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The end game of some portable computing devices is eventually to become full-fledged versions of their desktop brethren. The Pocket PC (now called Windows Mobile) is very Windows like, but users still need to learn a new way to do the same tasks they've learned on the desktop on a phone or PDA; but what if there was a tiny computer which ran a desktop operating system in a form factor close to a PDA? That's the OQO (which you should know about long before now, as we've been hyping this thing since forever ago) and we have a series of Gear Eye articles about this new type of computing device, which ushers forth a new era in portable desktop computing.

The first in our OQO series is about the hardware. But actually it's just lots and lots of photos we took playing around with the thing.

If you want to jump to the photos, scroll on down now?or check out the specs.

Specifications:
1GHz Transmeta processor
20GB hard drive (shock-mounted)
256MB DDR RAM
Dimensions: 4.9 x 3.4 x .9-inches
Weight: 14 ounces
800 x 480 W-VGA 5-inch transflective display (indoor/outdoor readable)
3D-accelerated graphics with 8MB video RAM
QWERTY thumb keyboard with mouse buttons and TrackStik
802.11b wireless
Bluetooth wireless
4-pin FireWire (1394)
USB 1.1
3.5mm stereo headphone jack
Microphone
Digital pen
Removable lithium-polymer battery
Battery life up to three hours, depending on usage

OQO docking cable includes:
3D-accelerated 1280 x 1024 VGA video output
Additional USB
Additional FireWire (1394)
Ethernet
DC power
Audio out

Included accessories:
Power cord & AC adaptor
Docking cable
Desktop stand
Digital pen
Carrying sleeve

Price: $1,899 www.oqo.com


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Next time (which might be in a podcast, so stay tuned) we?ll dive in to the use, applications and how we fared using the OQO as our full time device for email, web, blogging, writing, IRC, and instant messaging. If you have any specific questions about the device or what it?s like to use, post them up in the comments and we?ll do our best to address them.

 

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