This is a compensated review by BlogHer and Intel. That said, I promise to give the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth when telling you about this product. (Internet, please, like I’d try and convince you to buy stuff I didn’t like myself.) So here’s my disclaimer: yes, I got sent this thing for free and I’m getting a little bit of money to tell you what I thought about it, but I would never, ever pretend I dug it when I didn’t. Cross my heart and swear to Jordan Catalano.

When I first got the email asking me if I’d like to review the Viliv X70EX I forwarded it straight to Sean. “This gadget looks cool,” I wrote. “But I have no idea what it is.” Sean wrote me back so fast that he must have got whiplash doing it. “THAT IS THE MOST AWESOME THING EVER,” he said. And then he sent me a link to some videos on Amazon---where I also discovered that the Viliv X70EX costs $599+, and anything that costs $599+ has got to be fairly impressive---and although I dutifully watched these videos, I’ve got to tell you, I still wasn’t a hundred percent clear on what the Viliv X70EX actually was. I mean, I was maybe, like, seventy four percent sure. And a half.

It wasn’t until the Viliv X70EX actually arrived on my doorstep and I unwrapped the box that I had a better picture of what it supposed to do. I’m not exactly a technology whiz, in case you haven’t noticed---I can pretty much turn my computer on, but all bets are off after that; I mean, once I unplugged the router to get the Internet working again in our house and just about bought myself a bottle of champagne to celebrate---so the Villiv X70EX was kind of mystifying to me, at least until I started playing around with it.

And then I figured out what it is: it’s basically like a very, very small laptop---smaller than a paperback book---but without a cover or a keyboard. Is this making sense? Well, how about this: it’s sort of like an iPhone if your iPhone worked out over the summer and got a little bit heftier, and also started hanging with a different crowd and running Windows instead of being a tiny Mac. Basically, you can take the Viliv X70EX anywhere and do lots of awesome Internetty things on it. I like doing awesome Internetty things. I also like going places. This boded well for my relationship with the Viliv X70EX. It seemed like maybe we were going to get along.

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Here are some basics about this awesome little gadget, in case you were wondering: it's only 7 inches long and a little less than an inch thick. It has a touch screen, which is pretty cool, as well as a built-in GPS navigation system and a webcam. It has “full PC capability,” which means you can pretty much do anything on it that you can do on a normal PC (like type something up in Word, for example.) And since its formal title is a “mobile internet device,” you can get on—or, you know, wherever you spend the majority of your time, no judgments here---wherever you can find an Internet connection.

In short, this thing is like a tiny little baby computer! I want to tickle it under its chin and ask it whoooooo’s a cute little mobile internet device, who, who, who?

It also has something called the Intel® Atom™ processor which, the marketing blurb assures me, “has been designed to be smaller and more power efficient, enabling you to get devices with full PC functionality that can fit into your purse or pocket.” While I’m not sure this thing would be slim enough for me to put in my pocket, per se---at least not without making a half dozen “is that a Viliv X70EX or are you just happy to see me?” jokes first---I definitely had no qualms about tossing it straight into my purse. It took up far less room than my ridiculously overstuffed Moleskine day planner and probably weighed less too.

And this, you see, is how I ended up carrying the Viliv X70EX with me on a recent trip to Mexico City. Hey, I thought, I’m mobile. This thing is mobile. Let’s see how mobile we can be together.

Yeah, we were pretty mobile together. It was pretty awesome. In the space of four days, I watched a movie on this bad boy on the plane (after downloading it from iTunes in advance), Skyped with Sean from afar thanks to the handy built-in webcam, updated my Twitter and Facebook statuses, stored a few pictures from my camera’s memory card on it and then sent them to Sean to show off my fancy hotel room, downloaded a book from Amazon and read it using the free Kindle for PC app, and checked both my work and personal email accounts about fourteen hundred times. Not bad for something I didn’t really understand about a week ago.

For typing and clicking around, the Viliv X70EX comes with a built-in stylus that snaps neatly into the top when you’re not using it, and it’s way less annoying that you might think it would be (and much easier than just using your index finger, text message-style.) My Mac snob husband said the video quality wasn’t the best he’s ever seen, but then again he’s my Mac snob husband, and it seemed pretty passable to me. The device kept a charge for a decent amount of time and really, it did so much and made my travels so much easier, that I’d be hard-pressed to find too many things I didn’t like about it.

