MicroPC looks very robust. The build quality is quite impressive. Chinese companies definitely improve their skills. The keyboard is one of the most comfortable handheld keyboards I’ve ever used. The size of the device is significantly smaller than size of similar devices from UMPC era (see comparison photos below).
In general I really like the device. I can’t mention any disadvantages so far.
I did’t like the original GPD case, because it’s designed to fit much larger devices (GPD Pocket, probably). So I ended up using the FlipStart bag instead, because I have an extra one and the MicroPC fits perfectly.
The performance of MicroPC is significantly higher than the performance of Microsoft Surface 3.
DOOM 3 benchmark (1280×720, graphic quality set to high, timedemo demo1)
||FPS (1st run)
||FPS (2nd run)
||FPS (3rd run)
|GPD MicroPC 10W
|Microsoft Surface 3
It’s also worth mentioning that Surface 3 is unable to sustain this perofrmance during long period of time. Without active cooling Surface 3 starts throttling and the performance decreases to 23-24 FPS.
I was surprised how easy it is to recover the operating system on Sony VAIO Type P. You just need to power on the device using the ASSIST key and follow insturction on the screen. That’s it!
The case of OQO Model 01 is made of metal, it’s quite sturdy. However, the antenna covers are made of transparent plastic, which is prone to cracking.
In order to recover the cracked antenna covers I made a 3D model of the original antenna cover (antenna_cover.stl) and printed it on a photopolymer printer. I didn’t like the result, because the wall covering the antenna was too thin and fragile. So I decided to thicken the wall and sightly modified the original model. You can download the final model for 3D printing here: antenna_cover_fat.stl.
Classic city-building computer game SimCity was also released for EPOC32 operating system. I recently opened a new box and tried to run it the game a Psion 5MX. 20+ year old floppy was successfully read by Libretto 70CT floppy drive. The game runs flawlessly. And the save files are compatible with the DOS version of the game.
Computer History Museum in Mountainview, CA is the largetst computer museum in the world. It contains very interesting exhibition of mobile computers, including handhelds.
Here is a small gallery of extraordinary items, like PalmPilot prototypes.
Lots of other remarkable photos from this museum, which are not related to handheld computers are presented in the Computer History Museum gallery.
I met the owner of this device few days ago. The guy told me that he repaired this device by himself, and now uses it for programming microcontrollers. He writes programs in C and Pascal. The main advantages he mentioned were small size and extremely long battery life.