Android Is Here

Discussion in 'NZ Computing' started by Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 27, 2009.

  1. I see in the latest Bond & Bond flyer there is the Acer Aspire One 10.1"
    boasting “Windows XP + Android (15 sec startup)†for $699.

    I wonder which way it will go: Will many people will be disappointed to
    discover that “15 second startup†doesn’t actually apply to Windows? Or will
    lots of them actually work perfectly happily with the quick-booting Linux
    desktop, and never notice that they’re not using Windows?
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 27, 2009
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    Squiggle Guest

    Depends how useful the quick boot environment is probably. My PC has an
    Asus board that come with the option of a rapid boot environment called
    splashtop, but its so limited I haven't used it beyond the new shiny toy
    to play with stage. Its sort of linux based. (Uses a real (time) OS with
    a modified linux stack.)

    It only allows connectivity via the onboard LAN port, so if you are on a
    wireless network no connectivity, it has a couple of crap games, and an
    internet browser, a file manager (FAT or NTFS, apparently no support
    for ext3), media player skype and instant messenger applications.

    If thats what andriod does its dead in the water already, not much use
    to anybody.
    Squiggle, Oct 28, 2009
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    All I had to do was Google "splashtop hack". You can, too...
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 29, 2009
  4. By the way, looking through that flyer and the others that arrived at the
    same time, I couldn't see any Windows Seven notebooks advertised as low as

    Temporary situation, or a sign of things to come?
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Oct 29, 2009
  5. Just had a play with this. It was a helluva job just to get it to boot into
    Android in the first place: there's an Android Configuration Wizard that you
    launch under XP, but even after running through that, and using the
    “Recovery†option, it still kept booting into XP, with no option for
    anything else that we could see.

    But it was also trying (and failing) to do a network PXE boot before the
    hard-drive boot. Moving the hard drive to number one in the BIOS boot order
    got rid of the PXE boot error, and also, finally, let us get into Android.

    (Getting into the BIOS was an adventure in itself, because the screen that
    gave us the options for doing so only flashed up for about a quarter of a
    second on each boot.)

    The Android interface was very spare, with initially just 4 icons visible
    for network-centric apps including Firefox. Right-click brought up another
    pane that included a “Settings†option from which I could access an
    “Application Managerâ€. But the options listed in there didn’t seem very
    informative. You might be able to install new apps, but that probably
    requires a network connection, which we didn’t have in the store. And there
    was a tab on the right-hand side of the screen that you could click to bring
    up more icons. Also, you could drag the entire desktop to the right, to
    reveal a Google search bar that was practically the full width of the
    screen. So the desktop was effectively two screens wide.

    Conclusion: this is a system designed to live on the network, and it seems
    pretty useless without a connection to one. Is wireless networking
    commonplace enough in NZ to make something like this useful? Or, given the
    trouble we had to go through to access the Android option, will many users
    not even realize it’s there?
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 1, 2009
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    victor Guest

    I would say the core reason for this is for model variants equipped with
    3G, Some cell providers are selling them.
    Useful for small biz people using Xero/WorkFlowMax/Internet
    Banking/Google Apps, or Facebook users on the go who desperately need to
    get back to Farmville.
    This market is just starting.
    victor, Nov 1, 2009
  7. Now also in the Noel Leeming catalogue at the identical price, “Quick 15 sec
    start upâ€, also “UPGRADE to Windows 7 for a nominal feeâ€. No mention of how
    “nominal†that fee is, or of the edition of Windows 7 you get—Starter?

    Or of how easy it is, or isn’t, to actually perform the upgrade...
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 3, 2009
  8. Went to have a look, they didn’t even have one on show. Asked a salesperson,
    he didn’t know what I was talking about, until he picked up one of their
    brochures and I pointed it out to him. Said they had them in stock, but
    couldn’t show me one and didn’t even know what Android was.

    Points to the kind of success they’re going to have selling them, methinks.
    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Nov 7, 2009
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    victor Guest

    They must get so sick of obsessed nerds trying to catch them out.
    victor, Nov 7, 2009
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