Dell, Archos, BT, Sharp, Smart Devices and Huawei in Internet Device News-Rush!

Posted on 14 May 2010 By Steve Chippy Paine


Not one, not two and not even three items of internet device news to update you on today. I’ve got no less than five news items here!

Lets start with Dell who’s leader, Mr. Dell, has provided an update on the Mini 5. According to reports, he’s let it be know that the Dell Mini 5 is coming to Telefonica O2 in June and to AT&T in the summer. The source article from EWeek is littered with incorrect information but the important info is that it is very close. Telefonica O2 operate in Spain (where they are launching the Android-powered Compaq Airlife 100 and have a big presence in Germany and UK amongst other countries where they have proven to be quite the progressive carrier in terms of advanced internet devices. Low data prices and multi-SIM options should really help the Dell Mini 5 to get off the ground. I’m expecting a 500 Euro SIM-free price but as yet, we have no real pricing indication.

While the Dell looks to provide the complete Google and voice experience, that’s not the case with the Archos 7 Home Tablet that has just been reviewed by Engadget’s Joanna Stern. At under 200 Euro it’s not quite targeted at the same usage model too. I’m encouraged to hear Joanna talk about a useful form factor but it seems to have been wasted somewhat because there’s no auto, or even manual rotation into portrait mode. Battery life looks good but as we’d expect with an ARM9-powered device, performance is not stunning. Here’s an educated guess – you’ll be waiting three times as long for a web page to load compared to the iPad. Casual mobile web browsing, Google Reader and eBooks, video payback, photo viewing, podcast-catching and maybe even a little bit of casual gaming will be possible though and if you can add a portable keyboard, it would make a perfect emergency or travel device. Engadget Review

Lets turn to a device that might be a little more difficult to get hold of now. It’s the very interesting Sharp IS01 clamshell-style, 5” Android device. Like the Archos 7 above, it doesn’t have the Google Marketplace so Sharp are trying to seed some applications through their own SDK and a preview version of the device. The final version of the IS01 was due later in the year.

Pocketables have news today that not only is the SDK version ready but the final product will ship much sooner than expected. As soon as next month. While the device is targeted at the Japanese KDDI network, it is possible that some unlocked versions get through as imports and if that happens it will be great to be able to try a high-powered clamshell design using Android.

huawei-smakit-s7-live-13 A device that has completely slipped us by here at Carrypad is something I’m imagining the Archos Gen 8 devices (due summer 2010) will look like. Clearly focused on home media and having a very interesting docking station, 3G and what looks like a capacitive screen, the Huawei Smakit s7 could be competition for the Dell Looking Glass. I’m assuming that Huawei are looking for customers for this though so it’s unlikely that we’ll see it soon but we’ll keep it high on the list as we cruise Computex in June.

BT have announced that they are getting into the home tablet game. The UK-based company broke the news at their strategy day. Apparently the device will be able to take calls, sms’ and will show weather and perform other functions. It will be smaller than the iPad and bigger than an iPhone. To us, it sounds like BT might have lined up to take the Intel Moorestown-powered Open Peek OpenTablet. Watch and wait.

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Finally today, I want to highlight that the SmartQ V7, a slightly more powerful version of the Smart Q7 I reviewed,  is about to be launched in Android 2.1 form. Android has been running on the device via firmware updates for a while now but a new Android 2.1 release is due soon. The device, an ARM11-based tablet with a 7” resistive touchscreen, should be available in the next few weeks from Eletroworld priced at $230. Expect a similar experience to the Archos 7 Home Tablet although there’s potential for some nice hacks from the busy Smart Q7 community. We should be getting one for review soon after they become available.

That’s it for now. Hope it gives you something to think about at the weekend. Let us know if you have any thoughts on the above.

6 Responses to “Dell, Archos, BT, Sharp, Smart Devices and Huawei in Internet Device News-Rush!”

  1. turn.self.off says:

    there was talk about a non-UMTS version of the dell mini 5, right?

  2. Alslayer says:

    Engadget is so predictable. They pretty much hate any device without a capacitive screen. Personally I like resistive screens and have been using them for years. I also don’t care for the accelerometer it just irritates me when handing over my ipod touch or when I want to lay on my side and read. And since when is 1000 apps not a good thing? I believe that is more than the Camangi has.

    Oh here is my prediction before the Engadget review came out.

    http://gdgt.com/discuss/am-looking-forward-this-devicehave-waited-long-8c6/

  3. medah4rick says:

    chippy i think the dell streak is the closest thing to a carrypad don’t u think?

  4. zeuxidamas says:

    Concur. Stern seems to have been gaining notoriety since just before she she transitioned from Laptopmag to Engadget, but I have to say that I have been left unimpressed with her so-called journalism. Her reviews at Laptopmag were the typical trype that grade a device with yardsticks inappropriate for the device class and cost (like giving a budget laptop with integrated graphics a downcheck for poor graphics performance, when every budget laptop in the class at that cost has poor graphics, and someone trying to get good graphics is not shopping for a budget laptop), as is the case here. And I am pretty much dropping all respect for any journalist who claims that the sheer number of apps available for a device is a yardstick to measure its success. For the users out there who truly have the time to go through 50,000 apps, and do it because they actually need them, not just because they are app fanatics and chasing app numbers is the latest fad, then it’s an acceptable criteria.

  5. Al says:

    I can’t fuckin wait for smakit s7 I’ll say it might just kick Dell ass but Dell is well kno so I can say it fo sure but smakit seems to be so sick and just for 200 it has so much shit more than archos 7 and that’s 200 I think hey released it so early so they can actualy get some ppl to buy it I was going to buy it until I saw the review on engadget then I was like nab I’ll stick to my original pick smakit but also one u didn’t mention was aigo n700 but that is for 30. And they say its gonna come in 2010 not when so it might be comming late and the smakit is gonna come in the summer no date announced tho :/ I still can’t wait for that beast