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post Jul 7 2006, 07:22 AM
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QUOTE(Pota @ Jul 7 2006, 08:35 AM)
Actually, looking almost everywhere, I found out that to buy everything I needed(the simpad, the wifi card and some accessories), I could spend around $ 350....

Simpads are pretty much keeping their value and I'm surprised to learn that they cost more on ebay today than they were when I got one a few years ago. Perhaps if you don't like it you'll be able to sell it on without any depreciation...
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I needed the smallest, yet comfortable enough, device possible for quick browsing and a bit of e-banking without prepairing and powering up my other pcs...

Well I see them as 2 completely separate tasks - quick browsing can be done without a secure connection. Banking is something I would prefer to do on a fixed PC, and is not casual at all. The simpad is pretty good for browsing but lacks flash and java, and gpe-mini-browser doesn't even show opensimpad.org (I think opie konqueror is better). If you want the simpad to just do simple browsing then it's pretty good.
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But it is really starting to be a bit too expensive... especially with the Origami-based devices showing up...

Do you mean like Q1? I intend to get a sony ux180 (or an oqo) to replace my desktop but they will not beat the simpad on speed of suspend/resume... to check mail I switch it on, open sylpheed, get an SSL IMAP connection and that's it. seconds. The same goes for a website; turn it on, read, turn it off before a PC has finished it's memory check...

The main disadvantage of the simpad is it's too bulky to carry around - a pocket size one would be better for settling arguments at the pub, and if that's what you want I'd get the nokia. If it's indoor browsing as a coffee table accessory then the largeish screen of the simpad beats just about everything else.

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post Jul 7 2006, 11:02 AM
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Interesting post, really! smile.gif

Quick and casual email and browsing is one thing I wanted to do with the SIMpad... so I understand that it is ok.

For "e-banking" I actually meant controlling stocks... but this fact still needs security... moreover I wanted to be able to do a quick online booking of train and airplanes tickets.... this last thing involves credit card data to be transmitted...

I always prefer to book for trains or airplanes in the late evening, so I needed a way to be quickly online, just browse a little for informations, weather forecasts, little email and finally online booking... all of this without powering up a desktop PC or deploying the notebook I always close and store inside a carrying bag because either I need to leave the room clean and I don't want to leave it around or I simply have to move away and travel early the next morning... wink.gif

From this point of view I "fear" that the Nokia 770 could be a more secure mean (I remember having read some reviews of people who actually managed to do e-banking and/or booking online without worries with it).... I just have to wait a bit for prices to "stabilize"....

Uhm... it seems descouraging a bit... at least it seems to keep me away from the SIMpad area... sob... huh.gif
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post Jul 8 2006, 10:04 AM
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QUOTE(Pota @ Jul 7 2006, 08:02 PM)
I wanted to be able to do a quick online booking of train and airplanes tickets.... this last thing involves credit card data to  be transmitted...

I don't want to say this is difficult - I don't know... Opie's konqueror is really quite good but I prefer to stick to the deficiencies of GPE, and can try out a website or 2 if you want.

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all of this without powering up a desktop PC or deploying the notebook I always close and store inside a carrying bag because either I need to leave the room clean

Then the simpad is ideal - I hope I've conveyed that it takes seconds to get online and you can browse for hours with the thing no more cumbersome than a book.

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From this point of view I "fear" that the Nokia 770 could be a more secure

Possibly, but, for instance, wouldn't it quite largely depend upon the browser?

My opinion would be to get one (as cheap as possible) whilst you wait for a nokia. Then, next year when they're cheap, get a nokia and come back to the forum and do a comparison - and sell the one you don't want, probably for as much as you paid...
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