If you have read my previous posts, like this one, or my other gadget collection posts, you would know that I love collecting gadgets. In fact I should probably be a full time reviewer from the number of gadgets I collect.
I love collecting small electronic devices, with these criteria:
-The device should be usable for many years. It should not rely on any data servers that might be outdated. For example, the Tmobile Sidekick relied on Danger’s servers for data, else it was a paperweight. I want devices that are just as usable 10 years ago as now.
-It should be really portable, and the screen size <= 7 inches. 7 inches is probably the maximum.
-weighs under 2lbs
-It should have something special or unique about it, either hardware wise and/or software wise. For example, if the tablet looks just like any other tablet out there, then its not going to be as desirable as say, a tablet that can turn into a laptop or has a slide out keyboard.
-Unique software is always a plus. For example, if the device runs Maemo, or Linux or MeeGo or Firefox OS.
-Reasonably obscure and rare. So, an iPhone wouldn’t really score as high as a Nokia N9 for example.
With that in mind, let’s look at the some of these devices:
Price: $65 on eBay Device type: Palm sized PC Special features: touchscreen, special build of Windows CE 3, easily hackable OS: Modified Windows CE 3.0 related: Casio Cassiopeia Pocket PCs, HP Jornada Pocket PCs
Price: $100 on eBay Device type: netbook Special Features: the original and first netbook ever, runs Windows CE .NET OS: Windows CE 4.2 .NET Related: HP Jornada Handheld PCs, Toshiba Libretto Handheld PCs, NEC Handheld PCs, Psion handheld pcs, Sony CLIE PDAs
Price: $200 on ebay Device type: Handheld PC Special features: one of the last handheld pcs, runs linux, unavailable in USA, touch screen, camera, keyboard, screen rotates, last Zaurus made OS: Linux Related: Psion Handheld PCs, NEC Handheld PCs, Toshiba Libretto Handheld PCs
Price: $60 on eBay Device type: smartphone Special features: dual slider, camera, one of the greatest non touchscreen phones OS: Symbian Related: Nokia E series, Sony Ericsson walkman & cybershot phones
Price: $200 used on eBay Device type: UMPC Special features: most powerful UMPC ever, slide out keyboard, touch screen, runs full Windows OS: Windows XP Related: OQO model 2, Samsung Q1, Viliv S5, Vulcan flipstart
Philips PMC 7230 (2006)
Price: $90 on eBay Device type: PMP Special features: last Media Center OS PMP, has kickstand, built in TV recording abilities OS: Media Center OS Related: Creative Zen Portable Media center, iRiver PMC
Price: $60 on eBay Device type: PMP Special features: The last hard drive based mp3 player from Creative, one of the most best mp3 players ever, touch strip, plays many video/audio formats, FM radio recording and voice recording OS: Creative OS Related: Apple iPod, Archos PMPs, Cowon PMPs, iRiver PMPs
Price: $200 used on eBay Device type: PMP Special features: the last PMP with DVR recording capability, plays many video/audio formats, touchscreen, can go on internet, can be GPS and FM radio OS: Archos OS Related: Apple iPod, iRiver PMPs, Cowon PMPs, Creative Zen Vision W
Price: $60 used on eBay Device type: PMP Special features: Last Zune model, multi touch screen, can go on internet, inspired Windows 7 Phone OS OS: Zune OS Related: Apple iPod Nano
Fujitsu UH900 (2010)
Price: $500 used on eBay Device type: netbook Special features: smallest and best netbook, runs full windows, 2 usb ports, 2gb ram and SSD, multitouch high res screen OS: Windows 7 Related: Sony Vaio P series, Asus EEE PCs, Viliv S7/N5
Price: $700 on eBay Device type: UMPC Special features: Last Libretto PC made, one of the last UMPCs, dual 7inch touchscreens, virtual keyboard OS: Windows 8 Related: Netbooks, Fujitsu LOOX, Fujitsu Stylistic
Price: $40 on eBay Device type: Smartphone Special features: Dell’s last smartphone, multitouch screen, slide out keyboard, one of only 2 windows phones to have a keyboard OS: Windows 7 Phone Related: HTC 7 Pro
Price: $130 used on eBay Device type: tablet Special Features: combination game console/tablet, built in controller, multi touch screen, game streaming from PC OS: Android 4.2 Related: Wikipad, Archos gamepad 2, Sony Xperia Play
Price: $200 on eBay Device type: smartphone Special features: multi touch screen, dynamic 3D perspective, Firefly, Mayday, runs Fire OS OS: Fire OS Related: Blackberry, iPhone, Android phones
Neptune Pine (2015)
Price: $300 on eBay Device type: smartphone/smartwatch Special features: Smallest phone/tablet to run full Android, touchscreen, camera OS: Android 4.2 Related: Moto 360, Apple Watch
I’ll have pictures and video up soon for these gadgets, as I own most of them. Stay tuned!
