Pocketables giveaway: Who guessed the gadget and won?


Based on your guesses and comments in this week’s "guess the gadget and win" giveaway, it seems that most of you thought my weakened defenses were still strong enough to resist the lure of the HTC Shift. They were not.

A brand new HTC Shift X9500 (GSM version) is on its way to me from I’ve also got a US power cord coming so I can actually charge and use the Shift when it arrives. I’ve alluded to this before, but it bears repeating that I chose the X9500 over the X9000 (CDMA version) for three reasons: 1) I have an AT&T SIM card, 2) the included leather case is not attached to the unit, and 3) there was no difference in price (the X9500 usually costs about $200 more than the X9000).

I thought more people would’ve guessed correctly (particularly after Benz145 commented that the "HTC Shift GSM version is way too obvious"), but in fact, only one person did. The winner is . . .


Congratulations, mw65719! Please confirm your mailing address via email to claim your prize package.

Thanks for playing, everyone. Let me know if giveaways like these are something you’d like to see more of in the future, and I’ll try to make them happen.


In the meantime, UPS estimates that my Shift will get here on April 17th. I’ve already got a bunch of posts, reviews, and photo shoots planned, so get ready for the onslaught.

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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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16 thoughts on “Pocketables giveaway: Who guessed the gadget and won?

  • Congratulations on your new purchase, Jenn!

  • We all knew I’d crack eventually! Have you decided to keep yours?

  • Excellent news. Looking forward to hearing your comparisons with the multitude of devices in your gadget closet.


  • We did know that, but didn’t know it would be the GSM model – good choice if for no other reason than the carrying case!
    I am still undecided, I will probably keep the Shift until something else comes along. I really like it, it is just that I usually end up carrying the Shift AND my laptop – which kind of kills the purpose of a companion device, doesn’t it? :-)

  • Ha.. now that was a surprise! I’m looking forward to your usual excellent articles about the device.

  • U couldn’t be without it! ?

    so the real reason is that the color of the attached case is wrong on the evdo model?

    Pink case coming too? ;)

  • Congratulations Jenn! Looking forward for your review on that unit! :)

  • I don’t think I’ve read one real review of this unit that wasn’t suffused with disappointment at what could have been. Why did you go for it?

  • @ jkk: LOL! Both cases are the same color. The CDMA one is that tri-fold thing that’s bolted to the Shift; the GSM one is a slip-in pouch sort of deal that is not attached to the Shift.

    The fact that I can use my AT&T SIM card for HSDPA is the main reason I went for the GSM model. If I had gone with the CDMA version, I would NEVER have activated the Sprint account (my TZ has integrated WWAN through Sprint as well and I’m still looking at the “Activate your Sprint 1-month free WWAN offer” as we speak). And what’s the point of integrated 3G if it’ll never be used? HSDPA is also significantly faster than EV-DO (not Rev A), isn’t it? I like that too.

    @ Guthrie: All of my reasoning is here. Expert reviews have been far from positive, but most owners/users (who leave comments on those reviews) seem quite satisfied. Now, it could be that some people are forcing themselves to like it because they don’t want to admit they’ve made an expensive wrong decision, but I think most are genuinely pleased. There’s definitely a serious list of items that need improvement, but the sum of them didn’t outweigh the sum of the positive points for me.

  • @ Cptnodegard: Since the prize isn’t anything big, I think it’ll be more fun for mw65719 to be surprised. I haven’t heard back from him yet, but so far all I’ve told him is that the package includes 12 items: some are Hawaii-related items (the kinds of things a person would probably take home after a vacation here), some are things from CES, and the rest of the stuff is gadget-y.

    Everything is new and unused/unopened, but there are no “real” electronics (DAPs, PMPs, etc.) included. When I give away an actual device, I’ll definitely make it known. This time around, the prize was just something I decided to pull together to make the “guess what’s coming” more fun and interactive.

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    I dont bellive its a good choice , but waiting like the others for the review and your opinion :)

  • I’m glad you’ll be reviewing this Jenn. After your Sony TZ post, I thought you had given up on UMPC’s, at least for now. Can’t stop a gadget addict though!

  • That’s awesome! I’ve been lusting after this device – reading the reviews, etc. I’m looking for that perfect portable device (aren’t we all?). I was very disappointed with the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet – returned it and bought an ipod Touch. The Touch is a great device as it does what it advertises – but it’s no UMPC. My gut tells me I’ll be waiting for the next generation of HTC Shift – but you might convince to pull the trigger early! Looking forward to your review…

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    Hi Jenn,

    Just sent an e-mail with my address.

    Thanks fo picking me as the winner, quiet surprising that nobody else guessed the Shift GSM model. I am looking forward to the surprise package.

    As for those negative comments on the Shift, I fully agree with what you are saying. I for my part am quite satisfied with my Shift, Obviously its also a matter of expectations. I knew that the form factor required some compromises (it is not a quad core gaming notebook with a 17″ screen and a standard size desktop keyboard). Still I find the keyboard quite good and the same goes for the screen. I would like to have better battery life for Vista, but this is not a killer for me. At the moment I am using mainly the SnapVue side (liberated it on the weekend), only waking up the Vista side when I really need / want to do something I can’t do in SnapVue. I will certainly be using Vista more going forward, even after getting the additional WinMo functionality. For SnapVue alone the battery life is great.

    So I am also looking forward to your review and comparison with all the other similar gadgets in your collection.

    Btw.: The brown color of the slip case is kind of dull, but I still would not replace it with a pink one ;-). I am sure that the aftermarket will come up with some nicer designs (where you probably don’t even have to take the Shift out to use it in slate mode). Actually, I think there is already one, saw it in the XDA dev forum.

  • Thanks, mw65719. Your package was mailed today via USPS Priority International. It should arrive within the next week (6 to 10 business days).


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