Datawind PocketSurfer2 review

Price when reviewed

During testing we managed to get around four hours of browsing out of the machine before the battery gave out, which should represent a respectable two or three days reasonable use for most people. However, we’d expect generous use of the GPS module to reduce this significantly.

Forgive or forget?

Because our review model was a pre-release model there were some issues that we can forgive the PocketSurfer2 for. Our device was also slightly larger and heavier than claimed, but we’ve been assured this is also to be resolved before release.

But with the clunky interface and poor screen remaining the production model, it’s impossible to recommend. Websites may load in reasonable time, but surfing is ultimately a frustrating experience – particularly Web 2.0 sites such as YouTube, for example, which was unwatchable.

And while the PocketSurfer2 did prove useful on occasion – glancing at a Wikipedia entry on the bus, or looking at Google Maps on the way to an address, t just isn’t polished enough and is too ambitiously priced.

If you have access to a good range of Wi-Fi hotspots, then the iPod touch is only slightly more expensive to buy, but also has calendar and contact applications, access to YouTube videos, and is eligible for the Cloud’s very reasonable £3.99 unlimited Wi-Fi deal. Otherwise, a smart-phone with an unlimited data plan will offer a similar surfing experience, as well calls and SMS messaging.

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