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The coolest mobile device on the market today is definitely the OQO Model 02.  I played with one at the CES early this year and while I don’t know if it would serve me as a daily machine I would still love to get one for […]

The coolest mobile device on the market today is definitely the OQO Model 02.  I played with one at the CES early this year and while I don’t know if it would serve me as a daily machine I would still love to get one for a good look.  I had been following Hugo Ortega (GottaBeMobile & Uber Tablet) since he first got his OQO as I know his insights will help me figure out if the OQO will work for me.  Hugo’s blogging about the OQO fell silent a few weeks ago and I was about to reach out to him to ask him (anxiously) why when I saw this post on his blog:

So I posted a video about the OQO model 02 and had thousands of hits – literally. I was lookingforward to a great experience. When my first OQO 02 died (just beofrethe Video) I received the replacement and got back on the road quickly(kudos to OQO) when the second one died OQO did the right thing and gota new one out to me again – I was upset but looking forward to a greatseason ahead, and then when the third one arrived I lost all motivationand it is in my garage unboxed.

Iwas upset and have decided to move away from it for a little while.Sorry guys. We’ll see what happens in the future. Migration of all mydata – twice – has been a headache I do not want to deal with on athird occassion.

Hopefully this is just an aberation but I remember hearing these stories over and over again when the first generation OQO shipped.  I corresponded with more than a couple of early OQO adopters who were on their 3rd (or 4th) unit.  Ouch.

  1. John in Norway Tuesday, May 29, 2007

    I’m afraid to touch mine now! I don’t have Hugo’s connections so I know that if mine bites the dust it’ll be a nightmare getting it replaced. I’m still loving it though.

    I’ve noticed that my screen wobbles from side to side but I’m hoping the little side rails will stop it getting any worse.

    I’ve also noticed that since I’ve put all my other devices in a cupboard, so this is my only mobile device, that I do a lot less inking (I either dictate or use the keyboard).

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  2. iNsAnEcLoWn Tuesday, May 29, 2007

    yah this makes me a little nervous as well, I ordered my Best/Vista Ultimate/Sprint last week. Which one do you have John? How about a mini review from you :)

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  3. OQO has always been plagued by Quality Control issues, this is of no surprise. their 2nd biggest issue has been EXTREMELY slow shipping & turn around time. if it had been a regular person and not Hugo then they would have been waiting for a much much longer time period.

    just wait until the batteries start to fail next, that’s always fun!

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  4. >>>I’ve noticed that my screen wobbles from side to side but I’m hoping the little side rails will stop it getting any worse.

    Aha! Vindication!

    http://mikecane.wordpress.com/2007/03/11/oqo-model-02-fondle/

    And I got crap for pointing that out!

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  5. I got my OQO 02 Best/Vista Last week and so far no issues. Am really praying i don’t get these issues especially since im also in the pacific, specifically in the Philippines! will let you guys know if this vista version suffers from the same IF it happens.. pray pray pray!

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  6. Hi James,

    Regrettably it gets worse still. I am writing another post given the amount of attention the post received and will be uploading it soon.

    I have been very patient and blindly passionate about this device given just how much I like it. But enough it enough sometimes.

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  7. I got my OQO 02 in early April, and so far it’s held up with no problems. It’s been through an upgrade, numerous driver changes, and some abuse by a 5 year old, but still ticking *keeps fingers crossed*.

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  8. Don't Panic! Tuesday, May 29, 2007

    Is it the 3G connection that’s causing problems? My major use for mobile tech is connecting to the internet. Right now I’m using a Sprint USB modem with a really long cable for my notebook and UMPC devices.

    My PPCs and WiMPE devices run on wireless carrier based solutions with no problems. What’s the problem with a full PC?

    Is that through the wires connection every going to realy launch?

    Thanks for keeping it real Hugo.

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  9. I’m sorry to read about Hugo’s problems… But I’m surprised he has decided to move on!

    So far my Model 02 has been working well, even after my HSDPA mod :)

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  10. Seems to me that OQO might having a bad batch on its production or parts. So far on all the units that I sell, we only have one unit that goes bad (won’t boot at all). If you pass the first 48 hours with the unit, most likely your unit will be fine. Cheers.

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