HTC Shift X9500 Tablet / Netbook - Expansys £499 (reduced by £450) Hi end Touch Screen micro PC (£10 voucher attached) - HotUKDeals
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Special offer price for eXpansys email subscribers - normally priced at £949.99, now only £499.99 saving you £450. Other eXpansys special offers like vouchers cannot be used with this offer. Limited to 2 units per customer.

The expansive 7-inch touch sensitive screen slides and tilts to reveal a full QWERTY keyboard, providing you with an uncompromised PC environment while working on the move.

DONT CONFUSE THIS WITH CHEAPER MICRO PCS!!!!!

I expect this to be heavily voted cold. But ignorance is bliss i guess! (You are forgiven!)


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#1
Excellent deal. This is a very good price for this device. Heat and rep added.
#2
Seen cheap batteries for this here:

http://www.devicewire.co.uk/official-htc-shift-battery

Expansis want best part of 80 notes for a battery!
#3
Here, have some heat.

Tiny laptop, owned it for a while but I wasn't really going to get the use out of it. Biggest limiting factor is the battery life and Vista on it wasn't very quick, however, Windows 7 should be a lot better. Also has the instant on Windows Mobile function.

Lots of hacking info (new windows mobile rom, enable gps etc.) over at http://forum.xda-developers.com/forumdisplay.php?f=395
#4
Probably would have shelled out the dosh if it had more phone functionality. From the review at http://www.pcpro.co.uk/reviews/177297/htc-shift-x9500.html it seems it would be pointless to have this an "IPhone" substitute. However for a small laptop and a contract unlimited internet sim card this would be fantastic. Heat given.
#5
Does the Sim card internet (O2) use the 3G network, hence would all sites use the mobile version?
#6
How is this better than a £250 netbook? (genuine question).
#7
I hear O2 seem to be adament that their sim cards can only be used on the mobile handset provided and not to be used in any other way. Can anyone else confirm?
#8
Horses for courses then really...

Think i'll stick with my netbook for half the money all for a touchscreen upgrade.
#9
i understand this has a touchscreen, I am looking to replace my tablet pc acer c111tci, does this have the ability to recognise handwriting like a normal tablet pc that has digitizer? Anyone know?
#10
humm

don't know what to say about it.
to tell you the truth a friend of mine has it and we always make fun of him.

it's not really a netbook and it's not really a smartphone.
I mean.. yeah great it has touchscreen but the mouse is more than inconvenient and the processor isn't that good.

if you have the money hey, why not give it a try but believe me it won't be as easy to use as a netbook.
You can't place it on your lap as sturdy as a netbook, can't upgrade RAM, HD, hum...should I go on?

And hey if you insist on the touch screen just get one of those 50 quid touch sensitive stickers on the ebay.

Anyways....regarding the deal....i will give it heat because it is half price and it is a great find.
The rest are just product specs and customer taste.

Cheers for the deal mate!!!!!!
1 Like #11
fizz
i understand this has a touchscreen, I am looking to replace my tablet pc acer c111tci, does this have the ability to recognise handwriting like a normal tablet pc that has digitizer? Anyone know?


It will yes, and the handwriting recognition on Vista or Windows 7 is excellent. However, the screen is a passive digitizer with no palm rejection so you end up with vectoring if you try and write while resting your palm on it. it's not impossible but not very comfortable to try and balance your wrist/palm so they don't touch the screen.
#12
romeno
humm

don't know what to say about it.
to tell you the truth a friend of mine has it and we always make fun of him.

it's not really a netbook and it's not really a smartphone.
I mean.. yeah great it has touchscreen but the mouse is more than inconvenient and the processor isn't that good.

if you have the money hey, why not give it a try but believe me it won't be as easy to use as a netbook.
You can't place it on your lap as sturdy as a netbook, can't upgrade RAM, HD, hum...should I go on?

And hey if you insist on the touch screen just get one of those 50 quid touch sensitive stickers on the ebay.

Anyways....regarding the deal....i will give it heat because it is half price and it is a great find.
The rest are just product specs and customer taste.

Cheers for the deal mate!!!!!!


