I’m writing this post using Windows Mobile... on my 42” TV screen. It’s made possible by using the VGA output on the REDFLY mobile companion from Celio. What is it, you ask? The REDFLY device is like a miniature laptop without the hard drive or processor. Well, heck, it’s pretty much just an 8” screen with a keyboard, two USB ports, VGA output, and Bluetooth connectivity.
Although this device is only as powerful as your Windows Mobile phone, it will still impress mobile-heads who are content with the power of their devices. Think of the REDFLY mobile companion as something that could help make your next flight more enjoyable. Browsing the web and writing or replying to e-mails on an 8” screen makes a big difference. The bottom line is if your phone can do everything you need, a laptop is unnecessary and the REDFLY device should serve you well for only $199.
I enjoyed using REDFLY with Google maps while driving; I installed it on my HTC Mogul 6800 and it worked surprisingly well. With the device in my passenger seat, I was able to glance at it occasionally (without squinting at my phone this time) and navigate the infamous one-way streets of Washington D.C. without getting the bird! Thanks Celio.
1 x 6 x 9 inches
8-inches; 800 x 480 pixels, 800 x 600 pixels
8.3 inch 80-key QWERTY keyboard
1.0 x 2.9 inches
Bluetooth, USB, VGA
Works great if you have a powerful phone
Charges your phone while you work
Relatively small & lightweight
Affordable at $199
Works only with Windows Mobile
Must install a driver from Celio to your Windows Mobile smartphone for it work
Certain applications report an unsupported resolution error and cannot run. (XM Radio & Skyfire)
Quality speakers for audio playback
Retractable microphone that would allow calls to be routed through the mobile companion
Downloadable software for your WM smartphone that extends the REDFLY user experience
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