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Samsung Q1EX Unboxing Prompts Head Scratching

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q1ex-3The UMPC acronym is having a resurgence of late but there are still quite a few unanswered questions. No more so than with the Samung Q1EX. We got some early news on this at CES2009 and it’s been available to order since back in March. It is certainly an interesting looking UMPC as it mostly follows the familiar looking Samsung Q1 form factor, with one major exception, they dropped the split keyboard. The device is certainly cleaner looking and it apparently weighs in a little lighter as well.

Steve “Chippy” Paine spent some time unboxing the Q1EX and a 4 hour live Q&A session with his viewers on the device and it still leaves many scratching their heads as to why now with this device. Don’t get me wrong, it if works for you, it works for you, but at the $749 price point, which is lower than what UMPCs were selling for originally, and how the mobile market has moved since the days of UMPCs, I just don’t see this fitting into the scheme of things were they currently stand.

Warner Crocker is a professional theatre director, producer and playwright and also a Tablet PC enthusiast. He is also a Microsoft MVP for Tablet PCs. Send email to Warner. You can follow him on Twitter or Google+

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  1. Brian

    04/28/2009 at 11:14 am

    I personally like the Q1EX, reminding me of the old Motion LS800 while a little smaller, lighter, and more powerful (but passive display). My personal interest is as a vertical application for an aviation navigation system. The size and performance is perfect for the cockpit. My review/comparison of the Samsung Q1EX to the Fujitsu P1610:
    http://brianflys.net/2009/04/18/review-samsung-q1ex-vs-fujitsu-p1610-running-anywhere-map-pro/
    The Q1EX is being marketed now as a aviation GPS navigation solution by Control Vision (with 32GB SSD) called “Anywhere xSST”:
    http://www.anywheremap.com/ultramobile.aspx

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