Clambook Turns The Laptop Into A Smartphone Powered Peripheral, Cats Herd Sheep
Posted 08 June 2012 - 12:38 PM
But... the cost of production includes so much more than just parts. The way I see it, these costs wouldn't be much less for the Clambook than they are for a laptop - for very little savings.
So, the consumer could choose between a Clambook for, say, $200* - or a real laptop with similar capabilities for $300.
* (and the standard disclaimer at the bottom of the Clambook ads... "smartphone not included")
Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:02 AM
Posted 11 June 2012 - 09:27 AM
Dunno why Celio could not follow through on this better than they have. Several years ago I tried one of their Redfly's with my Windows Mobile phone, and it was nice enough as a screen/keyboard expansion. However, being the size of a netbook, but with a lower res screen (800x480 - lot of phones have that now, even my WinMo Imagio), it did not make as much sense, most of the time, as just using the phone to tether a same-size netbook with at least a 1024x600 screen (or a 'super' netbook Fujitsu Lifebook P1610/20 @ 1280x768). I still have a Redfly (cheap from eBay) for messing around...
If the Redfly had evolved intelligently, they could have been leading this charge instead of being an evolutionary dead-end. Now they just peddle "Screenslider" to use the mobile device like a VNC client, or extended monitor for a "PC" (only Windows of course), and a dock gadget to work as glorified KVM switch to use a monitor and keyboard with the same old bunch of WinMo and BB phones as my old "Mobile Companion" brainless netbook - no "modern" phones it seems - at least the Screenslider seems to work on Android and iPad ("RSN").