Wow, after all the hype, the details are finally out: and those UMPC’s look smart – a complete Windows XP computer in something the size of a paperback book? Not bad. OK, so the three hour battery life of the first generation devices seems a little poor – but in a few years that could improve dramatically. It seems more than the sum of its parts, rather than just a shrunk-down Tablet PC.
I might go so far as to say these computers seem cool. Cool enough to replace portable DVD players, and cool enough to be the “Video iPod” that the rumour sites have been talking about for years. Cool enough that I might actually buy one, and I’ve not bought a Windows XP computer in a long time. From a cursory glance at the Microsoft website, the Windows Media Center front-end looks very smart. Could it actually be attractive and easy to use? Boy, I really hope so.
I can’t help but wonder though, where that leaves the Pocket PC. Is this what the Pocket PC should have been? Running the full Windows Media Player, the full Office Suite, the full Internet Explorer and more games than any one person could play?
What do you think? If Origami takes off, is this the end of the Pocket PC?