Sunday, March 25, 2007

Sunday drive but which UMPC

This Sunday I had the opportunity to spend a little time with a friend, my wife and kids, and take a drive down the Northern Beaches. The location was the Newport Arms Hotel and the distance about 45 minutes. I could have packed a few CDs in the car but I remembered I needed to also prepare some emails. So without much haste, since life is truly Ultra Mobile around my house, I grabbed my Samsung USB-to-USB data transfer cable (no drivers needed) and linked up my Raon Digital Vgea with my Samsung Q1P.

It took less than 10 minutes to get 4GB worth of music that had sat on my Vega onto the Q1P and I was ready to go. The reason I took the Q1P, in case you're interested, is the screen brightness (280 nit), and the fact that I had the latest edition of the Microsoft Origami Experience pack. The reason this is so nice is that my media player is now encapsulated in this Origami Pack and displayed with really large finger-licking buttons. SO no matter who has it in their hands we can all tell the music what to do.

All that was left was to plug in my $6.50 analog audio-in adapter into my cassette tape deck and let the good times roll. (When will car manufacturers learn that an iPod is a stupid device and a UMPC, cradled into the car dashboard as my car stereo and GPS, is much better? Maybe 2010!)

I hope you have/had/having a great weekend too.


chapmanbobby said...

This is exactly what I want to do with my Q1 when I get one. But every time I get close monetarily, my car breaks in some way that wipes out all my money.
I've already got my tape to UMPC adapter ready, and I'll be buying a windshield cradle for the Q1 when I get it. Coupled with the car adapter and a GPS unit and that's the perfect driving experience. Thanks for the article, it's great to hear about ways we can enjoy the daily routine thanks to UMPCs.

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi ChapmanBobby,

Nice to hear from you sir. It's a realy pitty about your car. I've had the same experience several times in my life and have decided to stay away from run down vehicles (although that is easier said than done.)

Thanks for the compliment. I will keep sharing stories if you keep reading. :-)

What are you driving?

Elo said...

Actually, Hugo, I had a great week-end and thanks for asking :)

Last night, after we put our son to bed, I was finishing a novel on my PDA and my wife was annotating and modifying house plans on my Tablet Toshiba R400 comfortably in the bed. She uploaded the modified pdfs via bluetooth when she wanted me to take a look at it. I couldnt stop myself from looking at us and meditating how things are changing fast.

Interesting times ahead!

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Elo,

You're starting to sound like us. Last night we sat back in bed with the Sahara Slate, my wife played Bejeweled on the Samsung Q1P while my son played on our HP TC1100. LOL.

Anonymous said...

Hugo it looks like you and your family will have a good time. I seem to take my Q1P everywhere we go also. Hmmmm does this sound bad. Hugo I have a question about your Q1P; I know that yours was preinstalled with Vista, does it have Aero Glass running on it? Also when you do your VLOG if you can show what your Q1P does more than a non preinstalled Vista one. I have had Vista on mine since January and really like Vista tablet features.


Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Hector,

I am working on that Video but waiting for some aproval before I upload it. As far as aero glass is concerned I do not get it on my Q1P either. Shame.

When I dod the video I will try and cover of some new stuff. NP.

Gabriel Gonzalez said...

Hey Hugo, long time without posting a comment here! I am too busy these days.

I am still thinking of having a "Touch-Desktop" computer and I have found this new device from, have you tried it?

Hugo Ortega said...

Hola Gabi, welcome back!

The touch-desktop solution you are linking to is OK, but I must admit I have not had a good experience at IT shows when trying them out.

Surely it's not expensive to just buy it and let us all know what you think. Otherwise get the compnay to send me a trial version and I'll put it through its paces. I like what you're thinking but it's all in the execution mate.

No a days the price of touch monitors are quite reduced. Maybe look at buying something like this: "IntelliTouch surface wave Touchscreens"

Elo said...


Have you checked out the HTC UMPC, "Shift" ?

I'd like to hear your thoughts on the design!

I find it is a very mature design. It looks perfect really. The keyboard options are offering a much needed flexibility and the possibility to just set it at an angle and use it like a Notebook is incredible. The screen is just perfect at 7 inches and the features all look very good (check out that connectivity!)

Looks like it will be my first UMPC to assist my Tablet! ;)

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Elo,

I will post today.

kgoodwin said...


I'm in the process of purchasing a new Tablet. My old Acer c312 is at the end of it's life. It's actually been a really good device. I'm now trying to make a decision between the Toshiba R400, the IBM X61 and the Fujitsu P1610. Comparison and comments?

Hugo Ortega said...

Hi kgoodwin,

Great question dude...which Tablet? To make it easy for you let’s look at my recent visit to Redmond. We had all the "experts" (Tablet MVPs) under one roof and I believe as many as 6 out of 18 had the Lenovo X61! Then a similar number had the R400 but admittedly they were less enamored with the device. I for one love the R400 and am trying my best to get one for myself.

Sitting next to the X61 in Redmond however I must admit that the X61 was a very impressive device and packed all the versatility deserved in today’s mobile computing market.

This leaves the P1610! It would be a contender if you were comparing it against a UMPC, however, when compared against the above mentioned "real" tablets I am afraid it has NO chance.

If you're into looks, go R400, if you're into function, go X61.

Hugo Ortega to the rescue once more! LOL.

Steven said...

Do you ever wear a cape? haha
How about comparing slates, like the Sahara slate vs. the Motion LE1700? I just watched Rob Bushway's Inkshow, and it is exciting...all but the pricing.


Hugo Ortega said...

Hi Steve...(only for a bit of late night fun with my wife. LOL)

I've compared everything I can get my hands on: just watch my videos. When it comes to the new Sahara vs. the new LS1700 that's even too bleeding edge for me. I'll need to wait another 6 minutes before I approach them for devices.

Keep one eye on the blog and you'll surely see something come up.

Thanks for visiting, for your enthusiasm and support! (sorry I missed your Skype ping too)

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