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Goodbye PocketPC/UMPC... Hello Sony VGN-UX17GP

, posted: 22-Jul-2006 23:55

Okay... so I haven't quite got the Sony VGN-UX17GP yet... but from what Mauricio and Taniwha has shown in their blog, I would like to get myself one of that!

I am a little disappointed with the model offered here in NZ though, the spec isn't that flash however having include the PCMCIA slot is a great bonus for me. As I have a Vodafone UMTS card and I would like to keep using that and eventually upgrade/get HSDPA while still using my 1GB for $49. None of the UMPC is offering PCMCIA slot, and PocketPC, well... it isn't quite Windows XP as my usage requirement has gone a notch higher than what PocketPC can offer me. How come? I mean I am/was a HP HX4700 VGA PocketPC FREAK... I been hoping to get it or seeing a newer VGA PocketPC becoming available... much to my disappointment, there won't be any at all. And Pocket Internet Explorer doesn't quite have the "OOMPH" for me.

ANYWAY... Yeah, I'd be looking forward to get my hands on Sony's VGN-UX17GP... a lot of reviews said the thumbboard can be quite awkward to use, though I think the included PCMCIA slot is great bonus and definitely win my eyes on it -- although I don't normally want to get Sony's computer product -- BUT this time, I may have to make it an exception.


UPDATE:
I had my 15 minutes hands-on experience with Sony VGN-UX17GP. Read about it at my blog entry: "15 minutes with Sony VGN-UX17GP".






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Comment by juha, on 23-Jul-2006 09:33

Make sure you check out the battery life as well before you buy.


Author's note by chiefie, on 23-Jul-2006 10:03

Yeah. I am very aware of the battery life on that. I got the Sony VAIO's catalogue (Winter 2006) and has UX17 listed. Short battery life of 3.5hours. But I guess for general mobile usage it should be fine, as when I get to a destination i just need to plug it into the main power source for recharging. Not much different from carrying a laptop around. Oh, I discovered something else too... in the catalogue, it said "Compact Flash type II". I'm wondering whether it's a typo on the catalogue or Mauricio just mentioned wrongly? I am looking forward to a review by Mauricio, and hopefully he can confirmed that to us all. :-D *fingers crossed*


Comment by freitasm, on 24-Jul-2006 09:35

Ooops. Sorry for the misleading post. I've updated it: the Sony UX does not have a PC Card slot in New Zealand, it seems to have only the Compact Flash...


Author's note by chiefie, on 24-Jul-2006 10:03

oh bugger... guess it's back to square one on deciding an ultra portable pc... i really want one that has PCMCIA slot for my UMTS/HSDPA card... Is there no one putting such feature in anymore? I supposed, if getting a UMTS/HSDPA phone with USB cable connected to UX17 isn't too bad, just a bit hassle... oh well...


Comment by Brenda, on 5-Aug-2006 23:03

it's a PC, and it's a Sony PDA... it's kinda like the worst of both worlds it's got that unusable sony thumboard, except it's too big for my girly hands to thumb type on. No matter your hand size, you can't get the same speed and thought to word rhythm as a full sized keyboard and table action? it's gotta sit flat. you can't angle the screen, so i ended up angling my head and hurting my neck so i can see the screen properly. it's shiny, it's sexy, but it aint very practical.


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