Live video feed, even in full-screen mode, was very good without suffering from "dropped frames or hiccups of any kind" while websites "loaded quickly and seemed very snappy" without any lag whatsoever. The laptops used for the demonstration "all had massive PCMCIA cards" with 2x antenna while the Motorola handsets were all existing models stuffed with WiMax guts. Of course, this was a controlled demonstration across four towers covering just 0.8 miles of the Chicago River. As such, we'd best wait for the pre-commercial trials starting later in the year to get a real feel for the service performance. Commercial launch is planned for April 2008 with pricing expected to match home DSL and cable services without any smarmy, fixed-length cellular-style contract required. Just buy your own hardware and subscribe for as long as you like. Somebody give us a pinch, we must be dreaming.
Read -- Ars Technica hands-on
Read -- Motorola press release