My new Smartphone: Asus EeePC 1000H GO

My new Smartphone: Asus EeePC 1000H GO

I have finally decided that I’m not a smartphone person. Yes, you heard that right. At least I know what I’m talking about – I have tried nearly every smartphone type that was available – S60, UIQ, Windows Mobile, iPhone – I’ve been through them all.

The one thing that bugged me about all of them was the massive limitations they put on what I wanted to do with them – browsers without Flash, Javascript, SSL or tabs, no image manipulation, inferior music capabilities (except for the iPhone), small screens, crappy keyboards. In short, there was so much I couldn’t do with them that my usage was limited to checking (but not answering) emails and reading Twitter (without being able to follow the links properly).

After I realized that, I began analysing my mobile habits:

– when I’m in the car, all I need is an iPod to listen to my podcasts

– in a train or plane, iPod plus laptop is unbeatable

– at work, the laptop with my 3G card is always there

– when we go out on weekends, I don’t have much use for a smartphone. Most of the time, I will even leave the phone at home.

The only laptop I had was my work laptop, so I wanted something to take with me on trips or holidays. The Asus EeePC 1000H fits my requirements perfectly. It’s small enough to carry along, it’s fast and has a full PC experience, and the built-in 3G card makes sure I can go online whenever I need.

I’m still looking at the iPod Touch for gaming, the dilemma is that the Nano is a LOT better for in-car use (you have to unlock the iPod Touch even to pause music, and that’s not so easy when you’re driving).

Will I rule out buying another smartphone? Come ooonnn…. ;)