Tablet PCs

Tablet PCs are hitting the news again. Small form factor tablets will have 2 to 3 times the battery life of a laptop and cost you around $1,000. Microsoft tells eweek their new OS, Windows XP Tablet Edition, might arrive next year, and new company OQO is already promoting their hardware.

OQO's Ultrapersonal Computer is a new device with a small form factor between the size of a PDA and a subnotebook (think e-book size). The tablet is small enough to fit in the palm of your hand, but has a decent sized screen and a full OS. OQO is run by ex Apple folks.

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OQO Ultrapersonal

What makes the OQO an interesting idea is that it's meant to be a crossover between handhelds and desktops -- your primary desktop when it is docked, and an ultra-powerful handheld when you take it with you. There's no syncing with this handheld -- it IS your desktop computer.
To accomplish this it is a full PC running Windows XP, gigabytes of storage, onboard wireless (WiFi/Bluetooth). The size of the OQO is declared to be roughly 3 inches by 4 inches, which is comparable to a Palm PDA, but it is much thicker: 0.9 inches. The screen is 4 inches diagonal, which is roughly the same as an iPaq, but much higher resolution: full VGA vs. quarter VGA in the iPaq and even less on Palm devices.
The OQO is supposed to retail for around $1000.The only tablet PCs I've found retail closer to $2000.