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What could you use Origami for?

A Channel 9 post got me thinking about all the disappointed or downright surly comments I've been reading since the veil was lifted from the Origami devices yesterday. Do keep in mind that Microsoft has yet to make their announcement whcih is expected tomorrow at CeBIT.
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A Channel 9 post got me thinking about all the disappointed or downright surly comments I've been reading since the veil was lifted from the Origami devices yesterday by Intel. Do keep in mind that Microsoft has yet to make their announcement which is expected tomorrow at CeBIT. Like SimianJones, the poster on the Channel 9 discussion forum, I don't get the antipathy directed at a device that I think fits nicely between smartphones and PDAs on the small and cheap(er) side of the continuum and Tablet PCs on the larger and (more) expensive side.

The post in questions rattles off a laundry list of the kind of things I agree an Origami device would be perfect for:

"It seems like I could do a lot more fun things with a device like this; nice sized slide shows, a remote to control my media center, have it propped up in my kitchen with a recipe, maps for when I'm traveling, a secondary remote for my Sonos system, offload pictures from my camera, doodle with a stylus, mirror it's output to a large projection so I can quickly sketch diagrams during a meeting, use it on the plane instead of a laptop."

Blogma, the News.com metablog, has some of the reaction to date. What do you think, based on the information released so far? Is Origami nothing more than an oversized PDA or undersized slate Tablet PC? Could you find a place in your heart (and messenger bag) for a gadget like this or does something (price, size, lack of keyboard, etc.) turn you off?

UPDATE: ZDNet Asia has posted a first look video of the UMPC concept device Intel unveiled yesterday with a nice look at both the hardware and software features. Watching the video it's increasingly clear that this is more than a "honey I shrunk the Tablet PC" product. Hat tip to GottaBeMobile for the link.

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