All true, but it is a very small device which is the key selling point.
#13
There are quite a few touchscreen netbooks due out this year, asus have one arriving in the next couple of months, maybe thats why this has been dropped in price.
#14
Honest opinion. I got a decent dell 15.4" lappy with uprated battery for £300 odd off here. Battery life is 4 -5 hours. I just htink these net books are a waste of time for the money. Neother one thing or the other.
#15
if u have keyboard whts need 4 touch screen....its waste of money.
#16
Looks so cool, I'd give my left nut for one of these badboys or maybe not, if only it was cheaper.
#17
I can see why this is a good deal because I've seen the price stated at £949, but really how many people actually need a tablet pc?

I've watched a detailed review on this 3 months ago and it certainly is impressive, but I still think for 90% of people it's better to get a £200 netbook with a good 3G USB dongle. And IMO £949 was a ridiculous price for this in the beginning.

But still since it's a good deal, even though I would never buy it, I've added heat.
#18
Not being funny but there must surely be better deals available. My housemate picked up an HP pavillion 12" laptop with 3GB Ram, over 2.00Ghz processor and touch screen capability for £600 about 5 months ago.

This is a lot of money and as some have pointed out the keyboard strikes me as being a bit useless. It's small size surely making it a bumhole to use?

At the same time I appreciate that this is only 7" and for some that is very desirable. So for that reason I'll vote hot.
#19
Looks good, i picked up one of these http://www.wibrain.com from ebay over christmas for about £250. Excellent portable machine and fits in your coat pocket ( inside pocket of course )
#20
standby 2 hours doesnt seem good for a device if you would use as a mobile or anything else for that matter, i hate to think how long this would last when on. i'm sure most netbooks would be able to be powered up longer than that.
400mhz - 800 mhz, it's going to run like a dog compared to a low end atom chip,even more concerning is its using vista.
touchscreen is nice to have, doesnt mention multi touch or pressure sensitive, so a bit like a touch screen on a a cheap PDA. i havent looked into this so i maybe talking out of ignorance.
no body has explained the benefits only it has a touch screen. and although it takes a sim people who buy this will keep a more pocketable mobile for everyday use.
#21
Just put Windows 7 Beta on my Work shift and with a little tweaking runs like a dream (be warned it runs really slow OOTB with Vista). Good find :)
#22
Hotdeal , if its what you want
#23
I've read very mixed reviews of this, including a very bad one here http://reviews.cnet.co.uk/laptops/0,39030093,49296811,00.htm which put me off.
#24
keez_rules;4077019
Does the Sim card internet (O2) use the 3G network, hence would all sites use the mobile version?

This one has a proper browser (internet explorer, firefox, opera,..etc) not a mobile version so you should be getting the normal version of the web site rather than the mobile one.
#25
tintanman;4097101
standby 2 hours doesnt seem good for a device if you would use as a mobile or anything else for that matter, i hate to think how long this would last when on. i'm sure most netbooks would be able to be powered up longer than that.
400mhz - 800 mhz, it's going to run like a dog compared to a low end atom chip,even more concerning is its using vista.
touchscreen is nice to have, doesnt mention multi touch or pressure sensitive, so a bit like a touch screen on a a cheap PDA. i havent looked into this so i maybe talking out of ignorance.
no body has explained the benefits only it has a touch screen. and although it takes a sim people who buy this will keep a more pocketable mobile for everyday use.

The standy is two DAYS not hours :-D
#26
Was after this for AGES! It was delayed on countless occasions and made me wonder whether it would actually come out. Went for the Nokia E90 instead... Sigh...
#27
guv
Its a tablet. It has a keyboard (which is undoubtedly useful) which slides out. However, its not needed. Do you know of any £250 netbooks with a touch screen, that have inbuilt HSDPA modem ready to take a sim?


Having checked all the netbooks on the market (was waiting for the Acer One 3G), I recently dealt on a Advent 4213, 10", 1GB, 160GB, 3G HSDPA Modem - OK build quaility not great, keyboard takes some getting used to but at £254.99 you get alot of bang for your buck, think back up £279.99 now. Reviews online don't do it justice - I'd definately recc if your looking for something portable with 3G HSDPA Modem.
#28
alera
Honest opinion. I got a decent dell 15.4" lappy with uprated battery for £300 odd off here. Battery life is 4 -5 hours. I just htink these net books are a waste of time for the money. Neother one thing or the other.


