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Viliv S5 review

6/10 AVG.
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6/10
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The Viliv S5 currently has an Informr score of 6 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 7 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.


Operating system
Windows
Processor
1.33 GHz
Screen Size
4.8"
Camera
No


What the Critics Are Saying...


Tracy and Matt

Viliv have really gone to town on the S5 and come up with something that could be quite special. The software package is a little bit rough around the edges, but the hardware itself is fantastic. Software, of course, is fairly easy to fix anyway and an alternative keyboard might be a cheap fix as we...

- Mark, Tracy and Matt
Laptop Magazine

Priced at $799, our configuration of the Viliv S5 is pricier than the $299 Clarion MiND, and twice as expensive as most netbooks. With that premium, however, comes a highly portable design, GPS, a sharp (though reflective) display, optional 3G connectivity, and impressive endurance. Touch and stylus...

- Laptop Magazine
PC Magazine

The only reason you should even consider the Viliv S5 Premium is because the best alternative—the OQO model 02—is on its way out. It runs a full-blown operating system and is more pocket-able than a standard netbook. However, the same reason why the model 02 didn't work out will eventual...

- Cisco Cheng, PC Magazine
CNET

We played with an import model of the Viliv S5 and, while its performance is close to a full-size Netbook, the cost--$599--is at the upper end of the Netbook range. A similarly spec'd 10.1-inch Netbook would only cost $300, half the cost of this device. With the extra cash, you could purchase an iPo...

- Scott Stein, CNET
PCWorld

As UMPCs go, the Viliv S5 delivers on many of its promises, although the disappointing 3G performance will deter some people and the software keyboard makes it a poor choice for anyone who frequently wrangles Office documents. But for $599, you can get a nice, lightweight netbook. I recommend checki...

- Yardena Arar , PCWorld


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Screen Size
4.8"

The Viliv S5's screen size is 4.8 inches with x pixels resolution.

Processor
1.33 GHz

There is a Atom Z520 Silverthorne 1.33 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The tablet runs on proprietary operating system firmware.

Camera
No
This model has no built-in camera. Sorry, no selfies.
Storage
32 GB

Internal memory is 32 GB. No external card slot is available for expansion.

Battery
24WHr

The tablet is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 24 WHr battery. Viliv's performance ratings are 9 days standby time, 6 hours Wi-Fi surfing.

Viliv S5 Specs

Overview
Release date March 22, 2009
Regions available USA
Networks
SIM card No
Dual SIM No
Operating System

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Secondary OS No
Processor Atom Z520 Silverthorne 1.33 GHz
Internal Storage 32 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
Digital compass No
Flightmode No
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
SAR Unknown
Languages No
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Headphones, Manual, Standard Battery, Stylus
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 24 WHr
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Battery Charge Time Unknown
Video Playback Time Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Up to: 6 hours
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Reading Time Unknown
Standby Time Up to: 9 days
Physical Characteristics
Material Plastic
Colors Black
Dimensions [H x W x D] 8.4 x 15.4 x 2.4 cm (3.3 x 6.1 x 0.9 in)
Weight 436 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (TFT)
Colors Unknown
Resolution x pixels
Pixel density Unknown
Size 4.8 inches
3D No
Graphics Yes
Themes Yes
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification No
Screen Orientation Lock No
Multi-Touch No
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Resistive Touchscreen
Input / Navigation
Touchscreen Yes
Sleep / Wake Key No
Home Key No
Mute Key No
Predictive Text Entry No
Physical keyboard No
Text-to-Speech No
Screen Reader No
Keypad/Screen Lock No
External Volume Control Yes
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Unknown
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Unknown
Contact Groups No
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features -
Messaging No
Connectivity
USB Yes
USB OTG Support No
Infrared Yes
Bluetooth 2.0
Bluetooth Profiles No
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g
WiFi Encryption -
Mobile Hotspot No
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot No
Expansion Slot Info No
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out Yes
DLNA Support No
NFC No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Dual lens
No
Zoom
No
Flash
No
Additional Main Camera Info
No
Video Recording Formats
H.264 / AVC, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Zoom
No
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AMR, WMA, WAV
Radio No
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats H.264 / AVC, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones No
Vibration Alert No
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm No
Stop Watch No
Timer No
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter Yes
Viewable document types BMP, GIF, JPG
Weather No
Stocks No
Maps No
NotePad Yes
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable, Pre-installed
Apps Downloadable, Pre-installed
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


