[ubuntu-uk] new arm notebooks

Liam Proven lproven at gmail.com
Tue Feb 24 01:09:48 GMT 2009

2009/2/23 Robert McWilliam <rmcw at allmail.net>:
> On Sat, Feb 21, 2009 at 01:53:19PM +0000, Liam Proven wrote:
>> The form-factor the ARM netbooks should be aiming for is that of the
>> Psion 5 and 5mx, or a host of broadly-similar Windows-CE powered
>> Handheld PCs, such as the HP Jornada 720, the LG Phenom, the NEC
>> MobilePro and so on. Pocketable computer power.
> There are some linux devices along those lines. The one I'm currently
> waiting for:
> http://openpandora.org/

I've read of it. Tiny pocket Gameboy thing with an appalling-looking
keyboard. Doesn't look interesting to me at all.

> ATM I've got a Nokia N810 which isn't a clamshell but is aimed at the
> same kind of use pattern (and you can get a clamshell case for them).

I have looked at them - interesting gadget, but no PDA functionality
and a bit small for the Web, I reckoned.

But for me, the big selling point of the Psions was an excellent
keyboard. Amongst other things, I write for a living, and I wrote many
thousands of words on my Psions. They paid for themselves many times
over. Even the Eee doesn't match up.

A mini-notebook with a decent-res transreflective screen - even the
old 7" Eee 800*480 would do, but 1024x480 would be fine; the OLPC's
1200x900 would be fantastic, or a scaled-down version thereof - and a
good keyboard and I'd be delighted. But no keyboard, or a keypad one
can't can't type properly on - no deal!

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