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PREVIEW: The Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox 600 arrived at PPCW.Net [UPDATE: 10.08.02]
Posted by Arne Hess - on Thursday, 08.08.02 - 23:04:00 CET under 08 - Reviews - Viewed 11974x
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As I told you some days before, Fujitsu Siemens was to send me a Pocket Loox for reviewing it on PPCW.Net.
When I've arrived later this evening, UPS was there and my neighbor took the package for me, yes - thanks to her I don't have a delay now anymore... :-)

I just want to share my first impressions here with you while the complete review will follow on weekend/beginning next week. If you already saw the Loox on CeBIT or other road shows, it's still the same look and feel as you saw there. FS doesn't changed anything on the design and the used materials. However, according to Fujitsu Siemens Germany, the Loox I got today is the one with the final bits which will be released next week to, so the review will be the final one.

But enough of the words, here are the more important pictures - I think... ;-) Enjoy!
The final package excluding the documentation Included will be the Loox, the cradle, the
power cords, the sync cable which connects to
the cradle and the Loox and a porch
The Loox fits nice into the palm The Loox compared to the iPAQ 3870
Left side of the Loox incl. SD card slot The right side with the Bluetooth on/off switch
The top view with the protected CF card slot The bottom view with the synch cable plug
and a kind of protected expansion pack plug

Now I ask me if I should go sleeping because I had a hard meeting today in Paris, surfing the web and my favorite places to get the latest news and views or just starting playing with the Loox? Hard decision... Well, first I should charge it that it has enough power for tomorrow, will be a hard day for the Loox tomorrow... ;-) That reminds me that also my exchange HP Jornada 928 should come tomorrow... Oh oh... Gadget weekend, my poor girlfriend... ;-) Can you imagine a guy like me with two new toys in his hands!?

UPDATE: Find the first part of the review - the Hardware - now online here.

Cheers ~ Arne


 

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Comments
Posted by Jorlin on 09.08.02 - 00:00:00

Hello Arne Hess!

Everyone on fristloox.org is keen on seeing the review of the LOOX as soon as possible...

The main questions we are interested in are: battery runtime and ROM improvements concerning the speed of the XScale processor.

We are all looking forward to see the first benchmark results soon...

Thanks in advance!

Jorlin
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Take a look on www.firstloox.org!

Posted by Jim on 10.08.02 - 00:00:00

Great review so far, excellent pictures - the BEST I've seen so far, super super job!
thanks SO much!
Jim

Posted by willem on 12.08.02 - 00:00:00

(as Arne posted) Fujitsu Siemens Pocket Loox Product Management regarding the SDIO support:

Translated from German to English: "SD I/O is not supported by our equipment in the current version. That has several reasons:

On one hand at present the offer of SD I/O cards is still very limited  for the user (actually only a Bluetooth card is available, however this is already included into the LOOX) and on the other hand the XScale supports SD I/O not from the beginning. That means that we would need an additional controller.

I think, as there is still no SD I/O card available for a reasonable price and a I/O functionality is very well covered through CF, we are not forced to include SD I/O into the Pocket LOOX today. The users of the Pocket LOOX will not have the need to use SD I/O and as said, Bluetooth is already integrated."

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May 2002 issue of PC World magazine -- Since all current Palms and many newer Pocket PCs have SD slots, the market potential for SDIO devices seems huge. Not surprisingly, prototypes of SD cameras, GPS receivers, and other miniature devices have been making waves at trade shows for the past year or so.

But you'll have to wait a bit longer for additional commercial products. For starters, SD Association technical committees are still working on specifications for particular devices. Association president Ray Creech expects that the draft camera spec will be available by the time you read this, with draft specs for GPS modules and 802.11b wireless adapters to follow later in the year.

Another issue for devices with SD slots is support. The SD slot controllers need to be upgradable or already capable of handling the new I/O duties--that will vary by vendor. Moreover, no OS currently has native support for the SDIO standard (Palm owners can use the SDIO Bluetooth card on some models, but that is not the same as native SDIO support). Therefore, users must rely on peripherals vendors to develop it for each host device--and that's unlikely to occur until the standard is better established.

When will OS support appear? Palm aficionados can expect to see SDIO support in devices based on Palm OS 5 by fall. Pocket PC support could take longer: Since Pocket PC 2002 just debuted late last year, no one expects Microsoft to act swiftly. In the meantime, at least one company, BSquare, is offering a program for PocketPC vendors who want to support SD and SDIO cards in handhelds planned for release by the 2002 holiday season.

http://www.pcworld.com/resource/article … g,2,00.asp

Microsoft SDIO Problem
http://www.pdalive.com/forums/showthrea … readid=686

Toshiba e310/e740 have SDIO capabilities
http://www.cewindows.net/wce/30/ppc2002/ppc2002comp.htm
Ipaq 3900 models: Secure Digital (SD) slot now enhanced with SDIO, allowing for future upgrades without a separate expansion pack
http://www.compaq.ca/english/business/h … /h3900.asp

regards,

willem

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