Tracy and Matt

This will make you consider buying a UMPC

from Tracy and Matt

Viliv have really gone to town on the S5 and come up with something that could be quite special. The software package is a little bit rough around the edges, but the hardware itself is fantastic. Software, of course, is fairly easy to fix anyway and an alternative keyboard might be a cheap fix as...More

Viliv have really gone to town on the S5 and come up with something that could be quite special. The software package is a little bit rough around the edges, but the hardware itself is fantastic. Software, of course, is fairly easy to fix anyway and an alternative keyboard might be a cheap fix as well.
I really didn’t think I’d get on with an UMPC device, but as soon as I opened the box I was impressed with the build quality of the kit, and the styling. I realise this is a small market, but if you are after a UMPC, go get this one!

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Laptop Magazine

A compelling but pricey mobile internet device

Laptop Magazine

Priced at $799, our configuration of the Viliv S5 is pricier than the $299 Clarion MiND, and twice as expensive as most netbooks. With that premium, however, comes a highly portable design, GPS, a sharp (though reflective) display, optional 3G connectivity, and impressive endurance. Touch and sty...More

Priced at $799, our configuration of the Viliv S5 is pricier than the $299 Clarion MiND, and twice as expensive as most netbooks. With that premium, however, comes a highly portable design, GPS, a sharp (though reflective) display, optional 3G connectivity, and impressive endurance. Touch and stylus novices may be put off by the lack of a physical keyboard, but if you want a pocketable PC and don’t mind the two-handed operation—or the price—the Viliv S5 will satisfy.

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PC Magazine

It's too expensive that you'll opt to buy a couple of netbooks instead

from PC Magazine

The only reason you should even consider the Viliv S5 Premium is because the best alternative—the OQO model 02—is on its way out. It runs a full-blown operating system and is more pocket-able than a standard netbook. However, the same reason why the model 02 didn't work out will event...More

The only reason you should even consider the Viliv S5 Premium is because the best alternative—the OQO model 02—is on its way out. It runs a full-blown operating system and is more pocket-able than a standard netbook. However, the same reason why the model 02 didn't work out will eventually be true of the S5: the virtual haptic keyboard is almost unusable, performance is not up to par. Plus, these days $800 can buy you two netbooks.

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CNET

Too large to be a smart device, too small to be a useful Netbook

from CNET

We played with an import model of the Viliv S5 and, while its performance is close to a full-size Netbook, the cost--$599--is at the upper end of the Netbook range. A similarly spec'd 10.1-inch Netbook would only cost $300, half the cost of this device. With the extra cash, you could purchase an...More

We played with an import model of the Viliv S5 and, while its performance is close to a full-size Netbook, the cost--$599--is at the upper end of the Netbook range. A similarly spec'd 10.1-inch Netbook would only cost $300, half the cost of this device. With the extra cash, you could purchase an iPod Touch for your portable media viewing. For $100 to $200 less, the S5 would be a far more compelling tweener machine, although it's already impressive that Viliv offers this palm-size PC at a fraction of the cost of UMPCs that came before it.

