Celio REDFLY C8N Just Arrived



It’s been a few weeks since the FedEx man stopped by for a visit. Maybe the joy I show with each delivery has scared him off; who knows? This time he dropped off a loaner Celio REDFLY C8N and Sprint (s s) Treo 800w to try. For those not familiar with Celio’s REDFLY: The device is essentially a larger display and keyboard that’s powered entirely from a smartphone. There’s no CPU or memory in it, other than what’s needed to render your phone’s applications on a larger screen. Your phone can be connected through a USB cable or without wires using Bluetooth, if your phone supports it.

This is the $299 REDFLY model with some beefed-up features over the base model. For example, the 800×480 display is eight inches, which offers an extra inch of viewing. The battery capacity is boosted, too: 4500mAh on this model over the standard 2000mAh unit. That adds an extra half-pound to the weight, but at two pounds in total, it’s still very manageable. This model also offers the unique media port, so I’ll take a closer look at connecting mobile media devices to see how well it works. Considering how often I’m using my netbook these days, I’m really curious to see the pros and cons of this solution over my MSI Wind. I tend to use the web for most everything I do, so it should be an interesting experiment to use a Windows Mobile-powered REDFLY in lieu of Windows 7 on my Wind.



I could see using this if it would work with my Blackberry.


Another perspective. Kindle class money, Kindle sized screen. Still can’t read books with MS Reader and your HTC Fuze. :-)


there is a police corp out there that uses celio’s instead of laptops in their cars. think you should contact celio about this project


I keep thinking that this would be a great idea for apple. Instead of the iTablet that everyone wants, how about just a big touch screen that wireless connects and displays your iphone screen.


I got a C8N about 2 weeks ago, and I love it. The media cable works great with my HTC Touch Pro, since it has TV out. I also like the new black color instead of the old red.


I have original C8 and it matches the specs you list as “beefed up” from the original. I think you may be comparing the C8N to the C7 which was announced around the same time as the C8N. I think the only difference is the media port on the C8N to play video from your iPod and other devices.


At CES in Jan, Celio showed of their system running on a laptop (essentially the software version of the redfly, running on a pc).
Any word from them on this offering? I think that combined with a netbook would be a winner for me!


I have no interest in owning a device like the Redfly, but I would pay for the software. It would completely kill the need to add a tethering plan to a smartphone. On the road, I can easily get by with Skyfire and Opera Mini.


I agree and have said from the beginning (losing track but well over a year ago) what others are saying. Build this concept into a netbook (I said umpc in past) that allows instant on and you have a goldmine if they can keep the price down near today’s netbook prices. A software option would be a nice alternative.

I’ve played with the older version and I can say that it sounds like the RedFly C8N covers all the major issues I saw. But as a stand-alone product, I would expect this to be closer to the $100 mark given the price of a netbook in the market. Love the idea, I understand they need to make profits but it just seems way out priced (kind of like the OQO devices).


I have been looking at these for various city function, ie police, fire, building, and even some administration functions. I do have a question right off the bat and if you could include some information on how the screen does in various environments; indoor, outdoor and night viewing. I have been looking for decent reviews of this device online and have yet to actually find a decent review on it.



Seems better with the lower price, I might try this thing if I had a windows mobile phone.

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