tech_guy (31st March 2011)
I read online at various places that the Q1s can be modded very successfully. As I bought one from JCollings, I am intending to upgrade it as follows.
RAM - Comes with 512mb DDR2 as standard, will be boosting to 1GB DDR2
HDD - Comes with 40gb 1.8" 4200RPM HDD, will be boosting to 1.8" 128GB SSD Drive
WIFI - Comes with single antenna running B/G, will be boosting to Dual Antenna A/B/G/N card
Bluetooth - Has none, shall be adding bluetooth adaptor and installing it internally
CPU - Comes with 800mhz CPU - shall be changing it to 1.33Ghz cpu.
BATT - Comes with 3 cell battery - shall be boosting to 6 cell battery.
I have looked on line and various people done these changes individually, but nobody did it all to a single Q1. So it shall be my mission to improve it to the following spec. If anyone is interested to see the progress, I shall be updating this thread as and when I do it.
tech_guy (31st March 2011)
Keep me updated, I have one...at present gathering dust as the 'pad gets all my attention!
Would love to upgrade the Q1, I love the unit but the outdated WM O/S makes it a bit of a sod to use.
Sounds like a fun project but I do have to question the logic of spending £300-£500 upgrading a totally out of date 2 generations old bit of kit when you could just spend the money on a new tablet? I mean iPad1's are a shade over £300 now and boy I wouldnt swap mine for a Q1.
Considerd doing the same to my Asus R2H (simlar kind of era) going form 1.25gb to 2.25gb RAM and 40Gb 1.8" SSD (already had a high cap battery) but instead I've finaly settled that I'm going to put it on eBay in a week or so - I just couldn't justify the upgrade as now that I'm out of college I don't have a use for a tablet anymore.
Typing/Word processing is supremely easier with the Q1 keyboard opposed to Ipad. Network port is a huge plus. VGA port also means (with a HDD upgrade) I could load this with media and sit atop my projector.
The ipad is a nifty little device, I see the Q1 as equally useful given the right application....however I couldn't compare them.
HAHA nicely put :P However Samsung themselves consider it to be a "tablet device" as well as UMPC :P
That's blown my comprehension of tablet out of the water (excuse the pun)
I thought the criterion was anything that could be swallowed
Looks like an interesting project - are you going to blog it and post piccies as I'd like to follow its progress?
That was the intention!
Ah if you can do it for £100 then fair enough. Mind you I'm very suprised you can get RAM, CPU, Batery, HDD, bluetooth and wireless for £100!!!
Am I the only person that actually thinks the on screen keyboard in landscape mode on the iPad is fine??? I can type just as quickly (or should that be slowly??) on my iPad as I can on my PC! Maybe I am just a freak
wifi + bluetooth adaptor - £8 (as its 2 in 1)
RAM - got some laying around that works with the board so thats free
Battery - £15 on ebay
HDD - £65
CPU - £15 on ebay
Fair play - impressive especially the battery price!!!
Blog it up!!!
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