Craig Pringle is a lucky dude. He’s been playing with the new 8.4” Motion LS800 Tablet PC and he’s written a review with lots of pics of this little beauty. He’s got one size comparison shot that is very revealing as it compares the LS800 with the HP tc1100 and the Motion M1400. There are a couple of shots of the really useful bump case that protects the LS800 while leaving all the buttons and switches exposed for easy access. From the review:
This is a really great device. What truly excites me about the LS800 is not the device itself – as good as it is – but what it foretells. Several of the limitations of the LS800 will be addressed by technologies that are just over the horizon. For example solid state disks will reduce the heat output and extend battery life. Smaller EVDO or USMT chipsets will be embedded in the hardware, eliminating the need for a PC Card slot. Improving battery technology and eventually fuel cells will extend mobile life further. This tablet is fantastic, but the generation that follows starts to get really exciting.
I think the LS800 is a sweet machine but the omission of a PC Card slot is a killer for me as I could not use my EVDO card for true mobility. Craig points us to a possible solution to this problem– the MiniMax USB EVDO modem from Maxon in Australia. The MiniMax could be the perfect solution for all mobile computers that lack a PC Card slot. No word if this will work with the Verizon BroadbandAccess here in the US. Here are the specs:
- EVDO with backwards compatibility to IS-95A/B and 1xRTT
- Wireless Internet anytime anywhere
- Data (Packet / Circuit ) Voice, SMS & Fax
- Direct connection to desktop PC’s & notebook computers
- Windows 2000, Windows XP, Mac OS (10.3.7 and later)
- Exceptional price and performance
- Open hardware interface via USB
Note: The Maxon site was down at the time of this writing.