I received today a very curious email from a UMPC fan that live in Europe and has been reading me for a while:
Dunno if you remember me, I'm Fred from Origaminfo.com.
Because I could not find time anymore to post news and articles on my site, I preferred to close it instead of leaving it running with old news...
It's now more than one year that I have my Samsung Q1 (upgraded to 1Gb) and I use it as my primary home computer every day, at least 2 hours daily:
- The left part of the screen has a long vertical scratch because of the scrollbars of the windows. I'm pretty happy to have installed GeckoTips to scroll the pages with Firefox
- The stand in the back of the Q1 broke... I used to handle the Q1 with my left hand, putting my left thumb under the stand, but one sad day, it broke.
- The small door on the top of the Q1, protecting the CompactFlash port broke too. I use it often with a PCMCIA to CF adaptor to use my Edge PCMCIA card to connect to the Internet from anywhere (flat rate, true unlimited data access). But finally, this killed the small door.
- I lost the little round thing that close the hole of the antenna (that we don't have in US and Europe).
- and worst of all, the battery was almost dead, allowing me only 20mn of power... and believe me, it's short
I bought an extended battery (see pictures).
It reminds me the Mugen Power but it's not this brand. It's a DLH battery.
It's a bit heavy and it's given for 7 to 8 hours of power... As of today, I could use it at least 6 hours without running out of power, which is more than enough for me I haven't tried yet to run out of power and see how long it can last.
I bought it about $290 USD... kind of expensive.
If you have questions, ask me
And these pictures attached.
The 9 cell battery in the above picture is not made by Mugen Power but by Samsung and it was bought from here. What can I say. Samsung has proven to made high quality UMPCs. Just check the 3rd picture. Can you believe that this device has survived a year with this guy using it -should I say abusing it? -as his main PC every day up to the point that a battery already died on him? No doubt about it, that's what I call quality.