For a couple of years now, OQO has been struggling to build a user base for its ultratiny tablet PC, but so far uptake appears to have been minimal. Even a recent refresh of the OQO Model 01 has yet to sway consumers toward the itty bitty portable. And now, to make matters worse, the Model 01 is about to get a little competition from an even smaller device with smart phone features.
The obvious trouble with this entire category of ultralight PC is that they demand tremendous compromise from end users. Offering very limited processing power in a package that’s notably bulkier than the average PDA, these devices tend to be way too expensive for most users. However, the fact that a new competitor has arrived on the scene may signal an eventual move in the right direction. (In our opinion, that direction would be smaller, cheaper, and more powerful.)