Advantages Small, sleek and stylish and looks good, mobile internet almost anyway
Disadvantages Far too many to list - covered in the review
I am a self confessed internet junkie and I can waste many, many hours surfing the web through basic browsing. An episode of the Gadget Show had, what I thought was, a fantastic ‘new’ device that enabled users to access the internet any time, any place. Despite having the ability to access the internet through my DS (through a specialplug in) and my Archos 605 (through a special plug in) I really wanted to try the Pocket Surfer 2 (“PS”) since web browsing on my other two devices was so slow it was a real chore and not at all pleasurable. Besides, if Suzy Perry said it was a great product then it must be good and worth a purchase.****What is it?****
Essentially the PS is a mobileweb browser. “There are so many other ways of mobile web browsing, like mobiles, smart phones/PDAs, lap tops and notebooks” I hear you say but in my opinion none of these are as good as the PS.The PS is sleek, compact and ultra-thinhand-held device. It’s dimensions are 15.2cm x 7.5 cm x 1.5cm and weighs a meagre 174g. It’s size means it is a bit bigger than a mobile and many smart phones but not quite as big as a lap top or notebook, hence making it a desirable device that can easily fit in a pocket or bag.
The size of the unit allows the PS to have a generously sized (when considering it’s size) 640x420 LCD colour wide screen display.The keyboard is a full QWERTY type and the buttons are large enough to enable the user to ‘thumb’ the keys rather than use the finger tips. This is a great feature since it makes it harder to mis-type than is the case with QWERTY keyboards on other devices that can be used for web browsing. The keyboard is robust and, being made of metal it is dirt resistant. It also has extrusion-grooved rubber to separate the keys. A useful feature of the keyboard is that the numerical values are lined along the top row, just like a ‘proper’ QWERTY keyboard.
When the PS is closed it looks sleek and stylish and, in my opinion, is a desirable piece of kit. When the PS is opened things begin to rapidly go downhill. As you open the PS the hinges make an ear popping ‘crack’, which is quite alarming at first although as you realise this is going to happen every time it gets less worrying. I have tried greasing the hinges and ‘tinkering’ with them but nothing seems to work.
Once open the screen of the PS is unstable and wobbles, suggesting it is not made out of the best quality materials. Given the low price and modern technology of the PS I guess the inferior quality materials is expected but I don’t think they should be this poor. I seriously question how long the PS is going to last before it breaks beyond repair.
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