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Computex and Gigabyte's Slick UMPC, Linux SmartPhone

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  • Nice $300 notebook (Score:5, Insightful)

    by CastrTroy (595695) on Wednesday June 06, 2007 @10:40AM (#19410633) Homepage
    That would be a nice $300 notebook, if it didn't look like an oversized PDA. I'm all for portability in notebooks, but once they're too small to have a full sized keyboard, they should lose the right to call it a notebook.
  • by Bishop (4500) on Wednesday June 06, 2007 @11:09AM (#19411013)
    I think the better question is: "Will the iPhone measure up to the iPhone?" There have been endless rumours and hype, few real facts, and no independent reviews. While I am certain the iPhone will be a solid product, let us wait until June 29th before declaring the iPhone the greatest phone ever.
  • by evilviper (135110) on Wednesday June 06, 2007 @11:16AM (#19411117) Journal

    With the impending release date of Apple's iPhone, I am left to wonder whether there is even any point in other manufacturers continuing to develop smart phones

    Really? Because, with the impending release date of Apple's iPhone, I'm left to wonder whether it will be a half-decent phone to begin with.

    Apple's success with the iPod is impressive, but it was a fledgling market which smart phones are not, and none of their other product lines have been remotely as dominant as the iPod. I don't believe the iPhone is going to set the world on fire just because its name also starts with the letter 'i'. And a few little features might look good on stage, but that usually doesn't translate into real-world user-friendliness.
  • by MadJo (674225) on Wednesday June 06, 2007 @11:21AM (#19411199) Homepage Journal
    Freedom to develop and iPhone?
    It's only since recently that Jobs announced that there will eventually be support for third party apps on the iPhone. But I'd hardly call that freedom.

    Freedom is the ability to speak directly to the GSM modem and any other piece of hardware in the device.
    Is that possible with the iPhone? Not sure... Is that possible with the Neo1973 Heck yeah!
    And the mass-market phone Neo1973, that will come later this year, will have Wifi, GPS, 2 accelerometers, 3d capabilities. (so far the only piece of hardware in that phone that's closed sourced is the GPS chip, everything else is completely open.)

    The iPhone is an overpriced piece of equipment that not many people are going to buy. ($599 PLUS a 2 year contract with AT&T? No subsidy? Puh-lease.) Apple may price itself extremely lucky if they even manage to reach 0.05% of market share in the US.

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