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早前 微腦狂熱數碼縱橫 曾就內地廠商眾一所推出的 領航者 S101 流動上網裝置發表開箱文,並聲稱它是諾基亞 N810 「網板(Internet Tablet)」的「國產進化版」,引起網友們的熱烈回應。究竟這台「山寨網板」的實際表現如何?與我手上的 N810 有甚麼主要區別?承蒙 微腦狂熱數碼縱橫 的版主和版友 SKY 的邀請,我獲得他們借出這台「山寨網板」來進行測試。我會把它與我手上的 N810 進行逐項對比,好讓有興趣的網友們更加瞭解這部「山寨網板」,看看它的表現能否滿足你的需要。emotion


Earlier UMPC Fever / Digital XY had posted an unboxing article of S101, the Mobile Internet Device (MID) from Chinese manufacturer ZhongYi. Albeit it's made in China, the article described the ZhongYi device as an enhanced version of the Nokia N810 Internet Tablet, which has attracted many readers' attention. So how's the actual performance of the device? How does it compare to my Nokia N810? With the help of UMPC Fever / DIgital XY and forum member SKY, I manage to borrow the Internet Tablet-like device to take a good look of it. I will compare it with my Nokia N810 in every aspect, so stay tuned and see if this made-in-China replicate suits your needs.
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「孖生兄弟」的外觀 Outlook

儘管眾一 S101 的外型跟諾基亞 N810 相像,它跟諾基亞的前一代「網板」 N800 卻更加相似--無論是缺乏推蓋鍵盤的設計,螢幕和接口佈局,還是方向控制鍵的設計,都予人有 N800 「孖生兄弟」之感。而事實上,眾一 S101 在機體尺吋比 N800 / N810 稍大,重量方面都跟 N800 非常接近,不過外殼卻較有「塑膠」的質感,缺乏諾基亞「網板」系列的金屬味道。emotion

Although many people claim that the ZhongYi S101 looks pretty similar to Nokia N810, it looks more alike the N810-predecessor Nokia N800 in many aspects - from the keyboard-less design, screen and port layout, and even the design of the direction keys, they all make an impression that the S101 is simply an OEM replicate of N800. In fact, the ZhongYi S101 is slightly larger than N800 / N810 in physical size, while keeping its weight very close to the N800. It lacks the metal-like feel of the Nokia Internet Tablet series; it has a case with a plastic-like feel instead. emotion

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↑ 厚度比較:左為諾基亞 N810,右為 眾一 S01
Thickness Comparison: Nokia N810 on the left, ZhongYi S101 on the right
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↑ 電源、藍牙及無線網絡指示燈
Power, Bluetooth and Wifi indicators

奇特的延伸基座設計與如同雞肋的電話功能 "Unique" design of the Expansion Unit and the meaningless phone feature

不過,眾一 S101 並非單純的「網板」複製品或代工機。它也有自己獨特的設計賣點,其中不得不提的,就是這個可連接眾一 S101 的延伸基座。這個延伸基座提供額外的延伸支援,包括有線網絡接口、USB 接口、D-Sub VGA 輸出接口,以及網友最表關注的手機網絡支援(也就是說,可以插入 SIM 卡打電話和發訊息)。不過這個基座的連接方式卻頗為「另類」,廠方提供一枚比較罕見的 Mini-USB 公-Mini-USB 公 轉接器,供用家在機身左外側「搭橋式」地連接基座,外觀相當突兀。而且轉接器相當細小,容易丟失之餘也比較難在市場上買到合適尺寸的替代品。emotion


Although they look very muh the same, the ZhongYi S101 is simply not a replicate of Nokia Internet Tablets. It has some very unique selling points, most notably the Expansion Unit that provides extra peripheral support such as a LAN port, a USB port, a D-Sub VGA port and phone / SMS support (there's a slot for SIM card). The way to connect the Expansion Unit to the S101 body is rather extraordinary, however --- bundled with the ZhongYi S101 body and the Expansion Unit is a tiny Mini-USB Male to Mini-USB Male adapter that acts as a "bridge" between the Expansion Unit and the S101 body. The adapter is very tiny, easy to get lost, and rare to find in the market; it also makes the S101 with Expansion Unit look very awkward. emotion

