The OQO Model 01 is about the size of a PDA, but it isn’t a PDA per se, and even though it runs Windows XP and has a Hi-Res LCD screen it can’t be called a notebook computer. For now most are just calling it the worlds smallest computer. The one thing we can say for sure about the OQO Model 01 is that it’s been rumored since the beginning of time (only a slight exaggeration) but its time has now arrived and today it went on sale.
The folks at OQO apparently decided to mail their innovation to several of the larger media heavyweights out there. The New York Times, Wall Street Journal and PC World all got test units and posted reviews of the OQO today:
- PCWorld.com Review – First Look: OQO Handheld PC Fails to Excite
- Wall Street Journal – A Windows PC That Fits in Your Hand
- New York Times – Putting Your PC in a Pocket
The New York Times review is the nicest to OQO Model 01 and they give a generally positive assessment: “Otherwise, though, OQO is the most elegant, versatile, solidly build miniature PC possible with current technology. Its creators have blown the concept of the digital hub to smithereens, and given whole new meaning to the term pocket PC.”
Walt Mossberg of the Wall Street Journal and PC World pretty much so drub the device though. Funnily enough, Walt completely counters what the NY Times author says and claims, “you can’t fit it in a pocket.” The title of the PC World article says it all, “Fails to Excite”, and they go on to say why the OQO is a failure.
But if these negative reviews don’t dissuade you from still wanting this device, then you can travel on over to the OQO website and buy the Windows XP Home version for $1,899 or the Windows XP Pro version for $1,999:
- 1 GHz processor
- 20GB HD
- 256MB RAM
- WiFi, Bluetooth
- USB, FireWire ports
- Thumb keyboard,
- 800×480 indoor/outdoor readable LCD
- Ships with: removable lithium polymer battery, docking cable, desktop stand, power supply, carrying sleeve, and digital pen.