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The Register got their mitts on the PocketSurfer 2 made by Datawind and while the device sounded promising, it appears that the Reg was generally underwhelmed. The PocketSurfer 2 is a basic Internet browser with a full keyboard and a 640 x 420 wide display; with […]

Pocketsurfer_2The Register got their mitts on the PocketSurfer 2 made by Datawind and while the device sounded promising, it appears that the Reg was generally underwhelmed. The PocketSurfer 2 is a basic Internet browser with a full keyboard and a 640 x 420 wide display; with those dimensions you’ll be zooming and scrolling quite a bit. Similar to the ThunderHawk browsing service, the PocketSurfer pulls web pages from Datawind’s servers where they’re presumably optimized for the device’s screen and connection. Speaking of the connection: you’ll pay nothing for your data in the first year. The 180 pound price includes 20 hours a month for browsing; after the first year, you’ll pay….something. The company hasn’t decided yet. The handheld gets five hours of battery life, comparable to the Nokia N800, which at 279 pounds (including VAT) might be a better alternative.

  1. If the N800 costs 279 pounds and the pocketsurfer costs 180 pounds, and includes free surfing then i can’t see how your math adds up…

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  2. The Pocketsurfer cost includes 20 hours of browsing per month but only for the first year. There will be a fee after the first year, so the cost will increase every year. The Nokia N800 has a fixed cost and unlimited WiFi surfing (or can be tethered to a phone for additional data).

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  3. There’s a bit more info here: http://techdigest.tv/2007/07/pocketsurfer2_h.html

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  4. greg etherdidge Sunday, June 29, 2008

    Having purchased the Pocket Surfer 2, i was pleased with its performance in the U.K. I bought in time to go away on holiday, and its performance was just as good. I was very happy with the speed of the internet. But, the best part is, the internet is FREE!

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  5. The PocketSurfer is great at what it does. It gives you free Internet anytime anywhere. I found a glossary of reviews on the PocketSurfer at http://www.mydataworld.co.uk

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  6. The PocketSurfer is great at what it does. It gives you free Internet anytime anywhere. I found a glossary of reviews on the PocketSurfer at http://www.mydataworld.co.uk

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