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延伸基座的重量與主機機身重量一模一樣,也就是說,要用它打電話的話,就得以奇怪的方式把基座連接到主機(因為 SIM 卡是插在基座上),並得承受比主機重一倍的重量,以及更龐大的機身。emotion 而且當我嘗試選擇以 EDGE 模式上網時,系統卻不斷強逼我使用 Wifi 模式連線,即使我把網絡功能關掉也是如此。(我還未說它的藍牙支援是如何的不濟呢…詳看下文 emotion如果閣下是為了眾一 S101 的電話功能而看上它,或許會因為這些問題而打退堂鼓。


The Expansion Unit weights nearly the same as the S101 body. This simply implies that if you would like to make a call with the S101, you need to sustain twice the weight of the S101 body (because the SIM card slot is located in the Expansion Unit), and a much larger physical size. emotion What's worse, whenever I tried to connect to the Internet using EDGE mode, the system keeps forcing me to use Wifi mode instead, even though I had already turned off the entire networking feature. (Not to mention how worst is the Bluetooth support... read on and you'll know what I mean emotion) If you are interested in ZhongYi S101 simply because its native phone support, you will probably need to consider the above factors
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↑ 眾一 S101 主機淨重 210 克

ZhongYi S101 weights 210 grams.

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↑ 眾一 S101 主機連延伸基座重 420 克,也就是等如兩部主機的重量

ZhongYi S101 Body with Expansion Unit weights 420 grams, which is double the weight of the body itself.


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↑ 我的諾基亞 N810 重 227 克 My Nokia N810

My Nokia N810 weights 227 grams.


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↑ 相比之下,我的諾基亞 N810 和諾基亞 6120c 兩部機的重量總和,依然比眾一 S101 連延伸基座還要輕

The total weight of my Nokia N810 and my Nokia 6120 classic is still lighter than ZhongYi S101 with Expansion Unit.


延伸基座另一奇特的設計,就是基座本身也同樣需要一枚充電池才能運作。不過大家別想透過基座來幫主機充電,因為這個所謂的基座只可看作是一台集延伸顯示、有線網絡和手機功能的 USB 集線器,只是外型造得比較像基座形式罷了。所以,當主機以 USB 方式連接基座後,主機不單不能從基座上充電或獲得基座的電池支援,相反卻同時耗用著主機和基座的電池,嚴重影響了持航力。主機和基座均以獨立的電源運作,也需以獨立的充電線為主機和基座充電(又或用一根充電線先充好主機,再充基座)。

The other "unique" feature of the Expansion Unit is that it also requires a separate rechargeable battery for its operation. That said, don't expect you can recharge the S101 body through the Expansion Unit. Unlike the typical "docking station" concept that most people would expect from its outlook, the Expansion Unit is in fact a Display-LAN-Phone-Combo USB hub. Therefore, once you connect the Expansion Unit to the S101 body with USB connection, not only the S101 body would never obtain power from the Expansion Unit, but it would even use up the power of both the body and the Expansion Unit, and hence affecting the battery life of both units. And since the ZhongYi S101 body and Expansion Unit require independent power supply, you will need an independent charging cord to charge both units at the same time (or using the same charging cord to charge the body, and then the Expansion Unit). Thank you ZhongYi, that's a very "smart" design!!

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儘管這個延伸基座的設計是那麼的奇特,它所提供的功能用在 眾一 S101 身上,還算得上是稱職的--能成功使用有線網絡,能以 USB 方式連接鍵盤,連接滑鼠後會出現鼠標(這在諾基亞的 N800/N810 還未做到),「手指」能夠成功辨認和使用,外接螢幕能成功應用(只是解像度依然維持在 800x480,而且在外接螢幕播放影片時會出現很多殘痕),能開啟電話軟件打入打出電話及發送 SMS 訊息。這些一插即用的體驗,都是諾基亞 N800/N810 所缺乏的(雖然某些應用還是可以透過特定的配接器和軟件做到)。

Despite its very "unique" design, the Expansion Unit still does its jobs pretty well. The LAN socket works pretty well, and so does USB keyboard, mouse (mouse is not easily supported on N800/N810 so far) and thumbdrives. Connecting to external monitor is okay too, although the screen resolution outputted on the external monitor remains as 800x480, and some horizontal stitches can easily be observed whenever a video clip is played. Phone and SMS features are also working. Yes, some hacking workaround solutions are available for Nokia Internet Tablets to provide limited USB host mode support, but the features provided by the ZhongYi S101 Expansion Unit works out of the box, which is rather remarkable.

