The ultramobile PC is still the ugly stepchild of computers. These tiny, fully functional Windows PCs are too small to replace notebook computers and too expensive to replace smart phones. Still, they're pretty darn cool gadgets, even if they don't seem to have much of a purpose yet.
Sony's UMPC features a 1.33GHz Intel Core Solo processor, Windows Vista Business, and WAN support for Cingular's EDGE network. It starts at $2000, but another $500 will get you a bleeding-edge 32GB flash memory drive.
With a 900MHz Celeron processor and only 256MB of RAM, Asus' $1,000 UMPC seems like a weakling compared to Sony and OQO's pricey powerhouses. Despite its dubious specs, the R2H still has plenty of interesting built-in features to offset its seemingly underpowered hardware; features include a Webcam, a GPS receiver, and even a fingerprint reader.
The upcoming Samsung Q1 Ultra is a sleek-looking follow-up to the company's original Q1 UMPC. Hopefully Samsung made some necessary improvements to the Q1 Ultra; the original Q1 fared poorly in our tests.