I have an hour to kill before they herd us up like cattle onto the metal tube that will shoot us up into the sky and if all works out as planned not fall back out of the sky. These are the moments that UMPCs live for, a little bit of table space, a little free time, and a hankering to capture those random thoughts that pop up from time to time. The first thing I checked after I fired up Flash (took 10 seconds to remove it from the bag and open it to laptop configuration in the organizer case) was to check for WiFi availability, of course. Good strong hotspot almost everywhere I check, the problem is it’s $7.95 for a day pass.
So I did what any red-blooded mobile tech geek would do, I pulled out the USB cable, attached the phone to the Q1 SSD, and hooked up to some EV-DO goodness. Speed baby, speed. I have come to appreciate the speed of EV-DO since the hotel I stayed at in Boston had abysmally slow Internet connectivity. At first I thought it was their WiFi, which they do provide everywhere in the hotel but it was horribly slow even with a wired Ethernet connection. So for most of my stay in Boston the Q1 stayed tethered to my phone and enjoyed speeds 2 – 3 times as fast as the 200 kbps the hotel network offered. I have to admit I have been taking EV-DO for granted but not anymore. It simply worked as expected every time and everywhere I needed it to work. Like right now, sitting in Logan Airport. Wireless is good, tethered is good, connectivity is good. I’m a happy geek.