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出色的觸控螢幕 Outstanding screen quality

眾一 S101 的觸控螢幕與 N800/N810 一樣,屬常見的電阻式(即是壓力主導),尺寸卻比 N800/N810 的 4.13 吋更大,達到相對標準的 4.3 吋(保護貼也比較易找)。顏色方面,眾一 S101 受惠於比 N800/N810 的 16 位元顏色螢幕更好的 24 位元顏色螢幕,無論是亮度、對比度還是色彩還原度都很優秀 emotion

不過眾一 S101 的色溫比 N810 的螢幕較冷,亮度較暗時色彩偏藍,這方面孰優孰劣就見仁見智。

Like the 4.13 inches resistive touch screen that the N800/N810 provides, ZhongYi S101 is equipped with a 4.3 inches resistive touch screen (4.3 inches touchscreen protectors are easier to find). The ZhongYi's screen is also a 24-bit one, which is better than the 16-bit touchscreen of Nokia N800/N810 in terms of brightness, contrast and saturation. emotion
However, the colour temperature of S101 screen is relatively "colder" than N810's, and it tends to be a little bit blue when the brightness is lowered. Whether this is good or not really depends on your own taste.

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↑ 眾一 S101 的螢幕對角達 4.3 吋

The screen size of ZhongYi S101 is 4.3 inches

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↑ 諾基亞 N810 的螢幕對角僅 4.13 吋

The screen size of Nokia N810 is 4.13 inches

 

高速的處理器促成流暢的影片表現 Great processor results in great video playback performance

眾 一 S101 採用 Marvell PXA310 624MHz 處理器,比諾基亞 N800/N810 所採用的 TI OMAP 2420 400MHz 速度更高,這不單使程式啟動和應用速度比諾基亞 N800/N810 更為順暢,也令它的播片表現比 N800/N810 更加卓越 emotion(但同時也令機身發熱和劇烈耗電 emotion)。 下面我以 MPEG4 制式錄製而成的 720x480 解像度、2183kbps 位元率、具 DVD 質素的片段,放到眾一 S101 和諾基亞 N810 上一同比較一下:

Compared to the TI OMAP 2420 400MHz processor employed by the Nokia N800/N810, the Marvell PXA310 624MHz employed by ZhongYi S101 has much greater speed. This not only results in better performance in application launching and running when compared to the performance of the Nokia tablets,but also results in much better video playback performance than that of N800/N810 emotion
(the tradeoff is higher body temperature and rapid power consumption emotion ). For your ease of comparison, I've put a 720x480 2183kbps video clip (a DVD-quality video clip) to both MIDs to test out their video playback performance:

 

 

我們可以看到眾一 S101 播放這條片時毫無壓力;反而 N810 在播放這條片時卻出現嚴重的窒格情況,達到無法正常觀賞的程度(據知諾基亞 N810 最高僅支援 400x240 800kbps 的 MPEG4 / H.264 影片)。

From the above demonstration, we can see that ZhongYi S101 plays the video clip quite comfortably; whereas N810 cannot even play the video clip at a watchable level. (It's well known that Nokia N810 only supports up to 400x240 800kbps MPEG4 / H.264 video clips)

攝像鏡頭 Webcam

雖然諾基亞 N810 和眾一 S101 都備有 640x480 解像度的鏡頭,但諾基亞 N810 的攝像鏡頭質素惡劣,室內環境下使用、即使在光亮的環境下,依然滿佈雜訊;反之,眾一 S101 鏡頭的質素雖然算不上完美,但就「見得人」得多。emotion

