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Datawind PocketSurfer2 - Portable Internet Device -£149.99 delivered @ Amazon !

Review : PocketSurfer 2 is an ultra-thin portable device that easily fits into a pocket or bag and delivers the real web, just like at home or at work. Weighing in at just 174 grams the PocketSurfer 2 allows you to browse the web in its original layout on a 640x240 full colour widescreen display using a mouse cursor and a full backlit QWERTY keyboard making it the most usable hand-held web device around. It doesn¹t hang about either, with page-load times of under seven seconds over GPRS thanks to Datawind¹s compression technology you¹ll be flying around the web just as you would at your desk. The PocketSurfer 2 has its own in-built GPRS antenna and SIM card which means it can connect itself straight to the mobile network to get you online immediately, you don¹t need any other bits and pieces at all, just get it out of the box and go! The PocketSurfer 2 doesn¹t need you to take out a contract, you can use it out-of-the-box for 12 months without paying a penny and to use it for the next year will cost as little as £40! Browse the web just as you would on your desktop PC. Like no other handheld web-browsing experience, the PocketSurfer 2 keeps all your pages displaying just as they were designed.
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#1
Question for anyone that might know about this product:

Does anyone know if this can be used in South America? or is 'likely' to work there? I'm off travelling there and this could be the perfect solution - if it does connect there. Any ideas anyone?
#2
This looks almost too good to be true!

Anyone got one? Any user feedback would be good!

Is the screen a touchscreen? What's the battery life like?
#3
Liamdc2
Question for anyone that might know about this product:

Does anyone know if this can be used in South America? or is 'likely' to work there? I'm off travelling there and this could be the perfect solution - if it does connect there. Any ideas anyone?


Reviews are saying that roaming will cost extra, but not sure how much it will be, see page 2 of this review:

http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2007/07/13/preview_datawind_pocketsurfer_2/

It seems that the video capability of it is limited.

PCPRO review isn't great, though with 2 out of 5 stars:

http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/128702/datawind-pocketsurfer2.html

What you think of this I suppose will be like any similar device, if it does what you need it to do then you'll like it, if it's limitations will annoy you then you'll not be a happy camper!
#4
Sinatrafan
This looks almost too good to be true!

Anyone got one? Any user feedback would be good!

Is the screen a touchscreen? What's the battery life like?



Not sure of the answers to your questions but just so people are aware it's just an internet surfing device, I don't think it runs any other programs other than the internet and I don't think it has any memory either so if you want it to read e-mail/hukd when out and about it's great.

It uses gprs rather than 3g but has some compression thing going on and apparently you can't tell the difference! I think you get 20 hours a month internet surfing.

EDIT - I don't think certain web-sites work either, e.g. youtube.
#5
Sinatrafan
This looks almost too good to be true!

Anyone got one? Any user feedback would be good!

Is the screen a touchscreen? What's the battery life like?


Doesn't seem to be a touchscreen, the PCPRO and PCAdvisor (see below) review talked about moving the cursor with a keypad.

http://www.pcadvisor.co.uk/reviews/index.cfm?reviewid=1148

Battery life is supposedly 5hrs according to manufacturers, but possibly only a couple of hours for full web browsing.
#6
Benjimoron
Not sure of the answers to your questions but just so people are aware it's just an internet surfing device, I don't think it runs any other programs other than the internet and I don't think it has any memory either so if you want it to read e-mail/hukd when out and about it's great.

It uses gprs rather than 3g but has some compression thing going on and apparently you can't tell the difference! I think you get 20 hours a month internet surfing.


Yeah, anything over the 20 hours in a month and you pay £5.99 for unlimited access for that month. The compression seems to occur at the Datawind servers so you're actually downloading less data, therefore, it's quicker to access pages than you might be accessing the non-compressed pages on a 3G phone, for example. Seems a nifty wee device, but it does have limitations so best to read as many reviews as possible before deciding on it.
#7
[SIZE=2]Poor, ill thought device with too much competition. I wouldn't trust this to still be around and and working (as a system) in 12 months time.[/SIZE]
#8
sburley
[SIZE=2]Poor, ill thought device with too much competition. I wouldn't trust this to still be around and and working (as a system) in 12 months time.[/SIZE]




What would you recommend for the same price to get you the device and 20 hours worth of internet surfing a month included?

