5 posts • joined Monday 7th August 2006 08:13 GMT
Pricing will be deciding factor
It is interesting to see that they'll be selling these UMPCs in supermarkets to increase awareness, but I think they will be severely limited by that price.
I am definitely in the target market for these devices I own a high spec PC, my wife has a high performance laptop, my phone is an all singing/dancing Window Mobile device etc., and an UMPC is definitely a desirable item for me.
But they are only ever something I want not something I even remotely need and at £800 ($1600-odd) I can't justify buying one. I think until they fall to the £200-£400 range which is comparable to a low priced laptop it will only be an oddity for the rich geek and show-off city-boy.
I guess somewhere there must be some software which will cause a CD Drive to "appear" for the purposes of burning, allowing you to essentially transcode to CD Format on a location on your hard drive?
I'm not a fan of the burn and rip method, it seems shoddy. Can anyone definitively state that the already low quality of sound isn't affected by this?
Good so far
I agree with Steve Smith's review of the software. I have had almost exactly the same experience he has on my Vodafone Hermes/TyTn.
It's an excellent product for people who are travelling to a location which they do not own TomTom (or equivalent) maps for. You can preload the map and pay for 30 days navigation and you're all set. Really useful for anyone who's ever looked at buying extra maps for other packages for a short trip and recoiled at the price.
That said I have had no luck getting MapLoader to work, I get "failed to connect to server" errors. I also noticed that the quality of the Berlin map which came up as default was much higher than the UK map, especially in the POI department, could this be to sell the city guides? Hopefully both these problems will disappear.
All in all an excellent product and I hope enough people buy the premium content to keep this product alive and frequently updated.
Ticks all the boxes, but how reliable is it?
It has all the features you could want (the microSD slot is not a problem), but I want to know how it actually performs.
I have the M500 which is an HTC New Jam running Windows Pocket PC 2003SE, and when it's good, it's good, but when it's bad, it locks up frequently, and twice has completely reset itself losing all data.
The pocket PCs have all of the functionality I want in my phone, but so far lack the reliability I require. Let's hope this TyTN is better.