Walt Mossberg has written a review of the Samsung Q1 in The Wall Street Journal and not surprisingly he has problems with the UMPC. Like other reviewers who don’t understand the platform one of his biggest problems with the Q1 is the lack of a keyboard. He does mention you can connect an external keyboard to the Q1 but that it makes the device “ungainly”. When are reviewers going to wake up to the fact that to make a true ultra-mobile device you have to ditch some components that you usually find in notebook computers. It doesn’t have a DVD drive in it either, but if you start putting every component you normally find in notebook computers into ultra-mobile devices they quickly become not very ultra-mobile. I much prefer to have a tiny core system with portable peripherals that I can carry or not as the situation warrants which means that the vast majority of the usage time I have the smallest package possible in my hands.
Mossberg’s main complaint about the Samsung Q1 is price, at $1099 he feels it is too expensive compared to laptop prices. ORIGAMIS ARE NOT LAPTOPS. They don’t even try to be but too many people are comparing the Origami prices to those of cheapo laptops. You cannot carry a laptop half the places you can carry an Origami. Period. Walt does point out that ultra-portable laptops do tend to cost twice the price of the Q1 so he kind of kills off his own “too expensive” argument, at least in my view.
I am pretty sure that Mossberg has not carried the Q1 around for a few days and actually used one in practice. Unfortunately this is what it takes for users to “see the light” about the utility and versatility of these small Tablet PCs. I will be so glad when Origamis start shipping en masse and we start getting real hands-on reviews by the owners who obviously get it.