Sunday, August 12, 2007

Hugo Ortega does Fujitsu U1010

I've pushed the envelope and burnt the candle at both ends this week to bring you, yesterday's "The Shift" video, and today's video of what we lovingly term The Stormtrooper! Both were promised and as such both were delivered.

These videos have been much anticipated so with the burden of your buying decision in mind I have made the humanly impossible, possible. If you pay close attention you will notice that I am in the same attire for this video, as I am for The Shift Video, as I am for the Nova SunPad video - which is no coincidence as I filmed and edited them all on the same day! (Plus currently uploaded my TechED Speech which I will post shortly!)


Watch or download the High Res InkShow Video Review (39 minutes, 297MB, Windows Media streaming or direct download)

Visit the Official U1010 Homepage

Nova Mobility SunPad: Rugged UMPC

Not often a product range associated with The UberTablet Blog, Rugged UMPC ar a new force to be reckoned with. Because I had the video camera out and a Nova SunPad in my hand, it would be unfair of me not to put it on camera and let it shine - quite literally.

With the brightest outdoor viewable screen in the industry, and rugged qualities which make Panasonic nervous, the Nov SunPad is worth considering if you are a business or a specialist looking for that tough edge!


First look: The HTC Shift

Earlier this week I asked "What do Hugo Ortega and Steve Ballmer have in common?" and today I share with you the answer - The HTC Shift! I must admit that I have been blessed many times over in the last few years with the devices that have crossed my path. I still remember being the first to showcase the Raon Digital Vega; and first with the Fujitsu P1610. On this occasion however I have yet to feel more honored than by being given the opportunity to look at what is billed as one of the most anticipated releases this year, i.e. The HTC Shift.

Back in March this year I placed my thoughts down about The HTC Shift. This was more of a virtual wrap-up than anything else as very little information was available, let alone a device to feel and touch. So when I was given permission to take the HTC Shift to TechED Australia as part of my UMPC Awareness Presentation (which was a huge success) you can imagine what I said...ummmm...YES!

I had The HTC Shift for a little over 60 hours and was able to play with many of its great features, which include Pocket PC, HSDPA, Vista Business, Tilt Touchscreen, QWERTY keyboard and more. It is an incredible device with many possibilities, this video will hopefully showcase some of that. I managed to literally squeeze it into a very tight schedule I am running at present and did what I could to cover off some of the burning questions folks might have.

Machine specs (as tested):

  • Windows Vista Business (3 hrs battery)
  • Intel Santa Rosa A110 Processor
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM
  • 40GB HDD
  • HSDPA (Data only) ready
  • Web Cam
  • Biometrics
  • Windows Pocket PC (over 5 days battery life when used exclusively)
  • Qualcomm 400MHz Processor
  • 64MB RAM
  • and more...

In summary I would have to say that this is one of the BEST Ultra Mobile PC I have ever had the pleasure of spending time with. If I were a manufacturer of a UMPC, or with a UMPC about to hit the market, then I would be shaking in my boots given what The HTC Shift is capable of. "I put my order down right away!"

Watch or download the High Res version (34 minutes, 256MB, Windows Media streaming or direct download)

Visit the HTC Shift Homepage

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Speaking at TechED Australia today

I am on a Plane in 90 minutes time and headed to sunny Queensland to Speak at this Year's TechED Australia. It is Microsoft's biggest event, and happens to be the first time I speak there. I am really excited and although I am a seasoned Public Speaker I must admit that this has been bouncing with nerves of excitement!


If you're attending TechED come and join my session and say hello!


UNC303CT - Ultra Mobile PC Awareness: Is your software business ready?

08/08/2007 3:30 PM - 4:45 PM, AU Meeting Room 7

Speaker(s): Hugo Ortega

The Microsoft Origami Project haled the arrival of a new form factor dubbed the Ultra Mobile PC
(UMPC). With hardware that fell right in between a PDA and a notebook in size, and Notebook and
Desktop in functionality, the UMPC is the world’s most promising hardware revolutions to date.
Becasue they delivery fully capable operating systems in the palm of your hand these device s have
the potentially to increase the richness or the user’s experience virtually overnight. Join Hugo
Ortega, Australia’s only Tablet PC MVP, as he takes a walk through the UMPC idiosyncrasies to
consider when considering this platform. He will cover of past, present and future possibilities and
describe in detail how you might implement UMPC as a strategy for increasing your businesses
profitability while providing a richer working environment for your end user.

Track(s): Mobility, Unified Communications, Windows Client

Level: 300

Saturday, August 04, 2007

I'm still on a RAMpage

Since the release of single sticks of 2GB of RAM I have enthusiastically grabbed a handful and attempted to put them in every Tablet PC and Ultra Mobile PC known to man! So in keeping with my theme I am on a RAMpage and not afraid of very much at all.

Here is the history:


So who will we add to this growing list? Who else but my new Toshiba R400! Click here to see the results: I'm on a RAMpage.

Blogging at GottaBeMobile

Hi team UberTablet. In an effort to stay in touch I am posting at GBM. Hop on over and leave a comment and spare some thoughts:


Thank you for your support and commitment! You're the best!

On the Road but this time with an R400

This may sound like a post someone else on the team has written - not Hugo! But yes, I can confirm that I will be hitting the road on an extended vacation (to Europe!) and my primary machine is going to be the Toshiba R400! While I deliberated over my choice extensively eventually it came down to a couple of criteria:

  • Screen size,
  • Battery life,
  • Processing Power ,
  • And Screen Brightness,

I must admit that I fell in love with the look of the R400 upon its first release; having said that I fell in love with the OQO model 02 also. The OQO has been my best friend and companion for quite some time now but when it came time to deciding how I was going to be mobile while away I had to think of my eyes and my mind. My eyes could not tolerate the 5" screen as a primary device for such an extended period (two months) while on the other side of the equation is my mind! I am a highly visual person and the screen brightness and resolution of the Toshiba R400 is absolutely irresistible.

I will post a video soon of my new R4OO but in keeping with my 2GB theme several weeks back you will be happy to know that the first operation I performed on R400 is a RAM upgrade! It proudly now sports 3GBs of RAM. The other interesting thing I found out was that there is actually a SIM card slot in my device! It is hidden under the keyboard, and right under that there is an empty PCI-express card slot! I will be doing all I can to turn it into a HSDPA animal! I will keep you posted!