I love watching Dynamism's site for the latest new toys from around the world. The Viiv S5 has been getting a lot of attention lately as a super small form factor XP machine. Given the specs (Atom CPU, 60 GB HDD, 1GB RAM, 4.8" display) I had a hard time deciding what I would personally do with it. The price point (US $599) makes it more expensive than some current "netbook" class machines as well.
Then I looked at the iPod touch. It has 32GB storage, a much smaller, lower resolution display and can only play music and movies after translation from iTunes. It can do some limited web browsing, but without Flash. Any media downloaded over the web has to be Quicktime to play back. The MSRP is $399.
For another $200, the Viiv S5 gives:
- The ability to run a "real" operating system
- Almost twice the storage
- A larger, 1024x600 display
- Access to PC software and peripherals
For extended Viiv S5 coverage, take a look at UMPC Portal as well.