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So it looks like my Samsung Q1 is in a big, brown truck as I write this; the expected delivery date is tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about how to best share information with you. I’m sure we’ll have a video review. I’m certain we’ll discuss this […]

Samsung_q1So it looks like my Samsung Q1 is in a big, brown truck as I write this; the expected delivery date is tomorrow. I’ve been thinking about how to best share information with you. I’m sure we’ll have a video review. I’m certain we’ll discuss this on a MobileTechRoundup show. I’m positive that I’ll be blogging various posts and have an unboxing photo party. Maybe that’s not all you want, however.

In light of that thought, I’m going to open up the comments here and let you help me. Why should everything come from just my perspective? I imagine you would use a UMPC in different scenarios and settings than I would. Why can’t this be more of a virtual, community review? If you envision using a UMPC on a 1.5 hour train commute to play Sudoku, for example, tell me. I won’t take the train, but I can play a game for 1.5 hours, easy. (And if you don’t believe me, just look on Xbox Live for the "podcatcher"!)

How about it? If you’ve got a situation or scenario for the Q1 that you’re interested in, drop a comment and I’ll do the best I can for you. If you received the Q1, what would you do with it? Like I said, I use my primary computing device mainly for e-mail, blogging, RSS reading and web-surfing. Now, I can only install apps that I have, so let’s keep it real! Whaddya think: should we drop Vista on it? Should we stream some video from a Windows Media Center box? Let us know what you’d like to see and I’ll do my best to "test" your scenario and provide my thoughts on if this device would benefit you in it.

-kct

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  1. Architect Drafting Table Wednesday, May 24, 2006
  2. Hi Kevin, I hope you Unboxing ceromony goes better than the one I had today. I purchased a oqo from expansys. had it for 4 days but chose not open it until a) recieved the screen protectors and b) the children where out with there mum.

    everything went fine until, I noticed the scratches and scuffs on the power pack and some little cracks on the anntennas, then when i tried to power it up nothing happened. It is so good unboxing new gadgets, but this heavly over compensated with deep pain, when you try and send them back for a replacemnt. The moral of the this is… if there was a numeber one use for you new Samsung, that would be use it straigh away.

    kind regards
    Dean

  3. As a cartoonist working for daily newspaper, I’ll take my UMPC traveling to China. It’s not just a drawing tablet, but with connections of GPRS or even satellite network I may be able to send my works back to the newspaper in Hong Kong.

  4. I want to see you do some handwriting.

  5. David Keppler Wednesday, May 24, 2006

    I’d like to see how quickly it comes back from sleep mode and what Outlook looks like on it, and how easy it is to use. Also, I intend to use mine hooked up to a flat screen, so an idea of how practical that is would be nice.

  6. Kevin,

    I am seriously thinking about picking up one of these and would LOVE to hear how MindManager runs on the device. I would also like to see how ActiveWords Ink works as that could really speed up things without a keyboard. Also, how well does it perform as a mobile TV display with SlingPlayer? I have an i-mate JasJar and think the Q1 would be a better choice and I could still get about half off if I sold the JasJar :)

  7. Just noticed you are asking for input. Wonderful. I’m bursting at the seams with questions. Here we go!…

    First of all, to answer your question, I’d use it four ways:
    1) As a notepad to take and organize handwritten and typed notes throughout the day. I’ve never used a tablet, so I’m not sure what software I’d use, but OneNote sounds like the obvious choice.
    2) With the portfolio case, keyboard, and A/C adapter as a real laptop. Both at a desk and on my lap if feasible.
    3) Tethered to a Treo 700p with Sprint’s “phone as modem” EVDO data service to connect to the internet when out of wifi range.
    4) For wifi internet browsing or media viewing (mostly MP3s and DivX) as an untethered tablet around the house. Is it safe to throw it on the sofa, or do you find yourself treating it with kid gloves and carefully setting it aside on a table where it can’t be accidentally disturbed or bumped or crushed?

    Can’t wait to see what you think.

    Don’t forget to tell us how bulky the A/C adapter is, or if there are sleek and light travel alternatives! With the limited battery life, the portability of the A/C cord is almost as important as the portability of the device itself!

    Other questions:
    * Can you connect to a desktop/notebook to share that cd or dvd player for installing software or burning data to DVD or reading data from a DVD? It would be nice not to have to get an external DVD component if you only need to use it at home anyway.
    * How fast can be charged by usb cord from a desktop pc? (Is it possible at all to do that?)
    * Why doesn’t every portable usb keyboard come with a pointer stick?!!!!!

  8. I have not yet played around with one of the XP Tablet devices. I am eagerly reading all that I can on this class of PC because I want a Modern replacement for my Newton Messagepad 2000. If MS or a third party app can ever replicate the Inking of the Newton, that is to say inking and instant recognition anywhere on the screen, not just on the line in the box, I will buy one on the spot!

  9. Try reading Ebooks using Microsoft Reader or MobiPocket Reader in Portrait mode. Can you get the page format to near the size and look of a paper back book (or hard cover). Also try to load a PDF news paper like 24hour or Metro (free news paper available here for the commute). See how readable it is, can you “ink” the sudoku puzzle, or the crossword in it. That’s what I intend to do with it for my commute when I decide to take the plunge and buy a Q1.

    For connectivity, if you have an EVDO/bluethooth cell phone, try if it is possible to use that for connecting to the net when WiFi is not available.

    When at home, instead of using a USB keyboard, try using synergy2 for keyboard sharing solution.

    I might have more IT oriented questions later, my other uses I would have for it.

  10. John in Norway Wednesday, May 24, 2006

    I’ve just read an English review and the author stated that the Q1 in England will come with the keyboard and case as standard for the same price (£799 I think). Is that the case for you?

    I’m also interested in how good the inking experience is.

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