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PC in Your Pocket

Meet The Incredible Shrinking Computer.

By Amanda C. Kooser

A lot of buzz surrounded the initial launch of ultramobile PCs. The concept is that you get a full-fledged PC running a full OS in a compact, extremely portable device--more powerful than a PDA and smaller than a laptop. The first models out were expensive and featured less than stunning performance. The second wave has recently arrived and addresses some of the issues that plagued the first round. For example, the Samsung Q1 Ultra, which replaces the original Q1, now features a 4.5-hour battery life, a small, split, qwerty keyboard and a $799 price tag--which is several hundred dollars less than the old Q1 at launch. The 1.5-pound device also gets a little closer to full-size computer performance with 600MHz or 800MHz processors and 1GB of memory. Wi-Fi and Bluetooth are included.

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