Samsung will begin selling their UMPC, the Q1, through Best Buy’s website starting this Sunday. We have all seen pictures of the unit that have been around, and while there are some positives being touted for this new platform, there are still issues that make it less than a PC or laptop replacement.
The pro’s: nice size, small enough to be portable, though not small enough to slip into your pocket; decent 7″ screen. The list of con’s is a bit longer: no keyboard, two onscreen semi circular keypads you can operate with your thumb; no mouse like device; no optical drive; 512 MB of RAM is not upgradable; uses a Celeron processor and 40 GB HDD; standard battery only lasts 3 1/2 hours; priced at $1099, you could get a much more friendly, lower end laptop that would give you full functionality.
It just seems to me that the few tablet PC’s out there are much more user friendly, powerful and useful for this device to get much market share, with or without Microsoft’s backing. While they are less portable, this device just doesn’t have the features to do anywhere near as much.
Posted by Jeff