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OQO model 02 Battle: XP vs. Vista



Some of you have been following my movements and spotted the fact that I am on my fourth OQO model 02. To cut a long story short, and catch the rest of you up to speed, the first model 02 I received died three days after booting the machine, and the second one did the same shortly after that. Both had flawed cooling fans which caused the motherboards to overheat (and conversely created a putrid smell of burnt PCB to bellow from inside the chassis).  So enamoured with the device was I that after two weeks of unrest I decided to crack open yet another OQO model 02, my third!

Staring at two dead machines I started doing some research. I not only found happy users all over the Globe but to make it worse I was playing spectator to a sport that I normally excel at…Vlogging. So in order to stop watching and start posting again I regained confidence and spent a week getting to know my third OQO, this time with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition out of the box. Still discontented however I missed the WOW so much that I sold my Tablet enabled device last week and purchased a Vista Ultimate Version this week. It was actually the Vista version I wanted from the beginning but the XP one I settled for upfront because of delays in April this year. Strangely enough, in some perverse way, I have ended up where I began…with the Vista Ultimate version I so badly wanted.

 So where does this leave me? Well for a brief moment in time I was the proud owner of two OQO devices simultaneously. So if seeing-is-believing is your thing then see-and-believe this. Vista actually runs faster on an OQO model 02 than XP does (IMHO). These findings are not purely scientific however in order to obtain comparable results I have used two devices in this video, i.e. one with Windows XP Tablet PC Edition (installed out of the box) and one with Windows Vista Ultimate Edition (installed out of the box). Both are of the OQO model 02 ““BEST” breed and both have all their Service Packs and exactly the same apps installed. I have plugged in the exact same Mouse into the base of each unit and done my best to launch each instance of the application simultaneously to not give either a distinct advantage.

You be the judge?

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