Archive | June, 2006

Kevin Tofel lists 10 Things he doesn’t like with the Q1

Posted on 29 June 2006

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Kevin Tofel from JKontherun just posted an article listing the [url=http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2006/06/10_things_i_don.html]10 things he doesn’t like about the Samsung Q1[/url].

Good list and I’ve heard some of the complaints before.

His main points
1. Resuming from Standby turns the WiFi radio back on.
2. Resuming from Standby turns the brightness up or down based on the status of the AC adapter.
3. No docking potential.
4. Choice of slots.
5. Memory capacity.
6. The Analog stick is not effective.
7. Screen resolution thoughts.
8. Screen rotation is not stable.
9. Keyboard.
10. Last and perhaps most important to me: the stylus.

His full post is available
[url=http://jkontherun.blogs.com/jkontherun/2006/06/10_things_i_don.html]here[/url] and you can see what issues he has with each item on his list. Great Read.

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UMPC updates 28.06

Posted on 27 June 2006

After a short break from ultra mobile PC news and journaling, Carrypad is back with a round-up of the ultra mobile PC news from the last week. Eo faulty ultra mobile PC update.Some of the Faulty Tablet Kiosk Eo’s that were sent back have now been received by their owners. The indications are that the power problem has been fixed and that the Eo’s are running as expected at around […]

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Sony to Release Flash Based UMPC

Posted on 27 June 2006

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According to [url=http://www.mobilewhack.com/reviews/sony_vgn-ux90ps_and_vgn-ux90s_umpc.html]MobileWhack.com[/url] Sony has announced that it will be releasing a flash drive based verison of its VGN-UX90PS and VGN-UX90S.

The new released version will have a 16GB hard drive which though is a bit smaller than the 30GB hard drive included in the old version is quite a bit slower.

According to the specs on [url=http://www.sony.jp/CorporateCruise/Press/200606/06-0627/]Sony.jp[/url] opening Microsoft Outlook on the hard drive system takes about 1.5 seconds while opening it on the internal HDD UX micro PC takes about 9 seconds. Windows also boots up in 5.6 seconds versus a regular 17 seconds.

Ho Doggy flash drive systems are fast.

According to Sony the systems will also be the same price so there is a comparable choice for what you need, speed or space.

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Sodiff to Release Korean Handheld PC

Posted on 26 June 2006

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Sodiff announced last week that it would be releasing a new WiBro enabled handheld PC.

According to [url=http://www.mobilemag.com/content/100/333/C8415/#]MobileMag.com[/url] the device will feature a 4.3″ LCD screen that will slide over a qwerty keyboard like the Sony UX.

The device also has an SD memory card slot, audio/video playback, a built-in FM tuner, IPTV, and a 2 megapixel camera. there is also a Windows button on the device so it will likely be runing some sort of Windows OS.

The device will likely be released in November for people in Korea to enjoy. Everywhere else can just hear about it on tech websites.

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Handango UMPC Application Contest

Posted on 26 June 2006

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Rob at gottabemobile.com [url=http://www.gottabemobile.com/AttentionDevelopersHandangoUMPCTabletPCContestUnderway.aspx]posted a story[/url] about a contest [url=http://www.handango.com]Handango.com[/url] is running a development contest with one of 3 UMPC devices as the prize.

According to the newsletter Rob had posted:

Handango is looking for fresh and premier Tablet PC and Ultra-Mobile PC content.are you up for the challenge? By converting your existing mobile applications or creating an entirely new title for Tablet PC and UMPC, you’ll be eligible to win one of three Ultra-Mobile PCs! Personal Productivity, Travel, Fitness, Medical, Multimedia, and Entertainment titles are all great fits for our catalog. The contest runs from now until August 31st..start coding!

More info below…

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Rumor – Samsung Q2 landing at under $1000

Posted on 21 June 2006

[update March 8th 2007: The Q2 appears to be real now: Samsung Q2 information here.] A German news site has just reported about new UMPC’s that will be launched later this year. It looks like a copy of information thats already been available apart from one line – ‘Das Modell Q2 von Samsung wird knapp unter 1000 Dollar landen’.Translated – ‘The Model Q2 from Samsung will land at just under […]

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Tablet Kiosk Eo recall updates.

Posted on 21 June 2006

Ctitanic has been keeping us well updated on the recall of his Tablet Kiosk eo. We’re waiting to see what difference its going to make after they admitted there was a battery life problem and promised to fix devices that were sent back. Is it going to be better that the battery life we saw on the Paceblade Easybook P7 we tested? He’s just reported that his eo is on […]

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Here Comes the Pioneer DreamBook UMPC 700

Posted on 21 June 2006

[img]http://www.origamiportal.com/origami/images/tabletkioskcoding.jpg[/img]

Wait, isn’t that a picture of a device thats already been released? No apparently its another company releasing an AMtek created UMPC.

According to a report on [url=http://www.arnnet.com.au/index.php/id;1921807887;fp;2;fpid;1]http://www.arnnet.com.au[/url] a company called
[url=http://www.pioneercomputers.com.au/products/info.asp?c1=3&c2=108&id=1739]Pioneer Computers[/url] recently announced that they have a new UMPC called the DreamBook Ultra Moblie PC 700 coming to market.

Nothing overly exciting about this release over the other Amtek device (eo, it’s Mobile, SmartCaddie) but at least it has a cute name.

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A Call for UMPC keyboards. (PCWorld)

Posted on 20 June 2006

Stephen Manes of PCWorld.com wants more keyboards. Many people have written about it and I too, strongly believe that UMPC’s need keyboards. Take the Psion 5 and Sharp S-CL3200 designs as examples. However, unlike Stephen Manes, Stephen Paine wants keyboards, touch-screen input, speech input, configurable buttons and a mouse pointer on his UMPC. A device that allows freedom from a desk, should also allow freedom of choice for input mechanisms. […]

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ChannelInsider UMPC article.

Posted on 19 June 2006

I’ve just read the ChannelInsider article about the ‘second-chance’ that Microsoft is giving its UMPC’s. I was going to call it a headline-grabbing article but thats maybe a bit too heavy. Since when is a ‘second wave’ a ‘second chance’ though? ‘Second chance’ would imply that a first-attempt has been, gone and failed. I’m not the biggest Microsoft fan but come on guys, give them a break. The Origami project […]

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The Carrypad UMPC buyers guide.

Posted on 17 June 2006

Here’s the reason I haven’t posted much this week. Its the buyers guide that I’ve been working on. There’s too much confusion about what is and what isn’t a ultra mobile PC and what a ultra mobile PC can and can’t do. For that reason, I’ve put together as much info as I can in order to help those that are new into the ultra mobile PC market, those that […]

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UMPC news update. HTC, Averatec, Amtek, Mobits, Epios.

Posted on 17 June 2006

A brief rundown of important ultra mobile PC market news this for this week. HTC own brandWe commented on the strength of HTC earlier this week in our Via OnDemand report. It seems that HTC are now moving into distributing their devices under their own brand. This is a good indication of the strength and direction of the company. If they do move into the ultra mobile PC market as […]

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