When I want privacy, I'll close the bathroom door. [Stan Shannon]
BAD DAY FOR: Friendly competition, as Ford Motor Co. declared the employee parking lot at its truck plant in Dearborn, Mich., off limits to vehicles built by rival companies. Workers have to drive a Ford to work, or park across the street. [CNNMoney.com]
Nice sig! [Tim Deveaux on Matt Newman's sig with a quote from me]
MS totally dropped the ball and did zero marketing for them AFAIK (I've never seen any ads for them myself).
The Samsung 999 PMC[^] is a really neat little device. It plays WMAs, supports Janus, plays videos, has about 3 hours battery life, and it's small and light enough to carry. The trouble is, none of the music services got on board with videos, and then Apple swooped in with the video iPod (and it's tiny screen ) and because iTunes sells TV shows, the iPod won (again).
As a non-work related device ... in my book ... it's useless. People can already get Email, MP3s and Internet access on mobile phone; which is far easier to carry about -and- it's a phone (which is actually more useful than the other junk).
But from a "work related" stand-point, I see this device being very useful:
Medical, Trucking, Repair service, Etc...
Much better than those bulky laptops most lug about these days.
What good is a 900MHz Celeron processor with 256 or 512MB RAM, a tiny 30GB hard drive and no discrete graphics going to be in October when Vista is launched?
Everytime I read the spec I get flashbacks of when I tried to install Windows 95 on a 386DX with 8MB RAM
Intel have already roadmapped a ULV 1.6GHz/15W Core solo processor for 06, ATI already have availability on the Imageon ULV GPU's for cell phones, and Toshiba have already announced an 80GB 1.8" drive - so all the tech is, or will, be there soon to make UMPC the machine it ought to be.
So when they release a 1.6GHz Core Solo UMPC with 1GB RAM, 80GB hard drive, discrete graphics capable of real 3D, Vista and 5 hours battery life, I'll be first in line. But you can have the first gen stuff all to yourself
Personally, I don't think its a case of "I'd get one if I had the money". I'm very much a gadget freak and would jump at the chance at most gadgets. Its just that, at this point in time, its purpose is a bit ambiguous.
I mean, If I want mobile computing, I have my laptop, or a tablet. If I need mobile music, I've got a choice of my iPod, or my mobile phone (Sony Ericsson D750i). Photos: Mobile (2MPix, or compact digicam). PDA: (again, Mobile phone does a fair bit (I love the Ericsson P910i).
To me its nothing more than a very small laptop. Why would I want that. Its not a new gadget, just a revamped old concept.
I just don't see myself loving a device that is supposedly meant to be with you all the time but can only work for 3 hours between drinks. That cuts out almost every mobile application for the device I can think of.
I have to agree with others here: the battery life, even with the extended battery life, makes this device very limiting for a normal person (one that cannot purchase additional batteries and whatnot).
They are going to have to overcome that issue before this device is practical for a normal everyday user, that might already at the $500 price tag.