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We called it: Smartbooks. Smartbooks are going to be massiver than massive. And the proof is in the concept pudding.
These interesting, if not perfectly polished, concept drawings, highlight the way in which the Smartbook will evolve to fill the gap between Smartphones and Netbooks/Notebooks, and might eventually grow to replace both.
The drawings produced in partnership with the Savannah College of Art and Design also show the way in which modular production will allow a degree of customization production, catered to each user's preferences, not easily possible with current production methods.
If I'm brutally honest, I think some of these drawings, are well, pretty A-level-Design-Technology, but it's not so much the designs but the concepts behind them which I find exciting.
Sentences like this: "Smartbooks are cloud-computing-centric and characterised by all-day battery life, instant-on functionality and persistent connectivity."
I've images of small utilitarian fixed-state HDs operating specifically designed OSs with everything kept in the cloud and streamed seamlessly via uber quick all-covering 4th or 5th generation mobile networks. GBs and GBs of media at my disposal anywhere in the world, on OLED touchscreens with slide-out QWERTYs and intergrated high-lumen pico projectors. Ooh, wow sorry, got a tad giddy. But it is exciting right?
Let's start with the easy part. The HTC Magic is a great phone. Android is bloody ace and I don't suppose there was much of a chance of the handset makers mucking this one up after doing such a good job of implementing the OS on the G1. What they have done is made the thing a lot prettier at the expense of the hard keyboard.
Slightly sad to lose the traditional finger tapper initially but you get into the touch typing very quick. Cupcake's a welcome addition to the experience with all the video goodness it brings and the paid for apps but there are still a couple of niggles. I'll let Zara explain.
The thing is, you can get picky about these issues - and essentially it's my job to do so - but there's nothing really wrong with this handset. Don't rely on it as your main camera but, other than, that I'd give it Dan's big Tech Digest thumbs up. You can grab it from £30 per month on Voda through the link below. Enjoy, and happy browsing.
HTC Magic on Vodafone
At a conference in Microsoft's hometown, Redmond, CEO Steve Ballmer admitted yesterday that the company could be working faster on Windows Mobile.
Responding to a question from an audience member who complained that his employees were bringing in iPhones and Android Phones that were tricky to support, and wanted Microsoft to up its game significantly so that he didn't have to deal with that situation as much, Ballmer responded: "There's opportunities for us to accelerate our execution in this area, and we've done a lot of work to really make sure we have a team that's going to be able to accelerate." Here's the full Q&A: