ITLT: Computer Product Pages

So in the previous ITLT post: “Ultrabook & the latest Intel HD Graphics“, I realised how horrendous laptop product pages can be: hard to find the latest models and sometimes even harder to find their specifications at a glance.

In the order of best to worst that I saw are

  1. Apple: basically 2 different skews of notebooks each has 1 page for all specs and extra text with configuration options. Shows full specs and starting prices (MBAs /MBPs)
    Apple - Airs
  2. Apple - Airs specsSony: 1 page showing the 4 different types/segments of notebooks showing screen sizes and start prices. No filtering but the 4 different segments are unique enough that they don’t really need filtering. Each segment shows different models in that segment with processor, screen size & resolution, price. Comparison between models available non obvious page.
    SonySony - detailsSony - current models
  3. Lenovo: results show main specifications (CPU, Graphics, RAM, storage, screen size & resolution, OS, price) items list shows main specifications and has nice sidebar filtering but no filtering on screen resolution. Does not show possible upgrades. No comparison
    Lenovo
  4. Dell: 86 results in total but good filtering: checkboxes that work and filterable by 4th gen processor. Results list show OS, Storage, RAM, price.
    Dell - ComparisonDell - Listing
  5. HP: the main page separates devices into “Home” and “Work” which I don’t really like. Results show (screen size and possibly price). Filtering by size shows a checkbox list but it works like an option dropdown – you can select only one. There is no filtering based on processor, so results could be showing you old laptops. Comparison of up to 3 devices to see further specs. 40 devices in total.
    HP - FilterHP - Listing
  6. Asus: Nice sidebar filtering options but dismal details of results listing: only shows screen size. Processor filtering does not show 4th gen processors (only 3rd gen and below). UX 301 LA is named as “Ultrabook” but filtering by “Ultrabook” thinness hides it. Can compare models (max 5) to see more specs. 51 results in the “thin and light” category (176 in all categories) – lots of older models.
    Asus
  7. Samsung: Results show only screen size. No filtering and shows a lot of older models. Same model of different colour listed as a separate item – meaning there are duplicates. Viewing all shows all 187 results (lots of old models).
    Samsung

It’s sad to see how manufacturers are giving consumers a hard time just looking to find a laptop. It’s even sadder to see some manufacturers showing old models in their listings (Asus and Samsung). Kudos to Sony for simplifying their range to 4 distinct types of laptops but Apple takes the cake due to their minimal yet sufficient product line up and having information rich specification pages.

HP Veer, Pre 3 and the TouchPad

HP just announced 3 products:

  • TouchPad: 9.7″ tablet with phone integration (take calls / send text from the tablet itself) available in summer
  • Veer: a credit-card sized phone with portrait slide-out QWERTY keyboard available in early spring
  • Pre 3: the successor to the Pre 2 with a bigger and higher resolution screen available in summer

What’s interesting as well is that they announced that webOS is coming to PCs later in the year (probably more for touch based devices). I would have preferred a 7″ tablet but I guess placing it head to head with the iPad in terms of size makes it a direct alternative to the iPad with out the “it’s too small” / “it’s too big” argument for 7″/10″ tablets. Specs seem good, but more importantly we will have to see if developers will jump on yet another mobile platform.

Catch the full event coverage at Engadget. Quick specs of the device listed below

TouchPad

  • 9.7-inch XGA capacitive, multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 1024×768 resolution display (iPad-like sized and screen resolution)
  • 13.7mm thick x 190mm tall x 240mm wide
  • 1.6 pounds
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-CPU APQ8060 1.2GHz
  • Front-facing 1.3-megapixel webcam for live video calling
  • webOS 3.0
  • Beats Audio technology
  • Rechargeable 6300 mAh (typical) battery
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
  • 16/32GB storage
  • 1GB RAM (Twice the memory of Pre 2)
  • True multitasking
  • Touch-to-share (tap phone to ‘transfer’ URL to the phone)
  • Flash
  • Phone integration (text / call from TouchPad with via Pre 3)
  • QuickOffice, Google Docs, Dropbox, and Box.net compatibility. VPN, video calling, wireless printing. Kindle app for webOS
  • WiFi version (available in summer) as well as 3G and 4G versions
  • More specifications here

Pre 3

  • 3.58-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color, 480×800 resolution WVGA display
  • webOS 2.2
  • 5-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, HD (up to 720p) video recording
  • Forward-facing VGA camera
  • Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot.
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 8×55 1.4GHz processor
  • HSPA+ and EVDO Rev A World Phone
  • 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR
  • 8/16GB storage
  • 512MB RAM (same as Pre 2)
  • 1230mAh battery
  • Available this summer
  • More specifications here

Veer

  • 2.6-inch multitouch screen with a vibrant 18-bit color, 320×400 resolution
  • Qualcomm MSM7230, 800Mhz
  • webOS 2.2
  • 5-megapixel camera with extended depth of field, geotagging, and video capture
  • Credit card-sized: 15.1mm thick x 84.0mm tall x 54.5mm wide
  • Wi-Fi router functionality for up to five devices using HP mobile hotspot.
  • Snapdragon 7230/800MHz
  • HSDPA 7.2/HSUPA 5.76. Quad-band GSM/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900. GSM/GPRS/EDGE
  • 802.11 b/g
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR
  • 8GB Storage
  • 512MB RAM (Same as Pre 2)
  • 910 mAh (non-removable); up to 5.0 hours of talk time or 300 hours of standby time.
  • Available in early spring
  • More specifications here