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Need a MID or smartphone that can replace a laptop for travel – comparing the iPhone 4 to the Nokia N900 to the HTC Advantage
The hunt is on for a new MID or smartphone or something very portable that can still meet my productivity needs while travelling. I’ve narrowed it down to a few contenders and put them up against the iphone 4 for good measure. I’m almost set on a smartphone bu the viliv N5 could make the cut if the 3G model is not too expensive. Here’s my table trying to compare apples with apples.
|Nokia N900||IiPhone 4||HTC Advantage x7510|
|General||2G Network||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900||GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900|
|3G Network||HSDPA 900 / 1700 / 2100||HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100||HSDPA 2100, UMTS 850 / 1900|
|Announced||2009, August||2010, June||2008, February|
|Status||Available. Released 2009, November||Available. Released 2010, June||Available. Released 2008, June|
|Size||Dimensions||110.9 x 59.8 x 18 mm, 113 cc||115.2 x 58.6 x 9.3 mm||133 x 98 x 16 mm|
|Weight||181 g||137 g||375 g|
|Display||Type||TFT resistive touchscreen, 65K colors||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors||TFT resistive touchscreen, 256K colors (65K effective)|
|Size||800 x 480 pixels, 3.5 inches||640 x 960 pixels, 3.5 inches||640 x 480 pixels, 5.0 inches|
|– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off||– Scratch-resistant surface||– QWERTY keyboard|
|– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate||– Multi-touch input method||– Handwriting recognition|
|– Full QWERTY keyboard||– Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate|
|– Three-axis gyro sensor|
|– Proximity sensor for auto turn-off|
|Sound||Alert types||Vibration; MP3 ringtones||Vibration, MP3 ringtones||Downloadable polyphonic, MP3 ringtones|
|Speakerphone||Yes, with stereo speakers||Yes||Yes, with stereo speakers|
|3.5 mm audio jack||3.5 mm headset jack||3.5 mm headset jack, dual speakers|
|Memory||Phonebook||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall||Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall|
|Call records||Detailed, max 30 days||100 received, dialed and missed calls||Practically unlimited|
|Internal||32 GB storage, 256 MB RAM||16/32 GB storage, 512 MB RAM||16 GB storage, 128 MB RAM, 256 MB ROM|
|Card slot||microSD, up to 16GB, buy memory||No||Mini SD|
|Data||GPRS||Class 32||Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps||Yes|
|EDGE||Class 32||Class 10, 236.8 kbps||Yes|
|3G||HSDPA, 10Mbps; HSUPA, 2Mbps||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps||HSDPA, 1.8 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g, DLNA||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v2.1 with A2DP||Yes, v2.1 with A2DP||Yes, v2.0 with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, v2.0 microUSB||Yes, v2.0||Yes, miniUSB|
|Camera||Primary||5 MP, 2576×1936 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Dual LED flash, video light||5 MP, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash||3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging||Touch focus, geo-tagging|
|Video||Yes, WVGA(848 x 480)@25fps||Yes, 720p@30fps, LED video light, geo-tagging||Yes|
|Secondary||Yes, VGA||Yes, videocalling over Wi-Fi only||VGA videocall camera|
|Features||OS||Maemo 5||iOS 4||Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0 Professional|
|CPU||ARM Cortex A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX530 graphics||1 GHz Apple A4 processor||Marvell PXA270 624 MHz processor|
|Messaging||SMS (threaded view), Email, Push Email, IM||SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email||SMS, MMS, Email, Instant Messaging|
|Browser||xHTML, HTML, RSS feeds||HTML (Safari)||WAP 2.0/xHTML, HTML ( Opera 9)|
|Radio||Stereo FM radio (via third party software); FM transmitter||No||No|
|Games||Yes, 5 + downloadable||Downloadable, incl. motion-based||Yes|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support; Ovi Maps||Yes, with A-GPS support||Yes|
|Java||No||No||Yes, MIDP 2.0|
|– Skype and GoogleTalk VoIP integration||– MicroSIM card support only||– Voice memo|
|– MP3/WMA/WAV/eAAC+ music player||– Scratch-resistant glass back panel||– MP3/AAC/AAC+/WMA/OGG/AMR player|
|– WMV/RealVideo/MP4/AVI/XviD/DivX video player||– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic.||– WMV/MP4 player|
|– TV-out||– Digital compass||– TV-out|
|– PDF document viewer||– Google Maps||#NAME?|
|– Photo editor||– iBooks application||– Pocket Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint, PDF viewer)|
|– Adobe Flash Player 9.4||– Audio/video player and editor|
|– Voice command/dial|
|Battery||Standard battery, Li-Ion 1320 mAh (BL-5J)||Standard battery, Li-Po 1420mAh||Standard battery, Li-Po 2100 mAh|
|Stand-by||Up to 278 h (2G) / Up to 250 h (3G)||Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 300 h (3G)||Up to 300 h|
|Talk time||Up to 6 h 30 min (2G) / Up to 4 h 30 min (3G)||Up to 14 h (2G) / Up to 7 h (3G)||Up to 6 h|
|Music play||Up to 24 h 30 min||Up to 40 h|
|Misc||SAR US||0.92 W/kg (head) 0.82 W/kg (body)||0.48 W/kg (head)|
|SAR EU||0.80 W/kg (head)|
This little unit seems to have everything we’d ever need:
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Engagdget has their hands on a HP presentation showing the differences between the ipad and the HP slate. Like we needed a leaked ppt.
There’s talk about it being a chopped up netbook; duh, so do we say any tablet PC’s in the last 10 years have been chopped up laptops? It’s a silly argument.
Performance wise I’ve been turned around by Windows 7 on both my convertible tablet and my low spec’d Pentium M ultra portable. Win 7 is a game changer on these machines and stops me from longing for a useable Linux tablet. So Win 7 should be more than enough for the HP slate, to send emails, browse the web, consume your social media of choice. I have used the Pentium M machine for photoshop – but it doesn’t mean I like it. Seriously, leave the heavy lifting for the home PC, desktop, whatever and use the UMPC’s, slates, <1kg machines for what they’re meant to be used for.
The picture is showing the tech I’m about to head off on a two day business trip with. I’m taking a lot of stuff and haven’t even packed clothes or anything yet.
But part of this trip is to demo mobile tech so I’m taking the X70 to demo a pure slate PC and I class it as a UMPC because it’s so light and compact. The other machine is my LG P100 convertible Tablet which is a desktop replacement machine because of the power it has but it’s over a kilogram with the extended battery and I have to use the extended battery because the standard one gives me an hour tops of use.
I have thumb drives, portable hard drive, bluetooth keyboard, power adapters, The Balckberry for work, the iPhone for everything else.
I’ll see what I use on this trip (besides the demo times) and see how I go just using the Viliv on the road. Maybe the lack of a keyboard is going to hurt, maybe the lack of inbuild 3G? Have to wait and see.