It’s good to see companies trying to bridge the gap between Android mobile devices and computers. Tablets are now the new “big thing” in mobile devices, fast growing sales show that people love the idea of touchscreen devices that do all the work that a typical computer would. Nonetheless, tablets do miss a few things: the ability to use peripherals and they are limited to using only a touchscreen (if they don’t come equipped with a keyboard).
Some developers have given a lot of thought to this problem, and as we saw, there are devices out there that try to give tablets the functionality of computers. We saw the Asus Transformer Prime, with a keyboard dock, a great gadget by all means. Also, Smasung gave the Note 2 a facelift and gave us the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 7.0 Student Edition with a keyboard dock that could help students type more efficiently.
Introducing the GoNote
The GoNote is the the brainchild of a british company called Ergo Electronics. They thought it was about time to go in the race of conceiving a way to bring mobile devices and computers closer together. The result was a notebook that runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with a generous touchscreen display.
This gadget is targeted towards students, which need a quick way to create or modify documents, and a long battery life (The GoNote has ~8 hrs of battery time in use and almost 1 week in stand by!). Also, it features USB connections, Ethernet and WiFi, so you can stay connected all the time. Sam Goult, Design Director comments:
“The future business prospects for students will undoubtedly be digital, and those with a solid computing know-how will be at the forefront. An engaging piece of hardware like GoNote can help our children to make the ‘A’ grade whilst at school, entertain them with apps once the work is done, and give them the experience and vision to be the future wave of app developers.”
- Android 4.0 ICS
- Front Mounted VGA Camera
- 10” LED Backlit Touchscreen (responsive to 2 fingers at the same time)
- 1024 x 600 Screen Resolution (Widescreen Display)
- Wi-Fi and RJ45 Ethernet connections
- 1.2GHz ARM CPU
- 1GB RAM DDR3
- Discrete HD graphics processing
- 8GB onboard Storage
- Micro SD slot (up to 32GB)
- HDMI Output for playing Full HD 1080p movies or presentations directly on your TV
- 5GB Free Cloud Storage
As you can see, you get quite a lot for only $235. Although it does not have a few things that you would normally expect from a tablet, it’s still a great tool for students. For the price of a Galaxy Tab 2 you can get a pretty cool piece of tech, with great looks and very well equipped. But, because I mentioned that some things are missing, let’s see what:
- No GPS
- No 3G connectivity which limits you to Ethernet or WiFi connections only
- Android OS only (you cannot install Windows OS or other operating systems)
- Not all apps from the Google Play Store compatible with the GoNote
Of course, these are all for now, because the product is new and it still needs lots of and developing, but if it picks up, you will see in the future versions that it will incorporate all the different features that mobile devices have.
The GoNote has some fierce competition, coming from Google, which is the developer of the Chromebook, a notebook that kinda does the same things as this device, but works on top of the Chrome OS. Although the Google brand is huge in comparison with the GoNote, their use of the Android OS and really great price for its specs make it a top competitor! Keep at it boys!