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Datawind UbiSurfer Revealed

You couldn't find much better proof that mobile Internet access is drawing close to cheap ubiquity than Datawind's UbiSufer. Costing only £160 and offering a year's free Internet access for that price it may not look like much, and there are a few shortcomings; but there's definitely a niche into which it's ready to fit.

Specs are uninspiring, though for the price that's hardly surprising. The 7in screen has an 800 x 480 pixel resolution the CPU used is unspecified - never a good sign - and there's a mere 128MB of RAM and 1GB of local flash memory. 25GB of online storage is provided and there's an SDHC card slot to augment the internal capacity, though, so the UbiSurfer is only {i}bordering{i} on bad.

Three USB ports Ethernet and Wi-Fi connectivity aren't all that impressive. However, built-in HSDPA is more interesting especially when for the first year of use Datawind is offering UbiSurfer buyers 30 hours a month of internet use; with an unlimited usage plan available for £5.99 a month. Following years' 30 hours-per-month subscriptions will cost £29.99 at most - with the same £5.99 a month unlimited use upgrade available. The UbiSurfer uses Vodafone's 3G/HSDPA network; so bear in mind that network's coverage before splashing out.

Weighing 700 grams I've no qualms agreeing the UbiSurfer should prove as portable as it's claimed to be. And £159 is almost bordering on impulse-buy money if you're in the market for a cheap and (potentially) cheerful mobile internet access solution.

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Press release.

gurnaik

July 10, 2009, 7:39 pm

£159 is the price point that netbooks should be aiming at, rather than north of £300...

Moggy58

July 10, 2009, 7:44 pm

It looks very similar to this http://www.aria.co.uk/Products... so possibly shares the same ARM processor?

Xiphias

July 10, 2009, 8:27 pm

It'll be a waste of money if it doesn't have flash, and 30 hours internet access is rather stingy if it doesn't come with wifi.

Jim 1

July 11, 2009, 12:24 am

This is available at Maplin.co.uk for £149 and it claims that it comes with a Samsung ARM 9 400Mhz processor. Its currently out of stock though...

xbrumster

July 11, 2009, 12:32 am

Apart from being cheap, what else is there? No attraction to me at all.

SweetFA

July 11, 2009, 2:41 pm

Are you sure it comes with 3g access, all other sites say it's a GPRS connection like with the Pocketsurfers..... BIG DIFFERENCE!

Richard 18

August 2, 2009, 8:38 am

I just got one of these thinking it would be ideal to take on holiday for doing all sorts of things. The GPRS connection and wi-fi work ok, as does the web browser and wp & spreadsheet.


What doesn't work is the Media player, so I can't listen to music or watch movies, the image viewer so I won't be able to look at my holiday snaps, the PDF reader so I can't even look at the user manual I downloaded, or the pidgin chat so I can't connect to MSN (gives me an error) or Yahoo (the connection box is too tall and there's no means of scrolling down to complete details).


Also I can't set date and time becasue the "settings" utility isn't in the utility menu!


I'm still waiting for an email back after 3 days to help resolve these issues.


Sorry for the rant, but this looked just the ticket, and it's just not delivering.


If I get any joy I will be sure to let you know.

JaffaTheHut

August 11, 2009, 6:00 am

Richard I havethe same problems, please keep me updated with your progress and any info you get given.


Regards...

titus

March 1, 2010, 9:33 pm

Please be aware that the positive comments from 'genoso' and 'olee drucker' appear verbatim on the Maplins site as being from 'Rita (31/07/2009)' and 'Carl (22/10/2009)' respectively. I guess we must all draw our own conclusions.

Ed

March 1, 2010, 10:00 pm

Hi titus, thanks very much for pointing these out. I've now deleted the comments.

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