OQO Model 02 review: OQO Model 02

Battery life has always been one of the big weak spots of UMPCs. For a device that shares a lot in common with PDA-style cell phones, getting only a couple of hours of use makes it of questionable value for those who expect a handheld device to easily last through an eight-hour work day. This was another area where the competition outclasses the OQO. While the solid state hard drive in the Sony VAIO UX3900 and the frankly huge battery pack on the FlipStart helped those systems achieve a reasonably acceptable battery life of around 3.5 hours, the OQO model 02 ran for just 1 hour and 24 minutes on the same DVD battery-drain test, using an external DVD drive powered by the USB port. Bear in mind that this is a particularly grueling test, and under real-world conditions, you're likely to get more than two hours of use. A double-capacity battery is also available as a $199 option.

OQO backs the system with an industry-standard one-year parts and labor warranty. There's a toll-free number for tech support available Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Saturday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., PST. The company's Web site provides an easy way to search the knowledge base, driver downloads, and documentation.

Multimedia multitasking test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
OQO model 02
10,639 


Adobe Photoshop CS2 image-processing test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus R2H
738 
OQO model 02
1,600 


Apple iTunes encoding test (in seconds)
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
Asus R2H
884 
OQO model 02
1,197 


Microsoft Office productivity test
(Shorter bars indicate better performance)
OQO model 02
2,192 


DVD battery drain test
(Longer bars indicate better performance)
OQO model 02
84 

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Windows Vista Business Edition; 1.33GHz Intel Core Solo U1500; 1024MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 224MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 32GB NAND Flash Memory

Windows XP Tablet PC Edition SP2; 900MHz Intel Celeron Ultra Low Voltage M353; 768MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 128MB Mobile Intel 945GM Express; 60GB Toshiba 4,200rpm

Windows Vista Ultimate Edition; 1.5GHz VIA C7M Ultra Low Voltage; 1,024MB DDR2 SDRAM 533MHz; 64MB VIA/SG3 UniChrome Pro II IGP; 60GB Hitachi 4,200rpm

Windows XP Professional; 1.1GHz Intel Pentium M Ultra Low Voltage; 512MB DDR2 SDRAM 400MHz; 64MB Mobile Intel 915GM/GMS/910GML Express; 30GB Toshiba 4,500rpm

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  • Resolution 800 x 480 ( WVGA )
  • Installed Size 1 GB
  • Weight 16 oz
  • Graphics Processor VIA UniChrome Pro
  • CPU VIA C7-M 1.5 GHz