PDA News – Netbook runs WinCE, Pocket TV Browser returns, Asus A620 deal

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Netbook Pro gets upgrades, WinCE

The aging Psion Netbook series of laptop/handheld fusion devices has undergone a dramatic overhaul with its newest model. First off, the new Netbook Pro runs on Windows CE .Net 4.2, departing from the now-defunct EPOC operating system. The hardware has gotten no less a makeover. The Netbook Pro has upgraded the processor, memory, screen, and sound of its predecessor. The Pro features a 400 MHz XScale PXA255 processor, 128 MB of RAM, 16-bit audio, and an active-matrix 800 x 600 LCD. It also comes with quadruple expansion built in–one slot each for PC Cards, CompactFlash, and SDIO, as well as a miniature USB port. Top this off by retaining the previous Netbook’s full-size keyboard and landscape screen.

Restrain your techno-lust for a moment ladies and gentlemen. As much as I, too, have a list of people I would be willing to kill in order to own one of these, other shoe is yet to drop. The planned U.S. price for the Netbook Pro is $1500. For that amount of money, one could get a fully equipped Centrino laptop with wireless, 20+ gig hard drive, multi-gig CPU, CDRW, and a lot more at the expense of some battery life. Granted, if money is no object, the Netbook Pro is a sweet piece of hardware, but I can’t see it demonstrating that great of an advantage over a cheaper and similar laptop, even to the businesses its targeted at. With ultralight laptops running as low as $750, the Netbook Pro is in for a major fight to gain any marketshare.


Pocket TV Browser operational again

Pocket TV Browser, an application for carrying fully-featured TV listings on Palm and PocketPC handhelds, is now available again. The program ceased functioning about 6 weeks ago, following a complaint on the part of listings source TV Guide Online, which was followed by the PTVB downloader being blocked from accessing their site. Unable to guarantee listings, the developer temporarily decomissioned the program and offered refunds to those who had registered recently. Now the program has been updated to beta version 1.6 for testing, and is using a new subscription source of listing information. While not as comprehensive as the old listings, the new system is still in the beta stage. That being the case, the developer is currently offering the Pocket TV Browser application for free, and the new listings provider also offers two weeks use free. After the two weeks, continuing to download listings costs $10 per year payable to the listing service.

Aside from the newsworthiness of this, a round of kudos goes to Jeff Parsons, developer of PTVB, for continuing to resurrect the program and putting in as much work as he is pro bono. We wish you much success.



Asus A620BT exclusive price

ProPortable.com is offering a special on the ultra-compact Asus A620BT PocketPC. The online retailer has the A620BT available for $400, $20 less than the base price will be from other retailers when the A620BT is generally released next week. They also carry the keyboard and GSM/GPRS card for the unit. 

The A620BT is remarkable for fitting a Type 2 CompactFlash slot, 1300 milliamp-hour battery, Bluetooth, 64 MB RAM/64 MB ROM, and 400 MHz processor into a 0.51 inch thick case. The A620 is also noted for its phenomenal speed compared to other PocketPCs with the same processor. 

Mention BargainPDA when placing your order to recieve the discount.





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