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Among its latest-and-greatest, we should particularly emphasize Asus A, the A and the A66 That is, it sports no design traits that would confine you to portrait-only orientation. Another characteristic feature of the entire series is brilliantly tweaked power consumption — all offerings coming from this product line show off big numbers in battery life tests.
However we were quite surprised by the absence of a cradle from there as it had become par for the course for most PDAs. Availability of GPS-module in senior models leaves its own stamp on all offerings that belong to the line. In asua, that is why the first launch goes in landscape orientation. The asymmetrically placed display if put the device in vertical position, it will be a bit closer to the right spine serves as just another proof that landscape setup is axus for the A The device is larger in size than Acer n but is pretty much comparable with other solutions.
This PDA is meant to be carried in bag or briefcase in the first place; as although it comes packaged with a carrying case, it has no belt clip. The case made of thick black material features Asus asue on the face and has firm grip on axus PDA. The A comes in conventionally-looking rectangular form without protruding details and slightly rounded edges and spines. Our review unit had silver front plate; however they are now planning to launch three extra trims: At that, the only part that varies in color is the front fascia, whereas the rest of the casing remains coated in black.
Beneath the screen, on the face plate, you will find four keys and a round five-way navigation key. Further down on the left is a small speaker grill, on the opposite side is the similarly-patterned grill, hiding wireless interfaces indicator underneath, as for the rest it is here chiefly for the sake of it.
The keys under display are dedicated to the following functions from left to right: Bulky in size navigation pad stands a bit above the casing surface, which makes it a cinch to work with, as well as with other fascia-mounted keys.
Above the screen you will find a small hole, where charging LED is placed. The slot is left uncovered. The right-hand side houses two elements: The elements mentioned, placed both on the spines and on the edges, are placed flush with the casing, which is a reasonable approach as all the three devices of the new line feature identical shells and in view of GPS-module embedded in the senior models they all are supposed to be used in car.
That is why the casing is made flat with no protruding parts. The presence of 3. We tasted sound quality with in-ear phones Sennheiser MXL 51 The sound proved to be clear without any unwanted noises.
Top volume level is not particularly high, but seems sufficient to use the player on the street.
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Of course, music-conscious users will definitely turn up their noses at the A, but our point of view is purely subjective. The upper edge is armed with the power button and unprotected memory expansion slot.
Switching to the bottom end, you can see the soft reset key and Infrared window, as well as the stylus silo. The stylus slides into the silo vertically, if you are saus the A sideways, which is quite different from our previous experience.
In other words, if you put the device vertically, the stylus socket will be located horizontally at the bottom edge. The advantage of this layout is that whichever way you hold the A, the stylus will never end up sliding out of the silo on its own. Stylus is extensible, though it snaps open and closed with authority. When closed, it measures 62 mm tall, and 92 mm when opened. Basing of its thickness and size, we should better say that it is not very easy to use, just average.
For most of the PDAs this stick usually turns out to be rather thick. But in this way Asus A is inferior even to Acer n with its already pretty skinny stylus. Ultimately, you will get used to it, but at first it might seem too small and inconvenient, especially to those who have dealt with other PDAs in the past.
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The active zone of the display at that makes up 70×52 mm with x pixel resolution and up to 65 K colors. The company decided to arm the screen with glare filter, which makes for matte shine of the display and thus dim and faded picture. But the horizontal ones let the A down when you incline the PDA. Partly, the reason is the matte coating; in the sun the display gets heavily washed out, yet remains readable.
Generally speaking, the screen is comfortable to use, but lags behinds the competition in terms of picture quality, beating them with the brightness level. The handheld carries a mAh Lo-Ion battery onboard, which is par for the course for many PDA by various manufacturers. Though, it is quite another matter that in many models capacity like that allows getting only moderate or even sub-standard figures of battery life.
As the manufacturer claims, in the A this capacity will be enough for 15 hours of music playback with the screen switched off. Reading mode — the least power-hungry mode of all. Display backlighting level is set to the minimum that makes for comfortable reading, then we launch Haali Reader and activate auto-scrolling.
MP3 mode — self-explanatory test. Maximum load – display brightness is set to maximum, thereupon with start up TCPMP player and initiate playback of x pixel movies. On maximum load the PDA stayed online for about 4,5 hours, in reading mode — a tad less than 22 hours. In MP3 mode we squeezed almost a day 22 hours 56 minutes out of the handheld, which is undisputable one of the highest numbers among all PDAs and communicators. For those who are eager to learn more about battery life of other Windows Mobile-based devices, that happened to be in our scope.
Out of 64Mb of RAM The size of the bundled flash-memory makes and Vast majority of apps may be installed on the memory card. We carried out a standard test with SPB Benchmark pack.
In view of the fact, that the test does not give an objective picture of the performance of handhelds running WM 5. In terms of performance, the A is among the best in our chart.
The A does pretty well. In most cases non-converted video will not be played back adequately, but as for the rest, the CPU power seems always sufficient. The device comes with all the wireless connectivity options you might need – from infrared-port to Wi-Fi. The device comes equipped with miniUSB cable used for synchronization with PC as well as for data connections. The A makes use of a dated USB 1. To make this possible, you should enable this option in the USB settings. The device carries Bluetooth 2.
When tested, the A brought about no Bluetooth-related issues. All profiles did well: Internet access via phone, synchronization with desktop PC, files and contacts beaming, Bluetooth keypad coupling. saus
Driver version – 1. Everything works like a well-oiled machine; as setting up Wi-Fi is everything but a hassle.
Wi-Fi application is still very limited in wsus because of the poor coverage. Essentially, the device offers only a few useful apps, making use of Wi-Fi connectivity. Radio, streaming video and web surfing — are the first thing you have on the mind when thinking of Wi-Fi. Internet-telephony presented by Skype worked on the PDA without delays or any other problems. The device runs on Windows Mobile 5. Standard applications this operating system comes loaded with are covered in our asue article.
Review of Windows Mobile 5. Now let us turn to the suite of applications pre-installed on the PDA, which is not big, to be honest. As most of other manufactures, Asus has decided not to modify what the OS already brings to the table with additions of their own.
Mode Switcher — is a small app that proved to be of great help in practice. If you remember, such combination is used to bring up menu to switch between active applications or programs. In Asus A everything is done in pretty much the same way with two modes at your disposal — active applications or system programs and options. The former allows you to browse launched applications, while with the latter, you will be able to go back to Today screen, start up Windows Media Player and rotate the display.
This aasus has a dedicated button on the casing — the last key on the right. Pressing it one time calls up a pop-up window, and after that, punching this button, you can select in the list the application you need, let the key go when an application is highlighted, and the A goes into it.
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In minimized state it is the A asux you see, tapping on it will bring up a window in the lower right corner, featuring system information: Any of these items can be removed from the list if your wish. Audio is here to enable you to adjust sound.
Using it you will be able to tweak balance, 3D, Bass, Treble. Here you may also set up microphone sensitivity during recording as well as record modes themselves. The fact of the matter is that the PDA losing its weight from day to day and manufacturers cease to release classic solutions.
This device will suit the users who want to get all standard functions from their PDA: Much will depend on the price the company will set. At USD Asus will become an interesting offering, but as the price goes higher, the consumers start zsus more doubts about the A At that this a26 tops Asus A in many ways, saving for the missing Infrared. The models are pretty much identical, though Asus has Wi-Fi on its side, which is not always demanded by users after all.
Thus, the outlook of Asus MyPal A are very obscure at present — despite having brilliant implementation of all announced features, it has some strong rivals, and the outcome will heavily depend on the price matter. Have something to add?!