"Chumby ROCKS!"on by waxspeaks
Pros instant information, versatile, easily altered, entertaining to others
Cons nothing really bugs me about the chumby
Summary I've owned a chumby through the Insider's Release program for a few months. What makes chumby great is its current AND future versatility.
It really doesn't matter whether or not you think of/remember chumby for ONE killer app, as mentioned in the review. If you own a chumby, you will tend to use it for different activities, depending on the time of day or your mood.
My chumby has added to my personal efficiency at home because it feeds me information I need without having to boot up a computer, log onto a website, or turn on a TV, especially late at night or first thing in the morning.
Yes, chumby acts as MANY devices, all in one convenient and wonderfully updatable package.
- Alarm clock
- Digital photo frame
- iPod speaker system
- Internet radio
- Podcast player
- White noise generator
- Stock ticker
- Daily news source
- eBay auction watch
- And much more...
What I use regularly:
* The Weather Channel - key to prepare for the next day
* Flickr photos
* Sleep sound generator (white noise+)
* Mediafly.com podcasts (I work there)
* Chuck Norris Facts
* CNET news
* Engadget news
* Google news
* The Onion news
* "Screen Clean"
* You Tube videos
I also cycle different widgets in and out of various channels I've customized on chumby.com. (As I mentioned, the chumby is amazingly versatile!) Originally, I was just looking for a quality iPod clock radio, many of which are around the same $180 price point, if not higher. In buying a chumby, I got so much more! I personally do not think I have ever owned a device that is so versatile and will continue to evolve long after the initial purchase.
Critics may say that you can get most of the chumby information from a computer; while I love my computers, that's a completely different experience.
I guarantee you that if you really try a chumby, you'll like it- a LOT!
Pros Small design, internet enabled
Cons Can't play music purchased off the itunes store
Summary I have had my chumby since december and love it. The only problem is that is doesn't play purchased itunes music and i can't get mine to play music off of a flash drive.
"A great whatzit!"on by Zortek2006
Pros size, screen display
Cons WiFi setup finicky, must use AC adapter
Summary Well, whatever you use this thing for, it is great fun. The WiFi setup took longer than I expected but once it found the wireless network things started to happen. It is a great (if pricey) alarm clock. If the little dingus could use a wired network connection it would make a great office desk accessory. Anyway, I love it.
Pros simple, fun,custom, open source, evolving,exiciting,
Cons not very portable. better with a stylus
Summary The Chumby really is a terrific little device. I have looked high and low and have not found anything like it anywhere. The Web interface is very cool. The Chumby really becomes what you make of it. it Can be a simple Internet radio, a clock or a combination of the two. There is weather, traffic, news, games. With 400 widgets as of today the Chumby is extremely flexible.
You design your own channels(groups of widgets) take a trip around the world with all of the webcams.
It really can be a lot of fun and very useful. Enjoy
Pros My favorite parts are that it is perfect for an alarm clock (it even has a dim night-clock mode), there are developers you can submit great ideas to and they'll make it - like chumbyland, in the bottom - line summary, and it can play pandora!
Cons It doesn't have a battery, so it is not portable. Not much else!
Summary It is really hard to hack. It was meant to, but I cant. not even the software. My favorite widget is Chumbyland, where you have a mini avatar that travels onto other peoples chumbys. This is a surprisingly complex widget, compared to the other ones.