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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
Infrared port Yes No No
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
Colors Black Black, White Black
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
– TV-out
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)

New! Viliv N5 Clamshell Launching at CES

New! Viliv N5 Clamshell Launching at CES

Lucky Chippy from umpcportals gets an invite to check out the Viliv N5.

Being a recent (and current) owner of the UMID Mbook M1, I’ll terribly interested to see what Chippy thinks of the the N5 in comparison to the M1 (which has lots of inefficiencies). We all wait with bated breath..:)

..again, Viliv assigns the N5 with a campaign guess is that a predominant sales of the N5 will be Gen Y males? Ok, maybe us Gen X males as well..heheh!

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Onkyo BX = UMID M2??

Apparently the Onkyo BX is based on the much anticipated UMID M2 design.

The promise of …

Spec-wise 1.6GHz Atom processor, 1GB RAM, and Windows 7…around USD500

… is in reality

1.2GHz Atom process, 512MB RAM running Windows XP SP3.

Oh..and no 3G and a price tag of ~ USD730

Say what????

The Onkyo Japan website gives the following information:

Spec-wise, this isn’t much far off from my M1 (comparison in brackets below) except for small differences.

  • Intel Atom 1.2Ghz (vs 1.1Ghz)
  • 512MB RAM (same)
  • 32GB SSD (vs 16GB)
  • 1024×600 screen (same)
  • Windows XP (same)
  • Wifi b/g (same)
  • BT2.0 (same)
  • 1.3MP web cam (same)
  • Optical pointer (vs none)
  • JEITA operating time (idle) 7 hours. (vs real life 6 hours)

Me not impressed..

UMID tethered with the iPhone 3g

The UMID does not have an inbuilt HSDPA so that means I have to find an external solution for mobile Internet connectivity.

I have a Huawei USB broadband adapter but unfortunately the USB setup on the umid is not ergonomically possible for 2 handed usage so I have to opt for a tethering solution.

My usual tethering setup using pdaNET on the iPhone works flawlessly with the UMID.

uMID and Nintendo DS sized up

I was at my brother in law’s place last night and my nephew was playing with his Nintendo DS so I decided to whip out the UMID and borrowed his DS for this pictorial size comparison.

It is certainly amazing to see how small and light UMPCs and MIDs such as the uMID and the S5 are these days..they weigh a little more than a DS but is capable of running full blown OSs.

The fascinating thing is watching how incredibly quick my 2 nephews, 11 and 8 took to the device.  I cranked up an Openoffice write session for them and in no time, they were typing away and using the touchscreen to navigate around in the absence of a onboard mouse.

Never ceases to amaze me how quickly the young ones take to computing these days!

….and yeah, they were impressed with the UMID!