Did Microsoft overhype and underdeliver with the Ultra Mobile PC (UMPC), the small 7-inch screen devices running the Origami software on top of Windows XP?
Many tech savvy users shrugged their shoulders when Microsoft unveiled the product today and said: "My tablet PC/laptop/desktop/PSP is doing just fine for me". The smartphone toting, laptop hauling, PDA cherishing, iPod hugging and PSP playing crowd surely has enough gadgets by now? (oops, forgot the Nokia 770 - a UMPC without Windows XP)
But talking to IDC research analyst Richard Shim when researching a story, he had bad news for me and all you gadget hungry geeks: the UMPC isn't meant for us.
"This is geared to folks that don't have a secondary pc or a smart phone. That's a new opportunity for [UMPC makers]. For us [gadget lovers], we'll look at the first generation of it. But we're not intended to be the late term buyer for this."
Should we feel hurt? Or actually proud that we're too cool for a mainstream gadget like the UMPC?
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