The OQO 02 is more UMPC (ultramobile PC) than mobile internet device. It runs Windows XP Tablet Edition, which means it's a fully-laden mini computer, but it's also on the chunkier side.

Powered by a 1.5GHz VIA C7M processor, the OQO 02 already looks somewhat retro, much like the Samsung Q1 Ultra that it resembles. Unlike the Samsung, however, the 02 has a very solid keyboard that slides out from behind its 5in-wide screen.

Despite the overall dimensions of the OQO 02 (it measures 142mm widthways), there's not a huge amount of typing space and the square, blocky keys aren't that easy to work with.

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In fact, OQO 02 seems to have used the same chassis design as on similar UMPC models launched in 2006 and simply updated the internal specifications. You now get a full gigabyte of RAM and a 60GB hard drive in the form of the iPod-powering 1.8in Samsung HDD.

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This diminutive but expensive hard drive keeps the weight down to a trim 500g, but pushes up the OQO 02's price to a fairly mind-boggling £843, though to be fair, this is the outright cost of ownership, rather than one masked by the commitment of a monthly mobile subscription tariff.

Connectivity in the form of 802.11 a, b and g Wi-Fi is accompanied by Bluetooth v2.0. As with the Samsung UMPC, we expect this device to be quietly replaced by sleeker models and perhaps to get 3G and a mobile phone operator affiliation.


An oddity, the OQO 02 is expensive and feels dated.

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