Pepper Pad Internet Media Player
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- Web Browser-Directly access the Web with our Mozilla based browser
- Integrated AOL Instant Messenger compatible IM client with tabbed session management
- Download, store and organize music
- Listen to Internet radio
- Remote control-Control your TV and stereo equipment
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The Pepper pad is the ideal way to experience everything your broadband connection has to offer. With an innovative design that combines mobility with an optimal viewing experience, the pad offers a host of benefits for your favorite online activities: * Web Browser - Directly access the Web with our Mozilla™ based browser. Keep and organize your bookmarks and Web page clippings (for offline viewing. * E-mail - Send and receive e-mail using the virus and spyware resistant Mail application. Mail keeps all your messages until you delete them, remembers every address you have sent mail to, and automatically completes known addresses. Includes POP3, IMAP4 and AOL® Inbox support. * IM client - A completely integrated AOL® Instant Messenger™ compatible IM client with tabbed session management. * Music, video and photo libraries - Collect, organize and watch (or listen to) your favorite MP3s, MPEGs and digital photos. * Remote control - Control your TV and stereo equipment. * Journal - Store your thoughts, plans and ideas. Web clippings and a rich text editor let you format the pages of your journal to make them uniquely yours. * Internet Radio - Listen to your favorite streaming radio stations. * Games - Improve your hand-eye coordination (oh, who are we kidding? Just have fun) with our entertaining, ad-free games-quick, simple and always a hoot. Customer support available at http://www.pepper.com/support
From the Manufacturer
From the Manufacturer The new 2.3 lb. Pepper wireless pad from Pepper Computer is the first portable device designed specifically for all the broadband activities consumers want to do most: browse the Web, e-mail and IM with friends, listen to music, watch videos, share photos and create personal journals. Offering a far richer viewing experience than small-screen PDAs or phones and much less maintenance than complex laptops, the Pepper wireless pad is the solution that millions of broadband users really need.
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|With Wi-Fi networking capabilities, an easy-to-use interface, and an innovative, compact design, Pepper offers hassle-free, wireless, instant-on access to the Internet and is ready to go anytime. With Pepper's built-in digital media libraries it is easy to keep photos, music and videos organized and searchable. Pepper's additional applications make sharing photo albums or scrapbooks simple. The Pepper wireless pad is portable and rugged so you can use it in any room at home or away. |
Additional unique features include activity-based multi-room TV remote control, automatic save, one-click sync with the Pepper Desktop for PCs, and the integration of most digital media formats. The Pepper software also guards against viruses and spyware, and is upgradeable to meet the demands of emerging technologies such as IPTV and VoIP.
Pepper Software—The Pepper wireless pad comes ready to use, right out of the box with Pepper's consumer-focused software. Offering the same great features as the software on the Pepper, the Pepper Desktop software is also available for Windows-based PC users. Both the Pepper wireless pad and the Pepper Desktop PC software include:
- Surf the Web, shop, do research, save Web clippings & more
- E-mail and IM friends and family
- Download, store and organize music
- Listen to Internet radio
- Edit, store and share photos
- Watch and share videos
- Keep a journal
- Control your TV
Why the Pepper pad?
The Pepper wireless pad is the ideal way to experience everything your broadband connection has to offer. With an innovative design that combines mobility with an optimal viewing experience, the pad offers a host of benefits for consumers:
Your favorite online activities
- Web Browser-Directly access the Web with our Mozilla based browser. Keep and organize your bookmarks and Web page clippings (for offline viewing)
- E-mail-Send and receive e-mail using the virus and spyware resistant Mail application. Mail keeps all your messages until you delete them, remembers every address you have sent mail to, and automatically completes known addresses. Includes POP3, IMAP4 and AOL Inbox support
- A completely integrated AOL Instant Messenger compatible IM client with tabbed session management.
- Music, video and photo libraries-Collect, organize and watch (or listen to) your favorite MP3s, MPEGs and digital photos.
- Remote control-Control your TV and stereo equipment
- Journal-Store your thoughts, plans and ideas. Web clippings and a rich text editor let you format the pages of your journal to make them uniquely yours.
- Internet Radio-Listen to your favorite streaming radio stations.
- Have fun with our entertaining, ad-free games-quick, simple and always a hoot.
- 8.4 inch color display with touch screen, making your online experience more enjoyable
- QWERTY keypad, for fast and easy typing
- Rugged and water-resistant design for those occasional mishaps
- 20-bit stereo CODEC for excellent sound
- SD/MMC card for future expansion
- 802.11b Wi-Fi, for instant-on Internet in any room in the house or on the road
- Bluetooth device support, which lets the Pepper pad "talk" to your other high tech products, such as a full-size keyboard and/or mouse
- Only 2.3 lbs, and small enough 12.1" x 6.6" x 0.8" (309x175x20mm) to fit into a briefcase, backpack or purse
Ease of use
- Instant-on capabilities-no more waiting to boot up and the Web is always ready when you are
- Intuitive Pepper software and applications that make sharing and organizing your digital files a snap
Storage and power
- Intel XScale PXA270 (624 Mhz) processor
- 20 GB disk drive-that's hundreds of photos and videos you can store
- Rechargeable lithium battery offering hours of use, plus smart power management
- Mozilla-based browser, making the Pepper pad both virus- and hacker-resistant
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Anyways my brother told me today that it is the best gadget he has ever seen, the screen is so crisp and the unit is so light and best of all you can use it while lying in bed or even when killing some time in the rest room :) I am so happy that it was up to his expectation so I told my wife I want one for Xmass.
Make sure when you buy one you order a wireless router because the only way to connect to the internet is thru a wireless connection. I recommend Linksys WTR54GS Wireless G Travel Router with Speedbooster. Although it says it is only a G class router but my brother told me that when he hooked it up it was B class savvy too (The Pepper is B class) and best of all you this router is so small you can take it anywhere with you like a hotel room.
