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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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Battery life – is it the Holy Grail?

Battery lifeBeing mobile is intrinsically linked to the battery life of our mobile devices. But recently I decided to work out how much I need and why.

The Viliv X70 and S5 both have outstanding battery life. 5-6 hours real life use and days of standby is excellent from a standard battery. For that kind of life in the past you would have needed a big, heavy extended battery (like my P100’s which adds 40% of weight and some size to the device). A Windows Mobile device like the HTC Advantage gave me days of use and a week of standby, but it wasn’t a fully functioning PC by any means.

Looking into my own usage patterns I was surprised to find out how much I need day to day.

At home I’m near a wall outlet but obviously don’t like to be tethered to one spot as I use the UMPC in the loungeroom, the kitchen, the sunroom and out on the terrace in the sunshine. Also in bed. I’m finding that I use the extnded battery on the LG most of the time just so I don’t have to plug in even though there’s an abundance of outlets. In the office I plug in the unit while at my desk so it’s always charged when I take it off to meetings. But I still find I use the big battery. I doubt I’m going to have a meeting that would require more than 1 hour 45 but still I don’t use the smaller,lighter battery. This may be because I once had it hooked to a projector for a presentation and the battery ran out before the meeting ended and I was forced to use a notepad without the slides on the big screen. Embarrasing.

I travel about once a month and then I need the big battery. Between using the unit in the airport, using it during the day and then again in the airport lounge and on the flight home I usually don’t charge it during the day so I need the device to last 5-6 hours. But more importantly I need it to not chew the power while in standby which was the horror story with all my Sony Vaio UMPC’s which would be down to 85% before I even switched them on if I didn’t plug then in overnight.

So I probably only need a big battery life once a month but still it’s the thing I crave most. Haven’t quite worked out why.

The Viliv S7 claims to have even better battery life than the X70 and S5, and that with the convertible form factor makes it very attractive.

Lazy sunday blogging

Ok I have been naughty… Am supposed to be quitting the Advantage and using the S5..but I have a good reason! The S5 is charging via the AC outlet; The weather is so nice outdoors now that I just had to sit outside and enjoy a cuppa java and checking emails.

Just discussing over emails now with D re our experiences with the Advantage and one thing it (wimmo) has over the S5 (xp) is days upon days of battery life as opposed to the s5’s 2 to 3max battery life ok standby mode.

To me battery life is the key to my mobility and I am not disiciplined enough to charge my devices daily . The most frustrating moments are when you really need to use the deviceamd it goes back into standby right after you turn it on.

The S5, when pitted against all my other umpcs is considered amazing when it comes to battery longevity esp if you consider 6 hours usage from a standard battery.

All my other umpcs could only achieve this using heavy and clunky extended batteries.

So I can’t complain about battery life ok the S5..wonder if viliv will release a 12 hour battery for the s5?

S5 desktop stand

Well not quite…it’s the car windscreen suction mount .. With some twisting and turning, I got it in the orientation and or it is now functioning as a desktop stand.

vilivboys is finally on Twitter!


Finally gotten off my lazy bum and set up vilivboys on Twitter.

So D and I are officially the Viliv Twitter Dee and Twitter Dum boys on Tweet scene!

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