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Updated OQO Model 01+ with USB 2.0 and More RAM 197

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the i-want-me-a-piece-of-that dept.
xanthines-R-yummy writes "OQO has announced the availability of the OQO Model 01+. The new model has more RAM and USB 2.0, which were probably the main deficiencies in Model 01." They now start just short of $2k but they still look very yummy.
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Updated OQO Model 01+ with USB 2.0 and More RAM

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  • by Tha_Big_Guy23 (603419) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @11:23AM (#13659048)
    According to TFA, it's 4.9x3.4x.9 inches, which as far as I can tell doesn't leave a whole lot of room for batteries. Considering that it's running a 1Ghz processor, and a fairly sizeable full color display for a portable, that has to be draining on the battery. I mean, it looks exceptionally cool, but I don't think I'd want one if I had to recharge it every hour.
  • Nice but... (Score:2, Interesting)

    by BattleRat (536161) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @11:24AM (#13659062)
    I don't know about you guys, but I am curious to know if its been hacked to run Linux (pick your distro)...
  • Video (Score:2, Interesting)

    by mysqlrocks (783488) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @11:25AM (#13659068) Homepage Journal
    It is the only computer you need.

    I was wondering how this works if you need more than the 800x480 resolution built-in monitor. However, I checked the specs and you can get video out of up to 1280x1024 VGA. It would be nice if it had DVI out.
  • Re:Besides... (Score:5, Interesting)

    by MoralHazard (447833) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @11:34AM (#13659153)
    Especially in the $2000 range, when for that price I can have a decent desktop PC (with better specs than this thing) AND a decent PDA.

    Well, duh! If you buy a desktop and a conventional PDA for $2000, YOU obviously don't need one of these things!

    This seems more like a laptop--portable and fairly full-featured, without making any concessions on the interface or operating system. Sure, it's expensive, but it's brand new and doesn't have any competitors, yet, that I know of. So of course it's going to be pricey. Remember when PDAs first came out? We were paying $300+ for something with 8MB RAM and a black-and-white LCD.

    And for the record, there IS a reason to buy one of these things: carrying a goddamned laptop around gets old, really quick! Unless you shell out for an ultraportable, you're lugging around several extra pounds of gear whenever you need to take it somewhere. But if you only take your PDA, you're sacrificing a lot of functionality, ESPECIALLY the full keyboard. On airplanes, too, using a full-size laptop in coach can be a real bitch.

    Now, granted, I wouldn't buy one of these things with WinXP installed on it, but as soon as someone has it booting Linux... look out, bank balance!
  • OQO missed the curve (Score:5, Interesting)

    by PeeAitchPee (712652) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @11:43AM (#13659237)
    I seem to remember OQO showing prototypes of (back then) incredibily small PCs four or five years ago. It seems that their products have taken too long to materialize, and in the mean time the rest of the industry has really started to catch up with them. In the end, I believe their target market is too small; most folks will be happy purchasing a Dell that's 25% larger but less than 50% of the price -- and all the time, the trend of miniaturization across the entire segment marches onward. OQO will become a small footnote in the history of laptops -- a great idea, but too long on the drawing board and not to market soon enough.
  • by NanoGator (522640) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @11:59AM (#13659408) Homepage Journal
    " In the end, I believe their target market is too small; most folks will be happy purchasing a Dell that's 25% larger but less than 50% of the price"

    I'm not as optimistic. There's a rather strong niche they could chase after. Those executives with a little too much spending power who are sick of lugging their laptop around the country. You have to understand that it's not just physical size, form factor makes a big difference in the use of these machines. It is very difficult, for example, to use a laptop on a plane. This seems like it'd be easier. (Although I should reserve judgement until I've used one...)

    Anyway, there is a potentially lucrative market here. Unfortunately, these guys are doing a terrible job of marketing. I seriously doubt most IT dudes know about this device, let alone the executives who 'need' them.
  • safari?!?! (Score:1, Interesting)

    by Anonymous Coward on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @11:59AM (#13659411)
    watch the video carefully...

    that web browser it safari in os x.

    they just photoshopped it in!

  • by oGMo (379) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @12:02PM (#13659445)
    Eh, the Zaurus has a fairly small "thumb" keyboard and I've done plenty of hacking, irc, etc. on it. The size of the keyboard doesn't really matter as much as the quality. No, it's not something you're going to be spending a lot of time on, but when you're in a cramped airplane seat and your 17" laptop won't even open (or sitting on the bus, or standing in line, or whatever), it's nice to have something to whip out a few lines of code on (or run ethereal on, or nmap, or nethack, or firefox, or whatever).
  • Re:Besides... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by hesiod (111176) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @12:07PM (#13659503)
    > Do people in "healthcare and public safety" really need this sort of computing power at their fingertips all the time?

    I work in a hospital and yes, they need that power. Clinical Info Software can require a heck of a processor for some things. Also, the 100% availability is a very attractive prospect for bedside documentation, such as being able to point out EXACTLY when medication was given, and having an immediate notification to stop if you are about to administer the wrong drug.

    Of course, at $1900 apiece, PDAs are a much more cost-friendly alternative.

    As for the keyboard, you are exactly right. That thing is hideous. It's like trying to use your 1980s watch calculator for complex statistical analysis.
  • Re:Besides... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by HardCase (14757) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @12:20PM (#13659639)
    It's also a doggone shame that they just appointed Joe Daltoso to their board of directors. That guy is the kiss of death to any tech company he touches. Just look at what happened to Micron PC (now MPC) and Interland after he got hold of them. MPC merged with Interland, Interland paid Gores Technology to take the company, which they turned around into a money maker. Interland's stock promptly went into the crapper and has stayed there ever since. Joe's famous last words? "The PC is dead - the future is the pure play Internet company."

    The guy was so inept at Micron Technology that they shuffled him off to the red-headed stepchild (Micron PC). Fortunately, I got out before they laid off half the company!

    -h-
  • Re:Besides... (Score:3, Interesting)

    by aonaran (15651) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @01:16PM (#13660152) Homepage
    If linux is your thing try one of
    these [icube.us]

    Not quite as high in specs, but it's less than half the price.
    I have a c860 with a 1 gb SD card and I've not had much desire for a laptop since getting it.
    My main portable use is just e-mail, web and wireless network auditing, so the little c860 with pdaXrom [pdaxrom.org] works fine for me.
  • by ilmdba (84076) on Tuesday September 27, 2005 @02:16PM (#13660645)
    sorry actually they didn't. i have a late numbered OQO (with the supposed wifi fix) and both the range and the reliability of the wifi is horrid.

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