I have an xda exec and it's brilliant for surfing the web and I use t-mobile web n walk £1 a day so if I used it this much then it'd most likely cost me more just for the internet access forgetting the price of the xda exec in the first place!
#9
Don't t-mobile have web'n'walk 'unlimited' for £10/month on contracts? factoring in the £150 cost of the gadget and the massively more useful HTC phones, seems a better deal to me?
#10
How is this deal hot? Doesn't seem to be a decent performer according to review and an iPhone a normal 3G/3.5G Nokia phone would beat this device easily....
#11
AFAIK this is the device and 12 months use. Find me a better deal that includes the device and a years subscription.
#12
can you do ebay searches with this device ??
#13
It's a GPRS device and NOT 3G!!!

I use mobile internet for around 3 hours a day, I don't know what I'd do without 3G!

Do you own the device or have tried browsing on GRPS?

GPRS in this day and age doesn't make any sense to me (I'm not even sure it handles EDGE)

Just out of interest: what network is it on in the UK?
#14
I'd say this is too close to the price of an ASUS EeePC to justify. But I won't be like some people and vote cold because I think something's better... because I can't find this cheaper anywhere else :thumbsup:
#15
alchemistkevin
It's a GPRS device and NOT 3G!!!

I use mobile internet for around 3 hours a day, I don't know what I'd do without 3G!

Do you own the device or have tried browsing on GRPS?

GPRS in this day and age doesn't make any sense to me (I'm not even sure it handles EDGE)

Just out of interest: what network is it on in the UK?


There was talk in the reviews of it being on Orange (EDIT: lazygamer has actually confirmed it's O2 below) and the reason they use GPRS is to get better coverage than the 3G coverage you usually get. Also, the speed of downloads is (allegedly) good due to the compression that the data undergoes via the Datawind servers, so it seems faster than normal GPRS.

Don't own one so can't comment further than what I've read in the reviews listed above.
#16
alchemistkevin
It's a GPRS device and NOT 3G!!!

I use mobile internet for around 3 hours a day, I don't know what I'd do without 3G!

Do you own the device or have tried browsing on GRPS?

GPRS in this day and age doesn't make any sense to me (I'm not even sure it handles EDGE)

Just out of interest: what network is it on in the UK?


It's on Orange in the UK (with Datawind as an MVNO), but is SOLELY for internet use.

The device uses Datawinds compression proxy, so although it uses GPRS, it compresses the sites down.

At least the device will work in 99% of the country over GPRS, unlike 3G which is still patchy in the wilderness...
#17
HarryB
I'd say this is too close to the price of an ASUS EeePC to justify. But I won't be like some people and vote cold because I think something's better... because I can't find this cheaper anywhere else :thumbsup:


Does the EeePC come with 12 months mobile internet usage?
#18
bilbo
can you do ebay searches with this device ??


Welcome to HUKD, I don't see why not. It may have a problem with bidding though as my xda exec does.
#19
lazygamer
It's on O2 in the UK (with Datawind as an MVNO), but is SOLELY for internet use.

The device uses Datawinds compression proxy, so although it uses GPRS, it compresses the sites down.

At least the device will work in 99% of the country over GPRS, unlike 3G which is still patchy in the wilderness...


^^^ Good answer, was about the same something similar.
#20
The only problem I'd have with this device is that's it's locked to DataWind themselves.

The SIM card of this device is embedded in, you cannot replace it if Datawind went under. Although Orange may come to the aid of the device, don't expect them to honour the 20 hour usage policy, or DataWind's pricing.

If however you're getting this with the intent of probably not using it after 12 months anyway, then go get one!

(Voting warm for the price of the device if not for the device itself)
#21
ROAMING OUTSIDE THE UK IS 14.99 PER HOUR!!!

I've never been so turned off in my life! ;)
#22
As a user reviewer states on ebuyer : "This is nothing more than a terminal to give you basic Internet access including email. Everthing is stored on their server including settings, bookmarks, etc." They still loved it mind. and gave full 5 stars, but to me it's too much or a risk.
If this was a proper goer, then one of the networks would have their name on it. As it is, if they don't sell the numbers it will be caput in months.
Anybody remember the Gizmondo.

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