Willcom D4 vs a S5

D and I are smitten by the willcom D4 which has been out and about for over a year now.


I had the chance to fondle a D4 some months back when a mate of mine bought a reconditioned unit from http://www.conics.net.

It’s not exactly pocketable due to it’s long body and a pretty fat double capacity battery. It does have a lovely crisp screen squeezing 1024×600 worth of pixels into a 5″ screen (well, pretty similar to my S5) but what I do like about it is the geek factor dotted mouse pad, scrollbar and left/right mouse pads.  Very sexy stuff…:)

Spec-wise, quite similar to the S5..

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium
1.33GHz Intel Atom Z520
Intel US15W, GMA500
RAM: 1GB DDR2 SDRAM (soldered onto motherboard)
Storage: 40GB HDD (1.8″ Toshiba MK4009GAL, 4200 rpm)
Expansion: MicroSD card slot
Display: 5” touchscreen (1024 x 600, 262K colors, LED-backlit)
Wireless: 802.11b/g, Bluetooth 2.0
(1Seg TV tuner & phone functions work in Japan only)
Camera: 2 megapixels
Size: 7.4″ x 3.3″ x 1.0″
Weight: 1 lb. (with standard battery)

But the winner for me is the clamshell design and the thumb keyboard.  I just like a unit with an inbuilt hard keyboard..

And it’s got a camera and a  micro sd slot…take that s5!

What I didn’t like is the battery life – the slim battery is next to useless giving less than 1 hour of usage.  The double (now triple available) capacity battery adds a lot of bulk.  In this area, the S5 kicks the D4’s butt with 5 hours usage on a slim std battery.

Nonetheless, I may have to beg D to get me a D4 from Akihabara…pretty please!


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