The Sylvania Net-Booklet; a Review
A friend of mine just purchased a Sylvania net-booklet and asked me to review the computer while they went to work. Upon their return from work, I am to give my friend a run down of my thoughts regarding the machine.
- Cheap: about $100
- Good battery life thanks to an ARM processor
- Very light and small
- 128 Megs of RAM: don't expect to run more than one application at once
- 400MHz processor: don't expect to run those applications at a decent speed
- Windows CE: don't expect any decent or usable application
The Super Fugly
- Windows CE uses Internet Explorer 6: obviously Sylvania hates their customers
What my friend wanted
If you want to market and sell a device that is supposed to access
the internet, put a fucking standard compliant browser on the device
so that the purchasers can actually view websites. Seriously, you are
trying to sell a web browsing device with a web browser that every
web developer absolutely hates. Are you purposely trying to ruin
Who the hell puts Internet Explorer 6 on a new device? Whoever thought Windows CE and Internet Explorer 6 would be a good combination for this device should be punched in the mouth. repeatedly.
In a nutshell; this device is underpowered, runs an outdated operating system with one of the worst browsers ever made, and will never do a decent job of browsing the web.
Do not buy this device. If you have already bought this device and it is currently wrapped-up and under a tree, steal it back and return it to the retailer for a refund. Just in case you missed it the first time - do not buy this device.
My advice to my friend: It's a good thing you kept the receipt, this thing is going back as soon as possible.