For $199 on contract with AT&T, the Asus PadFone X is a phone, a tablet, and even a netbook (with the optional $99 Bluetooth keyboard dock). It boasts flagship specs — with a beautiful 5-inch 1080p IPS display, solid 13 megapixel camera, and responsive Snapdragon 800 — and comes with a 9-inch tablet dock that extends battery life. The design is forgettable, and there are some usability quirks, but the price is right. Here’s my video review.
Here’s my list of tasty bits from CES, devices that I’m interested in playing with:
– Palm Pre:
There are no ifs or buts about it – the Palm Pre is an amazing device! It features a 3.1″ HVGA capacitive touch screen (with mutitouch), a 3 megapixel camera (with LED flash), 8 GB of built-in flash storage (with USB mass storage), a QWERTY keyboard, 3G, WiFi, GPS, and full Bluetooth (with A2DP & DUN).
But the hardware is only half the battle – as I recently mentioned in my podcast with Matt Bennett, the software Palm created, WebOS, is just as promising, with an intuitive UI and clever integration with popular online services… Robert Scoble is right: watch out Nokia, this may just be Palm’s comeback, and may just be Sprint’s salvation.
Of course I’m looking forward to the unlocked GSM version with 3G :)
– OQO model 2+:
What’s not to be excited about? Take the already awesome OQO Model 02, replace the crappy VIA C7-M with a perky Intel Atom CPU, replace the EVDO modem with a global EVDO/HSDPA modem (optional), replace the active digitizer with a passive touch screen, replace the TFT display with an OLED display (optional), double the RAM, and lower the price… Want!
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But I’m planning to bring you a lot more goodness – in fact, Matthew Bennett and I are starting a weekly podcast. So come back soon and come back often :)
Like the Acer Aspire One, there’s also a 40-pin ZIF connector (unused here) compatible with most 1.8″ PATA hard drives, and there’s a missing mini PCIe connector and SIM holder on the motherboard for 3G.
I went ahead and temporarily connected 1.8″ PATA hard drive to the ZIF connector. The thin (5 mm) hard drive fits in a dedicated opening in the bottom casing of the Eee, but requires the removal of the 8 GB mini PCIe SSD. This worked fine, but the 4 GB mini PCIe SSD became the IDE slave device.
Next I connected the 8 GB SSD from my Acer Aspire One to the ZIF connector, and kept the 8 GB mini PCIe SSD in place. Once again, the 4 GB mini PCIe SSD became the IDE slave device, but the existing 8 GB mini PCEi SSD was disabled…
I hope this info is useful to some people out there!
I’ve been eying the Acer Aspire One for a while now, because it’s one of the few netbooks equipped with both a 9″ 1024×600 pixel screen and a 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU that’s true to the original spirit of netbooks, i.e. affordable, small, light, SSD, Linux, and mod-friendly.
I learned from my experience with the Asus 701 (Eee) that the 7″ 800×480 pixel screen was too small and that the underclocked 900 MHz Celeron CPU was too lethargic. But I liked the sub-$400 price, sub-3 lbs weight and hack-appeal of the original Eee :)
I was disappointed with the HP 2133 (Mini-Note), because of the price, weight and the limited mod-appeal. Built-in Bluetooth was nice and the keyboard was fantastic, but the 9″ 1280×768 pixel screen was too good for my eyes (resolution-wise), the Via C7-M CPU was too inconsistent (performance-wise), and the 120 GB HD was overkill…
I’m really enjoying the Asus 901 (Eee), with its 9″ 1024×600 pixel screen, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom CPU, 12 GB SSD, built-in Bluetooth, multitouch trackpad, and hack-friendly design – but the price is too high!
I’m very impressed so far. The SSD uses a 40-pin ZIF connector compatible with most 1.8″ PATA hard drives, and there’s a missing mini PCIe connector and SIM holder on the motherboard for 3G. But first, I’ll be upgrading the RAM and adding internal Bluetooth.
It’s just so, so, so hack-elicious :)
Update: I’ve cracked it open, upgraded the RAM to 1.5 GB, and located an additional USB port and power on the motherboard for Bluetooth.
The same brave soul who lent me his Vulcan Flipstart a few weeks ago let me borrow his Asus 901 (Eee).
Check out the pictures!
Since I’m no stranger to modding the old Eee, I’m eager to find out how much the new Eee can be hacked…
Thanks to this article, I already know that there’s a 40-pin ZIF connector on the motherboard for a 1.8″ PATA hard drive. I also know that there’s a missing mini PCIe connector and SIM holder on the motherboard. But is that all?
Stay tuned for more Asus 901 (Eee)
I’m sitting on the patio at Cafe Flore in the Castro on this balmy spring evening (70 degrees at 11 PM) in San Francisco, blogging on my HP 2133 (Mini-Note) instead of my MacBook Air – oh the things I do for my dear readers :)
Now that I’ve played with my Mini-Note for a couple weeks, I’m really not quite as excited about it as I’d like to be. Here’s a summary of my experience so far…
– Über sexy anodized aluminum
– Nice build quality
– Great keyboard
– Good screen resolution (almost too good?)
