Pocketables' Jenn Lee posts her final review on the latest MID ripped in premature C-Section from Sharp R&D's belly by their own restless marketing midwives: the Willcom D4. Like most premies, it seems to have trouble breathing without an incubator.
If you've been relatively impressed by the Willcom D4 so far, then here's where it gets ugly. Very ugly. As most of you know from my standard battery (CE-BL57) wi-fi runtime post, battery life is abysmal. Sharp/Willcom have always been upfront about the standard battery's "up to 1.5 hours" operating time, but that doesn't excuse it. That the D4 can also be used a phone in Japan makes the battery life even more pathetic.
Even worse than the drain rate is how quickly the battery's capacity seems to deteriorate. About 2.5 weeks ago, I was getting a little over an hour of wi-fi time (as shown here). Today, the 960mAh li-ion battery is unable to break the one-hour mark under any condition.
We're avowed MID cynics at BBG — impressive tech and inappropriate software shoehorned into junk solutions without even a cursory hat tip to real world usability — but even so, a paltry 1.5 hour battery life degrading by 33% in less than a month should convince anyone that this isn't a device to spend $1,200 on.
As long as MID manufacturers insist on cramming Vista on these devices, the battery life is not going to get better. What kind of hallucinogen-laced Jenkem are companies like Sharp huffing? Even netbook manufacturers aren't daft enough to use anything beefier than XP.
Review: Willcom D4 [Pocketables]