I used to have the same opinion, but now I'm a convert. Have some reasonably powerful PC's at home for playing games, video editting etc and use the netbook as a (in my opinion - very) portable & versatile device for playing DVDs, web-surfing courtesy of either USB or bluetooth connection to my 3g phone) and benefitting from extremely long battery life - at least compared to the devices it replaces - whilst I'm out & about. (apologies for long sentence & poor grammar but I can't b pooped editting - I'm tired. New baby came home today :) ) ..which reminds me - netty was well handy whilst wife in hospital for e-mail, surfing, watching skyplayer, dvds, playing games etc - in fairness - none of which we did as we were to busy cuddling the new wee one..:?

My NC10 means I have to carry less as lappy, portable DVD player and plethora of batteries now 'cast aside'.

However, now I need to go to the gym as I am so fat now only having a light bag to carry....and i do look a bit effeminate as my bag is quite small (one of these ducti - 'police line' bags posted here ) plus I'm no spring chicken so it's only out of sympathy that no-one beats me up.. :|
#29
ps.. back to the deal

good deal for a good toy (in a cool way) - gadget freaks will go insane for this. Not for me though (mind you - I said same about netty's)

H&R for great find, good explanations and interesting comments :thumbsup:
#30
guv

Cool. Not for everyone I know. But touch screen technology ain't cheap! You get what you pay for.:thumbsup:

I consider £25 pretty cheap
http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.16124
#31
guv
But touch screen technology ain't cheap! You get what you pay for.:thumbsup:


Rubisco


but

guv
You get what you pay for.:thumbsup:


I guess... etc etc ;-)
banned#32
Rubisco


however, you might pay a lot for installation and also invalid your warrent. Considering portability, 7" tablet is better than 10" netbook, that's what you pay for, otherwise why not choose 15" notebook rather than 10" netbook, which is slower, small screen and no internal dvd driver
#33
qiyuhk
however, you might pay a lot for installation and also invalid your warrent. Considering portability, 7" tablet is better than 10" netbook, that's what you pay for, otherwise why not choose 15" notebook rather than 10" netbook, which is slower, small screen and no internal dvd driver

I wasn't suggesting a modified EEE as a quality alternative, just countering the assertion that touch-screen tech is expensive, and in itself worth shelling out double the price for.
#34
These aren't great. Shocking performance, fiddly to use, and very expensive (even at £500 ... the original £1000 pricing was comical !).

If you want a small PC, then choose a 9" Atom-equipped netbook, complete with a 6-cell (7 hour) battery, for somewhere around half the price of this. You get a proper keyboard and a proper processor.

If you really must have a touchscreen then Gigabyte make a tablet netbook - M912M - http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=174472 - for £480. Or there's a slightly higher spec model (screen resolution upped to 1280 x 768 and includes Bluetooth) for an extra few quid - M912X - http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=171309
Both much more pleasant to use than the Shift (though they're obviously a bit bigger...)
#35
Now expired, guess they're all gone.
#36
I ordered as soon as I got the email - my order status today was updated to 'cancelled' as no stock left. Wonder if they ever had any?..... :x
#37
fluffcat1
I ordered as soon as I got the email - my order status today was updated to 'cancelled' as no stock left. Wonder if they ever had any?..... :x

Spend your 500 notes on the Gigabyte Tablet instead - http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=171309
It's a much more powerful machine !
#38
Nom
Spend your 500 notes on the Gigabyte Tablet instead - http://www.expansys.com/d.aspx?i=171309
It's a much more powerful machine !


Thankyou but I already have tablet P.C's and they're a bit 'meh' IMO.( tc1000, tc1100, tc4200 at various stages) - I wanted this to use instead of my HTC Advantage device that's looking a bit battered. The gigabyte unit you mention weighs over twice as much and will not go in my coat pocket I think! Oh well.

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