Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 17th Jan 2008 20:44 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems El Reg has an in-depth review of the XO laptop. They conclude: "There's a lot to like about the XO laptop. It's tough, it's great as an eBook reader, it has a big (for its category), high resolution screen. It runs silent and cool, has good battery life, and the clean design of the Sugar interface is easy to use. But several areas need work. The browser should be replaced by Firefox, and the Journal needs to support folders to match how people actually organise their work and play. Multimedia performance needs to be improved, which can hopefully be done through software. The XO needs a unified media player that supports all media types, along with playlists, and should be integrated with the UI. Most of these changes come down to the OLPC organisation placing more emphasis on real-world usability and less on their ideals of a perfect interface. If they can manage to do this, the XO laptop could be a great tool for learning and play."
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RE: XO vs Kimble
by Bobthearch on Fri 18th Jan 2008 05:20 UTC in reply to "XO vs Kimble"
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The price is the same, $400. I haven't seen either product in real life to compare the screens, but the XO's does appear to be superior based on product photos; at least the XO has color. The battery run time is a large advantage of the Amazon product, as is the flat design and connectivity that utilizes cell phone signals instead of Wi-Fi. But the Amazon Kindle is a one-pony show, it displays text and is capabable of nothing else.

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