Both Nokia N810 and ZhongYi S101 are equipped with a 640x480 built-in camera; however, the Nokia N810's camera performs particularly bad when you try to use it in indoor environment --- great amount of noises are introduced even though with sufficient lighting. In contrast, the ZhongYi S101 built-in webcam provides much better image quality. emotion

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↑ 眾一 S101 鏡頭表現
Image quality of ZhongYi S101's built-in camera

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↑ 諾基亞 N810 鏡頭表現
Image quality of Nokia N810's built-in camera

不過,這兩部機的鏡頭不可與現今的手機鏡頭同日而語,都不宜作認真拍攝之用;而且可使用攝像鏡頭的應用程式不多,兩部機鏡頭所處位置也不便於操作,所以即使鏡頭質素再差,也似乎不會有太大損失。emotion

Of course, both of these webcams are not comparable to the built-in cameras of most modern cellphones. You should never use them for any serious photographing. And since there aren't many applications that can make good use of the webcam, plus the fact that the webcam is located at a location that you won't find it convenient to use it, you won't find it a great loss even if the camera is unusable. emotion

令人失望的系統質素與被廢武功的藍牙功能 Disappointing software quality and the handicapped Bluetooth support

眾一 S101 採用與諾基亞 Maemo Linux 系統兼容的自家製 MID2008 操作系統,不過廠方卻似乎極力掩飾他們使用和修改開放源碼軟件的事實--除 了把不是 Firefox 的瀏覽器換上 Firefox 的圖示,事實上為 Gnumeric 的試算表軟件冠上 Excel 圖示,把即時訊息軟件稱為 MSN 等內地產品慣常使用的誇大做假的手段外,廠商還把 Maemo Linux 系統很多功能,包括 Linux 進階玩家必備的終端機(Terminal)軟件,都給拿走了。emotion 此外,只要我們比對一下它與 N810 的控制台畫面,我們就可以看到,眾一 S101 可以讓用家設定的選項,是如何少得可憐:

The ZhongYi S101 comes with an operating system named "MID2008", which is in fact a Linux operating system compatible to the Maemo Linux that is used by Nokia's Internet Tablet series. That said, ZhongYi seems to have tried its best to conceal the fact that they are using and modifying open source software for their own good --- by replacing the icon of the Gecko-based web browser to a Firefox one, by making Gnumeric look like Excel, and even by naming its instant messenging client as "MSN". ZhongYi even removed many essential system features from Maemo Linux, including the X Terminal tool which is a must-have for all Linux advanced users. emotion If we compare the Control Panel screen of both ZhongYi S101 and the Nokia N810, we can see that the configurations available for users to make changes in S101 are so much fewer than N810's:

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↑ 眾一 S101 的「控制面板」畫面
The Control Panel of ZhongYi S101

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↑ 諾基亞 N810 的「控制面板」畫面
The Control Panel of Nokia N810

雖然系統跟 Maemo Linux 是兼容的,但預設的應用軟件倉庫裡卻只有一個 woojoy.com 網域的軟件倉庫。不過,只要我們把 Maemo 的倉庫也加進去,我們便可以在眾一 S101 上,安裝 N800/N810 的免費軟件。emotion

Despite the fact that the MID2008 operating system is compatible with Maemo Linux, only one software repository that points to woojoy.com is set up by default. However, when we add the Maemo repository back to the list, we can obtain a list of N800/N810 applications that could be installable on the ZhongYi S101 through the Application Manager. emotion

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此外,我也成功把不應被拿走的 X Terminal 安裝回去:emotion
In fact, by installing various libraries, I can put the missing X Terminal back to the ZhongYi MID: emotion

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MID2008 的瀏覽器與 N800/N810 的 MicroB 瀏覽器一樣,同是採用 Mozilla 的 Gecko 顯示引擎為其核心,亦同時支援手指滾頁(Grab and drag)、以及顯示繁簡中文的功能。不過 MID2008 的瀏覽器並不如 MicroB 一樣支援 Adobe Flash Player 9,所以它並不能順利顯示各類 Flash 動畫和遊戲。emotion