– Integrated Bluetooth
– Lots of memory and storage
– Too heavy for its size (> 3 lbs)
– Bulky 6-cell battery and AC adapter
– Screen too dim at times (and no LED backlight?)
– Small trackpad (and horrible buttons)
– Fan is almost always running
– Overly sensitive accelerometer
– Poor video performance
I’m still running Windows XP Pro, now with the official drivers – I’ve also upgraded to XP SP3.
The screen resolution is good but possibly too good for my eyes. As a result, I’ve set the screen to 144 dpi (150% original size), which is a definite improvement.
I’ve downloaded the official SuSE Linux disk image, and I may be taking it for a spin very soon.
Overall, the Mini-Note is a nice machine with good features for the money, but I’m not sure it’s the right machine for me.
I think the upcoming Asus 901 (Eee), with its Intel Atom CPU, integrated Bluetooth, multitouch trackpad, and more manageable 1024×600 pixel screen resolution, may be a better choice for me.
Besides, I already know from my Asus 701 (Eee) that I’m comfortable with the smaller keyboard.
I’ll keep you posted!
HP 2133 (Mini-Note):
– HP 2133 Mini-Note UMPC Reviewed (Verdict: Rich Man's Eee PC)
– Lightning Review: HP 2133 Mini-Note
– HP Mini-Note 2133 officially official, reviewed
– HP Mini-Note gets unboxed, causes extreme jealousy
– jkOnTheRun review- hands on with the HP Mini-Note UMPC
Asus 701/900 (Eee):
– Video Hands on With the 8.9-inch Asus Eee PC 900
– Asus Eee PC 900 Hits U.S. May 12 for $549
– 1.2 GHz Pentium M in your Eee PC? No problem
– Hands-on with the 9-inch Eee PC
– ASUS' 9-inch Eee PC, now with living pixels!
– Eee PC 900 gets dissected, looks about the same as the Eee PC 700
– Eight useful codes for S60 devices
– 10 Awesome Applications for Symbian Phones
– Your S60 smartphone as a drum machine!
– WalkingHotSpot trial available for download
– Nokia E71 Pops up Down Under
– FCC Gives Nokia 6220 Classic the Nod
– T-Mobile’s new mystery 3G Nokia handset outted
– Nokia secretly shows E71 at Mobile Wor… er, in Sydney
– Google gets even chummier with S60, releases search app
– S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 gets broken down to the nitty gritty
– Nokia N96 gets in-depth review months ahead of release
– Things may be looking brighter for Nokia N96, Xenon flash in the works?
– Nokia readies iPhone-ish "Tube," disses Apple's sales
– Nokia E71 sneaks into the wild once again
– Exclusive: latest update on the hotly anticipated Nokia Tube
– The Nokia Guide: Getting the most out of your Nseries’ camera
– iPhone Pwnage Tool Getting Public Release Tomorrow; Unsigned Firmware Support For All
– iPhone to Support GPS, Stereo Bluetooth, Nike+, Battle Hackers
– iPhone firmware 2.0? You’re damn right we got it!
– Nike+ going WiFi and 3G, headed to iPhone
– The second-gen iPhone: 3G, GPS, only slightly thicker – Engadget
– Touchpad turns your iPhone into a remote trackpad
– Palm emulated on the iPhone: finally we can leave that IIIc at home
– Easy 1.1.4 jailbreaking with iNdependence, Ziphone, and… iTunes?
– iPhone PwnageTool released!
– 3G iPhone rumors building up steam
– iPhone gets VoIP and chat options thanks to Fring
– iPhone firmware hints strengthen case for GPS support
– iPhone feature rumor round-up: Jabber and iTunes control
– Flickr Find: Lilliputian iPhone unboxing
– Twinkle: location-aware Twittter client for iPhone
– iPhone video recorder with audio support debuts
– Sony Ericsson's X1 reviewed
– XPERIA X1 white paper reveals yet more details
– Is this Sony Ericsson's P5 or "Paris"?
– Specs revealed of the real (or fake) Sony Ericsson "Paris"
– Another shot of Sony Ericsson's Paris?
– Yet another convincing Sony Ericsson Paris pic — open, this time
– LG KG750 Is Sleek of Line, High (Five) of Megapixels, Shoots DivX, Called Secret
– Live Pics: MediaFLO for AT&T on the LG Vu and Samsung Access
– LG Vu further slides into view
– Hands-on with the LG Vu
– Thin is in: LG shares a glimpse of its 5 megapixel hottie phone
– Meizu M8, Something You Burn in a Paper Bag on Someone's Porch
– T-Mobile's 3G Network Rolling Out May in NYC, Coincides With 3G HTC Touch Dual?
– Sharp-Willcom D4 UMPC With Intel Atom Centrino, Vista Hits the States on June 20th
– Crowded Ultraportable Party Gets Dissected
– Meizu prototype caught in the flesh at CeBIT, we handle it
– Meizu M8 interface gets tweaked once again. A few pixels to the left, please?
– Meizu's M8 gets more UI tweaks for its music player
– More MID videos: IdeaPad U8 and Aigo
– Mozilla Mobile shows 5.9x performance increase on ARM device
– Opera Mini 4.1 beta released- good gets better
– Sharp Willcom D4: Vista in your hand for $1,526
– Life with the MacBook Air