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Old 09-27-2005, 06:34 AM   #1
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OQO Unveils New Pocketable Windows XP Computer

Put the full power of Win XP in your hand with this "handtop" computer. It's the Model 01+, which is an upgrade from their first model. Very impressive.

From today's press release... San Francisco, CA | September 27, 2005 — OQO today announces its newest ultra personal computer, the OQO model 01+. With upgraded specs, new features and additional accessories all packed in the same 14 ounce pocketable design that made the model 01 the smallest and most mobile Windows XP computer on the market, the model 01+ offers even more PC functionality everywhere you go.

In addition to upgraded memory, larger hard drive, and faster USB, the model 01+ incorporates an internal speaker and improved pen-based digitizer. The model 01+ now ships with a new universal power supply which adds support for airplane and automobile DC power outlets.

"The OQO WiFi-enabled model 01 introduced last October was the first computer to make Windows XP a truly mobile experience. Everyone from prosumers on-the-go with Microsoft Office suite to field workers performing onsite data collection or accessing secure corporate networks wonder how they got along before the increased productivity that comes with a real PC that actually fits in your pocket." said Jory Bell, OQO's CEO. "Today's introduction of the model 01+ brings our customers more memory, more features and more performance in the same amazingly small package and all for the same price as the original model 01."

Check out more details at oqo.
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Old 09-27-2005, 12:32 PM   #2
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The devil is in the pricing... at $1899, I doubt it will sell much. To ever challenge PDAs it should not be more than $999.

It looks cool, at the very least, they have upgraded to USB 2.0, now using USB CD drives or hard drives won't be a pain...

Why do these gadgets always says 'up to' xx numbers of hours, in this case, 3 hours. But 'up to' could also mean 1 hour or less... it could have some fineprint saying that 3 hours is with wifi off, screen off, and just playing mp3 or something like that... I guess this won't last an hour or at most hour-and-half of wifi surfing. Hopefully, some one (mobiletechreview?) ould get one and put it to its paces...

Beats the Nokia 770, but with that price, you could maybe buy 5 Nokia 770 with some money to spare.

And the OS is XP Tablet Edition? I think this would be could in 2006 with Vista on it, better battery management of Vista would be great on such a small device, but then again, they would have to at least double the CPU speed for Vista...
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It's definitely not for the feint of wallet. That does make it a niche gadget... for now. I'm confident that in the next generation of CPUs (e.g. with the desktop in your handheld promised by Intel) these will explode as they move into reasonable pricing. And if we get those expandable e-ink screens, they might even get a nice display.

You're right about the battery being a weak link. And about other options appearing like the Nokia 770. But all these devices have their own weaknesses, and will continue to have tradeoffs for the next few years minimum. Certainly for basic uses like email, IM, ebooks, etc the Nokia is pretty nice.

But, wow, if you really need/want XP in your pocket, this is very cool!
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