As Bynk quite rightly says, Sometimes, David Pogue is indeed “The Man”:
“Build it, and they will come” only works as a tagline in a Kevin Costner movie. It is not a viable product strategy. Nor, as it turns out is “Bill likes it”.
I really, really, really wanted to like the UMPC. What I’ve always wanted is a Newton 2000-sized device that can run real, proper software, so you can imagine how the UMPC appealed. And what do we get instead? I not particularly good screen on a machine that’s too slow to run not only next-year’s operating system, but today’s. Where Tablet PC is smart, UMPC is dumb.