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Origami 2007

Mobile Tech

January 31, 2007 10:25 PM PST

Ultra Mobile PC, with Vista-ization of the user interface:


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Better, or more useful than an iPhone? Better than initial impressions? I haven't seen them anywhere, and Microsoft's list of partners is less than helpful (try clicking on the "How to Buy" link on the bottom left of this page).


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Comments (5)
John, January 31, 2007 11:13 PM:

Ultimately I think devices like this could push out the high end PPC devices. Having a portable device that runs standard Windows software instead of those watered down versions is very appealing. No more format conversions and missing features. The ability to dock one of these and drive it with a normal KVM adds a lot to the perceived value.

It seems that in typical MS fashion, however, they probably won't get this right until version 3.0. This first gen of offical UMPC devices are big and bulky, power hungry, heavy and ugly as all get out. And they certainly are not coming in under $800 or with 6 hours of battery life like Gates promised.

Would you want to use one as a media player or a phone? Well I can't imagine someone holding one of these up to their head to talk. That would make side-talking look good. As for media playing - of course it would be sweet as you could use all the normal codecs etc. Just think of one of these in a dock in your car. But you would miss the 'instant' on capability of a flash based device like a PPC or MP3 player.

I have not seen any hardware in the wild yet either, and these things have been out for a long time. I think the only thing that really looks good these days is the OQO. (www.oqo.com) And it isn't technically a UMPC, although it certainly has all the required capabilities. The form factor and built in thumb board are sweet. But dang are they expensive. Woot had the model 1+ on sell a couple of weeks out since they are making room for the model 2. It was going for around 700.00 if I remember right. It's a good thing I didn't hear about that deal until it was too late. I don't think I would have been able to resist - and I certainly don't 'need' another device right now.

Gavin, February 1, 2007 08:18 AM:

Hold the phone up to your ear? Who does that anymore... that's so 2006.

Woot has this baby up for grabs this morning. Woot price at $749.99. I thought the Woot picture made it look a bit boxy and unwieldy, but samsungs picture of someone holding it makes it not look so bad to me. I think I like where this is going.

BTW - It's another Woot-Off day.

John, March 12, 2007 11:47 AM:

JK on the Run has a nice video preview of the Vista Origami interface. I am very impressed.

Paul, March 12, 2007 12:03 PM:

Looks okay, except that it is about the size of 4 iPhones. I wonder if they'll expose all that UI stuff to developers.

John, March 12, 2007 01:34 PM:

Well it's not supposed to be a phone. For a full PC it is not that large. But also not the smallest.
I have seen the Samsung UMPC in person and it is bulky. I have also seen the Sony UX micro and the even smaller OQO 2 in person. I prefer both of those form factors. The OQO is a pretty amazing form factor. They are very pricey however. The OQO has only active touch screen though if I remember right, so you can't drive it with your finger.






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