I'm looking at either a Flipstart or a Sony UX.
Narrower than a UX, makes the keyboard easier to use.
Keyboard is nicer - wider spacing, keys aren't as flush
Battery life (~5hrs?)
Just small enough to fit in my coat pocket (where the Z is now)
Doesn't need docking stationt for the screen to be visible when on a desk.
1.8 lbs - 816g (!!!!) Even if it did fit in the pocket, I wouldn't want it there.
Ram - only 512mb
Limited options on the docking station.
Older processor/Chipset (1.1ghz P-M, 915Chipset vs the Core Solo/945 chipset in the US)
Limited options on docking station.
Vulcan's (lack of) product track record
No media card slots
Sony UX PRO:
Great docking station.
Newer proc/chipset (Core Solo/945)
Price (~1888 CAD)
Media slots (CF/MSproDuo)
Product availability and company commitment to product line (Lots of product refreshes, real international availability. You can buy these things in Canada now - I've played with one in the store!)
Sony UX CON:
Form-factor != Clamshell=badbadbad
Will not fit in pocket =(
Keyboard - closely spaced keys and wide device make thumb-typing a strain
Needs a stand to set it up on a desk
Battery Life (~3.5hrs)
I've come to the conclusion that Vulcan is obviously trying to screw with me. The Flipstart as was originally announced is as close to the perfect form factor as you're going to get. Even with the .3in increase in thickness it would be okay, but at 816g it's too heavy. It also lacks a touchscreen, and at this price I weep that it only has 512mb of ram. For $1000 less I could get the same specs in the UX.
On the other hand, the Sony UX has nearly the perfect guts. Light and fast, with a modern chipset and a gig of ram. It's a beautiful thing to use and it has better expansion options. If they made it in a clamshell form factor I'd buy one instantly and never look back. Unfortunately, I don't like the slider form factor much at all, and the keyboard suffers greatly because of it.
I think I'm going to have to buy the Sony now and wait till Vulcan comes out with a V2 of the flipstart. The current one is too heavy and too expensive for what you get. If it had 1gb of ram or was cheaper I could deal with it but, if the leaked specs and price are correct, it'll be a no go for me.
And that genuinely makes me sad. How long is it going to be before someone gets it right?