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Apad by any other name…

This is, first and foremost, a site for me to put the content that won’t fit in other, print media outlets. It’s full of half-written entries as work gets in the way, it’s sporadically updated. If something grabs me, then you’ll see it here eventually. Currently I’m enthralled, baffled and generally confused by the “iPad-killer” market of Shanzai tablets typified by the Eken M7001, iPed and the Apad (which has been adopted as the name for Shanzai/OEM Android MIDs, but actually refers to a 7″ Rockchip RK2808 based model commonly sold as the “iRobot”).

Amongst these, the Rockchip architecture has been out for ages – the Archos players are based on it – and MIDs have been showing up in various forms at consumer electronics shows particularly in Eastern territories for years. So why the sudden buzz?
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Posted on Saturday, July 3rd, 2010
Under: mobile communications, mobile computing, shanzai, toys, umpc | 2 Comments »

Upgrading the Teso J-10 or iiView M1Touch

As a pretty neat UMPC, the Teso J-10 (aka iiView M1Touch and also sold as a “Windows 7 Tablet” by Tablet Store UK currently – I’m not aware of any other UK importers) is already well equipped for most purposes. Most of the time, people want to add bluetooth, 3G and so forth; those are already present. However, it’s interesting to get a look inside and see how the J-10 is assembled.
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Posted on Thursday, July 1st, 2010
Under: mobile communications, mobile computing, shanzai, umpc | 6 Comments »

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 »

Logitech Mediaboard Pro for PS3

Amongst Logitech’s extensive range of keyboards, there lurks a near-ideal combination of features. Bluetooth, full size keys, a built-in trackpad with scrolling, and all for under £35. The catch? It’s designed for Sony’s Playstation 3.
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Posted on Thursday, April 29th, 2010
Under: mobile computing, toys, umpc | No Comments »

Logitech Anywhere MX

Logitech Anywhere MX with Darkfield TechnologyIt seems like a lifetime ago that the mouse – a pointing device for computers – was a novelty, and an imperfect one at that. Square boxes with lumpy wheels, strangely shaped devices with no relationship to the shape of the human hand, tiny little round ones… all of these shipped with Apple’s hardware for years. Third-party manufacturers did their best to keep up, but kept on making models that were just too comfortable, too natural.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
Under: mobile computing | No Comments »

FlipStart Bargains

Just a quick one – Dynamism is doing bundles of FlipStart accessories, so any FlipStart users seeking a spare battery, the rugged “shell” case, the Snap! camera or any other accessories should head over to Dynamism. (click here for the UK-price site). These aren’t just “a small discount”, these are seriously good value bundles of about $400 worth of accessories including battery, case, nylon case, port replicator, camera, ac and car adaptors, screen cloths and other parts for around $99. Given that the batteries alone were over $100 each, this is a no-brainer for FlipStart users.

It also looks like they have some Vista equipped FlipStarts at $999, but the $699 model is now sold out.

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Posted on Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
Under: mobile computing, umpc | 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 »