New Toys

This past Saturday, I went down to the PC Show 2009 and got some new toys to play with.

The first is the Acer Aspire Timeline 3810T notebook, sporting Intel's new ultra-low voltage SU9400 Core 2 Duo processor and promising a battery life of 8 hours!

Acer Aspire Timeline notebook

Some specs: 13.3" (1366x768) LED-backlit display, 4GB DDR3 RAM, 500GB HDD. Price: SGD 1470.

I really like the design of this laptop. Very clean without any of the gimmicky buttons or a hundred flashing lights that seem to be so prevalent on all the laptops these days. But what really made me settle on this model was the combination of insanely long battery life coupled with an amazingly light body weight of just 1.6kg!

It is a bit weak in the graphics department but it plays HD videos from vimeo.com and youtube just fine which is enough juice for my needs.

The other toy I got was a replacement for my ageing N73 phone: a sleek black Android powered HTC Magic!

HTC Magic phone

This was a bit of a surprise since I hadn't expected the Magic to be on sale and even if it was, all news I had heard about it indicated that it would be retailing at SGD 1000+ - something out of my budget. As it turned out, my current service provider M1 had quietly launched the Magic and I was able to get one for SGD 508 after trading in the N73 for a 100 dollar rebate.

All in all, the geek in me is super happy playing with the new toys :)

Comments

How well does it run Linux?

Will find out soon. Need to figure out how to install from USB first - instead of a CD. A first for me :)

I have always used UNetbootin to create USB installs - works perfectly: http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/

What's your take on Android? Plus, does this mean you will be twittering from your phone now? :)

So, does the M1 phone allow development out of the box, or do you have to unlock it before you script/develop on it?

I haven't connected it to the android debugger yet but there is a setting on the phone to "enable debug mode when usb is connected". I am assuming that is it.

I am pretty sure it will allow self-signed apps to be installed. What I am not sure of is if it will allow new firmwares to be flashed.

How do you like the HTC Magic so far? Is it a worthwhile device for someone not interested in getting under the hood?

I haven't gotten "under the hood" yet but still enjoying it a lot. Except for the keyboard - still haven't found a solution that lets me type really quickly.

See also this: http://antrix.net/journal/techtalk/android_htc_magic.html


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