When the Asus eeePC hit the road, everybody forgot about Nicholas Negroponte’s XO laptop – everybody except for the TamsPalm team. I have been able to track one down in the MetaLab – here’s a quick first-impressions ‘review’.
As for the operating system of the XO – it has no similarities to any other user interface I have never seen before. It is based around two tabs:
The symbol in the middle symbolizes your machine – each icon around it is a currently-running application that can be brought forward with a click. The bar at the bottom contains all applications installed on the machine…a quick click and the app boots up(after 15secs or so):
In the end, the XO definitely is an innovative machine – literally every piece of the device contains at least one thing never seen before.So far, so good…but: the UI is cumbersome to use, and the case is simply too big. The touchpad was very unsatisfying…and the lack of business applications is the final straw that lays the camel flat. Fingers off if you want more than a toy – the eeePC definitely is more useful.
Thank you to Daniel Fuhry for letting me use the machine for a few minutes