Fancy getting out the office? …What you want is a cool, ultra mobile gadget to keep you connected, after all you don’t want to miss any Ebay bargains …err I mean important e-mails from the boss!
There are lots of notebooks and PDAs of various shapes and sizes on the market however why not take a different approach? …A company called Datawind have unveiled their second-generation PocketSurfer handheld web browser.
The device it’s self costs around £180 in the UK which includes one years free airtime, As you might expect its not quite as free as it sounds as your are restricted to 20 hours airtime per month, for the second years access you will need to pay somewhere in the region of £40. or you could go for Datawind’s £6 a month unlimited access package.
The device measures 15.2 x 7.5 x 1.5cm when closed and has a 640 x 420 display, proper web browser and a flat QWERTY keypad. The device works by allowing you to access web pages via Datawind servers, the data first compressed to minimize the data that is downloaded by your device and there for speed up your browsing experience increased compared to browsing over GSM with for example a PDA.
My interest however, apart from that fact that its a cool gadget is how you can take this technology a step beyond Ebay and Facebook …There is a growing movement towards delivering applications and even full operating systems to your web browser with companies such as Google delivering on-line applications such as Google docs and Google maps, Why not to ultra portable devices that fits in your pocket.
I for one however would be interested to see how a device such as this would perform if you take the concept a step further and point it at Microsoft’s Windows Terminal Server web client or Sun’s Sun Global desktop?