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Gripes aside, the device looks quite nice. Looks like something HTC could have made (although with a little less refinement). I also wasn't aware that Android 2.1+ was available for Atom, but after a quick Google search I see that it has been running on that architecture for few months. Very cool. Not I am going to have to give it a whirl on my netbook.
Has the Dash been rooted/hacked, or the tablets? I would be very interested in knowing which tablets have been hacked, if that is the case, because only a limited number of them have Android 2.1 (a new one that just showed up even has 2.2!) and I would want at least 2.1.
The Sony Dash might fit the bill, too, although I don't believe it runs Android, so maybe not (you may be able to get Android loaded on one, but I don't know).
Also, what about Super AMOLED? It was my understanding that Super AMOLED was considerably more efficient than AMOLED.
Ultimately, IMHO, if the battery life is good enough to get you through the day (or at least between regular charges) who cares. Take the screen that you prefer. I can go an entire day quite comfortably, browsing the web, chatting, talking, playing games, and not have to plug in until mid to late evening on my Captivate. I have no complaints.
I don't care if you believe me or not. You are free to dismiss anything I say with the belief that I am out of touch with reality, but that would be incredible short-sighted. Perhaps you should be a little more organized. Maybe you should leave a little earlier so you can park a couple of blocks further away where you can pay with your phone, or maybe, you know, make sure you have coins in the car...it's not that difficult. Or just deal with the parking tickets. You might benefit from this app: http://www.appbrain.com/app/com.googlelabs.opensp... :-)
You can sidestep the problem by using a US SIM to purchase and load apps over WiFi, as has already been mentioned (but I suspect that many don't know this). While I understand that it is a major PITA, and Google should get their a$$ in gear and get the MarketPlace running across the globe, I cannot accept the argument that people are forced into pirating. Sure, there will be people that will pirate regardless, but there is a perfectly legal avenue to pursue, and it isn't that expensive.
The MarketPlace should be available all over the world. However, Apple's App Store is not entirely global, although it supports many more countries, and they keep adding new countries. It does illustrate that the problem with Google Checkout (which is where the problem lies) is more fundamental -- I suspect it has something to do with local laws, regulations and consumer rights.
On a side note...Seriously? Even though you _know_ there is a chance that you won't be able to park legally without coins if you can't pay with your phone, you do it anyway? You always have the option to going around the corner and parking somewhere your phone can be used to make payments -- nobody forces you to park there illegally. Or you could *shock* keep the proper coins the car *shock*. Similarly, Google isn't forcing you to pirate. There are stores other than the Market Place which don't have such stringent restrictions on location. See SlideMe, Handango, MobiHand, PocketGear/AndroidGear, to name but a few.