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OQO2 gets HSDPA upgrade

OQO2 gets HSDPA upgrade

We already know that Vincent loves the OQO2, but I've a sneaking suspicion that the one thing stopping him from proposing to the diminutive UMPC-a-like is the lack of HSDPA high-speed cellular broadband.  Well, tnkgrl has not only got an OQO2 but has already voided the warranty by proving that it's eminently possible to swap out the existing EVDO card for a Cingular HSDPA alternative.

FCC approves the OQO Model 02

FCC approves the OQO Model 02

For a second there, I thought OQO already got all the loving it needed from FCC. If you didn’t know, don’t worry; neither did we.

I’m going out on a limb and make the claim that the Model 02 is possibly every bloggers best friend. Why? It’s easily the smallest Windows Vista capable portable computer on the market, featuring WiFi, Ethernet, Bluetooth, WWAN, a rugged chassis made of magnesium alloy, active drop detection technology, all wrapped up in a pretty package no larger than a paperback book. The Model 02 sports a 1.5GHz VIA C7 CPU with integrated graphics, 60GB HDD, 1GB of 533MHz DDR2 SDRAM, and a 5-inch 800x400 resolution LCD. Are you impressed yet?

Anything this small and feature rich isn’t going to come cheap. So expect to shell out upwards of $1,800 or more depending on the configuration you want.

OQO Model 02 Gets FCC Approval [FCC website]

OQO Models past & present pose

OQO Models past & present pose

I'm not naturally a jealous person.  Ordinarily I can be generous and forgiving of other's good fortune, without wishing them to fall down stairs or be mauled by rabid toads.  And yet seeing the photo-shoot fun tnkgrl has had posing a new, excitable OQO Model 02 and a couple of 01+ old-pros has brought me out in hives of envy.  It's not pretty; or should I say, I'm not pretty - the handheld computers certainly are!

 

OQO Model 2 is ready for its close-up

OQO Model 2 is ready for its close-up

If all the OQO Model 02 details are increasing the moistness of your undercarriage then prepare for a gushing wealth of review splendour.  Gadget-lover Just Blaze has been playing with the dinky device, and recorded his findings in a two-part video review for The Boy Genius.  You can see the first part of the review here; for the second you'll have to follow the link...

Just Blaze OQO 2 Video Review [The Boy Genius]

Mike touches up the OQO Model 02

Mike touches up the OQO Model 02

I think I'm getting a little bit of a crush on Mike Cane.  He comes across all grumpy and belligerent at first, and then you see a glimmer of childish glee such as in this post where he describes fondling an OQO Model 02.  Now that's news in itself, of course, as it's a rare beastie and is yet to hit the mainstream review circuit.

Mike is keen to point out that his isn't a review, just an act of pre-emptive and spontaneous molestation; nonetheless, the keyboard gets a rave report while the screen-slide is a potential concern (already feeling wobbly and flimsy in its movement).  Oh, and he also comments on some odd font treatment it looks like the OQO boys might've done, which have added up to fuzzy, bold-looking text.

Would he buy one?  Well, there was no price there and Mike prefers his passive touchscreens rather than active ones, he'd go for the Model 02 over a Sony UX.  Interesting stuff.

OQO Model 02 Fondle [Mike Cane's Blog]

OQO Model 2 gets more EV-DO options

OQO Model 2 gets more EV-DO options

Vincent got a bit light-headed when he saw the OQO Model 2, and there's no doubting that it looks like it could be the perfect machine for the mobile warrior.  The convenience of a UMPC with the benefit of a slide-out keyboard for pecking out the odd email makes for a heady combination.

Well, I fear he may just wet himself with excitement when he hears that OQO have announced integrated WWAN courtesy of Verizon's EV-DO network in the US.  No more tethering to your cellphone or hoping to step inside the comforting warmth of a WiFi cloud; just whip the Model 2 out and get online straight away.

OQO model 02: First images and Video walkthrough

OQO model 02:  First images and Video walkthrough

I had an "oh my god" reaction when I was shown OQO’s latest portable PC, earlier today. From what I was told (watch video) this new version is a big improvement over the previous two editions. It features a much more usable QWERTY keyboard featuring integrated trackball, mouse buttons, up/down/left/right scroll on the lower left of the device. There’s also really cool docking station (watch video). It sports Windows Vista or Window XP.

[flv]http://www.slashgear.com/videos/oqov2slashgear.flv[/flv]Video - Part 1
[flv]http://www.slashgear.com/videos/oqo2part2.flv[/flv]Video - Part 2

Here’s the kicker…it features Bluetooth, WiFi, 1GB of RAM, 1.5GHz VIA C7M ULV processor and Sprint Revision 0. EV-DO. There's also an HDMI-DVI adapter that's included in the package.
There are three models available, the good ($1499), the better ($1699) and the best ($1849).

I want to thank our new friend Dean at The Mercury News for taking the time to show me the new OQO. NOTE that no embargo was broken because it was lifted at 6:30PM PST on Jan 7, 2007.

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