Excerpt: Today is the day millions have been waiting for- the day the iPad is released. However, not everyone buy into a $500 device that lacks things like support for Flash and Java. Luckily the iPad isn’t the only tablet out there, so we though the best way of celebrating the iPad’s release day was with a review of something that can do everything the iPad can’t- the Viliv S5. Read the full review here .
Conclusion: It’s hard to directly compare the S5 to any other media player because it’s a fully capable PC. It comes closest to the Archos 5 Android in size and features, though it costs twice as much. For the price though you do get a much better device overall with a lot more features than the Archos, and not to mention more stability. It’s not the fastest PC you’ll ever come across, but at the same time it doesn’t crash randomly either, which is a big step up from the Archos.
Pros: Excellent screen, Plays anything since it runs Windows, Completely independent of a host computer, Great battery life, cheap spare batteries, Solid build quality, Responsive touchscreen, It’s a PC!, To make it this small and battery efficient, the chipset had to be a low performance one, You need a stylus to use it properly, Resistive touchscreen- capacitive wouldn’t work well on Windows
Cons: Not as finger friendly as a custom OS, Big, heavy and expensive if all you want is video playback, Slow charging, Vilivs own media player and CubeUI are useless, Complicated, semi-redundant system for connecting to a host PC, Only one USB port
Summary: Priced at $799, our configuration of the Viliv S5 is pricier than the $299 Clarion MiND, and twice as expensive as most netbooks. With that premium, however, comes a highly portable design, GPS, a sharp (though reflective) display, optional 3G connectivity, and impressive endurance. Touch and stylus novices may be put off by the lack of a physical keyboard, but if you want a pocketable PC and don’t mind the two-handed operation—or the price—the Viliv S5 will satisfy.
Pros: Good performance for the size, Long battery life, Relatively fast boot time, Optional 3G and GPS,
Cons: Expensive, No slot for included stylus, Hard to read display outdoors, No memory card slot,
Conclusion: It's hard not to compare any MID with other currently available devices. Though to be fair, MIDs can have their own niche and eat it too. The problem here lies with what you can really do with a MID that's not already possible in the latest generation of smartphones. Even our own analysis of the situation just one year ago that MIDs, UMPCs and netbooks would pick up steam was partially right - netbooks did dominate the industry, while UMPCs were sadly left floundering in...
Excerpt: Jkk von Jkkmobile ist sehr fleißig mit seinem Viliv S5 beschäftigt und hat gleich mal Windows 7 am Tag des erscheinens installiert um Performance und Funktionalität zu testen. Der Z520 Prozessor mit 1,33 Ghz packt es ganz gut wobei es nicht so flüssig läuft wie auf einem N270 Atom CPU. Die Installation benötigte eine Tastatur da man leider ein bisschen mit den Treibern rumspielen muss.