August 30, 2007
“Sierra Wireless on Wednesday introduced its AirCard 880U and 881U USB modems, Mac and PC compatible devices used to connect to mobile broadband networks worldwide.
The devices, which plug in to an available USB port on a Mac or Windows PC, enable users to communicate with wireless data networks using tri-band connectivity. They support High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA), a data access protocol that can operate at a theoretical upload speed of up to 2Mbps and a theoretical download speed of up to 7.2Mbps. They’re also fully compatible with HSPDA, UMTS, EDGE, GPRS and GSM networks.
The 880U is optimized for Europe and Asia, according to Sierra Wireless, while the 881U is intended for use in North America. Both devices also feature their own internal battery, to make sure there’s enough power support to handle peak or fringe area transmission requirements.
Both of the new USB modems feature power control, a patent-pending antenna design that Sierra Wireless claims maximizes data performance, and an architecture designed for data traffic management.
Pricing was not announced, but it’s likely to be set by cell service carriers that will offer the devices to their customers.”
Here we go. Doesn’t look like the modems are going to be drastically smaller than the 875U since they will still have a battery. Support for up to 7.2Mbps sounds nice though. Just hope AT&T at least roles out HSDPA in my area.
August 29, 2007
I reinstalled XP Tablet Edition on my Samsung Q1 a few days ago. Since I’ve owned the Q1, I probably went to Vista and back to XP at least 3-4 times starting with RC1 and now saying bye to Vista Ultimate.
I’m glad I’m back. The main reason I went back for the final time (I keep saying that), is stability. Everything just works in XP. The final straw was when my iPhone was stuck in Recovery Mode. The Q1 with Vista Ultimate refused to see the iPhone in recovery mode and didn’t install the drivers. My work laptop with Vista Business tried to go through with the recovery process but iTunes crashed. That’s when I started to panic and turned on a Mac and finally got my iPhone going again. Two possibly unrelated problems happening in Vista just pissed me off. I had to have at least one ‘stable’ portable device, so back to XP on the Q1 since I use it the most.
Now, what have I gained back since going back to XP?
- GeckoTIP – I can open up a floating TIP while using Firefox. The latest release isn’t compatible with Vista.
- Bluetooth Tethering – For some reason, Vista bluetooth can’t see my Blackjack phone as a Bluetooth PAN device. It’s most likely the phone, but still, fact is it wouldn’t work. The only way I could tether in Vista was through the USB cable. Now I have both options back.
- Performance – Programs are loading up faster. Videos are playing smoother. I can play a 720p high definition WMVHD file again. No disk thrashing. Overall snappier experience.
- Battery Life – I’m getting slightly more battery life.
- Screen Brightness w/ hardware buttons – With Vista, the combination of the menu button + volume rocker only worked for reducing the brightness. With XP, I can use the same combo for both brightness up & down.
- Robogeo – For some reason, I couldn’t get this to install with Vista.
- Stable drivers – I feel better not using, for example, beta drivers for my webcam.
What have I lost?
- TIP – The TIP in Vista is much improved. It’s undocked by default and swoops on the screen. Character recognition is excellent now and learns as you use it.
- Start Menu – I miss the search from the new Start menu. Very useful. I also like how the programs are arranged. Always sorted and in one scrollable row.
- Security – Probably didn’t make much of a difference since I turned off most of the security features due to performance.
- Better NHC – Notebook Hardware Control gave me more options in Vista. Allowing me to control the CPU speed for each profile.
- Origami Experience – Never used it. It’s slow and felt bloated. VLC played videos much smoother. CarPC frontends made more sense.
- Media Center – Ran too slow, I never used it.
So I’ll say it again, I will never go back to Vista on my Q1. Doesn’t mean my next device won’t have Vista, just not the Q1.
