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    • CommentAuthorVetes
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
    I figured if any place knows where to help me look, it'd be here. I really want some kind of device that I can have the internet while out. I realized I want to be connected to the web all the time. (If only my idea of the internet fusing with my brain would come true soon). I want something wi-fi obviosuly.

    Other things I'd love to have is ability to make text docs as well.
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    I would jump the gun and say iPhone/iPod Touch, but until they fix it so the flash plugin works in Safari. I'd say its the 2nd best, although it comes 1st in my book in terms of rendering and scaling pages.
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    Opera Mini does an admiral job on most WM devices.

    Nokia's internet tablet series isn't terrible, either.
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    Okay. First off, where do you live? It's important.
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    What Mr. Ellis said. Also, make a point of where you hang out. Do those places have Wifi? If you have a laptop and go out with it, the same thing applies to a smaller device in this regard.

    I have an iPod touch and it runs from Wifi(I'm not sure if the iPhone runs from Wifi or Cell antennae). The iTouch works only in establishments with Wifi. I can leech off wifi in places, but these are few and far in between. I've travelled with it. Obviously no problems in airports. Some cities like Portland, OR have city-wide wifi. Sometimes free, sometimes not, dependant on the city's implementation for compensation.

    I will say I like my iPod Touch. It's not big, is quite durable and gives me internet most of the time. I don't run around with it hoping for an uninterrupted connection, though. Hope that helps!
    • CommentAuthorVetes
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008 edited
    I live in the U.S. two hours from Baltimore. There's a lot of wifi around my place that's not secure and i have some access to the major ones around here.
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    If we're talking two hours from Baltimore, I have to imagine somewhere in Maryland...Cecil County? Up near Delaware? Not a lot of large hotspots, if I'm reading you right.

    Either way, I would hold on an iPhone. There are 3G versions en route (or so modern mythology says, but Walt Mossberg co-signs). 3G is pretty snappy, and AT&T doesn't suck (although it's not Telstra's Next G 14.4 MB/s). As far browsing experience goes, yes, mobile Safari is nice, but it's proprietary, and doesn't play well with some standard stuff (Google apps do not fare well in Safari, by my experience).

    But I've yet to delve as deep into the mobile web experience as others, so take mine as a cautionary note, at best.
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008 edited
    Safari's not really proprietary.

    It's based on the open source Webkit.

    That said, it's no IE or Mozilla.
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    Wrong wording.

    Dumbhead am me.


    But I hope to jolly fuck it's no IE.

    That's kind of the kiss of death.
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    I live in California with an AT&T 8525 windows mobile 6 phone (also known as the htc tytn). I'm not suggesting this is the best device to view the web on the go, but I can attest that 3g is nice and windows mobile will, at some point in your browsing efforts, make you want to gouge your eye out regardless of whether you're using IE or opera mini. I'm holding out for the 3g iPhone.

    I also use a nokia n800 running OS2008. The only difference between that and the nokia n810 is the sliding keyboard, which the n800 doesn't have. If don't mind being tethered to wifi and you want to do more with it than just browsing the web, it's a great device. It's usable for web browsing, but it's not as nice a browsing experience as the iPhone and it's one more device to carry around (albeit a small one).
    • CommentAuthorVetes
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
    # Monk.Eastman

    I'm in Allegany County actually. It doesn't seem like there's a lot of wifi here, but the places I go there are. Friends houses, some areas around the two jobs I work, etc.

    I just came across the DELL AXIM X30 earlier. Any good or bad opinions on it? It seems to do everything I want. Wifi, word, etc.
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
    I'm using a LG KS20 with WM6 also and I must admit I'm really satisfied of it to browse the web on the go, even if I was lurking on the iphone in the first place. It has the wifi too.
    I'll prolly buy a bluetooth keyboard tho, because I'm not really good with the touch screen.
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    The Dell Axim gets good reviews, but I'm lukewarm to Dell products.

    I agree with lylejantzi3rd and say grab a Nokia N800

    It's hard to pass on 219 USD
    • CommentAuthorVetes
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
    The N800 sure looks nice. Does it have a word processor? I can't seem to see if it does. I would imagine.

    My only problem I have between the N800 and the Axim is the price. I can get the Axim for around $100 compared to the $220 for the N800. Really makes me want to pick the Axim. Still not entirely sure though.
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
    The N800 price is going down now though, especially if you buy it not on Amazon. It's a sweet little machine. I'm incredibly biased and partial to the Nokia mobiles, though. I've got an N770, my partner uses the N800. The screen proportion is great for looking at web pages and not having the edges cut off all the time. My favourite thing about them is that you can drop them and it does nothing. Not that I drop mine on purpose.
    • CommentAuthorVetes
    • CommentTimeApr 13th 2008
    What text files does the N800 use?

    I really like the the X30 and the newer X50 Dell's run on Windows and use Office. That way I can transfer my text docs b/t my PC and the PocketPC.

    The black mark on the Dell's though is their resolution. The x50 only supports to 480x640.
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    Here's a thought too. I don't know about everyone else here, but I'm waiting for that computer that falls in between an iPod Touch-like machine and this, the EeePC...

    Eee PC

    (click the image for more info)

    The EeePC is still a little too limited, primarily using a hard drive(flash drive option) and either the casing is too big or the screen is too small, but it's a nice start in the direction of ultra-small, ultra light computers.
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    Word processing on the n800 is an underdeveloped area. The built in notes app does very basic things like italics, bold, font style and size. The file format it uses is html, which is great because you can import it into google docs when you need to format it for print. Google docs works great but you have to be near a wifi connection. I'm looking forward to the day when google gears will provide offline access to google docs.