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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 18, 2010 #81 of 130
    itzme

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    But if I understand correctly, there's no way to access a G3 (or G4) data plan and cold boot startup time for the Inspiron Duo is 36.5 seconds :icon_lame, and shutdown with no apps open takes 17.5 seconds.
     
  2. Nov 18, 2010 #82 of 130
    Steve

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    :scratchin 36 seconds for a cold Windows boot is amazing, IMHO! At any rate, I'm pretty sure you can use standby and get "instant on" that way. I do with both my laptops (XP).
     
  3. Nov 18, 2010 #83 of 130
    itzme

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    That's true. I'm still searching for a way to add 3g to a devise like this (for a month at a time). Anyone know of any?
     
  4. Nov 18, 2010 #84 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    Yup.

    I guess if you want a unit that actually does multi-tasking and other minimum things...its worth a few seconds of time to have it all at your fingertips.
     
  5. Nov 18, 2010 #85 of 130
    Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
    Nice except for being a Dell.
     
  6. Nov 18, 2010 #86 of 130
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    I'm sure everyone has a Dell story, but bottom line for my home and office: we have 4 of them, and only one has ever had a problem. That one was under warranty and was fixed in-home with a new power source within 3 days.
     
  7. Nov 18, 2010 #87 of 130
    Mike Bertelson

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    Wow, I would consider a 36 second cold boot for any system pretty dang quick. :shrug:

    Mike
     
  8. Nov 18, 2010 #88 of 130
    Drucifer

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    NY Hudson...
    It does seem to be everyone. I'll wait for a similar design from another manufacturer.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2010 #89 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    I hear ya....others are following....not to worry...
     
  10. Nov 18, 2010 #90 of 130
    Sharkie_Fan

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    I ran across this tablet (the Notion Ink Adam) the other day, and it looks pretty interesting. Not out yet, but it's running android, 10.2", pricepoints in the 350-500 range, if I remember correctly. Wireless only and 3G models. LCD and Qi Display models.
     
  11. Nov 18, 2010 #91 of 130
    Steve

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    It's a smart move by Dell to build a Windows tablet with an optional keyboard, IMO, because unless Win 7 multi-touch has vastly improved since the beta, folks who think they're going to be able to run Office or other standard apps on a Win 7 tablet without a trackpad/keyboard may be disappointed.

    Similar thoughts here, in a news item on the upcoming Asus Win7/Droid tablets:
    My guess is Microsoft is furiously working behind the scenes on a tablet version of the WP7 OS. And if they aren't, they should be, because I wouldn't be surprised if a year from now, Windows 7 tablet sales as a % of that category were insignificant. Just my .02.
     
  12. Nov 18, 2010 #92 of 130
    spartanstew

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    The Color Nook might be my iPad alternative.
     
  13. Nov 18, 2010 #93 of 130
    hdtvfan0001

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    I'm waiting for either a 3D etch-a-sketch or else a solid WIN7-based tablet. Wonder which I'll see first... :D
     
  14. Nov 19, 2010 #94 of 130
    Steve

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    I'm thinking about it as well. What I like about Nook vs. Kindle is it supports public library DRM, so you can download library e-books at no cost. That alone pays for the device.

    I'm just waiting to see how well the browser works. A dedicated book-reader/browser at that price is very attractive proposition.
     
  15. Nov 19, 2010 #95 of 130
    Hoosier205

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    Just about anything would be a good alternative to an iPad. An Android phone, a notebook, or a netbook. More functionality for far less money. I love gadget and gizmos, but the iPad is a waste of money when better options exist.
     
  16. Nov 19, 2010 #96 of 130
    Hutchinshouse

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    It’s not a waste of money if it does what you want. :D

    My needs in a tablet:
    Control my home theater (lights and all gear) via wifi
    Check/send emails
    Surf DBSTALK.com :D
    Control my security system
    Play music
    Plays video
    Sync with iTunes
    Control my Apple TV
    Have a large nice screen
    Have a large game selection
    Nil boot up time

    The iPad does everything I needed. I only use wifi, no need for 3G, could not be happier.

    This Apple moment brought to you by Hutchinshouse. ;)
     
  17. Nov 19, 2010 #97 of 130
    RasputinAXP

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    I'm starting to get interested in the Archos 101. That's pretty decent looking, sans 3G connectivity.
     
  18. Nov 19, 2010 #98 of 130
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    That DOES look nice. I can't seem to find a reliable release date for the Archos. They do promote a tethering feature for 3G. Very cool. Some reports are this thing will be $299? I'd love to look at one of these and play with it.
     
  19. Nov 19, 2010 #99 of 130
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    Same here. Looks like there's two options. 8gb for $299 and 16gb for $349. It has a microSD slot, so you can add 32gb of memory for about $80. 1ghz processor and a video accelerator chip. Also a front facing camera. Very attractive at those prices! With Android 2.2 on it as well, could be an iPad killer at that price point.
     
  20. itzme

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    Let me know if you see one online (or in the wild) at a bricks and mortar location. I clicked on some of the "Stores" from the Archos site, and none show the Archos 101 just yet.

    Tech question: not to keep asking, but if a device has a USB port and is capable of tethering, like the Archos 101 does. Shouldn't a cell carrier sell a USB device, ala-cart, that can offer a month's worth of 3G data, as needed? Without me having a tether-able phone and yr-around data plan? My cell phone is alot like the one Gordon Gecko picked up when he left prison after 20 yrs (maybe a little more compact) .I don't need or want more because I work from home and pay $8.99/month for voice.
     

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