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 28, 2009

I would take it with me wherever I go since I'm always on the go!

Dec 28, 2009

It would help me organize my crazy grad school life!!

Dec 28, 2009

My laptop is old and decrepit and this is so impossibly cute and cool!

Dec 28, 2009

omg omg omg! how great is this little thing? i could totally just put this divine little devise in my bag and be on the way! how cool - and merry (happy) christmas to you!

Dec 28, 2009

I would love to have this mini magic mystery machine. I would bring it to all sorts of WiFi places and read I mean, do work.

Dec 28, 2009

This could make my life easier because I could take it to faculty meetings to take notes at work.

Also, it is just cute. Cute things make life better, no?

Dec 28, 2009

I'm a senior citizen, and disabled too.
My computer is about 6 years old now, with no funds to purchase another.
It would be great to take along with me to the docs, the park, just about anywhere.
Thanks for reading!

Dec 28, 2009

How would this little device make my life easier? There are barely words. I just lost my job and had my computer stolen. Having this little number would enable me to skip buying a replacement computer (money saving!) and search for a job (career building!). As I have many friends in different parts of the company, the mobility of this would help me keep in touch (connecting!) and give me something to play with/watch movies on when I travel (entertaining!). It is a cornucopia of amazing modern conveniences! I hope I win it! If not, I hope you win it (whoever you are)!

Dec 28, 2009

Looks interesting. I've been looking at netbooks but they're still a little bulky for my needs.

Dec 28, 2009

I'm house-hunting, so I could visit properties and email pics and comments to my office-bound husband for evaluation;

I'm a writer, so I could take notes on the go and email them to myself;

I don't have a car in the city and I get lost constantly so: GPS!

Dec 28, 2009

I've tweeted this eons later than my first comment. I hope that's OK!

Thanks, Holly!

Dec 28, 2009

If I had this baby I could add books to my library queue from anywhere!

Dec 28, 2009

I could stop dragging my old outdated laptop around to lectures and use this to take notes when I go to libraries to do research!

Anne G
Dec 29, 2009

This would make my life easier because it would let me check email and do word processing on the go. I could make productive use of the time I sit and wait for my kids to finish ballet and piano lessons.

Anne G
Dec 29, 2009
Dec 29, 2009

Well the GPS feature would save some arguments (maybe a life) when we go to Disney in 20 days!

Dec 29, 2009

Hmmmm. So helpful as a working mom of two very busy, not-yet-driving teenagers. It would be quite lovely in my little worn to the bones fingers.

Dec 29, 2009

I'd love this so I won't have to constantly be fighting my children off my computer!

Funnelcloud Rachel
Dec 29, 2009

How would this thing make my life easier? It would be like a step into the 21st century...considering I still have the kind of cell phone where you have to hit the number keys three times to type a text message! Also, hoping to start a business in 2010 - a portable little computer would be great!

Dec 29, 2009

This would make my life easier by entertaining me on boring cross country flights to see my family!

Dec 29, 2009

I'd use this to make my life easier by being able to check my email on a device that I was reasonably confident would not blow up on me (my computer now is old and given to making very threatening noises).

Dec 29, 2009

How would this make my life easier? In about a trillion ways! Topping the list is not using my company-issued Blackberry to google things like "nail salon north beach san francisco."

Dec 29, 2009

This would make my life easier because I could do work, update Flickr and Facebook, edit photos, etc while waiting for my daughter's swimming/dance/gymnastics/church classes. I have too much idle time just waiting...

Dec 29, 2009

We're in the market for a laptop, and we need it primarily for internetty things and email. This would be awesome!

Summeranne Wells
Dec 29, 2009

I have no family living here in Ohio where I currently live and we use email/blogging/facebook to keep in touch and updated with each others lives. Winning this little doozy would make my life easier because I would be able to email/blog/status update any time any where!!

Dec 29, 2009

Well. My clients would appreciate me having one, as they usuually have to wait for hours after a home visit (I'm a social worker) for me to get back to my office computer and re-up their assistance (if I'm feeling like it's needed that day anyhow).

And also, on those days that I'm doing home visits I could spend my lunch break in the coffee shop rechecking my Twitter every 15 seconds. Or even when I'm in my office I could do that. There is only so much Tweeting one can do while on an office connection, yes?

Angela Gaffke
Dec 30, 2009

I love the portability. I would love to be able to access the internet on the go but haven't been able to since I have a desktop. This would be incredible. I also love the GPS feature.

Angela Gaffke
Dec 30, 2009
adele Richards
Dec 30, 2009

this would make me happy for all the reasons everyone else said and that I would have one something really lovely - everyone loves a winner, baby :-)

(well in the States anyway, in England we tend to prefer the underdog)

Dec 30, 2009

This would make my life easier because I could stay organized and keep in touch with people. I'd be able to check email and other stuff on the go.

Dec 30, 2009
Dec 30, 2009
Amy L
Dec 30, 2009

This would help me plan & organize my daughter's wedding details.

Amy L
Dec 30, 2009
Dec 30, 2009

How would this make my life easier? Let me count the ways... I don't have a laptop or a smart phone or anything remotely high tech-y - this thing would transform my life from out of the dark ages in which I apparently live!

Dec 30, 2009

Ooooh. I would love this thing. I would use it for traveling, especially now that there is wireless internet in cafes in the middle of nowhere in Africa and Asia. And, ok, I admit it. I would also take it to the tea place and my favorite coffee shop, and work, and, and...

Dec 30, 2009

This thing is awesome, if I won I would give it to my brother who is constantly calling me to give him directions or look something up on the internet for him since he spends his whole day riding around in his truck.

Dec 30, 2009

This would make my life so much easier because I'm always on the go and being able to access internet when not at home would allow me to take care of business and emails and of course Facebook without neglecting my family!

Dec 30, 2009

(I still haven't figured out how to link to the actually tweet....)

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Dec 30, 2009

I would so love one of these baby PC's to use it for reading Blogs (love yours btw!), Facebooking and twitter.

Dec 30, 2009

I would surf the net while I would be nursing my 8 month old son who sees his parents type away on a keyboard every day. Haha. No keyboard now to shut down my computer now little one! mwah ha hah.

This Mobile Internet Device would make my life easier in so many ways! I could broadcast, communicate, and keep in touch with friends and family when I'm out and about and away from my desktop computer. I'd use it as a GPS device to keep from getting lost wherever I might be going ... I'd keep myself entertained playing games on it while waiting for appointments, and the list goes on. The possibilities are endless for a nifty gadget like this :) *Thanks* for the giveaway!

Dec 30, 2009

I would love to win this! I don't have a car and spend a lot of time on buses and trains with nothing to do. I feel really unproductive but with this cool gadget I could save so much time by checking my emails, paying my bills, and updating my Twitter page ( :) ) on the bus! No need to spend time doing these things during my regular work day!

Dec 30, 2009
Dec 30, 2009

I'm getting serious about writing, so it would be great to have my own computer to store my writing, instead of relying on my husband's. But really, I think I'd use it for everything. I miss having my own computer!

Renee Richardson
Dec 30, 2009

It would make my life easier because the laptop I own now is a piece of junk. I would use for pretty much everything. Email, internet browsing, shopping, watching movies and television. You name it. Thanks for the great contest and Happy Holidays :)

Dec 30, 2009

I could totally do all of my Christmas shopping while sitting in Starbucks sipping hot cocoa! Very cool product.