Datawind Pocketsurfer 2

Discussion in 'Computers' started by dellwood33, Feb 26, 2010.

  1. dellwood33

    dellwood33 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2009
    Messages:
    3,449
    Likes Received:
    887
    Location:
    Newcastle
    DATAWIND POCKETSURFER 2 R

    Anyone got one of these ?
    How do they compare with either a laptop or a netbook ?:Smile:
     
  2. scotjimland

    scotjimland Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Jul 25, 2007
    Messages:
    28,934
    Likes Received:
    25,574
    Location:
    .
    Hi

    I don't have one so cannot say how good it is .. however

    Reading the specs it's a basic web surfer with no other software so it can't be compared to a proper lappy or netbook nor can you make calls like an iPhone

    It is GPRS enabled but doesn't say if it can use 3G .. I suspect not so it won't be as fast as a 3G device

    They describe the speed as Blazingly fast : 5 to 7 seconds per page, sounds slow to me, but ok for email and if your not into heavy browsing

    It's reasonable cheap and free to use for 12 months

    http://www.handtec.co.uk/product.php?xProd=1559
    Not for me personally but it will appeal to those who don't want to splash out on either an iPod touch or netbook.. You pays your money ...
     
  3. ArenqueRojo

    ArenqueRojo Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2008
    Messages:
    261
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Anywhere in Europe, so fa
    Haven't ever had my hands on one but...
    This thing is basically a small netbook with the GSM mobile phone card built in.
    This means that you have to use their service (mostly Vodafone).
    It is a 2G device so it has quite slow performance similar to a dial-up 56k modem at home.
    If you are thinking of using it abroad, be aware that you get just 10 hours for £30 which, if you surf the net at the notional 1 page per minute works out at 5p per page!
    On the up-side, because it is a 2G rather than 3G device, you will get coverage where some of the wizzy new stuff won't.
    Patrick
     
  4. richardhomas

    richardhomas Deleted User

    In a word USELESS - I'm sending mine back - now have Samsung NC10
     
  5. dellwood33

    dellwood33 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2009
    Messages:
    3,449
    Likes Received:
    887
    Location:
    Newcastle
    What in particular makes it useless ? Speed, reception, size ? :Smile:
     
  6. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,426
    Likes Received:
    25,080
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    Toy ! Horrible keyboard. Tiny display. Might not work abroad.

    Last week I bought one of these from Maplin
    http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=257308

    Returned it next day. It was faulty but it was too slow and had very limited facilities. It was beautifully made, a joy to finger, top class display. It's certainly a thousand times better than the Datawind. Runs WindowsCE like mobile phones use.

    Now I have bought a Toshiba NB100 off ebay - you'll have to pay about £150 but it's a full blown Windows XP machine with big hard drive and really top quality build. So I have full internet capability plus loads of back-up stored for photographs. The now discontinued NB100 has the 8.9" screen so it's really small but the keyboard is well up to typing. Display is just about OK at 1024 x 600 ( compared to the ridiculous 320x240 if the toy you fancy ) for web browsing. One of the sharpest displays I've seen.
     
  7. dellwood33

    dellwood33 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Apr 25, 2009
    Messages:
    3,449
    Likes Received:
    887
    Location:
    Newcastle
    Thanks all - you have confirmed my fears, it is Kwap and that's why there are so many about. :BigGrin:
     
  8. Heyupluv

    Heyupluv Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 7, 2008
    Messages:
    3,862
    Likes Received:
    1,585
    Location:
    France,
    A Brit showed me one in France and said try it for the afternoon, only tried emails(I think that is all it could Do, but not sure) Well Jim was correct soooooooooooooooo sloooooooooooooooow just waiting to download 1 email.

    Lucky for the person that had purchased the pocket surfer she had only paid £50 on ebay with nearly 1 years free membership/download.........so I would say the original purchaser had tried the pocket surfer for a few days or weeks then put it on ebay Mmmmmmm plus I found it hard to read (in sunlight)
    Sorry but I hope this helps and it is just my experience of it :Doh:

    Mel
     
  9. gunerdoo

    gunerdoo Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 16, 2009
    Messages:
    70
    Likes Received:
    0
    PocketSurfer

    Dont even think about it Just pretend it was a Very Bad Dream :Eeek:
     
  10. hilldweller

    hilldweller Funster Life Member

    Joined:
    Dec 5, 2008
    Messages:
    26,426
    Likes Received:
    25,080
    Location:
    Macclesfield
    I remembered later another nail in it's coffin...... The way the USB ports are implemented you cannot plug in a broadband dongle so it's WiFi/LAN or nowt for internet access.

    What a pity, it had the potential for being a wonderful pocket computer.
     
  11. pendy

    pendy Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Oct 9, 2008
    Messages:
    155
    Likes Received:
    97
    Location:
    Birmingham
    Hi Richard, I have the same and just acquired a 9 hour battery off ebay.
    pm me and I will send you the link only £30.00 p+p included.:Smile:
     
  12. JONO58

    JONO58 Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Aug 28, 2007
    Messages:
    1
    Likes Received:
    0
    Location:
    Bedfordshire
    Ubi surfer

    I bought the ubi surfer, which is the upgraded pocket surfer.Got it from ideal world...Tryed it for a week. 1 slow..2 text very small.. 3 awkward to navigate. On the plus side,it is well built,has a full qwerty key board,and a 7"screen. I thought it would be ideal for us motor homers on the move. I have sent it back for a refund. If it was a lot faster it would be a great tool,but waiting ages to send an email and surfing gets frustrating, shame.:cry:
     
  13. ArenqueRojo

    ArenqueRojo Read Only Funster

    Joined:
    Nov 10, 2008
    Messages:
    261
    Likes Received:
    1
    Location:
    Anywhere in Europe, so fa
    That is the whole concept, Brian.
    Produce a machine with the SIM card built in and no way to change for any other. That way your customer is locked in to using only your service.
    Neat eh?:Angry:
    Patrick
     
Loading...

Share This Page