I travel around UK and need a durable portable device with 2hrs+
battery life, a keyboard, HTML browsing capabilities and a service
which will provide internet access through the said device.
My main purpose for this device is information managment on a website
for which i am a member. I would like to be able to broswe the WWW as
if i was on a 56k modem connection connected to an old desktop
machine, or better if possible.
I have heard of GPRS and googled around but found only a multitude of
users connecting through a GPRS enabled phone, whereas I do not wish
to use a mobile phone in the connection, I am hoping there is some
kind of GPRS modem or IC.
I require little data storage.
My budget for hardware is GBP1500.
My budget for service is whatever it takes.
I would prefer a machine which is attractive like the Sharp Zaurus
ANY INFO OR DIRECTION IS GREATLY APPRECCIATED
the previous meal is history, it is the next one which matters...
Well, at least here in the USA, here's a few solutions that come to mind:
1) Handspring.com Treo 600 (believe it's out in UK already).
100% mobile <6oz mobile phone + internet web browser + email +
speakerphone + camera + keyboard in-one. Very nice! Extremely portable
and will do it in the smallest avaiable package.
2) Sharp SL-C760 + GPRS phone. 8-10oz total.
See message boards here to do it:
You'll need the phone + Sharp to do it.
You can probably do it with a PCMCIA GPRS card as well, but I
haven't looked into it yet.
3) Toshiba Libretto L110 mini-notebook. 2lbs.
Toshiba Libretto mini-notebooks are among the world's smallest
notebooks available, and dirt-cheap used on [url]www.ebay.com[/url]. You can
easily buy a Merlin G100 GPRS PCMCIA card here off ebay for ~$80, sign
up for the 24/7 unlimited T-Mobile service at $29.99/month, and go
anywhere in the USA and go online. You'll probably have similar service
over where you are and expect to go.
Similar notebooks in this size are:
Sony Picturebook (used, [url]www.ebay.com[/url])
Sony U101 (smallest available PC)
[url]www.conics.net[/url] or [url]www.dynamism.com[/url] or [url]www.japan-direct.com[/url] for these.
All I can say is that with the Sprint PCS Wireless web card + service
on my Libretto L110, it was no problem at all going online to check web
& email from anywhere I had cell coverage - car, beach, bathroom - you
name where, and I could go online. Of course, TMobile is the better &
cheaper service now that you can find anywhere at $29.99/month unlimited.