Reviews and Problems with Samsung Q1 Ultra / Q1U-series
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Samsung Q1 Ultra
22 October 2007
Conclusion: Certainly an elegant and feature-rich device that addresses the first generation Q1's shortcomings. But for this price, I want more speed! Even simple tasks are annoyingly slow on the Q1 Ultra.
Pros: Full Windows in a very portable format. Screen resolution is high enough for a near-notebook experience and the touch screen is accurate and responsive to finger touch. Good networking with Bluetooth, WiFi and even HSDPA on one model. Navigation software is a plus.
Cons: Quite slow. Interacting with small on-screen elements like Start Menu program lists, hyperlinks and close boxes take a precise hand (and use of the stylus rather than a finger). The tiny keyboard is better than nothing, but not by much.
Conclusion: The Q1 Ultra makes no pretense of being a speedy game machine or workstation-class number-cruncher. Generally, it takes the annoying decrease in speed between Windows XP and Vista and magnifies it slightly.
Excerpt: The Ultra is for ultra wide. While other UMPCs tend to have a boxy, chunky look, the Q1 frame measures just 9-inches wide and slightly under an inch thick. This real estate provides enough space for a 7-inch touchscreen and a split keyboard flanking the left and right sides of the display.
Pros: Glossy black finish and sleek design cater to the stylish set. Big 7-inch touchscreen. SD media card slot, standard 3.5-mm headphone jack, Wi-Fi, and fingerprint scanner built in.
Cons: Some input controls (mouse function, buttons for left and right clicks, and four customizable options) are too flat and less effective than the touchscreen-stylus combo. Slow to open and toggle between applications.
Excerpt: About two months after I sent away for it , the Samsung Q1 portable USB keyboard (model AA-SK0TKBD) finally arrived. Normally priced at just under $100 in the U.S., this one was free with the purchase of any UMPC in the Q1 series.
Excerpt: Earlier this year, Microsoft began pushing an idea it called Origami, a set of specifications for small tablet PCs that would fill a niche between notebook PCs and PDAs. As the products began appearing on the market, they became known as ultra-mobile PCs, or UMPCs.
Conclusion: There literally is pretty much nothing like it! it's gorgeous, it's cool and it functions well in a variety of rolls, from ultra-portable notebook to media player to digital note taker (and more).
Pros: Incredibly portable yet usable Windows machine. Windows XP Tablet Edition and the excellent touch screen make the most of the device. The display is vibrant and responsive. Good built-in stereo sound with SRS and dual array mics. Intuitive and easy to operate controls. Very attractive device that...
Cons: The resolution isn't consistently supported by 3rd party or even Microsoft's own software: dialog boxes will sometimes run off the bottom of the screen, requiring user-prowess and judicious use of the res switcher button. Price is high when the device has to compete with higher spec-d traditional...
Conclusion: The Samsung Q1 Ultra isn’t a machine for the everyman, as you’ll have to have a specific need in mind to get the most from it. We used it for a couple of weeks and never really got used to the limited battery or slow start up.