Telstra Bigpond Movies, Fujitsu U1010, Motorola H710

Fujitsu U1010
Price: $1,999

The Fujitsu Lifebook U1010 is the crossroads between the ultramobile and tablet PC, and attempts to give you both. It’s a difficult proposition as the traditional UMPC is such a small machine it wouldn’t normally wield the spinning screen of a tablet comfortably, and whether it suits you is going to be a very personal decision.

There’s no room for a trackpad or mouse buttons, so you use a small rubber nodule on one corner that does both. The keys are on the uncomfortable side of tiny and a quick test produced a few lines of text full of characters hit in errant keystrokes.

Some great features have been included to ensure it’s truly mobile, such as the full 3G Internet access direct to the unit by the onboard 3G SIM card slot.

It’s a nicely realised idea and has a nice form factor, but it seems just a little too big and too full of features that overcrowd it as an ultramobile PC and too small to be an effective tablet PC. 2/5

Motorola H710
Price: $129.95

Bluetooth is almost never as simple as it should be, but pairing and operating this Bluetooth phone headset was a snap. It’s also very light and unobtrusive on your ear and comfortable to wear.

What’s more, Motorola understands something most vendors don’t as they try to crowd buttons and functions all over a Bluetooth device’s body. If you wear it on your ear you can’t see the buttons, so controls for volume, reject call, accept call and more are often difficult to operate. The H710 has a single button to both answer and hang up. If you want to reject a call you simply press and hold, and two small buttons on either edge of the device adjust the volume.

The sound quality is great as long as you’re not too far away so it’s ideal for using while you drive or sit at a desk near your mobile, and combined with ease of use and an affordable price it’s a great buy. 4/5

Telstra Bigpond Movies

The Bigpond movie downloads service looks simple. You simply sign up, install the download client and enjoy movies that expire after a given period (usually 7 days) for as little as a few dollars.

The client software needs Windows Media Player 11 and the Microsoft .NET framework version 3 to run, and after a protracted and failed process involving three phone calls to try and set a system up for Bigpond’s preferences, we gave up.

Is it Telstra’s fault Windows media settings are so convoluted? No. But with content distributors falling over themselves to offer a digital download model that works to fight piracy, Telstra should have done far more to ensure their software works with a wider cross-section of system settings instead of stitching it to a single system profile that’s beyond the reach of casual users.

Make certain you have the correct specifications and that regular software updates won’t immobilise Bigpond’s system before committing. 0/5

Full client and publication list:

  • 3D Artist
  • APC
  • Auscam
  • Australian Creative
  • Australian Macworld
  • Australian Way (Qantas)
  • Big Issue
  • Black Velvet Seductions
  • Black+White
  • Bookseller & Publisher
  • Box Magazine
  • Brain World
  • Business News
  • Business NSW
  • Campaign Brief
  • Capture
  • Cleo
  • Cosmos
  • Cream
  • Curve
  • Daily Telegraph
  • Dark Horizons
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Desktop
  • DG
  • Digital Media
  • Disney Magazine
  • DNA Magazine
  • Empire
  • Empty Magazine
  • Famous Monsters of Filmland
  • Fast Thinking
  • FHM UK
  • Film Stories
  • Filmink
  • Follow Gentlemen
  • Geek Magazine
  • Good Reading
  • Good Weekend
  • GQ
  • How It Works
  • Hydrapinion
  • Inside Film
  • Loaded
  • M2 Magazine
  • Marie Claire Australia
  • Marketing
  • Maxim Australia
  • Men's Style
  • Metro
  • Moviehole
  • MSN
  • Nine To Five
  • Paranormal
  • PC Authority
  • PC Powerplay
  • PC Update
  • PC User
  • PC World
  • Penthouse
  • People
  • Pixelmag
  • Popular Science
  • Post Magazine
  • Ralph
  • Reader's Digest
  • ScienceNetwork WA
  • SciFiNow
  • Scoop
  • Scoop Traveller
  • Seaside Observer
  • SFX
  • Sydney Morning Herald
  • The Australian
  • The Retiree
  • The Sun Herald
  • The West Australian
  • TimeOut
  • Total Film
  • Video Camera
  • Video&Filmmaker
  • Writing Magazine
  • Xpress
  • Zoo