(I mean, sure, it would be great if there were a button that automatically puts it into standby when you’re done using it---rather than going to the Start menu, clicking “shut down,” and then putting it in standby mode, which was sort of clunky—but that’s really a fairly minor complaint, and you know what, maybe I just need to stop being so damn lazy. There are three buttons to push instead of one! My god! The sky is falling! etc etc etc.)

Anyway, now comes the fun part. Would you like your own super awesome teeny-tiny mobile internet device?

Because guess what? I've got one to give away! Yep, you can win your very own Viliv X70EX---did I tell you these things cost $599+? That's a pretty generous holiday present to yourself—by answering a simple question.  How would this mobile internet device make your life easier?

To enter, leave me a comment below---or a link to a post on your own blog---with your answer to the question above. The contest will begin on December 8, 2009 and end on December 30, 2009. Make sure that the e-mail address you leave is correct so I can contact you when you win. (You’ll know it’s from me because I’ll put OMG OMG OMG in the subject line.)

Here are some rules:

  • No duplicate comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by linking on Twitter and leaving a link in the comments.
  • You may receive an additional entry by blogging about this contest and leaving a link in the comments.
  • This giveaway is open to US Residents, aged 18 and older. (Sorry, foreign teenagers! That kind of sucks for you.)
  • Winners will be selected via random draw, and will notified by e-mail.
  • You have 48 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected. That person will be like “damn, that other person was sleeping on the job.”

You can read the official rules here, if that’s your bag: And you can also give yourself EIGHT more chances to win a crazy awesome gadget like this one at the BlogHer page right here. You can also read more about the Viliv X70EX here.

So let's go! Let's win some free stuff! Tell me: How would this mobile internet device make your life easier? What would you use it for?


Dec 09, 2009

What an awesome giveaway! This nifty little gadget would make my life easier at work! On slooow days (I work in the car business.), I could instead be looking at and editing pictures of my 14 month old son I'm missing so much! Thanks for the giveaway and Happy Holidays!

Dec 09, 2009

I would love love love this! I can't imagine how much more connected to the outside world I could be if I had something so TINY to use to check emails etc! So in a nutshell this would make my life easier because I could carry it around and do internet-y things without a big cumbersome laptop! whee!

Dec 09, 2009

Dude, this thing is so cute! It has GPS, which means that I'd use to to quit getting lost and annoying everyone around me, up to and including myself. I'd also use it to avoid going to bed at a decent hour each night.

Dec 09, 2009

I would give it to my boyfriend! This would be absolutely convenient for us as I sit at a computer all day, but he's a house doc of sorts. Many times my important emails go (inadvertently) forgotten since he doesn't get much time to check them at work/doesn't care to check email when he's at home. He could check in from the road!

Dec 09, 2009

i cannot even fathom what it would be like to have something like this available. it would absolutely be a dream come true to win something like this...

Dec 09, 2009

I hate that I'm going to leave a comment this early because low numbers never win (right?) but OMG this would be awesome. The nature of my job involves that I sit at a different desk/computer every day. pain. in. the. ass. Schlepping a laptop would be completely inconvenient seeing as how I have to bring my test kits everywhere I go (IQ tests are heavy; they don't tell you that in grad school).

The nature of my life is that we go visit my stepson who lives 3 hours away every other weekend. I'd love to be able to watch my shows when we're en route and do internetty things (like finding a non-fast food restaurant off the highway).

Dec 09, 2009

I just read that you can watch Netflix movies on this. I could watch movies while riding the subway to work!

Dec 09, 2009
Dec 09, 2009

If I had this handy little device I could stay connected with the world while entertaining my 10-month-old son. Right now I do have a laptop which I sometimes whip out to try to check my e-mail while he's around. One of two things are sure to happen when this occur. Either he will get his slobbery little hands all over the screen & attempt to eat my laptop whole OR he will find a way to break something off of it that I didn't even know was capable of being broken off. You see, I think this handheld thingie would work out much better in comparison.

Dec 09, 2009

this is a very cool giveaway. i love that this device is small and LIGHT and looks cute. all very good things.

