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Hugo has a well-presented video explanation of why his primary mobile device has changed in the past eight months. He’s gone from a Fujitsu convertible Tablet PC to a Samsung Q1P UMPC and now uses an OQO Model 02. Have Hugo’s mobile computing needs changed? Not […]

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Hugo has a well-presented video explanation of why his primary mobile device has changed in the past eight months. He’s gone from a Fujitsu convertible Tablet PC to a Samsung Q1P UMPC and now uses an OQO Model 02. Have Hugo’s mobile computing needs changed? Not really, but each successive device has met his needs better and better. All in all a great example of why neither Hugo, nor I or James can tell you what the best device is: it’s completely dependent upon your mobile environment and requirements. How you use your device and what you use it for really dictates what’s "best" for you. Great job Hugo.

This video did get me thinking about a keyboard solution I hadn’t thought of. I’m quite proficient with my XV 6700 keyboard, much like Hugo is with his comparable Dopod Windows Mobile phone. Has anyone seen software that would allow you to use your phone’s keyboard with a slate Tablet PC or UMPC? I’m thinking there must be a way to do so via a Bluetooth connection and since I’m always carrying my phone along with my UMPC, it sounds like a perfect use case to me. Time to start researching the possiblities….

  1. thats a really good quetion…. ive been wondering that myself and i do research on the subject once in a while… i’ll reply something if i find anything but so far i’ve had no luck. i’ve only found a way to use the camera phone as a webcam via BT. but thats about it.

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  2. Yup. I second that. Its a good point about using the smartphone keyboard as an input to the UMPC.

    I don’t actually have a smartphone myself but there must be quite a few UMPC owners with smartphones.

    Steve.

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  3. It’s wierd, I was thinking about this the other day.

    Wouldn’t it be great if someone wrote a bluetooth driver to allow it to pair as a keyboard?

    The only possible solutions I know of are the PPC Tablet remote controller, although I haven’t tested using the keyboard as an input (http://www.handango.com/PlatformProductDetail.jsp?productId=144254#overview2), or to VNC over to the tablet.

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  4. I’m thinking the smartphone will need some sort of driver/application installed in it so the computer recognizes a “keyboard service” coming from the phone.

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  5. It won’t help existing owners but it’s at least an encouraging sign that Toshiba has included exactly this functionality in their new G900 Windows Mobile Device. It can be paired as a generic bluetooth keyboard under Vista and the fingerprint scanner functions as a mouse. Keyboard works great but the scanner/mouse is pretty awkward. Hopefully others add this soon!

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  6. That video is 26 minutes long!

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  7. I think what Kevin was saying is that since we already have a somewhat usable keyboard with some smartphones why not pair them up with a UMPC to use them as HID keyboards.

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  8. The G900 can work as a bluetooth keyboard and mouse?
    I’m starting to want that gadget more than my new car! Anyone heard of a UK release date yet?

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