7 tablet is one such case. Coming in at £449, with the 3G-equipped model tested at £499 with 160GB HD, HSUPA wireless from a Sierra Wireless 8781 and Bluetooth and WiFi via a combined module, this tablet is also known as the TESO J-10 and iiView M1Touch; it identifies itself as a THD PX1. Whilst many sites have opted to view this as an “iPad Killer”, such a concept is laughable – it’s an evolution of the Ultra-Mobile PC concept. So where has the concept been taken, and has it matured sufficiently to be worthwhile – and have the Chinese OEMs cracked something that few startup firms have managed…
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Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010
Under: audio visual, digital photography, mobile communications, mobile computing, shanzai, umpc | 1 Comment »

Dell Mini 10 (Inspiron 1010) – versatile HD netbook with TV, 3G and GPS

The netbook genre has exploded during the time I’ve been hosting this site – and I’ve overlooked most models despite owning two of the most popular ones due to a lack of time to review them. However, as the market for the devices matured, the need for something that wasn’t simply “good enough”, but was actually “complete and useful” became quite pressing. Having started with the obligatory 4GB Asus Eee and moved on to the exceptionally good value Acer Aspire One A110, the time taken for these models to acquire internal 3G networking and decent storage was frustrating.
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Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Under: mobile communications, mobile computing, umpc | No Comments »

Kenwood DNX-7200 & KCA-BT200 review

Kenwood DNX-7200Whilst it is not the intention of Geextreme to focus on in-car entertainment, it IS an appealing area of the market to look at, both for the sort of products you get to play with and the lack of competition! Ever since I got my first Japanese import car with a Double-DIN aperture, I’ve wanted a decent multimedia setup in my car. With the new Kenwood DNX-8120 pointing to an EU-market 8200 in a few months (sales of the DNX-8220BT are now beginning, with prices around £1,050), the existing “fully featured” DNX-7200 is a compelling purchase with heavy discounting from the original RRP.

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Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2008
Under: car technology, in car entertainment, mobile communications | No Comments »

FlipStart V1.0

VCI’s FlipStart V1.0Often the saying goes “Better late than never”, but I have already reviewed the FlipStart in print, when it was a new product first launched in the UK. At the time, I also provided a review for UK online tech publication “The Register” – which they declined to print. Interestingly despite coverage for many, many similar devices, the FlipStart has warranted only remarks about the “vapourware” nature of the project in 2004, and a grudging acknowledgement of a price reduction at the very end of 2007. Coming in at $699 now, the little FlipStart is a bargain for those that recognise the value of robust design.

With this in mind, here is the original article provided to El Reg, with a couple of changes to reflect current pricing and competition!

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Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
Under: mobile communications, mobile computing, umpc | No Comments »

Insurance (quicky)

SPV M5000 post accidentOn 24th January, I slipped over on a train (ambulance chasing lawyers perk up) and landed on my laptop bag, destroying my phones. Two were covered by house insurance, one was covered by Vodafone’s insurance.

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Posted on Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
Under: commentary, mobile communications, mobile computing | No Comments »