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First Look: Yukyung Viliv S5

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First Look: Yukyung Viliv S5

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Too large to be a smart device, too small to be a useful Netbook, the import-only Viliv S5 is a neat proof-of-concept that is best for portable media playing.

[ Music ] ^M00:00:02 >> Hi, I'm Scott Stein, Senior Associate Editor at CNET and this is the Viliv S5. It's an ultra-portable Netbook contained in a tiny little handheld device that's import only. You have to get this online from someplace like Dynamism.com. Now, UMPCs have been available before. What's new about this is that it packs a whole Intel Atom processor and equivalent hard drive and RAM specs and this is something that you can slip into your pocket. Surprisingly, despite something this bulky, there is no slide-out keyboard. There is also no SD card slot. There is 60-gigs of hard drive space included and the large part of the bulk on the back of this is the battery, which gives a very long 6 hours of video playback. So, why would you use a device like the S5? Well, if you want to carry Windows XP around with you. One problem though is that the screen which is a full Netbook resolution screen is crammed in a 4.8-inches, which can cause you to really lose your eyesight if you are squinting at this for a while. To interact with it, you have to use this little guitar pick stylus on the touch screen which does have a haptic vibration feedback. It can get a little tiring. The other way you can interact is by using a software keyboard that can pop-up at the push of a button, which also vibrates to let you know what's typing, but it's not quite as responsive and it's not capacitive like an iPhone or an iPod Touch. Even though the screen resolution can be brought down to 800 by 600, you need to keep it in about 1024 by 600 in order to use the on-screen keyboard. The S5 also comes with Bluetooth and 802.11b/g Wi-Fi and even GPS is contained on this although you do have to install separate GPS software to even use it. There's no cell phone features and surprisingly, there is no camera, so it doesn't really have the type of capability that we might have expected out of you know a lot of the smartphone technology that's out there. It does have 1-gig of RAM and you know you can run and playback on any browser software or any programs that you have that you want to run on it. You are going to have to be able to install or run any applications or peripherals through the 1 USB port on the side. There's a USB in and a USB out. There's also a dock for outputting video, but there are no other ports on this device. It's pretty self-contained. One other detractor might be the cost, $599, which for that cost now you can get a low-end fully featured laptop or even a really great Netbook and of course you can also get a great smartphone for that cost. So, if you don't mind paying a little bit of a fee, and you like the idea of carrying a Netbook around with you in your jacket pocket, go with the S5, but it is sort of a strange in-between device in today's world. I'm Scott Stein and this is the Viliv S5. ^M00:02:53 [ Music ]

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