What do you think?: should I get one of these when they’re available?
I’d been thinking about getting a small travel computer, even before I had the outage on my laptop. Now, afterward, the additional point of having a backup machine makes it all the more desirable. And the Lenovo Skylight’s $500 price is in the right range.
On the positive side:
- It’s small and light.
- It’s very slick, the screen is crisp, the keyboard is good.
- It has great battery life.
- It has built-in WiFi and 3G, and there doesn’t appear to be a carrier lock-in on the 3G (though there might be — they mention only AT&T in the announcement).
On the negative side:
- It doesn’t have a real operating system, so...
- ...it doesn’t have a real suite of applications. It really is assuming you’ll be online and get everything off the Internet.
- It’s not clear what that means when one is offline. Can one work on some files offline, with some sort of text editor, spreadsheet program, and whatnot? Or does it really just turn into a music and video player, without the Internet behind it?
I think that last point will be the deciding factor. If I can do some basic work while I’m offline, and I can plug in some USB devices — disk drives and other memory devices, printers, scanners — then it’s appealing. If not, if it’s just a big, expensive iPod when it’s off the Internet, then I’ll give it a miss.
But it sure looks cool!