Pepper Pad 2

The Pepper Pad 2.I can’t help but want one of Pepper Computer’s Pepper Pad 2 hand-held computer thingies. It’s available for pre-order now at only $800. But what is it, you ask?

According to Pepper, it’s “either as a user’s only wireless computing device or […] a convenient, easy-to-use accessory to a PC.”

It’s a Linux-based palmtop computer with 20GB hard drive, 800 x 600 12.1″ display, 802.11b+g, and a bunch of other stuff.

The Pepper Pad 2 offers all the functionality you need to play, edit, create and organize your digital media. The Pepper Pad 2 weighs 2 pounds and has an 8.4-inch color touchscreen so you can easily view an entire Web page. It also features built-in stereo speakers, microphone, headphone jack and external mike, plus a D-pad for navigation. For easy text entry day or night you can use the lighted thumb QWERTY keypad.

As though we couldn’t come up with any of our own reasons/use to want such a device, Pepper listed a few to get us started:

  • Search or shop using the built in Mozilla Web browser. This browser can handle any fancy Web sites including those using Flash.
  • Add photos from your memory card or from a folder on your PC with one click.
  • Store hours of music and video plus thousands of photos.
  • Play 2D/3D and Flash games.
  • Listen to music and streaming radio.
  • Share anything including mixtapes you design and create using MP3s downloaded from the Internet.
  • Research your next vacation on Web and keep your clippings organized for offline viewing.
  • Chat via Pepper’s AOL compatible IM client.
  • E-mail customized greeting cards.
  • Edit photos and create photo albums and scrapbooks to share with one click.
  • Watch your MPEG2 and MPEG 4 videos.
  • Easily download new Pepper Packages to your Pepper.
  • Enjoy your Pepper’s easy to use and maintain software.

I’m curious about how open it is. Will I be able to install my own software, perhaps a Java app or two?

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