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During a recent conversation with Intel, which has been one of the first companies to show UMPC concepts and unveil some prototype devices a little over a year a ago, we learned that the initial concept of the UMPC has failed. While the form factor of the UMPC won’t go away, these devices have been less appealing to the mass market than expected and have been redirected to aim at the business market, for example field technicians who use bulky Tablet PCs today. If Intel has its way, then what once was the mass market UMPC will morph into much smaller and less powerful “mobile Internet devices,” short “MID”.
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There was a ton of hype about them before they came out but then when they finally were released, battery life was less than optimal and they seemed overall very limited in what they could do... It's a good concept but I don't think it was well thought out
They were too big and too small at the same time....
Good idea, bad implementation
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whaddya mean, they are dead.
I think they are cool, and am going to buy one as soon as they hit the $89 price point for one with a 1024x768 screen...
I didn't expect that form factor to take the consumer market by storm. Those folks all have investments in iPods, mobile phones, and whatever else they are using to organize and streamline their personal lives. Apple has done a great job getting customer lock-in on the first device - nobody who has built up a large music collection is going to cavalierly abandon their iPod for the first Next Big Thing to come along. The business market is a different story, there is a market vacuum waiting to be filled. It isn't just the front line techs - there are plenty of executives who don't want the bulk of even the tiniest laptop, but for whom a Blackberry is neither capable nor friendly enough. I am currently evaluating an OQO Model 02 for my employer; results so far are encouraging. While ideally it could be a smidgeon lighter (almost exactly 1 lb.) it fits in my dress shirt pocket with room to spare. Since it runs Windows XP Pro, versions of PC productivity apps already licensed and understood by most corporations can be installed just as they would be on a full-size PC (just don't get too carried away - I thing the performance of, say, AutoCAD would leave something to be desired :-) You can't touch type (a skill I don't have anyway) but it's way more than a thumb keyboard - I can use two fingers on each hand with reasonable speed and accuracy. It also has a numeric keypad, which is killer, since most full-sized laptops omit that feature. If Intel thinks the form factor is dead, they should have a word with OQO, who can't seem to get Model 02s built fast enough. Their opinion wouldn't have anything to do with the fact that some of the best of breed UMPCs have been using processors from other companies, would it (OQO uses a Transmeta)?
Samsung's still trying to crack the market. Maybe if they do, Intel will come back around (or maybe AMD will try their hand at it).