PocketSurfer2 aims to wipe out competition

Pocketsurfer2

After a brief stint as TheEdge, the design abomination known as the PocketSurfer is back with a vengeance. Well, an updated look and 12-month "free airtime" GPRS connectivity offer, anyway. Unveiled at 3GSM back in February, the DataWind PocketSurfer2 is making waves again by serving as the main attraction at an unnamed company-hosted event next week.

The self-proclaimed "world’s fastest web access device" seems slated for a UK release and is priced at £179.98, which includes not only the cost of the 6.0" x 3.0" x 0.6" clamshell itself but also a year’s worth of (limited) access to DataWind’s "unique wireless web access solution that boosts wireless output by a factor of more than 10X."

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Unlimited access to this network, which enables web pages to load in under 10 seconds, is an additional £20.

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I can’t make it out in any of the product renderings, but according to the official specs, the 6.1-ounce PocketSurfer2 is equipped with a mouse pointer and mini-USB charging port, as well as a backlit QWERTY thumboard and what might be a 640 x 240 display (like the original PocketSurfer, which, in case you were wondering, can still be purchased).

The device is powered by a rechargeable lithium-polymer battery that is rated at only 2 hours for "active usage" (surfing the Web while running, perhaps?) and 8 hours on standby.

Considering that most of the site content about the "new" PocketSurfer2 is a blatant copy-and-paste job from the original PocketSurfer site (compare this with this), I’m not exactly counting down the days until the big reveal. The PocketSurfer, you may remember, is a device that received positive attention three years ago. Three years ago!

Has anything but the hardware changed? We’ll find out soon enough.

Update 1.9.08: Hands-on with the DataWind PocketSurfer2.

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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