The brand-spanking new OQO 02 Windows-based handheld computer is shipping (so say the good folks at news.com) and I’m dying to get my hands on one of the nifty little beasts. Just take a look at the tiny model 02 and tell me you wouldn’t want to take it for a spin around the block (or across the country). Windows XP or Vista on a sweet little handheld computer with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard? It’s cuter than a pet hedgehog!

The base OQO model 02 comes equipped with a 1.2GHz processor, XP Home, a 30GB HD, 512MB of DDR2 SDRAM, 802.11g, and Bluetooth for a list price of $1499. The mid range offering ups the processor to 1.5GHz, and swaps in XP Pro along with a 60GB drive for $1699. The top of the line provides the choice of Vista or XP Pro along with 1GB of DDR2 SDRAM for $1849. The OQO website lists the base and mid range model with estimated ship dates of 4-6 weeks, while the top of the line customers will need to wait 6-10 weeks.

While good things might come in small packages, they don’t come cheap. Timing is everything, my friends. Woot blew out a whole bunch of OQO model 01s back in January for just $799 a pop.

If OQO is looking for a real live reviewer, I’m all ears and thumbs … 🙂

[tags]OQO 02, handheld computer[/tags]