Trading HTC Advantage for Samsung Q1 Ultra


I just did the unthinkable.

I canceled the unlocked HTC Advantage (X7501) I preordered in June and used the money, which was technically already spent, to buy the entry-level Samsung Q1 Ultra (Q1U-EL) instead.

About the only thing the two devices have in common is that they’ve both been holding places on my gadget wishlist since their respective launches. That’s it. Other than that, they have absolutely nothing to do with each other.

The Advantage usually held the top spot on my list, which is why I ordered it the day I found out it was available, but waiting for Amazon to ship it has seriously been driving me crazy. My delivery estimate, which was already painful at August 6 to 24, got pushed back tonight to August 29 to September 10. Agonizing.

The Q1U, on the other hand, never really held the #1 position and began slipping farther down my list as new UMPCs and other devices in its price range ($900) were announced. It became something I wanted to get eventually. It never fell out of my favor completely, but whenever I started thinking about my next big purchase, there would always be something else I wanted just a bit more. And I’m ruled by the pleasure principle.

So, what happened? Why would I cancel the Windows Mobile 6 device I’ve wanted since last year and buy the Vista UMPC I kept putting off getting instead? Two words.


Can you guess what they are? And no, "ridiculously impatient," "illogical stupidity," and "utter nonsense" are not options (even if they are applicable here).

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Jenn K. Lee

Jenn K. Lee is the founder of Pocketables. She loves gadgets the way most women love shoes and purses. The pieces in her tech wardrobe that go with everything are currently the Samsung Galaxy Note II, Sony Tablet P, and Nexus 7, but there are still a couple of vintage UMPCs/MIDs in the back of her closet.

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