Pepper Pad 3: A Taste of the Future

The ultra-mobile PC heralds the next generation of do-it-all devices, offering universal remote capability and many easy-to-use applications

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Easy-to-use software for viewing e-books, movies, and more; device can function as TV/stereo remote

The Bad: No video camera; 20GB hard drive isn't enough; test unit died once before reviving

The Bottom Line: A pretty good ultra-mobile PC, but you might want to wait for the next version

I think of Pepper Pad 3 as a diamond in the rough. Check it out if you want to see what the future ultra-mobile PC might look like. A new breed of computer that's a cross between a personal digital assistant (PDA) and a laptop, the device is jam-packed with cool, innovative design and software features. But right now, some of Pepper Pad's capabilities feel a little underdeveloped. I expect a lot of these little inadequacies will be fixed in the next version.

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