Archive | October, 2006

Samsung Q1b UMPC review by

Posted on 31 October 2006

Matt Propst has posted a review of the Samsung Q1b, VIA-based UMPC. There are some nice stats too. Minimum 3 hours battery life. That is really fantastic. Most ultra mobile PC device have a minimum battery life of around 1:30-1:45. Average battery life: 3.5 hours. No indications of max battery life but in the real world, you don’t need them. There are some images which show that it only has […]

Uber-PMPs moving towards UMPC space.

Posted on 31 October 2006

Dapreview has news about the Maxian PMP. Its got the same form factor as the Raon Digital Vega. However, I think its more of an advanced PMP like the I-Station Netforce. Its probably not an x86 (PC) device.  It runs Windows CE and has Wifi, DMB and an SD slot. Strangely enough it has no hard disk. Maybe they are expecting 16GB SD cards to come down in price a lot. […]

Mini convertible hand-top devices.

Posted on 31 October 2006

From Akihabara News this morning comes a rather cool dictionary. Hold on. I’ll start that again….. From Akihabara News this morning comes a rather cool electronic device. What its running is not important to me but look at the design. Here’s another pic. There’s more at Akihabara News. Just like the Sharp Zaurus its a mini-convertible. I really think that if you could push the screen right out to the […]

Universal Car mount for UMPCs.

Posted on 31 October 2006

A car mounting solution is being talked about at UMPCBuzz, Origamiproject, UltraMobile PC Tips and at the local bring-a-bun coffee morning today.  more images at ToDoUMPC Its a rather tidy homemade car mounting solution actually and has got me thinking. Could the very sturdy metal stand in the i7210 be used with my universal PDA mount?  It looks like there’s a Dremel project coming up! Steve /Chippy Technorati tags: umpc, carputer View details of all Ultra […]

R2H. More stock. Nasty Engadget.

Posted on 31 October 2006

The positively pornographic Proportable people have emailed me to say that they finally have stock on the R2H having just filled all their back orders. Proportable are shipping worldwide apparently so this post also applies to my reader in Azerbaijan! Engadget were rather nasty about the R2H the other day weren’t they? They recommended that if you want better battery life you might look at the Dell D420. Er. Hold on. […]

R2H in Australia.

Posted on 31 October 2006

A quick McBlog with coffee and the i7210 while I wait for someone… Hugo ‘Ubertablet’ Ortega has received one of the first R2Hs in Australia. News here Hugo has a nice technical understanding of the issues that are important to the customer and so I’m looking forward to hearing more. A couple of questions though Hugo. Does it feel slow and overloaded with software? This is something I’ve seen reported a […]

Carrypad UMPC Watchlist page (and RSS changes)

Posted on 30 October 2006

RSS feed sources are changing. New site-wide Feed: [updated: Watchlist link now works!] I’ve removed unconfirmed and rumored ultra mobile PC devices from the product portal now (along with end-of-life devices) and now made a Watchlist page here. There’s nothing in there that I haven’t already reported on but its good as a reference (and a nice reminder for me to keep hassling the product managers for information.) I’ve refrained […]

Mini Keyboards List.

Posted on 30 October 2006

Every few weeks we seem to get a flurry of blogs about keyboards. Despite UMPCs being touch-capable devices with handwriting recognition, dialkeys, on screen keyboard and speech input, you still need a keyboard. We all need a keyboard. Ideally you’ll get a ultra mobile PC which has a packaged keyboard (ASUS R2H for example) but if not (and if you haven’t fallen for the very practical convertible notebook design) you […]

Congratulations to TabletKiosk.

Posted on 30 October 2006

Apparently, you’re doing the best job of promoting UMPCs – according to all 59 of my readers! I’m surprised at the number of votes for Samsung and the lack of votes for Motion Computing. The LS800 was around (with DialKeys if I’m not mistakenIt was the P1510 that had dialkeys. Thanks Rob.) before the Origami UMPC. More interesting though was the conversation that kicked off on the journal comments. Here […]

VIA’s UMPC concepts.

Posted on 30 October 2006

The VIA-sponsored ultra mobile PC site – UltraMobileLife has another of the lovely ultra mobile PC concepts shown by Cre8 Inc at the VTF 2006. This one is the ‘Butler.’ A super slim Ultra Mobile device with touch, printing and Voip capabilities. Estimated battery life on an x86 ultra mobile PC that slim. Mmmm, about 3.5 minutes? There are more images over at Ultramobilelife. View details of all Ultra Mobile devices […]

Eleksen fabric keyboard.

Posted on 29 October 2006

These very cool Eleksen fabric keyboard concepts were talked about back at Origami launch time. Unfortunately there’s still no-one that’s taken the concept and put it into production. Glyn Evans of PocketPC-Solutions in the UK has one for testing and seems happy with it so why are we still waiting? You could easily make one that works with all ultra mobile PC devices. I’d buy one if it was in a messenger […]

Pepperpad 3 shipping – with discount.

Posted on 27 October 2006

Pepper computer have just let me know that the Pepperpad 3 is now shipping and is currently available for $649 at ecost. (33 hours left on the offer price as I write this.) If you’ve been thinking about the Pepperpad, now could be a good time to buy. I will be getting back to playing around with mine again soon as the Wife has just finished watching the 24 episodes […]