My colleague Will has been looking at the Elonex One. He says
It’s being targetted as the one for education. I however am not so convinced but I’m hoping to get my hands on one to try out shortly.
It looks like a pile of pants to me, to be honest, but I should reserve judgement until I’ve seen the beast for real. I’m always suspicious of technology specifically ‘for education’ – it’s usually overpriced and rubbish compared to the open market. Elonex, RM and Viglen PCs all spring to mind here.
I can’t quite say what’s different compared to the Asus Eee, that means RM gets my vote here and Elonex doesn’t. It does seem the wrong side of a significant line. Perhaps it’s the line between value engineering and cost-cutting.
Anyway, on the more upbeat side Will mentions the new touch-screen Eee (which I think is very exciting) and remarks:
Anyhow I think that the Eee and one and other such devices are set to bring mobile computing to a much larger audience.
He’s right. I’d say the iPod touch is another device along those lines. As I mentioned last year, things like the Eee and the iPod touch offer a qualitatively different experience of the web, and can give you a daily vision of what the future will be like all over the place.
(And it’s so easy, too – the iPod touch is so astonishingly usable that my 18-month-old son sussed out how to unlock it.)