Samsung Q1 Ultra - Ultra-Mobile PC - Samsung Q1 Ultra

By Riyad Emeran

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Summary

Our Score:

8

It’s the 7in widescreen display that dominates the Q1 Ultra, and it really is a stunning example. Despite the fact that it’s a touch-screen, the image is bright and the colours rich and vibrant. Samsung has also addressed the disappointing native screen resolution that plagued the original Q1 – quite simply 800 x 480 wasn’t high enough for the Q1 to be taken seriously for basic duties like web browsing. The Q1 Ultra improves things considerably with a native resolution of 1,024 x 600. Considering that the vast majority of websites are 1,024 pixels wide, this resolution increase makes web browsing far more comfortable on the Ultra than its predecessor.

One thing that the new resolution doesn’t give you is enough lines for high definition video playback, but to be honest that’s probably a good thing. Unfortunately the hardware ticking along inside the Q1 Ultra just isn’t up to the job of playing back HD video, especially anything encoded in h.264. That said, if you happen to rip your video into something more manageable, the Q1 Ultra makes a decent portable media player. One thing that does hold the Ultra back in this respect is the rather poor sound quality that the internal speakers produce. That said, you’re more than likely to be using headphones with a PMP.

Another addition over the original Q1 are the two integrated cameras. Just above the screen is a webcam, so you’ll be able to make video calls via Skype or similar app. The other camera is mounted at the rear of the device and is designed for actually taking photos – there’s even a dedicated shutter button on the top right edge of the chassis. Obviously Samsung is keen to make the Q1 Ultra as feature rich as possible, but it does look pretty daft when you hold up a device this large and attempt to use it as a camera. Also, it’s only a 1.3-megapixel camera in the first place, which means that you’ll probably get better results from your mobile phone anyway.

Above the screen you’ll find four buttons, the volume up and down are fairly self explanatory, while the UDF button brings up the utility for programming the soft-buttons on the four way rocker. The last button is labelled Menu and brings up system options like screen brightness, screen rotation, mute, wireless LAN activation and battery level indicator. The Menu button offers a handy shortcut to some useful options that you’re likely to use quite regularly.

Also above the screen are six indicator lights for hard disk activity, wireless activation, battery charging and power. The last two lights indicate whether the joystick is in mouse mode or cursor key mode.

AndyME

June 12, 2008, 12:13 am

This is an excellent review (although one pic does not show the rear cam as one could assume, but the hole for the lanyard...;-))


Why did i get the Q1U? Because I wanted a good compromise between screen quality and portability in a windows device. What for? believe it or not: to be able to run a 3D CAD program (namely DesignCAD). Not realy in order to do the main drawings there, but in order to have them available, be able to look at them when on the go and eventually even create a small item in order to evaluate it. I really was not sure if this would work when i got it...but at $750 for the qiuv i took the risk. I did an upgrade to 2GB and i must say: I AM AMAZED. not only does the design program work perfectly fine (of course not as smooth as on my desktop, but it really does work, including rendering shaded objects and moving them around). Now, with this design program (and many other programs too) it is helpful to have keys available in order to enter commands. the keys around the screen are doing a great job here. And the fact that you have a tablet pc in a slate shape and still access to hardware keys is really extremely convenient and you find yourself sitting in a coffee shop surfing the web with a little something in your hand. This device really has been designed with the end user in mind. It definitely changes the way one uses a pc when on the go. I do agree that for longer texts i would use an external keyboard, but being used to the thumb keyboards from my pocket pcs i learned typing blindly on the keyboard rather fast and i use it for chatting and emailing on a daily basis. the qiuv has become my daily companion and i simply love it.

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