The Good The Chumby 8 packs photos, music, apps, and a new Web browser behind an affordable 8-inch touch screen.
The Bad As a digital photo frame, it's overdone. As a pseudotablet, it's too slow. As an Internet radio alarm clock, it's too expensive.
The Bottom Line The Chumby 8 is the best and biggest Chumby yet, but tablet and smartphone owners may find its features redundant and its speed lacking.
The Chumby 8 deserves a beer. As does Chumby Industries. After years of struggling through the growing pains of their beanbag years and an adolescent identity crisis under the and brands, both the company and its product have finally reached maturity.
Older and wiser, the $199 Chumby 8 is a lot easier to explain to people than it was in the pre-iPad era. With its 8-inch touch screen and selection of customizable applications, it's essentially a tablet without the benefit of portability. You load it up with your photos, music, and videos, sync it with your social networks and calendars, and use it as an easy little in-between device for accessing your favorite digital content. At least, that's the idea.