Dec 09, 2009

This sounds so amazing! I would probably use a boring amount of it for work, unfortunately, but I promise I'll also do fun things like watch Hulu'd "Party of Five"-- this is like my "My So Called Life"-- on long train rides.

I'm hoping for a nice low number so I can win!

Dec 09, 2009

It would make it easier to Skype with my husband, who is currently living in Switzerland. The time difference is killing me. Everytime we Skype, it's my a.m. so I've just woken up. As you can imagine, I look like someone who has just woken up: bleary eyes, messed up hair, wrinkled p.j.'s. This way I could chat with him while on lunch at work (no video camera on my work computer) while looking presentable. I don't think he remembers how presentable I can look ;-)

Dec 09, 2009

This is very cool. I would probably use it to check blogs and facebook even more than I already do. It would be nice to have for travel, though. I hate to bring a laptop.

Dec 09, 2009
Dec 09, 2009

Wasted, unproductive time spent in doctors' waiting rooms could become non-wasted, PRODUCTIVE time spent in doctors' waiting rooms! Yay!

Dec 09, 2009

It sounds like this gadget rocks! I would love to have that baby. My laptop is old as dirt and heavy. This would make traveling a cinch... and would allow me to play on the internets while I husband uses the laptop to stare at GoogleEarth for ungodly amounts of time!

Dec 09, 2009

I tweeted the giveaway!

Dec 09, 2009

Wow, this is so cool! I would use it for everything--take it with for an e-mail checker, planner, movie viewer, book reader, etc. Saw a note that you can use it for Netflix--if true, I would definitely use for that as well. Awesome!

Dec 09, 2009

Oops... forget to show you my tweet!

Meghan C.
Dec 09, 2009

My life would be easier because I could actually use a computer while my boyfriend plays fantasy football...there for using ours for hours!

Dec 09, 2009

Ooh this sounds lovely! I'd use it to check my email while on the go because I am the only person I know who doesn't have an internet-capable phone.

Dec 09, 2009

I only have a work computer currently, so I would use this to read your blog legitimately! :)

Dec 09, 2009

GPS would mean that we no longer get lost every time we try to go farther than the library. Plus, I'd be able to use the Kindle to read more books, thereby insuring that we could go some where other than the library.

Amy D
Dec 09, 2009

I could actually use a computer at home instead of getting paid to read blogs at work. Heck - I could even get a raise out of the deal if I won!

Dec 09, 2009

This would be great for travel, when I'm so far away from my big desktop computer that I get sad. I can't get any work done, and I have to check my email in snippets that I find or not at all! I would get so much work done! Also, YouTube.

Dec 09, 2009

This is a great giveaway! This gadget would make my life easier by allowing me to travel lighter and do more when I do travel for work. My current laptop is pretty heavy at nearly 10 pounds, and can be quite cumbersome. Plus, I think I'd just plain *use* it more than my laptop.

Dec 09, 2009

This would be great for me because I have to either bike (not great now that we've got snow and sleet in Michigan) or spend twenty minutes walking to campus everyday, and lugging my heavy 3.5-year-old MacBook Pro is tiring, painful, and bad for my backpack as well as my back. Plus, my laptop could decide to die at any time. It would make reading all the PDFs I try to read without wasting paper so much easier!

Dec 09, 2009

OMG OMG OMG is right! My parents are moving to a different time zone so it would be awesome to be able to Skype during the day instead of racing home from work at the end of the day in order to be able to call at a reasonable time.

Dec 09, 2009

That's so awesome! It would be perfect for passing the time on our two cross country flights this Christmas!

Dec 09, 2009

Great giveaway! I don't have a smart phone so this device would be perfect for me. I have been wanting to be able to Twitter, and blog on the go.

Dec 09, 2009

i work full time, have an almost 9 year old son, go to the gym, take said 9 year old son to tkd class and am a senior in university. all that said, i am pretty busy. i also go to the gym but, other than accessing the gym class schedule, cant see how it would be greatly advantageous there.
i would use this device to keep organized and sane. not having to carry laptop to tkd class - score!!! working on the go - score!!
i would LOVE this and i just know it would love me too!!!