The web browser that comes with MID2008 is the same as the MicroB browser of Nokia N800/N810 in terms of its utilization of the Mozilla Gecko layout engine. Both web browsers support Grab-and-drag features, and both browsers support the display of both Traditional and SImplified CHinese characters natively, Although both browsers are very similar in terms of functionality and layout engine, there is still one exception that makes the MicroB browser of Nokia N800/N810 remain distinct --- the support of Adobe Flash Player 9. The lack of support of Flash in ZhongYi S101 makes it less flavourable to those users who likes to surf the web sites with Flash contents or to those users who like to play Flash games. emotion

 

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↑ 眾一 S101 網頁瀏覽器 的 User Agent 字串

The User Agent String of ZhongYi S101's built-in web browser

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↑ 諾基亞 N810 MicroB 網頁瀏覽器 的 User Agent 字串

The User Agent String of Nokia N810's built-in MicroB web browser


另一讓我非常失望的,就是 MID2008 操作系統對藍牙功能近乎於零的支援。如果你想以眾一 S101 透過藍牙接駁手機上網,它的軟件只會讓大家選擇兩家內地電訊商的設定。雖然它也有「其他」設定,但無論我選擇甚麼設定,都總是無法透過藍牙連線到我的諾基亞 6120c 手機裡。而當我想用藍牙把選擇好的檔案傳送到電腦時,系統竟然告訴我該功能「未實現」! emotion 我在「控制面板」裡,更找不到任何與藍牙有關的設定,無法要系統為我的藍牙耳機配對,令我們想以眾一 S101 的電話功能配合藍牙耳機使用,又或想透過支援 A2DP 立體聲的藍牙耳機欣賞放在眾一 S101 內的音樂或影片,都頓時成為空談。

Another disappointing point to mention about the MID2008 operating system is the handicapped Bluetooth support. If you would wish to connect ZhongYi S101 with your mobile phone via Bluetooth dial-up networking for Internet surfing purpose, the software itself would only provide you two settings that are tailor-made to the two Chinese mobile phone service providers. Even though there is an "Others" option in the connection configuration dialog box, I can never get my Nokia 6120 classic working with Bluetooth connection. What's funnier is that when I try to send a file to my computer via Bluetooth, the system pops out a message that says the feature is "Not yet implemented"!! emotion I can't even find any settings in the Control Panel page that is related to Bluetooth connectivity -- Neither do I find a way to pair up my Bluetooth headsets to use them with the phone feature, nor could I be able to connect the Bluetooth headsets in A2DP stereo mode to listen some good music or watch some videos on S101. What a shame!

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對比起來,諾基亞的 N800/N810 的藍牙支援就好得多了--經藍牙接駁手機上網幾乎不須做甚麼特別設定,用藍牙傳送檔案到電腦、使用藍牙 A2DP 耳機等都完全沒有問題。同樣是 Maemo 系統,真不了解為甚麼竟有那麼大的差別。

Comparatively, the Nokia N800/N810 works much better in this area. I did not have to worry about the complicated settings to connect my mobile phone via Bluetooth for Internet connection sharing; file transferring to my PC via Bluetooth as well as using Bluetooth headsets in A2DP mode also work flawlessly on my Nokia N810. I just simply don't understand why MID2008 and OS2008, both Maemo Linux operating system, woulddiffer in so many ways.

雖然我對 MID2008 的印象相當負面,但它也不是一無是處的。
它內置了不少實用的軟件/網絡軟件,包括地圖、航班查詢、天氣和中國股市等,對內地民眾來說應該相當實用。emotion

Yes, I admit that my view on MID2008 is quite negative, but it is still not an unusable system. MID2008 comes with various desktop and web applications that could be useful to some, including map, flight information (China flights only), weather (China cities only) and stock price enquiry application (again, China markets only) etc.emotion

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↑ 地圖是連接 Google Maps 的,不過反應不及 Maemo Mapper。

The Map application connects to Google Maps. The grab-and-drag experience is not as good as Maemo Mapper's.

