So our search for the Nirvana Smartphone, or companion device at CTIA 2008 comes to an end with this post. Our friends at i-mate have gotten us another device to put through the Hotel Acid Test. In this case an i-mate Ultimate 9502. I’ll let you check out the full specs on their website, but this device packs VGA 640×480 resolution onto a 2.8″ screen. The clarity of the screen is very good, allowing you to clearly read the text, but again, some may need to pull out the reading glasses when not connected to an external monitor. Stand-alone pics below:
Pic 1: 9502’s browser connected to Web Interface.
Pic 2: 9502 connected to a published desktop.
So how did it do in our Hotel Acid Test, not bad. While the VGA resolution is a little tight on the native screen, it works well when output to a larger monitor. As with the 6150, there is no noticeable latency when outputting the video to the TV. The 9502 uses a RCA audo video cable to output to the external monitor, and it’s not quite as clear as the 6150 which uses a VGA cable, but still very usable. The icons are a little fuzzy, but I’m having not problem using this setup. You also get a fade-in effect of the letters when typing, but again, not a big deal IMO. Again, the network connection is 3G WWAN on ATT, and latency while using Word is not an issue at all, very responsive.
Pic 3: 9502 connected to hotel TV using RCA audo/video cable.
You are currently limited to the 640×480 resolution even when attached to an external monitor, which is fine for most Win32 apps, or desktops. But it sure would be nice to have 1024×768 or larger functionality down the road. The VGA 640×480 resolution could also be less than optimal if connecting to an overhead projector while giving a presentation.
But in general, I’m liking this device as well. Seems to have a good mix features that’s making using it with XenApp for this post rather comfortable. Very quick and responsive as I’m typing this post. Maybe not the ultimate Nirvana Smartphone, but definitely a potential contender in today’s market. I can definitely see certain road warriors leaving their laptop at home if they have this in their pocket.
Being this is my last post, I had to try my favorite test on a mobile device, viewing a 3D AutoDesk design from XenApp on a mobile device over ICA, you gotta love SpeedScreen! We gotta get another video of this demo out, but this time running to an external monitor! A still shot shown below.
Pic 4: AutoDesk Design Review delivered by XenApp to the 9502 output to the hotel TV. I cut the flash on this pic so the screen didn’t wash out as much.
Unfortunatley, you get not sense of the performance with a still pic.
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