Dec 09, 2009

It would make my life easier by.. having one, pretty much. GPS, mobility... the possibilities are endless!

Dec 09, 2009

oh wow, this would be amazing. I am the one and only person without a smart phone, so this would be a lifesaver!

Dec 09, 2009

This would help me job search more efficiently!

Dec 09, 2009

well since im the last person on earth without and iphone i could finally have internet on the go - yayyy!

Celia M
Dec 09, 2009

Sweeeet! How nice of you. I would use it to keep track of my two internships, 2 part-time jobs, schoolwork for my 23 semester hours and family obligations and also birthdays and such. And how green!

Dec 09, 2009

OMG! This would make my life so much easier! With two kids I spend a great deal of time waiting at sports practices, school events etc.. This would make it so easy to get some work done so I don't have to stay up so late at night!

Dec 09, 2009

Wow, this looks incredible! This would help me overcome my inability to keep a blog. I'd take it with me everywhere and be able to type away furiously any time inspiration strikes! Plus, not getting lost would be a real turning point in my life... (yeah, that was a GPS joke. Forgive me)

Dec 09, 2009

Wow! This would be so helpful in my life. I'd use it to keep in touch with people, and also as a device to kill time when I'm stuck on the bus!

Dec 09, 2009

I'm moving into a new apartment this month that's in a landmarked building, which makes it difficult to have reliable internet service, since running cable and digging and hooking things up are all pretty tightly regulated. (poor me! living in a beautiful historic apartment! I demand your pity!) Having something like this that's small enough to carry all the time would make taking advantage of available internet elsewhere ever so much easier. Plus, shiny!

Dec 09, 2009

You had me at "it's kinda like an iPhone." SWOON!

Dec 09, 2009

You don't even know the number of times my husband and I have been driving and asked "where is the closest Chipotle" or Pei Wei and wished we could google it to find out. So this would be awesome!

Dec 09, 2009

I'd keep this for myself but the baby likes everything I touch so it would be slightly slobbered on and possibly thrown to the floor in a week. So I'd give it to my boyfriend and he could use it instead of my laptop. Then I would borrow it, a lot!

How would this mobile internet device make my life easier you ask?

Let me tell you.

#1, I could stalk everyone I know of Facebook, Myspace, Twitter, and the bloggosphere with EASE and frightening frequency.

#2, I could post irritating posts about nothing on my blog at ALL TIMES OF THE DAY. Maybe even upping my posting per week quota, thereby making everyone I know SO excited. OR maybe more irritated. The jury is still out.

#3, I could taunt my boyfriend endlessly by saying things like, "LOOK WHAT I WON AND YOU DIDN'T!!!!" while holding it just out of arms reach and flailing it wildly.

#4, I could look at pictures of Brad Pitt while riding the bus and smirk endlessly.

#5, I could update my anal retentive spreadsheets on topics such as, 'What the dog needs', or 'Things to do to the house', or even 'People I need to pay this week' and then forward them to my friends and loved ones. Because these are the sort of things they are DYING to know more about.

There we have it. Five lovely ways this little gadget could CHANGE MY LIFE.

Dec 09, 2009

I'd use it to keep up with my favorite blogs when my baby comes in March & I'm no longer strapped to a desktop 9 hours every day!

Dec 09, 2009

OMG, I could use this when my husband and kids are bogarting the other computers in the house and I need to update my status.

That, and Word would come in handy at meetings where I don't want to lug my laptop.

Dec 09, 2009

Oh man, I was just saying the other day that I'd love to have a tiny computer so I could do freelance on my commute when I have tight deadlines. THIS! I need it.

terri hagen
Dec 09, 2009

It would make my life easier by making me look cooler than i really am!! It would be great to have.

Dec 09, 2009

I'd use it so that my husband and I could stop fighting over whose turn it is to use the computer we have at home. Please, Santa, can I have one?

Dec 09, 2009

This would make my life so much easier since I wouldn't be strapped to the desktop PC any longer. I'd love to be able to check e-mail while out and about. Oh, and look up addresses, phone numbers, etc. I also really like that you don't have to pay a ridiculous monthly fee (if I'm correct).

