That’s the claim CompuLab (the folks who gave us TrimSlice) makes about their Utilite2 device. I think they are very close to being truthful. Performance is not just about the network, the CPU, the graphics, and RAM. It’s about how it all works together. TrimSlice has a winner every way except in RAM. These days, 2gB is limiting, even for browsing the web. Modern browsers like FireFox and Chrome cache so much stuff and Chrome preloads pages that a user might click, that the browser takes all available RAM and performance drops off in 2gB. On my system, with 4gB RAM and hundreds of processes, Chrome is taking gigabytes of virtual memory and sometimes causes swapping if I have a dozen pages open.
So, with that proviso, I agree that CompuLab’s latest creation is a contender. It is a bit too high-priced when you compare it with some ChromeBooks, though. I don’t see how they can sell millions of units if ChromeBooks cost less, and that’s both ARMed and Inteled ChromeBooks. They want USD$192 for a 2gB unit with wireless. I think that’s marginal. I would consider paying that if it had 4gB RAM and no wireless. I’m wired with gigabit/s copper here. I can see wireless is popular but they should at least cater to us old-fashioned types… The other reservation I have is that CompuLab is an Israeli corporation. Until Israel recognizes Palestine properly and leaves the West Bank and Gaza alone, I am reluctant to do business with any Israeli business. That Israel has a “partner” in USA is not sufficient to make their actions legitimate in my view.
There are other contenders on the market with similar hardware:
- Nexus 7 tablet for CDN$249 – perhaps the display and battery are not worth $53 but it’s still a good unit and it’s on Walmart’s shelves in Winnipeg so there’s no freight to tack on.
- You can buy the HTC Desire 510 smartphone for CDN$200 here.
This is already aging technology, so I’d wait a bit for something with more RAM at a lower price. Expect others to be competing for this space shortly. Qualcomm has introduced two more powerful series of processors since the release of this one. They are already appearing in smartphones at high prices. Wait a year or two and they will be in this price-range. Perhaps CompuLab is clearing out old stock of the previous generation… Their next model should be perfect.
See Utilite2 Overview.