MobileTechRoundup Podcast #38


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MoTR 38 is 35:35 minutes long and is a 24.5 MB file in MP3 format.

INTRO: Based on “Time v2.1? by Meta Sektion, additional mixing by James Kendrick.

HOSTS: David Ciccone, James Kendrick and Kevin C. Tofel

Kevin was right last time; Dave gets devices faster than we can record and now has a Lenovo ThinkPad X41. Listen to his overview.
UMPCs and their special Media Center Extender software: some pros and cons.
…and the Academy Award for best 32-minute UMPC video goes to: James Kendrick for his video overview of the TabletKiosk eo v7110 UMPC!
Here comes the Sony Reader. Is it too late?
AKU2 ROM coming soon for the Palm 700w.
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Tony, based on your details about how and where you work I don’t think the UMPC is the way to go, yet. The main reason is the lack of the PC Card slot for EVDO or equivalent. Maybe next year there will be a way to provide that for UMPCs but not yet. That to me would be the deal breaker. It sounds like a slate Tablet is what you are looking for- I’d seriously give the Motion LE1600 a look. I really like the LS800 but no PC card slot, either.

Tony Paxton

I am a tabletpc/umpc “want a be”. I currently am using a three year old Toshiba Satellite 5105-S501 that I have maxed out for memory and added 100 gb hard drive. I rely on my Ipaq 5140 when on the road for calendar, contacts, notes and misc. I like both units, but they are showing their age and I am looking to increase my productivity during the day when I am away from the office. I do not travel from the area often, so can use a full size desktop, at home. I am an attorney, so 90% of my work is pen and paper based. I am frequently jotting notes while waiting for hearings, in the hearings, when on the phone, etc. Then I either have to dictate the information or add it to my contacts later. I started seriously looking for a slate (my 1st choice because of size and weight) or tablet pc (Toshiba’s M400- but the reviews have been mixed) six months ago. Then the umpc announcement came out. (I like the Sarah line, but would want to use the unit both in landscape and portrait- so, the Samsung Q1?). Both look like they would fit my needs. However, now that I have watched Jim’s video of the eo (well done!), I have some questions.

First, is the screen size of the umpc too small for daily note taking. I am concerned that using it in handwriting mode, it would be cramped, and require a lot of scrolling to review the notes. I agree that it is perfect for quick meetings and taking scrath pad type notes, but what about the average 2-3 pages of 8 1/2×11 notes that come from most meetings?

Second, if I were to go with a slate or tablet pc, do you see them adding the features of the umpc to them this year? For example, the touch screen that will discern from palm vs. fingertap. I really like the tought of being able to manipulate information with both my fingers and a digitizer pen. I also like the dial key feature.

Third, is connectivity. I have not seen any umpc that has a pc card slot for an evdo card. Where I would use the unit most, wireless access points are blocked. I am not excited about the option of using a usb cable to the cellphone, for obvious reasons. Is bluetooth an option with any of the cellular cariers?

Finally, I am a heavy user of outlook’s calendar, tasks and notes. How do the screens compare on the umpc v. the tablet pc.

Given this information and what you suspect may be happening in developement, if you could only buy one system this year, which would you choose? Make, model and specs would be helpful. I know that I could make do with either unit, and would expect to add the other system next year. Thank you for your thoughts. Thank you for the time to educate all of us.


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