As a kid, I never ordered a deep sea submarine off the back of a cereal box only to discover it was a lousy little model. But I did fall for the promise of the Viliv S7 convertible netbook.
The Viliv S5 was sort of charming in its own way—a tiny Atom-powered touchscreen MID that went for $599. Well the Viliv X70 is the S5's bigger cousin, and it runs just $599, too.
The gadget: Viliv S5, a computer that fits in your palm, packing all the Atom processor power of the latest netbooks along with GPS.
Specs for Viliv's S7 UMPC/netbook/tablet/whatever have popped up, and while the gadget's guts are similar to other netbooks, the physical design— including a jumbo keyboard and battery and a swiveling touchscreen— sets it apart.
Hot diggity damn, this thing does everything and can even make toast, to boot. The spec sheet has gone live for the Viliv P2 PMP and it is mighty impressive. It is powered by an AMD Alchemy processor and has a 4.3-inch screen, 4-7 hour battery life, TV-out, GPS navigation, voice recording, 20 or 30 GB hard drive and…
Want some navigation with your music, video and photo playback? The Viliv N70 PMP is happy to oblige—just don't be watching movies while you're driving. It's even got a wireless remote for backseat drivers.
So the Viliv P1, which we were so in love with, has let us down. According to CNET, the UI is atrocious, the battery life sucks wind, and the file formats it plays are for early adopters only. Not surprising, but kind of disappointing.
We were so happy to see the Viliv P1 on display here that we kind of scared the guy at the booth. The PMP is much bigger than I expected, with dimensions in the husky PSP range rather than the slick iRiver range. The video quality was excellent and the UI was pleasing and easy to understand. At a tech show chock full…
The Viliv P1 came out overseas last year and knocked our socks off. It's a 30GB PMP that looks like the bastard child of Jessica Rabbit and an iPod Video and could herald a new era of cool portable video.