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Yesterday’s question from Todd "Why did you pick the Q1 over other UMPCs?" generated a bunch of great feedback! Let’s take it a step further and have you join in the conversation too. To make it easier, I wanted to focus on the second half of […]

Football_1Yesterday’s question from Todd "Why did you pick the Q1 over other UMPCs?" generated a bunch of great feedback! Let’s take it a step further and have you join in the conversation too. To make it easier, I wanted to focus on the second half of my answer. I listed several device attributes I’d have to see in a version 2 UMPC to make me drop Sammy and move to another device. What would it take for you? What compelling new feature or design change would it take for you to drop your current notebook, Tablet or UMPC for a "next gen" UMPC?

I expect we’ll see many of the same feature requests (longer battery life, keyboard, etc….), but really give this some thought. I’m certain that with our collective thinking caps, we can come up with something really different that could help UMPC manufacturers and Microsoft in the next wave of devices. Don’t forget that Vista is just around the corner, so if there’s a  UI change you’d like to see, I’d say now is the time! Let’s show the Origami Team and OEMs what we want!

  1. Sometimes new, innovative ideas are not what we need. We just need the current job to be finished properly. With that in mind, I’ll give the boring answers:
    – less buggy drivers that work well with standby/hibernate
    – longer battery life
    – support for ink everywhere, or at least in more places
    – bigger, faster drives

    And NO KEYBOARDs! Perhaps having them will increase the size of the market, but it’s damned cool not having to use one.

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  2. Oh, and good video performance in scaled screen resolutions.

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  3. Must be submersible.

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  4. Tax Man (aka Bill) Friday, November 10, 2006

    Submersible??? I’m more than a little curious :)

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  5. Tax Man (aka Bill) Friday, November 10, 2006

    I just think it would be so cool to be able to plug a USB stick tuner into the Q1 and watch TV. Doesn’t the Korean version of the Q1 (“Q1-san”) have the DBTV tuner with antenna? I want that in a North American version

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  6. In it’s current incarnation going forward I would like to see:
    – Active digitizer dopes! :) Do you even realize how many artists are passing on this thing as a result of this over site. I understand the reason’s for not including it, but I honestly think the market would be exponentially increased as a result.
    – Thinner profile
    – Hybrid flash drive for instant hibernation and resume. I think the newest Samsung Q1 has this..not sure.

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  7. Good questions and answers all! What would I like to see in a mobile device?

    ExpressCard slot for EV-DO. I don’t want integrated as I want to be able to use my existing plan. I don’t mind a little bit sticking out of the device.

    Vista. I don’t care about Aero glass but I want Vista.

    Bigger hard drive. This could be a flash drive but I want 80 GB or more so I can take my entire music collection with me.

    Slick audio controls- when I plug my headphones in I want the device to automatically lower the volume and vice versa. I want to be able to control the media player without turning on the device, a la the sideshow.

    I want a true joystick and mouse buttons on the front.

    Screen rotation- this is a must and the hardware controls on the front MUST rotate along with the screen.

    Firewire port- to interact with digital video cameras.

    1024×600 native resolution with an 8+” screen.

    Dashboard application that pulls all the pertinent Outlook and media player controls onto one screen, fingertip controls, please. User configurable.

    Web cam for Skype usage.

    Triple array microphone for serious audio recording.

    A dock.

    A real stylus.

    Fantastic audio speakers (a la Q1).

    Integrated stand (multi-angle).

    Adaptable interface. It should learn that when I open say IE7 and Onfolio that I always rotate the screen, switch to low res, switch IE to full screen mode, etc. Over time I should never have to change the configuration for every day tasks. It should allow different configurations depending on if a keyboard is attached or not, and if it detects a mouse or not.

    This should do for a start.

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  8. Higher default resolution, Lots of user-configurable buttons to customize, Trackpoint (mouse stick)& buttons, Light-duty ruggedization (Like a silicone shell for more fearless usage), Slick-er voice command capabilities (have a conversation with Hal), Better home and car docking solutions (grab & go), ubiquitous connectivity (like EVDO)!
    I’m sure there’s more but those jump immediately to mind

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