- Jul 25, 2006
(edit: Just stickied this one, mali Rest of original post below.)Mr Loon said:Note to Forum Mods : Can we have a sticky topic for 'I got my Pandora', I'll copy this over if one gets made.
Edit : Cheers Mali, that is quite an honour.
Got my Pandora Yesterday, didn't even have to pick it up from the local Garden Centre, UPS delivered it on time, to the right place, and in a package marked 'extremely urgent'. Didn't order a UPS delivery, not sure if everyone in the UK will have their Pandora delivered by UPS.
Anyway, here are a few general thoughts based on 3-4 hours use of the Pandora :
Overall Build Quality : Superb, far better than expected based on pics & general surmise. Well done for getting to grips with the build quality issues that seemed to affect the first few units built.
Case : Very good, almost worth the wait! The matte finish looks great to me and it does not seem to attract fingerprints.
Screen : Awesome, things look crystal clear, those extra DPI certainly make the desktop environment look ultra slick. Colour, contrast, brightness etc. all seem fine in their default setting.
Touch Screen : Not Great so far, but I'm still getting used to it, took me a while to get used to my DS touch screen so I guess this is to be expected. Seems to be difficult to calibrate so taps on the edges of the screen are interpreted correctly.
Stylus : Can't say, as I didn't get one. However a DS stylus does fit into the stylus slot in the case.
Update : Stylus arrived today, very loose in the case, as was the DS stylus, bit of tape round the end and it fits in fine. Works well, would love a metal one.
D Pad : Awesome, with an extra helping of win. This is quite simply the best D Pad I've ever used, responsive, accurate, easy to hit the diagonals. DaveC is a god amongst men. After having a little go this morning on the notoriously bad XBox 360 Controller DPad, the MS Dpad seemed even worse, which is quite an achievement.
Nubs : Unsure, nice feel but difficult to use with a good degree of accuracy, seem prone to losing calibration, very clumsy when trying to use the right nub for mouse clicks. However they are getting easier to use after a few hours practice. My guess is that things will improve as the software / firmware improves and as users get more used to them.
Gaming Buttons : Good, a little spongey for my personal taste but as has been stated on the boards it takes a week or two of heavy use before you'll get a true picture of how the buttons will feel.
Shoulder buttons : Not bad, good but not the greatest by any means, nice click, not at all spongey, but my left shoulder appears harder to press than the right and it remains slightly depressed after clicking it, whereas the right shoulder seems to revert happily to its original position.
Keyboard : Superb, somehow it's really nice to type on, but it must be said I'm a bit of a two finger typist when presented with a normal keyboard anyway. Don't really like the layout but I'll get used to it soon enough.
OS / Firmware : Good, needs some work to make it Noob friendly, but considering how early we are in the life of the Pandora it runs really well, more responsive than expected and with less bugs. Huge respect to the team for the speedy provision of hot fixes.
Sound : Superb, was 'scratchy' at first but applied the simple fix provided by Notaz and it is now spot on. The built in speakers are really good for their size, the output to headphones is as good as you'll find on a decent MP3 player.
Output from the headphone socket has no audible distortion or hum even at maximum volume, the tone is lovely and warm, stunning when played through a decent hifi. The Pandora will be a huge hit with musicians and audiophiles.
USB : Great, works well for me have tried a USB2 memory stick, works fine without hub, and a USB1 mouse, works fine with hub. It gives me a strange feeling that I'm being slightly naughty when plugging USB devices into something this small.
WIFI : Spot on, behaves nicely with a Belkin N+ router, range is excellent, comparable with a full size laptop. Web surfing is snappy with pages rendering quickly using chromium. Well done to the team for getting it fixed.
Bluetooth : Works well, turn it on via toggle bluetooth under system in the menu. Was easier to get the Microsoft notebook bluetooth mouse 5000 to pair with the Pandora than it was with my Windows 7 PC.
Battery : OMFG, that thing just keeps on going and going, just wish certain other tech manufacturers attached such an importance to battery life.
In summary the Pandora is fantastic, Craig & Co had better get ready for huge numbers of orders for batch 2 as I imagine that the mainstream media will be handing out some pretty positive reviews.
I'll add to these ramblings over the next day or so as I get more used to the system, right time for a quick game of Llamatron.
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