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Sorry Chumby, cute is not enough

Posted at 10:53 AM on April 21, 2008 by Jon Gordon (1 Comments)

I've spent the past few days testing Chumby, a grapefruit-sized, Linux-based widget display device encased in a beanbag. In this interview (RealAudio - MP3 - iTunes) , I compare notes with Dwight Silverman, who previously wrote about Chumby here and here.

Dwight finds the Chumby cute and irresistible, but it does not appeal to me. If I want a weather forecast, an Internet radio stream, a Twitter feed, etc., I know a better way to get them -- on my main computer.

Things I don't like:

-$180 price tag
-Poor choice of Interent radio streams
-Speakers are in the back of the device, making it sound terrible
-You have to plug it in to an electrical outlet (battery power option likely to be added later)
-Cuteness. I don't need cute.

Comments (1)

It would have been nice if you mentioned the price tag on the radio bit. It does look cute though!

Posted by Steve Campbell | April 21, 2008 3:55 PM