BEING MOBILE: 2 Days in the China High-Tech Fair... quite lucky on day 1
The night after the Hong Kong Electronics fair, we took the bus to China. The bus ride to China was a pleasant one and I actually slept most of the trip. Crossing the border was a bit unnerving though since I didn't speak Chinese and we were handpicked out of the many who cross the border to have our baggage checked. Everything went on fine though and soon we were at our hotel. It was again another opportunity to taste genuine chinese cuisine.
Two days walking in the China High-Tech Fair... all the excitement has kept me going. Just like the Hong Kong exhibit, this one has loads and loads of USB flashdrives and MP3 players. A whole bunch of video players as well and a more diverse range of items on exhibit. I was able to go to about 9 large halls during the two days and it is no joke having to walk from one end to the next. Talking about the size of the place, I'm just guessing but I think you can put several soccer fields into one hall.
The first hall I went to had mostly consumer products from USB flashdisks, MP3 and video players to tapeless video recorders. There were a lot of TV, DVD players and computer peripherals on display and out of the blue, right smack at the center of the hall were several car displays. Skoda was there as well as some of the local car companies. So what does this have to do with Windows Mobile devices? Nothing yet. After walking for about another hour was a bit better. The first Windows Mobile device I got to see was in the display of the 4.0GB MagicStore drives which were half-inserted in Acer n10 Pocket PCs.
Venturing off a bit firther sent me to the BenQ booth where they had a P50 on display. I wasn't able to hold it but I would say it was comparable to an Eten P300 in size.
Walking for several hours sent me to several more halls which had various products such as buses, cars, solar panels and outdoor LCD displays which are used for street signs and advertisements. There was a hall that had mostly industrial products and one which concentrated on biotechnology.
Sony had this VAIO on display among other things they produce such as digital still cameras, video cameras, and other electronic devices. And no... they didn't have any PDAs there.
I was also able to try out one of those large battery extenders that can also be used as chargers. This one could connect to virtually any device for as long as they have a cconnector supplied for that specific device. The one I tried had a rating of 4000mAh. That isn't bad.
I spent the last hour of day one walking around the Telecom hall and that was were everything really unfolded for me. Windows Mobile devices started appearing and they were all in working order. The second day was better as I had more time going around and testing these devices. A little problem though was that they were mostly configured for the domestic market which meant that they were in Chinese. Navigating through Windows Mobile isn't that difficult really but I couldn't make any sense of the other stuff installed in these Windows Mobile devices.
I got to play with a Lenovo Pocket PC with Windows Mobile 2003 SE software for Pocket PC Phone Edition, and it is another one that is very much comparable to the Eten P300 in size. Of course there were two more Lenovo Pocket PC Phone Edition devices there and I'll tell you more about them later.
Mabuhay! ~ Carlo