News – TabletKiosk “Hand Delivers” the First eo UMPC, Tablet PC Ink Support for Excel, NY Times Dogs on UMPC

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TabletKiosk “Hand Delivers” the First eo UMPC

Earlier today we posted a press release from TabletKiosk celebrating the shipment of the first batch of “eo” Ultra Mobile PCs. Just last week the company was forced to delay shipping for pre-orders due to a mechanical flaw found just prior to the new product’s release.

It looks like TabletKiosk has gone beyond the call of duty and actually “hand delivered” the first eo UMPC order to the front door of the customer!

Linda at has a great piece with additional photos. Read more here…

TipX Enables Ink Support for Excel

Tablet PC users can now grab the pen to input data in Microsoft Excel 2003 thanks to a handy new application called TipX.

TipX Features Include:

  • Sheet view for direct writing into cells
  • Cell view for more sophisticated editing of individual cell content
  • Supports optimized handwriting recognition for numeric, currency, date and time,   percentage, and formula cells.
  • Navigate to cells by writing the cell reference
  • Compliments the standard Excel user interface, the TipX window can easily be hidden or shown as required.
  • 100% designed for Tablet PC pen use, no keyboard interaction required

For information on this application, go here…

New York Times Dogs on the UMPC

In a short review David Pogue of the New York Times had some unimpressive things to say about the Samsung Q1 UMPC. In short, David feels that a small notebook (such as the Fujitsu P7120) or a Tablet PC is a better choice than the UMPC. Noted were the limitations of the UMPC hardware for the $1,100 price tag. In summary, David stated:

“Microsoft deserves some credit for trying to shake up the status quo. It is sad, therefore, that the Ultra Mobile PC feels so wrong. It aims to bridge the size gulf between a palmtop and a laptop but winds up inheriting the worst aspects of each. Like a palmtop, it feels claustrophobic, clumsy for text input and, with its exposed touch screen, vulnerable. Like a laptop, it is expensive, has short battery life and requires two hands to operate.
In short, the lesson missed by the Ultra Mobile PC’s creators doesn’t come from journalism school; it comes from the School of Common Sense.”

While this review does not make a statement that is compelling enough for readers to want to run out and buy the Samsung Q1, this is surely just one point of view. How will the rest of the world feel? Only time will tell! Read more…




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