Maybe MSM is finally figuring out what the rest of us have known for a while that the small size and plentiful features are the UMPC’s main strengths. PC World reporter Dennis O’Reilly likes the new Asus R2H for it’s plethora of features that includes a fingerprint reader and integrated GPS, and the Samsung Q1b with the Via processor for its long battery life. Mr. O’Reilly definitely “gets it” far better than other MSM journalists who can’t seem to get past the lack of a keyboard. I find it interesting that the article claims the Via processor in the Q1b provides double the battery life of the Celeron version. That is very significant since battery life is often one of the main complaints against the UMPC.
Battery life may be the R2H’s main weakness, but it happens to be the $899 Samsung Q1B’s main strength. Armed with a Via processor (in lieu of the original Q1 model’s Intel CPU), the Q1B’s battery life was more than double that of the Q1: In my testing the Q1B ran for 4 hours, 25 minutes.