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PCWorld

Disappointing 3G support and an awkward software keyboard make it less than ideal for everyday use

from PCWorld

As UMPCs go, the Viliv S5 delivers on many of its promises, although the disappointing 3G performance will deter some people and the software keyboard makes it a poor choice for anyone who frequently wrangles Office documents. But for $599, you can get a nice, lightweight netbook. I recommend che...More

As UMPCs go, the Viliv S5 delivers on many of its promises, although the disappointing 3G performance will deter some people and the software keyboard makes it a poor choice for anyone who frequently wrangles Office documents. But for $599, you can get a nice, lightweight netbook. I recommend checking out the Viliv only if you absolutely must have a 1-pound Windows PC that works well with Wi-Fi, and you're not expecting to do a lot of typing.

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Gizmodo

It's an amazing device, but it wouldn't really matter for someone who doesn't like MIDs

from Gizmodo

The S5 is a good value, but you may not like it anyway.
At .92lbs, the Viliv is a bit hefty in your hands even though it's 1.5lbs lighter than most netbooks. Still, the Viliv kept surprising me with its speed. Loaded with the same processor as the Vaio P, the system doesn't actually run XP f...More

The S5 is a good value, but you may not like it anyway.
At .92lbs, the Viliv is a bit hefty in your hands even though it's 1.5lbs lighter than most netbooks. Still, the Viliv kept surprising me with its speed. Loaded with the same processor as the Vaio P, the system doesn't actually run XP faster than any Atom-based, but to see installation bars and downloads move so quickly on such a tiny device is always a bit of a mindfrak.
The resistive touchscreen has passable color, brightness and contrast—luckily, it's also ridiculously accurate. Yeah, the buttons and icons are as minuscule as you'd expect, but I never had a hard time, say, hitting the "X" to close a window (with my precision "nail" tool, of course)...unless my browser was full screen. Then my finger just never fit in the corner properly. For when you need extreme precision, the four-way thumbstick doubles as a mouse, or you can use the bundled "Cube" interface for larger icons.
As for the keyboard, it pops up with a conveniently placed button on the right. Pressing keys offers a satisfying moment of haptic feedback. It works about 90% of the time, but however the keyboard skin was designed, your finger press sometimes goes through the keyboard and hits a link or something that's on your screen. It can make typing a simple phrase quite taxing as you unintentionally swap text boxes.
The GPS? It works, but you'll need to supply your own nav software (an additional cost). The battery? It's rated at 6 hours, but we received four hours (and two minutes) when tested with nonstop WMV playback (Wi-Fi on with the screen at medium brightness). Since many manufacturers claim battery life that's double actual testing, I considered four hours to be decent.
The USB, headphone and Multi I/O ports are enough in a device of this size, because between them, you could plug in a keyboard, monitor (with adapter) and speakers. In this respect, the Viliv could make for an extremely portable home-to-office computer.
Here's the issue: I just don't like MIDs. I hate them, really. If I want to use something small, I'll use a smartphone. If I want to use something slightly bigger, that's netbook/laptop territory. The MID, in my mind, is a failed idea of the future still stuck in the 90s. It's a computer that neither fits in your pocket nor serves as your main computer. So if you hate MIDs, the Viliv S5 won't do anything to change that.

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Pocketables

It's impossible not to love it unless you hate the slate-style form factor

from Pocketables

Mobile computing is about personal choice. We all have different wants and needs, so no single device can satisfy us all; a dealbreaker for one person could have no effect on a purchasing decision for another.  The Viliv S5 Premium has so much going for it (build quality, performance, batter...More

Mobile computing is about personal choice. We all have different wants and needs, so no single device can satisfy us all; a dealbreaker for one person could have no effect on a purchasing decision for another.  The Viliv S5 Premium has so much going for it (build quality, performance, battery life, size/weight, versatility, price, etc.) that at a glance, it would seem almost impossible for anyone not to love it, want it, and buy it. But here I stand, fully aware of how remarkable the S5 is and why so many consumers can't wait to have one as their own, yet still not wanting one as my own. The dealbreaker for me, personally, is the form factor. I just prefer slider and clamshell UMPCs/MIDs with hardware keyboards: simple as that. If, however, the slate style appeals to you, then you'd be hard-pressed to find anything better than the Viliv S5.

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