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There’s 256MB of memory backing up the CPU which can’t be augmented and although I initially thought that this would be the model 01’s Achilles heel, my fear turned out to be unfounded. Although I would never advise anyone to buy a notebook with less that 512MB of memory, the RAM complement isn’t such an issue in the model 01 since, you’re unlikely to be doing a huge amount of multi-tasking or running heavy duty apps on a device this size. That said, if you are going to use the model 01 as your only PC, as the guys at OQO do, I can imagine that the modest amount of memory could become an issue.
There’s a 20GB 1.8in hard disk, which isn’t massive by notebook standards, but considering the overall size of the model 01, it’s an amazing amount of storage. The Silicon Motion Lynx 3DM+ graphics chipset has 8MB of video memory, but don’t let the name fool you – you’re not going to be playing any games on the model 01. Strangely, despite the dedicated video memory, 24MB of system memory has been appropriated.
The 5in transflective screen produces a clear image whether indoors or outside. The resolution of 800 x 480 is pretty low compared to a laptop, but is far higher than any current PDA. Writing word documents is no problem on this screen, and even web browsing isn’t too much of a chore – although the limited width does result in some sideways scrolling on most sites. There’s an ambient light sensor which adjusts the brightness of the backlight depending on the environmental conditions.
The model 01 shares one of the same party tricks with the IBM ThinkPads – active hard drive protection. This means that the model 01 can tell when it has been dropped and automatically park the drive heads before impact, thus avoiding data loss – of course your model 01 might not survive the drop, but often the data on a device can be worth more than the hardware itself.
With dimensions of 125 x 88 x 23mm (WxHxD) the model 01 is chunkier than most fully featured PDAs, but it will fit in your pocket – depending on how tight your trousers are. You get an elasticated cloth sleeve, with a sewn in screen protector to keep your model 01 safe while you’re carrying it. Weighing in at around 400g, the model 01 is again heavier than a PDA, but still less than half the weight of the undoubtedly svelte Sony X505 ultra-portable notebook.