Carrypad Reviews the Android Based Compaq Airlife 100 Netbook

“…The design of the Airlife 100 is nice. Good clean lines, a light, 1KG, weight, large and quiet keyboard, good plastics and silent operation leave a good impression. There’s only one design fault of significance and that’s the screen angle. It simply doesn’t open up far enough and you end up with the screen pointing at your chest. This wouldn’t be a problem if the screen had a wide viewing angle but it doesn’t so you’re left with the constant desire to adjust the screen. I’m finding it frustrating. The screen frame houses a 10″ resistive touchscreen of 1024×600 which doesn’t provide iPad-levels of dynamics but does the job well.”


Carrypad has reviewed the Compaq Airlife 100 coming to Telefonica in Spain shortly. It’s no secret that I’m a big fan of the Compaq Airlife since I saw it back at CES in January – back when HP was just calling it a technology demo. There’s so much potential here for a great product, but it looks like Google and HP have missed the mark when it comes to hardware and the operating system features. According to the Carrypad review, the Airlife 100 is lacking a USB host port – something I told HP back at CES was required on such a product if they wanted it to succeed. Consumers need to plug in a USB stick to copy files back and forth. They also might want to plug in a digital camera or even an external mouse. The Airlife is running Android 1.6, but is missing the Gmail application and the marketplace.

I still have hope for the Airlife, maybe it won’t be the 100 model, but I expect HP and Google to get this right and then it will be a killer device. Read the whole review over at Carrypad and let us know what are your thoughts on this device.

Source = Slashgear

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Mike Temporale grew up fascinated by computers since an early age. His first hands on with a computer came when he was 7 years old and a travelling lab of Commodore PET computers made a stop at his school. Hooked on the new world these devices offered, he took any chance possible to get in front of a computer. When Compaq launched the iPaq 3600, he was hooked again. This time on a whole new world of mobile computing. Today, Mike spends his day helping clients deploy and manage their mobile device around the world. From installing custom software, to locking and securing data, and everything in between. He is also the Editor in Chief at Mobile Jaw - a site focused on today's mobile world.

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