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Origami, the ultra mobile PC is going to change the world – or so claimed the breathless press releases, and spokespeople from Microsoft and Intel. The videos showed how seamlessly it would fit into our daily lives. Reality turned out to be something else. At a […]

Origami, the ultra mobile PC is going to change the world – or so claimed the breathless press releases, and spokespeople from Microsoft and Intel. The videos showed how seamlessly it would fit into our daily lives. Reality turned out to be something else. At a news conference in Seoul, Samsung, Intel and Microsoft introduced Samsung’s latest product, Q1, the reporters were shown proof that why Origami could be the next Windows Smart Display.

Kim Hun-soo, vice president of Samsung’s PC division first tried to start the Powerpoint presentation, which was saved in his Q1. But after introducing himself, he failed to turn to the second page while his staff nervously watched him. Kim later admitted that Q1 has three hours of battery life and two hours when watching a DVD, which is comparably short to other laptops.

Microsoft Korea’s president Yoo Jae-sung spent several minutes figuring out how to start the presentation file.

Lee Hee-sung, president of Intel Korea also failed to kick off his presentation by himself, and had to be helped by the staff.

Via Korea Times. Thank Jason

  1. RTFM, I always say …

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  2. Jesse Kopelman Friday, April 14, 2006

    Now that I have a Verizon XV6700 (HTC Apache) and have had some time to play with it, I think Windows Mobile is what Microsoft should be focusing the bulk of their efforts on. There is much better value in the smartphone/pda form factor than in something the size of a composition book. If it can’t fit in a pocket, I’d rather have something that is a full featured desktop replacement running Vista.

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  3. So true, especially for men, if it’s not pocketable, then it’s going into something the size of a backpack or briefcase. In that case, the weight becomes way more important, and the size can vary up to laptop size. (Of course, there is some correlation between size and weight.) I think this is also true of women, since purses have gotten smaller and smaller, but likely to a lesser degree, since they also carry bags smaller than a backpack/briefcase.

    That’s one thing I think Apple concluded – thus, the size of the iPod. And the focus on weight of the iBook and Powerbook/MacBook Pro.

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  4. Peter Kazanjy Friday, April 14, 2006

    Om,

    I don’t really think it’s fair to say that because these senior execs are terrible presenters, that the platform is hexed. I would be dollars to donuts that these guys have less than 15 minutes with the device in question. They probably got off the jet, and were briefed in the Town Car on the way over. This is hardly sufficient proof to damn the device, don’t you think?

    Perhaps you’re spoiled by the benchmark of Steve Jobs’ mind-bending, minutely rehearsed presos? Perhaps we all are.

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  5. Apple Dude .. Friday, April 14, 2006

    Peter …
    are you missing the point . It is frickin funny when any exec does a SNAFU in public. I mean its just like the classic apple ad …

    http://www.esm.psu.edu/Faculty/Gray/graphics/movies/crowd.mov

    Seriously if the top executives of Samsung Intel and MSFT could not figure out how to do a prezo, I am not too sure I should buy a UMPC for my Dad to make a prezo.

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  6. You’d want some company to sit on some technology for 10 more years so that you can get 6 hours of battery life?

    I might not buy this because of the short battery life, but I commend them for trying.

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  7. Forget about a CEO making a SNAFU in public. Do you EVER expect anyone BUT StevieJ to have a public demo without a hitch ?

    The real story here folks is that not that more public light has shined on Ori-What?-mi, the real utility ( or lack thereof ) of these devices can be seen more for what it really is.

    These are no different than what H/PC’s where about 10 years ago. Simply an addendum to your PC. Move along folks, nothing to see here..move along.

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