Well, a lot of the hoopla has died down. The Ultra-Mobile PC is now officially a real product, and people are wanting one. I posted earlier about my hard fought battle to hang in as a non UMPC owner until ASUS delivers. Guess Kevin Tofel of jkOnTheRun fame has not the finely developed sense of patience that I have (or else his wife WILL let him buy one, not sure which, or if he is even married).
Kevin is taking the plunge with a Samsung Q1 from Best Buy. Is he nuts? I think so. But I applaud his courage in moving fourth with his hard earned money and being a pioneer in the Ultra-Mobile PC arena. I think the Samsung is probably a good unit, but the price is still too high in my book. Prove me wrong Kevin, then I can give up my quest to wait on an ASUS! Here is what he has to say about this move:
“When I say “just ordered”, I mean just ordered. As in less than 5 minutes ago. Hopefully the shipping estimates that Best Buy provided of “5/25 to 5/31” are accurate, but we’ll see. Why did I do it? Well, my biggest fears might not be major issues after all and I’m willing to take a chance. The only reasons I wasn’t going to take the plunge were: connectivity and the touch screen. From a connectivity standpoint, I put about 1.5 to 2 GB of bandwidth through my EV-DO card. Since that’s a PC card, I can’t use it with the Samsung Q1. However, as Lisa Gade noted in her hands-on review, she was able to tether her Samsung A930 with the Q1. Since I’ve got an EV-DO plan with my Windows Mobile 5 phone, this might be a non-issue. As far as the touchscreen, my obvious concern is: will my hand cause issues with my inking? That’s a chance I’m willing to take as I can adjust the pressure level of my hand and learn to minimize any problems. Frankly, the form factor coupled with hardware specs that are good enough for 98% of my daily routine (e-mail, reading RSS feeds and blogging) make this an appealing package. I still think I’m nuts, but it’s likely you already knew that. ;) “
I look forward to his reports on delivery and experience with his new tool.., errr, I mean TOY..!