August 28, 2007
“While they aren’t updates on the order of the refresh to the original Q1, Samsung has apparently decided that it was time to give the Q1 Ultra a bit more company, with it today announcing not one, but three new models. On the low end of the lot, the Q1U-ELXP gets a 600MHz A100 Ultra Mobile processor and a 40GB hard drive with a list price of $999. Taking things up a notch, the $1149 Q1U-XP boasts a 800MHz A110 processor and an 80GB hard drive, while the $1649 Q1U-SSDXP unit packs the same processor and a speedier but pricier 32GB NAND flash drive. From the looks of it, all the other specs remain the same as the standard Q1 Ultra, with Windows XP Tablet Edition serving as the OS. From the sound of it, all three should be available from the all usual sources immediately.”
Anyone see anything missing?
That’s right. Where’s the Q1U-CMXP? The HSDPA version of the Q1U with Windows XP.
I checked pcconnection.com and it’s still listed..
Let’s cross our fingers and hope we get some HSDPA goodness here.
August 26, 2007
I found the Vye USA site which seems to be a US distributor of Vye Computers in the UK. They recently rebranded the Kohjinsha PC’s. Snave of My Kohjinsha was able to get a hold of one and posted his impressions.
What’s interesting are the specs on the site:
The differences from the SH6:
- 800Mhz A110 processor instead of the 600Mhz A100
- 120GB hard drive instead of 100GB
- USA Keyboard
- Extended 6 Cell Battery
On the products page, it’s being listed for $1349. With shipping, add an extra $42.
When I tried to go through the checkout, it redirected to Pal Pal for payment.
I emailed Vye USA on availability and I hope to get an answer soon.
vyeusa.com has updated their homepage. The Vye Mini-v S37 will be available September 17th in the US.
Dynamism.com has the S37 listed on the site. There is no price set. The dimensions and weight are a bit smaller/lighter than the SH6 which is odd. The specs show it has the Japanese keyboard instead of the USA keyboard.
8.58 x 6.42 x 1.0 [inch]
218 x 163 x 25.4[mm]
2.17 lbs / 985 g
Standard Battery: 5.0 hours
84 Key QWERTY Japanese
8.58 x 6.42 x 1.0 [inch]
227 x 170 x 25.4[mm]
2.2 lbs / 993 g
Standard Battery: 3.5 hours
Enhanced Battery: 7.0 hours
84 Key QWERTY Japanese
So I email dynamism.com today asking about the Vye S37 availability, price, keyboard, and extended battery..
I haven’t received a response which has been typical of vendors, but, I just noticed a change in the website.
- Shipping mid to late September
- 6-cell extended battery included
- 84 key QWERTY keyboard (English) – Not exactly sure what that means but hoping it’s a USA keyboard
I received an email back from Jeff of dynamism.com. He confirmed the Vye S37 will come with the extended battery and have an english keyboard. That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a USA keyboard so we shall see. He doesn’t know if the Vye logo will be on the back of the screen since they haven’t received a demo unit yet. I’m very happy I received a reply. Brownie points for dynamism.
August 25, 2007
It’s finally come. Steve will go on a grueling journey in a test of will and power. He will be powering his devices using the Sun while he rides his bike across Germany.
“..I want to start on Sunday 26th of August and go through to 3rd Sept where I will finish on the Rheinufer (Rhein River promenade) in Duesseldorf and drink a huge Krystalweizen beer!”
During breaks, he will be blogging updates, taking photos, and updating a google maps mashup using GPS datalogged tracks and geotagged photos. His main device will be the Samsung Q1B.
This is definite must see and hope he is safe during the entire journey. If you haven’t visited The Solar UMPC Blog, I’d suggest reading Steve’s articles from the beginning to get a background to all the steps it took to get to this moment.
August 23, 2007
I don’t understand Chinese, but I know this thing is small. A lot smaller than the Sierra Wireless 595U & 875u offered by Sprint & AT&T respectively.
He put up 2 youtube videos showing off the device. The second video shows him plugging it in his Sony UX-27.