November 21st, 2007

snark maiden

More portable than the Eee PC, better battery life, runs Opera...

and it's got GPS and 3G built in. QWERTY, check; Wi-Fi-, check; true slate format because the keyboard is magnetic, check. But the HTC Advantage (I reviewed it at http://www.itpro.co.uk/reviews/133941/htc-advantage-x7500.html) runs Windows Mobile; is that the only reason it didn't generate the same excitement as the Eee PC?

EDIT: note - I'm curious in terms of how many people have said they want the Eee PC with a 3G card, which means I consider it fair game to price the Advantage with a data contract, reducing it significantly from the non-contract price. The comments make me think it's the price for the size that is appealing to most of you,.
snark maiden

Connect the dots (and the dates)

I set up a new PC quite frequently with all the reviewing I do; for Vista I have this down to under two hours for all my apps and customisations, for a review machine I'll be using for only a few days it's far less. It depends where the PC comes from as to how many tweaks it needs. The very gorgeous HP 2710p I'm using today has a US keyboard and as I've just realized, US date formats. I've already set the keyboard to UK, and the timezone, and the location. How about if when I changed any of those apart from the timezone Windows said to me 'there are these x other settings that relate to location and nationality; tick the ones you'd like to set to UK as well'. There's a nice hierarchical arrangement when I want to go digging through the control panel (well, better than earlier versions of Windows, some settings I still look in three places for first) but why not have a logical connection and pull out the relevant options in a dynamic view?