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That intrepid Aussie Hugo Ortega has done it again and gotten his mitts around the new HTC Shift UMPC.  The Shift has a dual processor/ OS with a shared Vista Business/ Windows Mobile platform.  I’m not sure which version of Windows Mobile the Shift is sporting […]

That intrepid Aussie Hugo Ortega has done it again and gotten his mitts around the new HTC Shift UMPC.  The Shift has a dual processor/ OS with a shared Vista Business/ Windows Mobile platform.  I’m not sure which version of Windows Mobile the Shift is sporting and Hugo doesn’t say.  Hugo has a thorough video overview on GottaBeMobile and I must say he has a right to be enthusiastic about the Shift.  It seems like the best UMPC released to date, bar none.  Don’t believe me?  Check out the video and see if that changes.

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  1. I have to say that as great as this device looks, I am a bit disappointed. The early specs of this device was citing quad-band GSM as an included radio which really had me excited. I thought this was finally going to be the true all in one device that I’ve been waiting for, especially with a seven day battery life on the WM side. Without true voice capability, I really don’t see the benefit of have Pocket PC as a secondary OS. It’s cool that it can be done but without voice, I’m still going to be carrying two devices.

    That aside, the Shift is still a great devices and I can’t fight its appeal. I could definitely take advantage of that laptop mode. HTC has been pushing the edge of the what Windows Mobile devices can do and should be. With their entrance into the UMPC space and expansion of their mobile model, I cannot wait to see what they do to this realm of the arena, and true to their name, bring High Tech Computing to a new level.

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  2. Hi,

    I had a chance to play with this at Tech.Ed Australia in the past week when Hugo brought it along and it is a great device.

    Jose – the reason for Windows Mobile being on there aswell is that you can have the Shift in a very low level power mode and still recieve notification of emails, calendar notes and any other things you put on the Today screen. It is part of the new Windows Sideshow initiative (Toshiba have a small LED screen on the side of the R400, Asus have a small LCD screen on the lids of some of their new laptops)

    And yes this is running Windows MObile 6. Can’t wait for the release date!!!

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  3. OK, dumb question. If it’s running WM6 does that mean we can install 3rd party WM apps and run them on that 7 inch screen??? That would be the promise of the DuoCor finally brought to life.
    Assuming that is possible (which it probably isn’t because it would be so awsomely cool), can the machine sync with itself? (ohh, that sounds naughty.)

    Seriously, I have such a huge investment in WM apps that I really need that kind of functionality to lure me away from my current Toshiba e800 / Samsung Q1 combo.

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  4. HUGE disappointment. *dazzle* them with the new KB & blind them from the flaws

    poor battery life (2 hours in real use)

    800×480 (dont make me laugh)

    *thumb* touchpad sucks (try the terrible Flipstart 1, sticks are much better)

    PocketPC OS/CPU/RAM will raise the cost & is somewhat pointless. i thought the WHOLE point of these machines are to bridge the PDA/laptop gap & get AWAY from the WM OS?

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  5. The whole point of having the Windows Mobile OS on there is so you can check your email, next calender appointment use GPS navigation of Google/Live Maps without having to boot into Vista. Obviously if you’re at a coffee shop, then you can boot into vista and use Outlook 07 etc to get your work done, but for quick email replies, maps etc Windows Mobile on this device wouold be awesome. The expected price is to come under $2,000 (AUD) so that’s around $1,680 (USD)

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  6. I think it’s mostly great, but I’m a little dismayed. I want to replace my R2H, but I want a device that has little chance of vectoring on me, and this isn’t it.

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  7. Nicholas – I see what you mean about having the ability to take care of small tasks on the Pocket PC side of the Shift, but I already have a WM device that does that quite well which I would be carrying anyways and is a lot more convenient since it is so pocketable. Like I said, the device itself is still amazing and still very alluring, but everyone has different needs when it comes to mobility, mine just don’t happen to be met by having a dual OS with no voice capability. HTC continues to push the boundaries and having them enter the UMPC realm can only be a good thing. It’s a step in the right direction and like theQill mentions, gets us one step closer to bridging the gap.

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  8. The HTC Shift is closer to being the perfect device but when will a company have the shift with voice command, the battery life we need, the screnn of 1024 x 600 and a great key.typing setup. I have been waiting sine Febuary 2004 when I first heard about the Flipstart.

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  9. I too think that HTC missed the boat with a native resolution of 800×480. Seven inch screens are too big for that resolution which needs to be 1024×600 at a minimum.

    I look forward to getting my hands on a Shift to try out. The keyboard does look awesome but I question the ability to touch type on it. The P1610 is about an inch wider meaning the keyboard is an inch wider than the Shift’s and I can just barely touchtype on the P1610 keyboard. I question if I can touchtype on the Shift keyboard. IMHO putting a full keyboard on these devices is a waste of cost, space and weight if you cannot touchtype on them.

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  10. Am I also right in seeing that dreadfully slow return from Hibernation? Granted, it’s not supposed to be a replacement for a laptop, but am I supposed to be able to fry a whole chicken while it boots back up? Holy Chicken Gizzards.

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