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When I say "just ordered", I mean just ordered. As in less than 5 minutes ago. Hopefully the shipping estimates that Best Buy provided of "5/25 to 5/31" are accurate, but we’ll see. Why did I do it? Well, my biggest fears might not be major […]

Q1_1 When I say "just ordered", I mean just ordered. As in less than 5 minutes ago. Hopefully the shipping estimates that Best Buy provided of "5/25 to 5/31" are accurate, but we’ll see. Why did I do it? Well, my biggest fears might not be major issues after all and I’m willing to take a chance. The only reasons I wasn’t going to take the plunge were: connectivity and the touch screen. From a connectivity standpoint, I put about 1.5 to 2 GB of bandwidth through my EV-DO card. Since that’s a PC card, I can’t use it with the Samsung Q1. However, as Lisa Gade noted in her hands-on review, she was able to tether her Samsung A930 with the Q1. Since I’ve got an EV-DO plan with my Windows Mobile 5 phone, this might be a non-issue. As far as the touchscreen, my obvious concern is: will my hand cause issues with my inking? That’s a chance I’m willing to take as I can adjust the pressure level of my hand and learn to minimize any problems.

Frankly, the form factor coupled with hardware specs that are good enough for 98% of my daily routine (e-mail, reading RSS feeds and blogging) make this an appealing package. I still think I’m nuts, but it’s likely you already knew that. ;)

-kct

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  3. Gee Kevin, you could have Photoshopped the jkOTR web site on the picture. :) You’re going to love the Q1, that’s my prediction.

  4. Umm, it’s Lisa Gade, not Linda.

  5. Michael Venini Sunday, May 21, 2006

    Kevin,

    I own one, and your going to love it. If you have any questions, please feel free to send me an email.

  6. Hey, Michael.

    When are you going to post about the Q1 on your blog? I haven’t seen an update in quite a while. :)

    Kevin, I look forward to hearing about your first impressions when you get the Q1. Even though the Q1 is the only current UMPC that can handle screen rotation, if I were to buy a UMPC, I’d lean toward the Asus model (what can I say, I really like the looks, and the integrated GPS!). But as I’ve said several times on my blog, the Sony UX is stealing me away from the UMPCs so far…

  7. Jeff Gilbert Sunday, May 21, 2006

    I received the first shipment of the Q1 after the initial backorder. So far I’ve been very disappointed by it as a note-taking device. The touchscreen is just too much of an issue to be a serious contender, IMO. I’d like to hear how others have dealt with it, but you just simply need to rest your hand on the screen, and you can’t do it. Seems like the Motion LS800 is the best alternative.

  8. Cool! I look forward to reading about your impressions on it. Are you getting a spare battery for it as well? I wonder if you’ll be looking at the pressure sensitivity, and sampling rate of the touchscreen – I’m interested in using a UMPC as a drawing tablet, and at the moment, the only PDA that is useable for that function is my REALLLY OLD (Windows CE) Cyberbank PC-Ephone.

  9. Kevin C. Tofel Sunday, May 21, 2006

    James, my bad! I fixed Lisa’s name (Sorry Lisa! Great reviews BTW!)
    Michael, I hope we’ll be “talking shop” about the Q1 soon. Stay tuned.
    Cheryl, I can live without GPS but I’m not sure I can live without a UMPC now. ;) If the Asus were available now, I’d consider it, but it might be too sleek for me.
    Jeff, the touchscreen is a concern, so this baby might see eBay within 48 hours, but I have to give it a fair shake. Actually, I don’t plan to shake it, so scratch that.
    Pat, I didn’t order any extras at this time. I want to ensure I can comfortably ink first. If that works out, I’ll likely grab a keyboard, spare battery and possibly the case when those are available.

  10. I just came back from JavaOne where one of the Microsoft employees had the Q1. He let me play with it for a few minutes and I found the touch screen inking experience unacceptable. I really could not rest my hand on the screen without getting stray ink. The MS employee told me that he had to use it like a PDA (i.e. did not rest his palm on the screen). I asked about battery life and he said he was getting 2-2.5 hours.

    I wish you better luck Kevin. I love the form factor; however, I will have to wait until things improve a bit. I look forward to your review.

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