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↑ 竟然查詢不到香港的天氣?emotion
Why could I enquire Hong Kong's weather? Come on, Hong Kong is now part of China too! emotion

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↑ 股市查詢軟件看上去挺專業的,不過對於從不沾手股票的我,卻真的對牛彈琴了! emotion
The stock price enquiry application looks quite professional, but I would not comment about it because I never get myself involved in the stocks market! emotion


此外,MID2008 有一點是無可否認地比 N800/N810 強的,就是它支援了中文拼音和手寫輸入法--儘管它僅支援簡體中文,而且辨識率和穩定性都有待改善,但起碼這在 Maemo Linux 的小圈子裡,已是很重要的進步呢(如果廠方能開放手寫方面的源碼就好了)!

Compared to N800/N810, another strength of MID2008 is that it natively provides two Chinese input methods for Chinese users --- PinYin and Handwriting Recognition. Although these input methods only support Simplified Chinese characters (Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau regions use Traditional Chinese characters instead), and despite the fact that the Chinese handwriting recognition still needs improvements in terms of accuracy and software stability, the inclusion of these input methods is quite a remarkable step for Chinese users and developers in the slowly-growing Maemo Linux community.

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總結 Conclusions

眾一 S101 的硬件規格強勁,高速的處理器、達 4.3 吋的 24 位元觸控螢幕、延伸基座的創新設計、以及可以打電話和發短訊的功能,都成為此產品的重要亮點。然而它在硬件設計細節,以及操作系統的配套上,卻維持內地產品一貫只求噱頭、不顧及用戶體驗的「山寨」特色。emotion 如果廠方能在延伸基座的插拔、充電和重量上面作出改善,把 完成度不達標的 MID2008 操作系統作出改良(又或像傳聞般推出 Windows Mobile 的版本),再把價格降低到「山寨」水平 emotion (借機給我的 SKY 網友以 $2700 港元購入的;但 N810 新貨才賣 $24XX,我買的百老匯陳列品也才 $1880),眾一 S101 不難成為不少朋友用作流動多媒體播放或上網裝置的考慮對象。

The great processor and the 4.3 inches 24-bit colour touchscreen, the innovative design of the Expansion Unit, and the inclusion of phone and SMS support all make ZhongYi S101 an attractive product for some people. But after all, it's always the careful design decisions and great operating system support that can turn a great piece of hardware a successful product in the market. Like many made-in-China products that overemphasizes on the exaggerated hardware specifications, ZhongYi S101 suffers the same problems like other brands from mainland China. emotion If ZhongYi could improve the way how the Expansion Unit plugs in, the charging arrangement of both the S101 body and the Expansion Unit, and fixes the "unfinished" MID2008 (or to release the rumoured Windows Mobile version); and at the same time lower the retail price of the product to a relatively reasonable price level emotion (SKY told me that he bought the device in HK$2700, whereas a brand new Nokia N810 only costs HK$24XX, not to mention that I got my N810 demo macine at HK$1880), it wouldn't be difficult for ZhongYi S101 to be one of the serious considerations of those who are looking for a capable Portable Media Player or a Mobile Internet Device.

不過到目前為止,我還是比較喜歡我的諾基亞 N810 呢!emotion

Anyway, I still love my Nokia N810 much much more!! emotion

以下是我整理的 N800/N810 和 眾一 S101 的比較總表,讓大家參考一下 (按圖放大,或下載 PDF 檔案):
Below I summarize the detail comparisons of the Nokia N800/N810 and ZhongYi S101 in tabular form for your reference (Click image to enlarge, or download the PDF file):

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特別鳴謝:微腦狂熱/數碼縱橫 及借出此機給小妹測試的 SKY 網友

Special Thanks: UMPC Fever / Digital XY and SKY for lending me ZhongYi S101 for testing.

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[1] N810中文輸入

感謝您的文章,我剛進了部n810想找個能打倉頡的中文輸入法,台機我是用慣了快倉六的碼表,在n810有沒有類似的輸入法可以用自定義的碼表呢.


[引用] | 作者 CK | 4th Jun 2009 12:32 AM | [舉報垃圾留言]



我對倉頡不很熟悉, 不過你可以看看我製作過的網頁輸入法, 編輯它的 js 檔可以用上自己的碼表 emotion

[引用版主回覆] | 作者 Da Da | 4th Jun 2009 12:50 AM