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Where's my iPad Alternative Tablet?

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by itzme, Nov 9, 2010.

  1. Nov 10, 2010 #21 of 130
    RasputinAXP

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    It still doesn't make or receive calls. The plan choices are 24.99 for 200MB a month or $39.99 unlimited (5GB) regardless of choosing a contract or not.

    My wife's myTouch 3G Slide, however, was purchased at full price with no contract and got a far cheaper non-contract plan.
     
  2. Nov 10, 2010 #22 of 130
    Richierich

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    I'm Sorry but Unlimited and a 5GB Limitation are just not synonymous. You are either Pregnant or You Aren't!!!

    5GB Is Not Unlimited!!! :lol:
     
  3. Nov 10, 2010 #23 of 130
    Marlin Guy

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    I'm holding out for Android based pad. Archos have several that interest me.
    Not sure what happened to the WePad?
     
  4. Nov 10, 2010 #24 of 130
    RasputinAXP

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    The Tab is Android 2.1.
     
  5. Nov 11, 2010 #25 of 130
    dennisj00

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    USA Today (free app on the iPad) has a review today of the Galaxy http://usat.me?41096608
     
  6. Nov 11, 2010 #26 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    I'm guessing we'll see the real "surge" in these at CES coming up in 55 days.

    I'm planning to keep my eye out for what is shown there...as with the first iPad now showing weaknesses in the mass market....iPad II on the horizon to fill some holes in the first version...and multiple WIN7 compatible units rolling out to compete with more features and horsepower....2011 will likely be the year tablet units actually take off with a viable purpose.
     
  7. Nov 11, 2010 #27 of 130
    Steve

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    I wouldn't exactly characterize it as "weakness", because demand is still extremely high.

     
  8. Nov 11, 2010 #28 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    Demand was high based on the customary "its new" and "Appleworld follower" hysteria seen before with other products from that vendor.

    Actually Apple themselves admits several key weaknesses (such as the lack to do multitasking activities and the desire for a good camera onboard)...prompting the iPad II in the near future.

    In the mean time, the larger mainstream users who operate daily in a WIN7 world are also looking for something compatible to their daily applications (like MS Office) on a tablet pad unit.
     
  9. Nov 11, 2010 #29 of 130
    Steve

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    With Christmas this quarter, I'm very interested to see what effect the 7" Galaxy may have on 9" iPad sales. Is 7" a "sweet spot", or is it too small for a good browser experience, as Jobs claims. The Samsung ads will purportedly hammer away at the fact that it can be held in one hand and slipped in a pocket.

    If not for the Galaxy, my guess is Apple would sell another 6 million iPad's by year's end. Even with competition, I'll bet they easily exceed last quarter's 4 million. Will be interesting to see what the numbers actually are.

    I agree about the camera. But iOS 4.2 (multitasking) is rumored to be released this Friday, and iWorks already supports Office files.

    As for Windows tablets, 7 expected out by Q4-10/Q1-11 can be previewed here.
     
  10. Nov 11, 2010 #30 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    Looking forward to seeing some of the others.
     
  11. Nov 11, 2010 #31 of 130
    itzme

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    Wow, those all look very tempting. The HP is probably the closest to my needs. What isn't very clear is the 3G contract details. I really want to be able to buy 3G simply, and for a month or so at a time. The other spec that is rarely mentioned is boot time. I want it up and running when I pick it up.

    One issue that surprises me a little is price. I guess because they are new and its around Christmas time, but I thought these devices would want to compete more with cheaper prices, versus the iPad.
     
  12. Nov 11, 2010 #32 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    Those are early retail prices...they'll drop.
     
  13. Nov 11, 2010 #33 of 130
    Sharkie_Fan

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    I've been curious about an android powered tablet of some sort as well.... I've got a friend who's a Jr. High teacher and he's asked me to come along with him on his annual trip to DC and help out with a little blog he wants to set up. Basically he's going to have the kids write little blurbs each evening when the days festivities are over and he wants someone to grab a few of them each night and organize them into some coherent thoughts and get them posted each night.

    I don't really want to lug my 17" laptop with me for so little work, and I thought it might be handy to have a small tablet, or something like that. Not sure a tablet with no keyboard is what I want, but I've got several months so I'm just beginning to explore my options..

    At any rate, I found a site: androidtablets.net, which has a bunch of information on Android tablets listed. Generally, most of them on the market now are overseas (I actually came across a really nice looking one in Australia that also had a keyboard that could be attached, but they wanted almost $200 to ship it from Australia!!!).

    I'm not sure I'm brave enough to buy any of those, sight unseen from halfway across the world, but it's interesting looking at what's out there.
     
  14. Nov 11, 2010 #34 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    Running WIN7 on the next generation tablets is a completely different paradigm. The Palm acquisition is not even in play for what the new units will contain.
     
  15. Nov 11, 2010 #35 of 130
    Steve

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    The HP does appear to be the best deal, but I question the wisdom of adapting a mouse and keyboard-based OS and applications to a tablet, since they weren't designed from the ground up with tablet computing in mind, like iOS and Android, and their applications. Something like the new Win Phone 7 OS would seem to be a better way to go, IMHO. I believe that's why HP acquired Palm. I think they're just hedging their bet with a Windows tablet offering, and it certainly won't cost them much, because the Palm tablet will probably run on the same hardware.

    I'm of this opinion because in my former job, we tested every Windows-based tablet that was produced since Windows for Pen Computing in the '90's through XP, and found them to be non-starters for our mobile workforce; hardware wasn't the issue, usability was.
     
  16. Nov 11, 2010 #36 of 130
    redfiver

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    Apple never "admitted" weakness. They are just going along their standard upgrade path for the iPad. Version 1, no multitasking or folders (but neither did the iPhone at the time), now, they are adding it. They just move slowly and help keep demand high for their products. Love them or hate them, they are genius at marketing.
     
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    spartanstew

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    Can't you use it to access porn every night too?
     
  19. Nov 11, 2010 #39 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    Sorry...I don't drink the Apple Kool Aid. :nono2:

    There were several Q&A session press conferences the day of and days after the release of the iPad. In one of those...an Apple senior rep admitted that multitasking and a camera were "features we had to balance with the scheduled release date".

    The inability to do more than one task at any given time is a base capability since the first versions of Windows many moons ago for goodness sake...ergo the name... :lol:

    Call it what you will...most of the 12-13 iPad users I've spoken with call them weaknesses or shortcomings. If you want to call it a "deliberately delayed features" to mince words....be my guest. :D

    All I know is the WIN7 devices won't have those "deliberately delayed features".
     
  20. Nov 11, 2010 #40 of 130
    Steve

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    Once again, that issue goes away Friday, or whenever iOS 4.2 comes out.

    If I was running corporate IT for a mobile workforce, you'd have a hard time convincing me why I need to spend $600-$700 each to equip my users with 9" Win 7 tablets, when I can give them comparably light-weight 10" netbooks for $299 each that have a keyboard and trackpad, for which that particular OS and Windows applications they need to run were designed. That's just me, tho.
     

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