The Chumby 8, Chumby’s latest alarm clock/app device showed up at our door step this week. We finally got around to an unboxing, which we assure you is nothing special. However, we did have a chance to play with the device before writing this post.
It looks better, sounds better, feels better and we’re confident if we could eat the Chumby 8 it would taste better than the last iteration, the Chumby One. Gone is the friendly bedside alarm clock foot print. The 3.5-inch screen has been replaced with a larger, more responsive, 8-inch 800×600 touchscreen. Thanks to the bigger screen the UI has been improved and is far cleaner. The processor has received an almost two fold speed bump from 454mhz to 800mhz and the RAM doubled to 128MB. This has resulted in a far speedier and more fluid user experience. Pandora sounds vastly better and there is now a more finger-friendly QWERTY keyboard that makes punching in stations a snap. Course, you still need to verify your Chumby before accessing Pandora, but once you do so you’ll also be able to add select apps to the device without the need for a computer, though your choices will be rather limited. Chumby has also added CF and SD card slot, making it ideal for viewing photos, though thanks to the WiFi tapping into your favorite photo sharing site is a no brainer. The 2W internal speaker is now in stereo – fortunately there is a headphone jack for adding your own speakers.
Expect a review soon, but if you can’t wait the Chumby 8 is available now for $199.99.