I had a bit of trouble with the concept of Microsoft's Ultra Mobile PC project long before I saw any actual devices. Back in March I laid a few cards on the table in a way that some might think of as quite bold - commenting on something before Iâ€™d had the chance to try it out.
Often in life you get a completely different view about something from experiencing it than you do from hearing about it, and in terms of the Ultra Mobile PC you could argue that back in March I was putting the cart before the horse by forming a view before Iâ€™d seen it.
I was as keen as the next IT writer to get my hands on an Ultra Mobile PC as soon as possible, and got one of the first of Samsungâ€™s Q1 devices, the first Ultra Mobile PC to hit the streets anywhere in the world. Having spent some time with it, am I prepared to change my view?
I know Riyad is going to write a full review of the Q1 and I won't rain on his parade by presenting another full review here. In fact, Riyad and I have discussed the Q1 and we have very similar views.
Instead, I'll stick to doing three things here. First Iâ€™ll discuss the â€˜stuck between a rock and a hard placeâ€™ points I made in March; assessing whether, as Microsoft claims, the Ultra Mobile PC really is, â€œa new kind of computerâ€¦with small, lightweight, carry-everywhere hardware designs, you can connect and communicate, accomplish any task anywhere and at any time, and be entertained and informed wherever life takes you.â€
Second, Iâ€™ll analyse how the Q1 fares as a Comfort Computing device. You might remember Comfort Computing centres around my desire to lounge on a sofa and use a computer efficiently without feeling it is too heavy or unwieldy to cope with.
In March I said the Ultra Mobile PC concept was Star Trek inspired, but the reality wasnâ€™t up to the Star Trek ideals. To meet these, I argued the Q1 needed (at the very least) to boot quickly, have good battery life, and be small, light and easy to use.