The world's smallest Windows Vista PC finally arrived yesterday at the Technocop Command Center. I opted not to take any unboxing pictures since these could easily be googled. What finally arrived are the following:
OQO Model 02 1.5 GHz VIA with 1gig RAM
Double Capacity Battery
Battery Charging Adapter
After the unboxing, I immediately plugged it in using its AC adapter and began the initialization process of the pre-installed Vista Business. After 20 minutes or so, Vista is ready to go. I then installed the following: MS OFFICE 2007 with OneNote, FIREFOX with Foxmarks Sync, MindManager 7, FolderShare, and the trial version of Kaspersky Internet Security. The initial installation was done while using the following peripherals connected via Bluetooth: Apple Wireless Mighty Mouse and Stowaway Keyboard.
After installing all the software, connecting to the wifi was a no-brainer using the OQO's Wireless Assistant. A few minutes after some minor tweaking in FolderShare, Outlook and all the files in the Powerdocs folder of my Macbook are synchronized with the OQO. In about two hours after the unboxing, I have the OQO fully configured and with the standard battery fully charged.
I can't help but smile when I had to leave the house for a meeting and noted how light the gadget bag was. The items below are all that I brought with me to that meeting, all inside the Tumi bag.
For my initial impressions:
Size and weight. Did I say that I couldn't keep the smirk off my face due to the considerably lighter load than what I am used to carrying? The OQO is very comfortable to work with especially when held with 2 hands. The screen's native resolution is also very readable.
Keyboard. One reason why I bought the OQO is for the raves it has been receiving about its tactile keyboard. It may not be as fast as a full keyboard but it is extremely comfortable to use. If like me, you are used to using your thumbs when typing on your Smartphone, then you would love the OQO's keyboard.
Digital Ink. Owing to the small size of the 'writing surface,' it is not as comfortable to write on when compared to larger convertibles or slate. However, I find writing in landscape mode to be acceptable. It is definitely a good enough replacement for my pigpogPDA.
Processing Power. I haven't done any extensive work on it yet. But I do not foresee any problems multitasking for as long as I limit myself to 2 applications. Inking in OneNote while Outlook is downloading email does not cause any noticeable slow down. More on this on the days to come as I even intend to install Photoshop CS to see if it could cope.
Battery Life. More than 2 hours of continuous use with Wifi and Bluetooth on may not be acceptable to most any road warrior. But you add to that the rated 6 hours + battery life of the extended battery then I should be good to go. I haven't tested the extended battery yet since it would not charge the first time I tried using the optional battery charging adapter. A quick search of the web revealed that it has to be taken out of sleep mode first before the first charge. I had to attach it to the OQO during the first charging.
When I finally got home, I tried connecting the OQO to the Samsung 22" LCD using the supplied docking connector. No problem whatsoever.
In the next few days I will put the OQO through its paces and figure out where it would best fit in my mobile workflow. I will also see if it is comfortable enough to just carry the OQO inside one of the pockets of my 5.11 cargo pants. For those who might notice a slight bulge in my pants, I have this to say to them, "I have a thing in my pocket. But it's not just a thing, it's the OQO 02." Now where did I hear that?