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Hardware Thread, Improving the Samsung Q1 in Technical; I read online at various places that the Q1s can be modded very successfully. As I bought one from JCollings, ...
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    Improving the Samsung Q1

    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.

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    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    Would love to upgrade the Q1, I love the unit but the outdated WM O/S makes it a bit of a sod to use.

    Joe

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    Sounds like a fun project but I do have to question the logic of spending £300-£500 upgrading a totally out of date 2 generations old bit of kit when you could just spend the money on a new tablet?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.

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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    Sounds like a fun project but I do have to question the logic of spending £300-£500 upgrading a totally out of date 2 generations old bit of kit when you could just spend the money on a new tablet?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.

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    Thing is its a project for work. Total cost of parts so far is £103, as we are looking at smaller SSD Drives (32GB will suffice for what we need). Whilst the machine will actually be mine, work want to test upgrades on it for the purpose of electronic registration. If it worked and we got enough we would order in bulk so the cost of parts would go down. My work doesnt like the idea of buying brand brand new technologies with no guarantee it will work. Most places aren't letting us test them, plus this is a good way for me to get a decent spec tablet. If all else fails, I get a nice spec tablet, if it goes well, the school will buy more (even if they are outdated to most people!)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Butuz View Post
    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.

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    Me either, however I see a huge amount of potential for the wee Q1.
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CPLTD View Post
    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.

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    Will do Joe. I may post up pictures etc of the updated model.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    decent spec tablet.
    UMPC (slyly coughs!)

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    HAHA nicely put :P However Samsung themselves consider it to be a "tablet device" as well as UMPC :P

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    That's blown my comprehension of tablet out of the water (excuse the pun)

    I thought the criterion was anything that could be swallowed

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    Looks like an interesting project - are you going to blog it and post piccies as I'd like to follow its progress?

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    That was the intention!

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    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

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    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

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    Fair play - impressive especially the battery price!!!

    Blog it up!!!

    Butuz

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