Tuesday, October 21, 2008
EDN Senior Technical Editor Brian Dipert Dives Into the Celio Redfly
Posted by Jason Dunn in "Pocket PC Articles" @ 03:19 PM
"My experiences using Redfly have so far have been generally problem-free and impressive. Connections and disconnections over both USB and Bluetooth are rapid and uneventful, that is to say 100% reliable. I was happily surprised to see that most applications automatically up-scaled from the phone's 320x240 pixel screen to Redfly's native 800x480 pixel widescreen resolution; those that remained QVGA also remained usable, although they didn't take full advantage of the newly available display real estate. Bluetooth bandwidth is sufficient to deliver adequate display refresh rates for mostly-static applications, but rapid screen update operations (web browsing, Google map navigation, etc) beg for USB2's speedier and lower-latency connection."
Unsurprisingly, now that the Celio Redfly is selling for $199 USD, there's a great deal more interest in it than there was at the $499 price point. Dipert's review of the Redfly covers a fair bit of ground. I thought the Redfly was intriguing when I saw it at CES in January of this year, but I wasn't offered a review unit until last month, so I never got any hands-on time with it. At $499, it didn't seem overly compelling, at least for my purposes. I can easily see why someone with a commute might find this to be the perfect companion though - and at $199, it's pretty darn compelling. Are any of you Redfly owners because of this new, low price? What's your experience like so far with it?