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I should probably start out by clarifying what I’m doing. Or rather: what I’m not doing. I don’t intend to create a step-by-step guide on how to install Mac OS X on a Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium. I also won’t be running the OS on the […]

MacumpcI should probably start out by clarifying what I’m doing. Or rather: what I’m not doing. I don’t intend to create a step-by-step guide on how to install Mac OS X on a Samsung Q1 Ultra Premium. I also won’t be running the OS on the device for long. I simply want to get a feel for what it would be like to carry and use a UMPC with Mac OS X. Many readers have clamored for a Mac Tablet and aside from the Axiotron Modbook, this is the closest you can get today. The Q1 Ultra Premium has enough oomph in the 1.33 GHz Core Solo and the 2 GB of RAM I installed to even make this viable. I don’t expect everything to work but it should prove an interesting experiment to see how usable the full Mac environment will be on a device with small keyboard and a 7-inch touchscreen.

I’m still plugging away at getting things to work so it’s far too early to make judgments. As some folks mentioned in the comments, people have been doing this for some time on the Sony UX series. What’s interesting to me is that when I looked into how they fared, I found an immediate difference in how the Q1UP is working. The touchscreen actually works on the Samsung. Yes, the calibration is a little off, but it’s usable.This surprised me because I was under the impression that Mac OS X only supported inking with a Wacom digitizer tablet. Yet last night, I saw the Ink option in my System Preferences and then realized I could do this:Inkinosxonq1upIs the ink usable? Too early to say but I suspect not likely. Could it be if Apple spent some development time in this area? I think so.In any case, I have plenty more work do to and again, I suspect I’ll never get everything working. I was having issues upon rebooting but some fiddling with the active partition setting through Terminal now has it booting up just fine. I do have sound and it’s interesting to note that the touch volume controls on the Q1UP do control the volume just fine. The dual-function stick also works well: I can use it as a cursor with the left and right mouse buttons, or I can hit the Mouse button and put the stick in joystick mode for scrolling. The keyboard also works but the Ethernet jack and WiFi card don’t just yet. I thought was I without connectivity when I realized that my EV-DO modem would likely work. Sure enough, after installing the VZ Access software, I was able to get online. Here’s a sticky wicket: where’s the Apple (command) button on this thing? ;)

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  1. Very interesting indeed! I have a UX with XP (which has traditionaly been my ‘spare’ notebook when I travel, just in case my Macbook died).

    When I use a ‘regular’ keyboard with OS X I have always pressed the Windows key to emulate the Apple key… But I’m sure you knew that! ;-)

  2. well. I have a motion le1700, everything runs very smoothly, except the soundcard. Inking is great with tablet magic, etc. have been running it for a few months actually. Curio is great, evernote is missing ink (the missing functionality, but coming), text input is ok using keyboard input menu, and I set it up to put inking everywhere on menubar and toggle it on/off when needed. Only real issue I have is that tablet magic enables at will on startup, and I need to plug in a mouse to enable sometimes. Regardless it’s pretty slick, but…. I just upgraded to a dual-core le1700 (love the screen-size form-factorand I haven’t been able to get the digitizer working because it has an internal sprint card unfortunately. Ultimately I went back to xp tablet and I am fine with it. I love customizing xp to the hilt plus I already have a macbookpro and others. I guess I just want a macbookpro tablet, but it doesn’t exist, and the modbook is pretty much vaporware in my book. They have had so many issues getting production going, everyone is up in arms. It’s a shame, and a little pricey. It’s fun none-the-less. Selling my solo though… anyone?

  3. Hi Kevin. I’ve been reading and following up vigorously about Samsung Q1 ultra premium for past few weeks and I stumbled up on your blogs and videos. I’ve been reading and watching your articles ever since and I just want to say thanks for all the good info. I guess I’m just having a hard time deciding whether to get this device or not. I guess it’s not too popular in Korea, since one of my friend who currently works for Samsung in Korea told me to wait, indefinately, before I buy it. I just want to make sure I get some direct input/advice from many different sources as possible before I shell out $1300, which is about half of my paycheck (ugh..), for Q1 ultra premium. I guess I just need to hear from you, directly, how you think about Q1. I know you’ve posted many blogs and videos specifically for Q1, which I read and watched, but, since it’s been couple of weeks (I think) you had that device, I thought you might have more things to talk about the device. I don’t have any specific questions, yet, but just want to know how you think about the device in general. What is Q1’s strength & weakness? Who is the target consumer for this device? Is it an ideal note-taking device? How do you like it so far?

  4. Hi Kevin. I’ve been reading and following up vigorously about Samsung Q1 ultra premium for past few weeks and I stumbled up on your blogs and videos. I’ve been reading and watching your articles ever since and I just want to say thanks for all the good info. I guess I’m just having a hard time deciding whether to get this device or not. I guess it’s not too popular in Korea, since one of my friend who currently works for Samsung in Korea told me to wait, indefinately, before I buy it. I just want to make sure I get some direct input/advice from many different sources as possible before I shell out $1300, which is about half of my paycheck (ugh..), for Q1 ultra premium. I guess I just need to hear from you, directly, how you think about Q1. I know you’ve posted many blogs and videos specifically for Q1, which I read and watched, but, since it’s been couple of weeks (I think) you had that device, I thought you might have more things to talk about the device. I don’t have any specific questions, yet, but just want to know how you think about the device in general. What is Q1’s strength & weakness? Who is the target consumer for this device? Is it an ideal note-taking device? How do you like it so far?

  5. Cease! Where’s my lawyers at?…

  6. Don’t you know that abusing OS X like that will put hair on the palm of your hands?

  7. This is hella awesome, I would never get rid of my beloved Macbook Pro, but i’ve been looking into building up a second or third mac from PC parts and now something like this comes along…I love it.

    Well done sir, do let us know how things progress.

  8. Well, damn. Looks like I’ll be buying a Q1U very soon.

  9. College Teacher Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Dude! I’d buy dozens of Q1’s if they ran OSX. I’m responsible for science lab instruction of thousands of undergrads per semester, and we’re currently buying HP 2710 convertible tablets. Our test of Axiotron Modbook was… “disappointing”. I hope you will get this completely functional, and then market them. I’ll buy 40 or so units. Just send me the invoice. :^)

  10. Perhaps worth mentioning – while the handwriting recognition engine in the Newton supported cursive, InkWell in Mac OS X does not.

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