Dawn K.
Dec 09, 2009

This would be defnitely increase my productivity for schoolwork! Working 40 hours and taking 8 hours of class means every minute counts (not to mention family, being pregnant, oh the joys of life!). This would be perfect for the unexpected wait in the doctor's office to jump online and get some homework completed. If the Kindle store also started carrying textbooks, it would be adios to the bulky biology book too!

Dec 09, 2009

This would make my life easier because it would calm me down -- at least for a little while -- in regards to being the only respectable person (I know, exaggeration) without an iPhone. I'd stop yelling at my husband to just BUY ME AN IPHONE ALREADY.

Dec 09, 2009

OMG! OMG! OMG! (See how easy I've made it for you? Just forward this message back to me & your fingers can move right on ahead to their next task :-)

Oh, but wait. Advanced technology?? Hmmm. I barely even know how to retrieve messages on my cel phone…if I remember to have it turned on at all, that is.

Easy, you say?

Feh! Not likely!!

It would take me at least a month, instruction manual in one hand, to figure out even the most basic features on something like that, so using it effectively any time soon would be out of the question.

But next year?

Let me count the ways…

By then I could have all the lists from 43 years’ worth of annual tree trimming parties well-organized and up-dated for shopping and prep-process efficiency.

I would not get lost driving to remote destinations for my annual post-party cookie plate drop-offs.

But most appealing of all…the ability to whip out such amazingly advanced technology in the presence of my two mom-skeptic tech-savvy sons and say knowledgeably “Here, let me just look that up real quick on my spiffy little viliv!”?


Thanks for a great give-away, Holly -- and yay for you scoring such a sweet deal for your ownself too :-)

Dec 09, 2009

Boyfriend would totally GEEK over this thing...and he is very difficult to shop for, so it would make my Christmas/Birthday shopping a lot easier :)

Dec 09, 2009

I could really use the GPS- I'm always getting lost! and I'm addicted to being on the internet so it would be great for that too.

Dec 09, 2009

How AWEEESOME that is. That's my new word. I'm using it like I made it up.

I would love this for my hubby, who loves my iPod touch for what it can do on the go, but doesn't really love iTunes. Much like Sean, he would love this.

I never seem to win these contests, but if I did, I'd totally get out of dishwasher duty for the foreseeable future. So it would be more a case of what I don't have to do rather than what I would do with it.

Dec 09, 2009

I would give it to my new husband and tell him to consider it a gift for life. Then no more need to think of Christmas or birthday gifts!!

Dec 09, 2009

My best friend moved to Japan last week and I miss her like crazy! Being able to Skype with her at all times would be beyond fabulous and this small piece of high tech heaven would enable me to do so! OMGOMGOMG!!!

Dec 09, 2009

Well, it would help me feel less left out when I'm in classes and someone's all "Does anyone have a laptop they could pull out real quick" and I'm the only one in class who doesn't whip one out.


Dec 09, 2009

Um, how wouldn't this little gadget make my life easier? At least it would make anytime I have to wait around a lot more productive. I must have it! I hope I win!

Dec 09, 2009

I would love to be able to actually use a computer at my house - currently the husband monopolizes ALL time on it!

Dec 09, 2009
Dec 09, 2009

I am about to start grad school in January and I can't even being this list of how this would make things easier! :)

Dec 09, 2009

This would make my life SO much easier and this is the week that it would help the most! Our car was broken into last weekend (in our driveway! While we were sleeping! With two dogs in the house who heard nothing!) and our GPS was stolen. On top of that, my Palm Centro fell out of my gloved hand yesterday and is now completely destroyed (internet won't work at all - I *may* be able to make calls depending on how it feels). This device would help immensely in putting my digital life back together! It would stop me from being constantly lost & would allow me to access the internet whenever I need it (like most people can do with their phones).

Camels & Chocolate
Dec 09, 2009

OK, apologies if this appears multiple times, but I keep getting a "Oh Dear! Nothing Here!" response every time I try to submit my comment!

Anyway, you fully know how I'd use this bad boy: in lieu of my shitty Mac on all my world travels!

Tweeted, too:

Dec 09, 2009

We desperately need a laptop! I would use this in the kitchen to look up recipes.

