Very often we, as consumers, make a purchase base on form and factors that we’ve pre-listed in our mind the moment we register that we’re going to make a purchase. These can be in terms of the features we want in that mobile phone, the design and form factor, the pricing and perhaps the colors available too.

Most of the time, before anyone in my family (and extended family), and circle of friends, wants to buy a computer or camera, they’ll come seek my advice. Being the more techie person in the family, I’ll often end up repeating myself more than once to different people asking the same question. But thanks to blogs and forums, they now know where to go for resources and information. Or rather, to seek my advice, they just read my blog. (But dear friends and family, as I only have that limited knowledge of the few brands that I’ve contact with, it doesn’t mean that my opinion is the best. Unless I start getting to try out all the brands and gadgets, than perhaps I can give you better advices.)

Right, I diverted… back to the serious stuff.

Do you know what this is???

Nope! It’s not the latest spider robot!

Before I tell you what the above is (if you not already know), let me first ask another question – When you’re planning to buy that netbook, laptop or mobile phone, have you ever think about the brain in those gadgets? I’m referring to the brain that’s processing all the information, data and what not so that you can use your gadgets. Yes, this brain is call the processor. And the photo above was how the first few Intel processor looked like!

Long long time ago, these processor chips come in much bigger sizes, as shown above. (Image on right shows the inside of one of the first Intel microprocessor.) And because of the size, the motherboards and circuit boards and what not, to hold and power the processor were huge and bulky too (as compared to now) . Can you remember that huge ugly looking CPU that has to be laid flat on the table and you’ll have your bulky monitor sitting on top of it? Yap! Ugly right? Thanks goodness those are ancient history!

Now, great power does not have to come in big packages anymore. If you’re among the geeky crew, I’m sure you’ll know the history of Intel and how tiny these processors are becoming. But if you’re non-geek, here’s how the chip looks like.


The above is the Intel Core 2 Duo processor

If you think that’s tiny already, wait till you meet the Atom! Let me show you the Atom processor! Image on the left is how the inside of the Intel Atom looks like. And please take note that this image is like about 30 times blown up of the real thing ok! And this is the tiny brain that is inside the sexy red Vivienne Tam digital clutch, which served the red very well. Powering it right for the portable needs and giving quite a decent battery life to it. *(Do note that the Centrino 2 is of better performance than the Atom and should not be used to compare when buying a notebook vs a netbook!)

If you still can’t imagine how tiny the Atom processor is (cause what you can’t see you can hardly believe right?), here’s a screen shot of the chip in the hand of a man… Ya lah!! It’s THAT tiny can??

Still cannot tell how tiny the Atom is? Here’s a comparison of the actual Atom with a rice grain!

With the Atom processor, Intel’s smallest and lowest power processor, it allows the latest Mobile Internet Devices and netbooks to get the power necessary for fast and power-saving processing. The Atom processors also provides for better performance and increased system responsiveness. How cool is that!

During my time spent with the red, it became my friend on the go. I surfed while I was traveling. I watched videos in bed (don’t let your mind wander please!) and I must say, those tiny speakers on the Vivienne Tam wowed me! And of course, the sleek design and classic digital clutch turn heads almost all the time. When I use it in the train, I can sense those envious eyes glazing towards the red. Feel shiok lah! Too bad that’s not mine to keep.

Besides myself, all these people and more had met the red too…





Have you seen the red?



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