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Asus R50A captured with iPhone next to HTC Shift

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Pocketables reader Arthur has recently picked up the Asus R50A UMPC that had been awaiting his return from a weeklong business trip, which whisked him away on the very day the Atom-based slate was due to arrive at his home. We’ve been exchanging emails for several weeks (he placed his order before Thanksgiving), so when photos of the freshly unboxed R50A appeared in my inbox yesterday, it felt like the next best thing to having the UMPC arrive at my own doorstep.

Arthur snapped the pictures with his iPhone and even had the R50A cozy up next to his HTC Shift (one of my personal favorites) for a few shots. Since seeing gadgets helping gadgets is in keeping with the holiday spirit and I’ll make up any excuse to shine the spotlight on the Shift, I asked Arthur if I could share the images here. His answer is clear below.

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Compared to the Shift, Arthur says the R50A feels much faster and more responsive. Although he expected this to be the case because of the better processor, he still thinks "it’s nice to see the device actually perform as expected." Unlike the Shift, which sometimes has trouble playing videos in iTunes, the Asus R50A has had no trouble playing his favorite video podcasts so far. In short, he is "very optimistic" about the UMPC.

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What surprises me most about seeing the R50A next to the Shift is how similar in size they are. Yes, the Shift is about an inch taller (it has a 7-inch screen, after all), but I didn’t expect the R50A to be so long.

Up next on Arthur’s agenda is to test the built-in HSPDA, confirm the battery life (after a full charge, the battery meter shows only 2.5 hours), look for some on-screen keyboard software, and install Slingbox. Look for his continued thoughts on the device in the Pocketables Forum.

Full specifications and more details on the Asus R50A in Pocketables Products.

Thanks, Arthur!

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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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6 thoughts on “Asus R50A captured with iPhone next to HTC Shift

  • What about pics of the R50A next to the iphone? Tell him we want some of those!

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  • Avatar of zorro

    Hey,

    And which HSDPA module is inside?
    Is it from the company Option Wireless?
    Is it upgradable to HSUPA?

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  • Avatar of ArchiMark

    From looking at the photos…Why would you want the R50A instead of the Shift?

    Shift has larger display, keyboard, and about the same size…

    Just curious….

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  • I wouldn’t choose the R50A over the Shift, but some of things I like about it are its 32GB SSD, built-in 3G, supplied accessories (I don’t see the external DVD burner or BT mouse that’s supposed to be included, though), high resolution, and faster processor. I know a lot of people think the Atom Z520 and Vista are a poor combination, but I think it’s fine on my D4 and SC3.

    What I don’t like on the R50A are its size (given the 5.6″ screen, the device itself should be smaller) and the busy-looking hardware. There’s just too much going on for my taste.

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  • Avatar of Arthur

    Jenn and ArchiMark,the R50A did come with an external DVD burner and bluetooth mouse. I like that unlike my HTC Shift it has no difficulty playing Slingbox and ITunes video. I do however see how the lack of a keyboard could be a significant issue for some people. Also, it runs very quite and cool. Of course, my HTC Shift also runs quite and cool. I really like the look and feel of the device. A negative for me is that the mouse is somewhat difficult to get use to. I am going to try and play around with the settings when I have time. Finally, it has a Sierra Wireless HSDPA modem which seems to work as well as the modem on my HTC Shift. There are also a number of power settings I am going to try out as well.

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