Dec 09, 2009

This would make me ditch my laptop in a heartbeat. It would make my life easier by not having to lug my laptop, my gps, my phone, etc.

Dec 09, 2009

Ooh! Me! Me! Me! This would make my life easier by making me happier...I could keep myself entertained with movies, Internet and general computer goodness on the go!

Dec 09, 2009

I'm directionally challenged. I print off Google Maps directions for everywhere I go. This would safe me time and help save the planet!

Miranda Tuttle
Dec 09, 2009

This would make my life easier because I'd feel better knowing my in-laws were getting updates on their granddaughter. I have an almost 10 month old who has a set of grandparents living in AZ so they don't get to see eachother regularly. We keep a family blog to keep them updated (not to mention post a billion pics on picasa) but that doesn't help much when the current laptop they have is flaky. So yeah, I'd give it to them so they'd have some reliable way to keep in touch and current.

Dec 09, 2009

I would love to own this! As a college student, this would be incredibly handy to take with me to class!

Dec 09, 2009

This would be amazing!! I travel quite a bit, and split my time between the US and Germany, and when I'm in Germany in particular, I never have the books I want. I have a computer, of course, but that's so big and bulky, nothing portable like this thing or an ebook reader, and I'd love to have access to books on the go, and access to the world when I'm travelling! I don't even have an mp3 player or a cell phone right now, so this would be an amazing everything device for me :) I need it, seriously! Of course, so does everyone else posting here...but I can hope :)

Dec 09, 2009

I love my G1 from Google/T-mobile but I can definitely see where having a mini teeny computer would be ever so helpful in keeping track of my family's schedule, my blog, and all the web browsing I do on my phone but on a much bigger screen. Plus, Husband and I are going to New Zealand next year and BOY would this thing come in handy for upload pics and such along the way.

Dec 09, 2009

I would use this mobile device to write my novel! Help liberate me from my corporate chains!

Dec 09, 2009

It would be nice to get rid of my laptop (the battery is dead so it's more like a PC that sits on my lap) and also I love tiny things. Win-win.

Dec 09, 2009

My laptop gave me the 'blue screen of death' this week, so this new gadget would come in handy. I'm also trying to become more technically savvy to improve my job performance. Cool invention!

Natalie R.
Dec 09, 2009

This would the most awesome thing to win ever!! I could actually connect with the world when I'm stuck working 12-15 hour days without outside internet access!

Sonia Gawel
Dec 09, 2009

This would be great to have for traveling. I hate lugging around my huge laptop everywhere I go!

Dec 09, 2009

I also posted on my blog, for yet another additional entry:

I don't know if I was supposed to leave separate comments for each kind of entry, or all in one, but I guess this works?

Dec 09, 2009

I'm about to have baby #2 in February and this device would be a great way to stay connected to The World while I'm squirreled away at home on maternity leave. I can read my favorite blogs while nursing, Skype with my parents who live far away so they can see their new grandbebe, watch all the episodes I will miss of my favorite TV shows while the baby is asleep on me. . . the possibilities are endless!!!

Dec 09, 2009

It would help me when I get lost (on a daily basis).

Dec 09, 2009

love this little guy, my bf would love it too, but of course it would be all mine, ohhhhhhh, it's so cute! please pick me!!

Dec 09, 2009

Oh, I can't even count how many ways this would help me. Especially since we'll be on the go and having to pack up all our things (incl. my desktop, SOB) in two months to move to a new Army base.

Dec 09, 2009

I would read Nothing But Bonfires on the go, of course! Also, I'd webcam with the far-away boyfriend and take it on airplanes (buses and trains, too!).

Dec 09, 2009

I think I'd have go with gifting it to somebody so I can be that person who gives $599+ Christmas presents. My mother, who is actually way more tech savvy than I am would be all over that free Kindle feature!

Dec 09, 2009

I want one! me, me, me... so much easier than a laptop.

Speedy Canizales
Dec 09, 2009

I'd use it at this trendy little cafe around the corner, where everyone dresses like a hipster, sips coffee and consults their Mac. My gadget would be much cooler.

Dec 09, 2009

This thing would make my life easier because my current computer is six years old and incredibly slow and will soon be out of hard drive space, and since I'll be starting grad school soon, I definitely need a new and mobile computer.