Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) features and reviews

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Willcom D4 gets MapFan Navii GPS navigation kit
A GPS receiver accessory has always been available for the Willcom D4, but the slide-and-tilt UMPC has never had any special navigation software to go with it. That changed a few months ago…

Willcom D4 UMPC gets encased in rubber
A new addition to the Willcom storeroom is this three-piece case designed for the Atom-powered D4 UMPC (Sharp WS016SH). The plastic front and back plates are lightly coated with smooth anti-slip rubber, while the removable screen guard is…

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Yappa Aquatic Spin UI on Willcom D4
Now that the Atom-based Willcom D4 has just become better than ever, I’m hoping it won’t just be me and the crickets at those D4 fan meetings for much longer. Once membership picks up, our first order of business (aside from adding internal HSDPA) will be to…

Willcom D4 Ver. L boasts bigger battery, smaller price
A new version of the Willcom D4, which is now sitting beside the HTC Shift as my hands-down favorite UMPC, was announced last week and just put on sale yesterday. The D4 Ver. L, or Sharp WS016SH(B)P, differs from the original D4 in three of the very best…

Review: Willcom D4 cradle (CE-CR04)
One of the most interesting accessories designed for the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC is undoubtedly the official cradle (CE-CR04). It adds an impressive array of ports and functions to the device, but do all the extra features justify its…

Review: Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH)
The Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC is currently the smallest-screened Centrino Atom device running Windows Vista in the world. Launched alongside the Kohjinsha SC3 on July 11th in Japan, the 40GB slide-and-tilt handheld computer is an unlikely candidate to see…

Willcom D4 headset woes solved by Sony mylo
While unboxing the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) last week, I noted that the Centrino Atom UMPC lacks a USB host port and standard 3.5mm headphone jack. In their place are a mini-USB port and what appears to be a proprietary…

Video: Vista Home Premium on the Willcom D4
One of the most common questions I get about the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) is about Vista performance. The UMPC’s 1.33GHz Intel Atom processor is still quite new, so many are understandably curious about how it carries the weight of…

Willcom D4 UMPC early impressions
Now that it’s been a few days since I unboxed the beautiful Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH), I’d like to share some of early impressions and first thoughts about the Atom-based UMPC. A full review is in the works, as are…  

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) size comparisons
Measuring 7.4 x 3.3 x 1.0 inches, the Willcom D4 sounds quite large for a UMPC with a 5-inch display. But in person, the Menlow-based slider is much more compact than it seems on paper. I actually expected it to…

Willcom D4 standard battery wi-fi runtime
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, guys, but the previously reported 1.5-hour runtime of the Willcom D4’s standard battery is not limited to WWAN-only conditions. Nope. Exactly as stated on the official product page and in keeping…

Unboxing the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC
Guess what came in the mail today! Oh yes, it’s the Atom-based Willcom D4 UMPC I ordered from Conics. There’s bubble wrap, cardboard, and plastic strewn throughout my living room right now, as I literally just ripped open the box…

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC teardown
Eep! I can’t look! I can’t look! Without considering my feelings as a soon-to-be owner of the Willcom D4 at all, PC Watch (via Wow-Pow) viciously cracked open the Atom-based UMPC and photographed its insides for all to see. Monsters!…

8 Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) shortcomings
The Atom-based Willcom D4 I continue to obsess over as I wait for it to arrive shipped about 12 hours ago from Tokyo. While I committed the tracking number to memory, Pocketables Forum member MikeN found an article over at…

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) accessories
The Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC I purchased via special order through Conics is due to arrive next week, but until the Atom-based slider is in my hands, I can’t help but continue to obsess over and look for more… 

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC evolution
 Remember that mysterious Willcom MID prototype rotating under glass at CES 2008? The one that no one, not even the Intel representatives, knew anything about? I think it turned into the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) UMPC! It’s also the same…

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) extended battery promotion
To celebrate tomorrow’s release of the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) Atom-based UMPC in Japan, the carrier is running a promotion until the end of the month that gives newly contracted customers the $140 high-capacity battery (CE-BL58) for free. The 7.4V/2880mAh…

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) microsite
With the July 11th release of the Willcom D4 just days away and most of my tears about the device’s pathetic battery life now dried, I haven’t been able to stop visiting the Sharp-made UMPC’s brand new official microsite. Promising…

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) standard battery runtime
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The iPhone 3G won’t be the only device being manhandled in Japan next Friday. The Atom-based Willcom D4, which is still on track to be my next UMPC, will begin shipping on July 11th as well. Sadly, included in the…

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) reported battery life
I’m still waiting for confirmation on this, but being that everyone is either well into their evenings or even early mornings (it’s still mid-afternoon on Friday here in Hawaii), I’ll throw this out there now as weekend food for thought….

Willcom D4 gets small preorder price cut
If your hopes were high when the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) became available for preorder outside of Japan and then dashed when you saw the $1526.33 price tag, then GeekStuff4U.com has some good news for you. The 1.05-pound, 1.33GHz Atom-powered…

Willcom D4 preorders priced above $1500
Though the Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) may never be released outside of Japan, just about anyone in the world willing to pay $1526.33 for the handheld Vista machine can still get their hands on one. The 1.33GHz Centrino Atom clamshell…

Willcom D4 (Sharp WS016SH) MID headed to Japan in June
Looking nothing like it did as a prototype under glass, the Sharp-built Willcom MID made an earlier-than-expected official debut in Japan today. Dubbed the Willcom D4 and/or Sharp WS016SH, the 7.4″ x 3.3″ x 1.0″ clamshell will be running Vista…