Edit: review is up!
One of my pipe dreams is to build one of those old school like UMPC devices except with modern components. The problem with new tablets these days is that they still can’t match up with the old UMPC form factor – like the old OQO model 2 or Sony Vaio UX, its just cool to have a 5inch Windows PC with keyboard in the palm of your hand.
Its fully possible to build a much slimmer, much faster PC, with better battery life these days using modern components. Unfortunately with Windows 8 tablets, there’s still no tablet thats 8″ and below and has full USB and keyboard support. You can use bluetooth sure, but thats not the same. That’s 2 devices you have to carry. I’m talking about one device. If I build a device it would have the following components:
-5″ IPS FHD capacitative touch display (1080p)
-a sliding keyboard form factor a la the OQO model 2 / Sony Vaio UX or a convertible display a la the Sony Clie UX-50 or Fujitsu U820
-an HD front camera for web conferencing
-an 8MP back camera for pictures
-miniUSB for charging
-SD card reader
-2 USB 3.0 slots
-Bluetooth 4.0, 802.11ac wireless
-fingerprint reader for security
This won’t be a tablet.. its a full PC running Windows 8.1
-Intel broadwell processor ensuring its fanless – speed should be ~1.3-1.6Ghz
…I’m sure if Lenovo can make a fanless 13″ convertible, then they can make this.
Ok I haven’t formally updated for a while (just made lists of NBA players and gadgets) so here’s whats been going on:
I’ve been increasingly irritated these days, but not sure of the exact reason. Ever since I came back from Korea, I’ve been depressed and thinking about it everyday and wanting to go back.
I’ll finally get my chance to go back this weekend (finally!). But I’m not sure why I’m so moody these days. I’ve been getting into a lot of arguments with my friends over silly things and swearing a lot more and its just not like me.
I think I really started getting irritated from the beginning of this year, when my iPhone5S was stolen by a douchebag while I was sitting at a bus stop (I chased him down with my parkour skills but the phone was broken). Ever since then, I’ve not only been more paranoid, checking around me all the time, but also have more of a hatred towards American society. I can’t stand the way Americans do things anymore, I can’t even listen to English unless I’m at work anymore. This has caused me to be more irritated at life in general, just because I’m stuck in America and want to go to Korea.
This, and all the stress at work with my micro-managing co-worker. You can tell I really need a break.
I haven’t been studying Korean as much as in Feb/March which is sad. I blame this on Diablo 3 Reaper of Souls [shakes fist at game]. And I finished my second semester at Sejong Institute (where I had to sing and rap CNBlue at the ending presentation and take a quiz show).
And also working on my Korean app. The main blocking issue for that is now I have to upload an Apache configuration snippet up to my server which required me to switch to a VPS for Bluehost so I have to pay $300/mo but on the plus side, this site should be more stable. I have to upload that Apache snippet because my Korean app is using AJAX for everything and thus Google won’t be able to crawl it unless I make the server return escaped fragments via Seo4ajax.com. So yes working on that…
I bought a NAS storage! A NAS storage is basically a networked array of hard drives that can serve as your personal “cloud” storage, if you will. Anyway I bought a Synology DS412+ and filled it with 4 3TB WD Reds so now I have 12TB of total storage that is networked and RAIDed, so 6TB of RAID 1 storage.
I had about 5 external hard drives I was using before, and now I just put all the data onto my NAS server now so it has everything on it :). And its also DLNA compliant so I can hook it up with my WDTV Live and BAM! I get to stream all my videos, movies, shows, etc from my NAS!
Oh and did I mention the Synology Linux-based OS is awesome? There’s video managers, photo managers, music managers, iTunes integration, a Torrent download client(!), and can be also used as a web server too. AND you can also access it from anywhere! Amazing purchase.
Yup! I got more gadgets to review again! I got a Sony P-series VAIO (came out in 2009) and a Sony UX-series VAIO (2006) for review, and also I did a little bit of hardware mods: First I modded my HP Envy 14, replacing the 6GB of Stock RAM for 8GB of Corsair Vengeance, then replaced the 500GB 7200rpm HDD with a 250GB Samsung EVO SSD, so it runs alot faster now :). Also I modded the UX VAIO I just got as well, replacing the 40GB 4200rpm HDD with 1.8″ 60GB MX Nano SSD. Not bad. It was a hell of a time dis-assembling it though, and given that it only accepts PATA ZIF connectors instead of the standard SATA/mSATA/PCI-e connectors, it was tough to find and replace. Here’s my handiwork:
I have a lot of reviews! I try to do at least one music video or review per week.
Diablo 3 & Starcraft II & Blazblue CP CE Review:
Sony P series + Sony UX series Review: