David Szpunar: Lead Engineer, PC Help Services

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July 20th, 2007 at 8:23 am Print This Post Print This Post

Shift-ing Away From A Laptop?

I really like gadgets, electronic toys, and technology. Sorry, I mean, um, tools. Yeah, tools. Anyway — what a shock, right? Coming from a Church IT guy? Well, I see plenty of cool stuff, I have some of it, and I look forward to an occasional new toy when I can afford it. But I haven’t seen the Perfect Computer. Until now. So I’m going to break with regularly scheduled programming (wow, what a cliché, especially for someone who doesn’t have any!) and tell you about it.

The HTC Shift is a UMPC. It has:

  • An 800 MHz Intel processor (A110)
  • Intel 945GU Express graphics
  • 7-inch widescreen touch display
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard suitable for touch-typing
  • Vista Business OS
  • Media Player 11
  • Tri-Band UMTS/HSPDA and Quad-Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • WiFi and Bluetooth 2.0
  • Trackpad, fingerprint reader, camera
  • VGA output to a real monitor if you want/need it

So basically, wrap a very respectable laptop and cell phone in a fit-in-a-large-pocket package, give it every kind of connectivity you could ever ask for, WiFi to cell phone), a few extra gadgets thrown in for good measure.

Not much else to say. It’s not even available in the US yet. You can Google around and find plenty of more information. Now, pardon me while I go get my drool mop…