June 27, 2007
Oh. My. Gawd.
Steve aka Chippy over at UMPC Portal has gotten his mitts on a production sample version of the Raon Digital successor to the Vega, the Everun.
Rather than me drooling all over the place about it, go see his two videos about it. (Embedded YouTube.)
The iPhone has auto-rotate. So does the Everun.
The Everun can play Flash video and just about anything else you can put in Windows XP.
The iPhone … uh, can do a subset of YouTube videos…
Anyway, go look at the videos!
One thing I know for sure: Who’d want a Palm Foleo after seeing this baby?
–linkswipe via JK on the Run
April 20, 2007
Raon Digital Vega?
They just got their asses kicked.
Get a look at this:
It’s a prototype — one of only two that exist on the entire freakin planet! But this is what next year’s UMPC will look like. 4-6 hours of battery life — and it will run on cellphone batteries!
That keyboard is a bit funky (too close to the sides; too-small spacebar!), but I’m sure that’ll be improved.
Go see the full video demo!
Previously in this blog:
It’s Time To Stop Looking At Cheap Devices!
I Blame Him For The Lack Of An Updated Vega
OQO Model 02: tnkgrl’s Got The Photos!
Tech prOn: Digital Cube’s i-Station G43 UMPC
OQO Model 02: Someone Else’s Fondle Report
OQO: Tough Shit
OQO Model 02 Fondle
Vega Gets Another Review
Tech Lust Pains
Vega Gets A Shrug
Lusty Vega Gets Anti-Lusted
Finally! Lusty Vega Gets A Blog!
April 11, 2007
UMPC News : Cowon Q5. HSDPA could make all the difference for CE based PMPs
As time goes on and I speak to more and more people about whether a CE or WM5 browser could ever compete with a full desktop browser like IE7 or Firefox, I am more and more convinced that the mini-browsers just wont keep up. Even my LX800 Kohjinsha and Pepper Pad 3 have troubles with some sites now as they get fatter and fatter and more demanding on the processor. Even my own product portal requires a surprising amount of client-side processing to get all the java script working. (Has anyone tried the product portal on a smartphone yet?)
Emphasis added by me.
Whoa. I don’t like hearing that about the Pepper Pad 3!
It’s something I was beginning to suspect: that the web is demanding more and more from any hardware that accesses it.
At this point, I think I’m going to have to cross off the Pepper Pad 3 as a possible buy.
There are even those who have complained about the Celeron-based UMPCs being slow. Which is why my lust is still focused on the Samsung Q1P. That Pentium makes a real difference.
I think as the web increases its demands, more and more budget devices are going to fall by the wayside.
For that fucking abomination from Nokia (see next post — above), it can’t happen too soon!
Steve’s (aka Chippy) comments above really make me wonder now about the upcoming Linux-based device from Palm. It needs to have a really powerful CPU. Using the same CPU as the Pepper Pad 3 and Raon Digital Vega just won’t do. (A Vega owner has complained about its browser going south too often too — and that’s MSIE!)
And, I shudder while typing this, it makes me wonder about the iPhone too! Maybe I won’t be one of the first on line for it after all…
March 15, 2007
Hands-on with Digital Cube’s “world’s smallest” UMPC: the G43
The first thing you need to know about Digital Cube’s i-Station G43 UMPC is that it’s small. Not crazy small, just small for a device labeled a UMPC. That’s primarily due to that fact that it sports a 4.3-inch, 800 x 480 touch-screen display instead of the big ol’ 7-incher featured on most UMPCs. Its primary limitation then, is the fact that it runs an AMD Geode LX800/900 running at 500MHz (throttled back to 398MHz in the prototype on display at CeBIT). That means XP and Linux, no Vista Home Professional for you. Still, with 802.11b/g WiFi, Bluetooth, choice of 30GB or 60GB disks, a speaker dock, USB-host port, and a nice touch-pad mousing interface along the left-hand side, it will certainly fill a void in somebody’s ultra mobile lifestyle. You know, whenever it might ship.
Does it compute?
Love Calculator results
These are the results of the calculations by Dr. Love:
Mike Cane loves i-Station G43
Dr. Love thinks that a relationship between Mike Cane and i-Station G43 has a reasonable chance of working out, but on the other hand, it might not. Your relationship may suffer good and bad times. If things might not be working out as you would like them to, do not hesitate to talk about it with the person involved. Spend time together, talk with each other.
Oh my God!! A higher score than the Samsung Q1 got! Doc Love is right. I have a major lust for this thing. And yet, sniff!, I see no evidence of a stylus or stylus well in the photos!
So, where’s the new Raon Digital VEGA, dammit?!!?
Previous Love Calculations in this blog:
Doctor Love Upgrade Advice
It’s Official! Our President Is A Sociopath!
It’s Official! Jeff Hawkins Still Likes Most Of Palm!
Heather The Hot: See? I’ve Found A Way For Our Love To Grow!
Holy Shit! Doctor Love Is ACCURATE!!!!
Hmmm… Maybe Doctor Love Is Full Of Shit After All…
Heather The Hot: The Results Are In!!
February 10, 2007
Upgrade Season will be upon me at one point. So far I’ve several contenders: PepperPad 3, Samsung Q1P, OQO Model 2, Raon Digital Vega, Fujitsu Lifebook 1610.
But then I read this: Windows Guru Chooses a Mac — Permanently.
And I had to stop to ask myself: Why not a frikkin MacBook?
I’d also be able to have Windows on it via Parallels.
And I’d also have all the Mac Goodness of OS X.
Thing is, a MacBook is five bloody pounds heavy!
That’s one speed bump that stops me. My other choices are considerably lighter — and smaller too.
Still, the MacBook has an optical drive. The others don’t.
I’ll be at an Apple Store soon to fondle widgets. I’ll have to do some more playing around with a MacBook. Let me see if I can get the sucker to crash. I’m usually able to make anything crash. Just by wanting to get work done.
Will report back when.
January 25, 2007
James Kendrick’s sidekick in fienditry, Kevin C. Tofel, reviews the Raon Digital Vega.
January 8, 2007
Really, I’m seeing people reading only some posts about the 770 or the Sony Reader or the LifeDrive or the Vega or the Zune. There are more!
Everything here is linked to a Category, most to multiple Categories.
What’s discouraging is that very few people seem interested in books! That has a Category too!