News – Linda Epstein’s Q1 UMPC Review, Toughbook Tablet PC gets 3G Technology, Microsoft Music Player

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Linda Epstein’s Samsung Q1 UMPC Review

Hopefully you caught our review of the Samsung Q1 UMPC. For another review from Linda Epstein (who we consider a very trusted source), you should read on!

“The Samsung Q1 UMPC ( Ultra Mobile PC) is a small lightweight computer that gives people the convenience of the full Windows Tablet PC operating system, multiple input choices, wireless and bluetooth connections all in a lightweight package that you can take anywhere you go. Many of the initial reviews pf the Q1 were negative because they came from from users who were not using the Q1 as it is intended which was unfair to both Samsung and to the general public. In this review I hope to set the record straight by reviewing the Q1 as it was intended to be used. While you can do just about anything that you can do on a full desktop or notebook computer, the UMPC is not designed or intended to be a notebook or desktop replacement. The Ultra Mobile PC was designed for ease of mobility and convenience for people on the go…” Check out the full review at TabletPC2…

Panasonic Toughbook Tablet PC gets 3G Technology

Panasonic has worked out a deal with Novatel to include its Expedite EU740 PCI Express Mini Card Embedded Module in Toughbook-18 Tablet PCs. At this point it looks as though North American and European flavors of the Toughbook tablets will first benefit from the new 3G technology. The new technology promises to deliver enhanced high-speed streaming audio and video to Toughbook Tablet PCs.

“The Merlin XU870 ExpressCard is a tri-band HSDPA/UMTS and quad-band EDGE/GPRS product that allows for worldwide roaming between HSDPA networks in North America and Europe. The Merlin XU870 ExpressCard will initially be configured for 3.6 Mbps data speeds and when mobile operators start providing 7.2 Mbps service…”

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Microsoft Music Player Answers to iPod

As part of an effort to launch a family of products under the Xbox brand, rumors are spreading quickly that Microsoft has a music player on its way. Code-named “Argo”, this effort to release several digital products supposedly includes some sort of “iPod killer”. Microsoft’s music player device is said to have the ability to download content wirelessly. Additionally, the new device is to be on store shelves in time for the holidays.

Here comes another one of my infamous “Yoda Predictions”. Should this alleged Xbox-branded iPod killer make it in time for the holidays (let’s not forget Vista’s 1+ year delay), the iPod will probably have evolved to a VOIP mobile phone with streaming content delivered wirelessly from the iTunes store. It may even include GPS and a built-in garage door opener! Will there be a big battle in store for the iPod to prevail? I am guessing that such a dilemma will not be faced by Apple in the near future (unless of course the Microsoft gadget plays Xbox games). I guess we will just have to wait and see!

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