I know I was not technical in my review, but then you can get the technical details from the description or other reviewers. I just felt to drop some lines on the functionality so far from my brother experience and if something comes up I will keep updating this review.
First the good: The size and weight are terrific. It's comfortable to hold, whether sitting on a sofa or lying in bed. The built in stand is well designed, allowing me to connect the pad to a Bluetooth keyboard and mouse at my desk. The user interface is clever and intuitive. There's no need to refer to the manual to operate most of the applications. The browser is especially good, incorporating Mozilla's tab capabilities without cluttering the screen with too many menus and buttons. The synchronization with a desktop computer is a plus. I downloaded the Pepper Desktop software, surfed to my favorite sites and bookmarked them in the desktop application and then synced the desktop with the Pepper Pad. Transferring photos and music from the desktop to the Pad was also very easy.
Now the bad: Wi-fi performance is marginal. I have a 802.11g Linksys router that establishes excellent or very good connections with my laptop and desktops in all corners of my house. In some of the same locations, I couldn't connect the Pad. Even in spots where the connection with the Pad was strong, the auto-connect feature was flaky. Sometimes the Pad would say it was connected to the router, but then it would disconnect saying it could not get an IP address from the router. This happened even when I was in the same room with the router. To address this issue, I used the wi-fi config on the Pad to assign the Pad a fixed IP address. But every time I turned the pad off and restarted, it would revert to the dynamic IP setting and my fixed address was lost. I contacted customer support about this, was told I would get an email back, but I never heard from them.
The email application is disappointing. You can only have one POP or IMAP account. Many (if not most) people in Pepper's target audience have multiple email accounts -- one for home, another for work. I can't imagine why Pepper released the Pad with such a limited email application.
The screen size is decent, but it's not as sharp as I would have liked.
It's slow. Browser page load times were noticeably longer on the Pad, compared to all of the other computers on my network -- even when running the pad in the same room as the router.
The Pad has lots of little bugs. In the two weeks I had it, the Pad crashed and restarted four or five times for reasons I could not fathom. Twice, after being fully charged, the power meter continued to report that the battery was critically low (I had to reboot the Pad to get the correct power reading). Same with the wi-fi connection. Sometimes when connected, the "not connected" icon appeared. Again, rebooting solved that problem.
I purchased the Pad because I wanted a small, affordable Internet device that I could take from room to room and read in bed. At $850, the Pad seemed pricey to me, but the under-$1,000 Tablet PCs had gotten bad reviews, and the market had few other alternatives. There's been lots of buzz about other devices -- such as the $350 Nokia 770. But none had reached the market. When Pepper began to ship, it was the best option available. But as I struggled with Pepper's flaws, I found myself rationalizing the purchase and making excuses for the machine, rather than relishing it. "I can live with these flaws," I kept telling myself. "Because Pepper is the only game in town." But then I began to search for other options. The Nokia 770 has begun to ship and is getting good reviews. Advueu has improved its $950, 2.5-pound tablet PC. There are other options, and more on the way. Again, if Pepper was half the price, I might have stuck with it. But when it's more than twice as much as Nokia's Internet device and barely less than a Tablet PC that can do 10-times as much, it seems foolish to stick with a machine that I'm barely tolerating. I don't know if the Nokia and Advueu machines are the ones to buy. But I suspect the market will have plenty of options soon. Pepper needs to beef up its offering (and perhaps reduce its price) to compete.
In fact, I was surprised at how much I enjoy reading the New York Times (and other articles) on my Pepper Pad. It is more convenient than a big print newspaper (not to mention it avoids newspaper clutter - ha, ha) and is much more friendly than on a laptop screen, which seems too busy and not positioned well enough for a long read. The type size on the Pepper Pad is just right for reading, and the crisp, well-lighted screen is great. I use just a gentle touch of the stylus to select an article and my thumbs control either the Navigator buttons or the scroll wheel to scroll down the article as I read.
With my Pepper Pad, I can quickly check my email without fear of viruses; the email will be waiting for me when I'm ready to download it to my "real" computer, but in the meantime I have been able to see it - and answer if need be - right from my Pepper Pad. The mail program works flawlessly, and sending photos is a snap. I like the radio stations and built-in music I've explored and look forward to putting some of my own music on the device.
At first, I thought I'd have trouble learning the thumb-based split keyboard, but it didn't take long to pick up the rhythm of the familiar QWERTY keyboard. Next step is to try the Pepper Pad with a separate flexible USB keyboard. I like the touchscreen and the fact that it is easy to calibrate the stylus-touch precisely. I appreciate the Navigator directional buttons and the scroll wheel; I don't feel at a disadvantage being a lefty.
An email question to Pepper's Tech Support was answered within hours. The initial set-up was almost too easy; I didn't bother to look at the slender manual or the "help" screens built-in to the Pepper Pad. Right out of the box, my Pepper Pad found the local wireless network with no problem. I then tested it with several other wireless systems, including a WEP-protected one that allows only known devices on, using MAC address ID. Fearing that I would have to search long and hard for the Pepper Pad's MAC address, I was pleasantly surprised that it was provided right on the set-up screen. With that entered into the secure network, my Pepper Pad was good to go.
Initial start-up takes over a minute, but once the Pepper Pad starts, it can be put in Sleep mode when not in use, so it is ready to work immediately.
I'm looking forward to continuing upgrades, and longer battery life would be nice. Overall, however, I'm excited about my Pepper Pad and know that it will go with me many times when I don't want or need the hassle of my laptop. The security in protecting my laptop is worth the investment, and the 20 gb hard drive will store plenty of photos and music.
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