By January 30, 2007

UMPC Group Test (Part 1)

I’m sure that I have mentioned this before on the blog but I commute to and from London every day and try to get some work done on the train. As I’m doing more on the blog these days I need to use a laptop more and I need my internet access.

At the moment I have a small Dell Latitude D420 which I carry everywhere with me. It’s light and fairly powerful and there isn’t much wrong with it. I even have a built in 3G card. The problem I have isn’t with the laptop as such but anyone that uses trains regularly and takes their laptop will know (probably) that the space between seats coupled with the tiny seat back tables makes using a laptop pretty awkward, even with a fairly small laptop. There are also few tables on most trains.

Pocket PC mobile devices aren’t quite powerful enough for the job and they also do not run the software that I need to use. But now that UMPC devices are becoming more common I thought that one of these might solve my problem as most of these are designed for hand held operation.

Luckily my friends from eXpansys were kind enough to lend me a few devices (the UBiQUiO and the OQO) to test for this purpose.

So over the next few weeks I’m going to be ‘real world’ testing and reviewing three UMPC devices. I’ll be letting you know which one I think’s best.

The devices I shall be reviewing are:

The UBiQUiO 702
Ubiquio 702

The OQO Model 01
OQO Model 01

The Samsung Q1
Samsung Q1

Specification of each device:

Samsung Q1
UBiQUiO 702
OQO Model 01
Intel Celeron M ULV 
Transmeta Crusoe
CPU Speed
1.0 GHz
1.0 GHz
1 SODIMM Socket, DDRII 400, 512MB
1 x SODIMM slot 512MB Standard
512MB DDR RAM (fixed)
Screen Size
7” Touchscreen
7” Touchscreen
5" transflective display 
Screen Res
800 x 480 Native
800 x 480 Native
800 x 480 Native
915 GMS Internal GFX
VIA UniChrome™ Pro graphics
8Mb 3D Accelerated
Hard Drive
8mm, 1.8” SFF HDD 40GB
2.5" 9.5mm, 40GB UDMA 
8mm, 1.8” SFF HDD 30GB
Yes, On-board
Via Docking Cable
802.11b/g, a/b/g
QCOM 802.11b/g
Bluetooth 1.1
Bluetooth 2.0+EDR 
Bluetooth 1.1
2 x USB 1.1
2 x USB 2.0
1 x USB 2.0
Windows XP Tablet Edition
Windows XP Tablet Edition
Windows XP Tablet Edition
2 x 2W Stereo Speakers 
Built-In 1W Speaker
Built-In Mono
Battery Type
Re-chargeable 28w Lithium ION Battery
Re-chargeable 26w Lithium ION Battery
Re-chargeable 14.8w Lithium Polymer Battery
Battery (Claimed)
Standard Battery : over 3.5 Hrs 
Standard Battery : 3 Hrs 
Standard Battery : 3 Hrs 
227.5mm x 139.5mm x 24.5mm
230mm x 150mm x 25mm
134mm x 86mm x 23mm
1042g (with extended battery)
Button : 8 Way Stick, 4 User Key, 3 button (Auto Scale/Select/Menu), Hold , Volume Up/Down, Power/MIO, CAD
Power on/off switch, 1 x Wireless on/off switch, 1 x D-pad with enter, Left Mouse Button, Right Mouse Button,  4x Function Keys, PageUp, PageDown, Key Lock, Volume Up, Volume Down, Synaptics Transtouch Stick Cursor 
Included accessories: universal power supply (air/auto adapters included), docking cable, desktop stand, digital pen, carrying sleeve 


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