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Apple iPad, Android, other tablet displays

Discussion in 'Computers, Home Theater & Technology' started by jwinslow, Dec 22, 2009.

  1. mross34

    mross34 Rock, Flag, and Eagle

  2. mross34

    mross34 Rock, Flag, and Eagle

    When Apple released the iPad, I was pretty disappointed. As a student, I really wanted something with an e-reader (easy on the eyes) and a normal display (for taking notes and versatility) that was portable and the two screens worked really well in conjunction with each other.

    Little did I know it's being worked on.


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    You can highlight from the e-reader and it brings it over to the LCD touchscreen. Or you can make margin notes on the e-reader. If this thing ran Windows 7 or OS X (so I can run Word or OneNote) instead of Android and I could buy my textbooks on it, I'd buy it before next semester. But this thing is only an inch think when closed. The problem is it weighs three pounds, but if I didn't have to carry about my books or a laptop, I'd be happy to carry this.

    Pair it with a bluetooth mouse and something like this?

    [ame=] FREEDOM KEYBOARD 037KEY-006 Portable Bluetooth Keyboard: Electronics[/ame] or [ame=]Microsoft's Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard 6000: barely thicker than a stack of hundies -- Engadget[/ame]

    I think you'd have students all over the country using it.
  3. jwinslow

    jwinslow You know... not... GOOD! Staff Member

    They had something at CES which could switch one screen between e-ink (or similar appearance) & regular color. That would have been a big feature to cut into the Kindle's market.

    Then again, today's society stares at a screen all day anyway, so is it that big of a hangup?
  4. mross34

    mross34 Rock, Flag, and Eagle

    I have trouble reading a single modern case without printing it out, I can't imagine if I had to read some Con Law case from 1824 that's 15 pages long on an LCD.
  5. mross34

    mross34 Rock, Flag, and Eagle

    Also the dual screen would be great for reading while taking notes.
  6. Deety

    Deety Ain't nothin' gonna breaka my stride Staff Member

    In terms of wireless plans, I'm kind of interested in Sprint's mobile hub for 3G/4G. Saw someone on Gizmodo saying they were going to try hooking notebook/phone/boxee to it (it will support sharing between 5 devices) and giving up phone/cable services altogether. That would be interesting to try... if you lived in a good coverage area.
  7. OCBucksFan

    OCBucksFan I won a math debate

    I have brought this up before, but Portland is Sprints 4G area, and they have mobile wireless devices pushing 8-12 megabits down and 3 megs up. People claim to see 15-20, but I have never seen it, and on the benchmarks from sprint it's about 9. That's not bad for complete portability, not to mention Sprint is pretty nice about offering free tethering for a lot of their devices, so yeah, you could replace your home connection, assuming you didn't live in a shoe with those 40 rugrats that I have to write a check off to every month.

    On a different note, living in an area where you can get 8-12 megs wireless really does make your cable modem company have to step it up.

    Last edited: Feb 4, 2010
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  8. Muck

    Muck Enjoy Every Sandwich Staff Member

    MSI's dual screen prototypes are the form factor I hope make it to market..

    [ame=]YouTube - CES: MSI shows dual-screen 7-inch and 10-inch netbooks[/ame]
  9. jwinslow

    jwinslow You know... not... GOOD! Staff Member

    Muck, I love that concept. Mock designs like that surfaced on apple fansites for a mac prototype.
  10. jwinslow

    jwinslow You know... not... GOOD! Staff Member

    The $9.99 Ebook Is Dead: Third Major Publisher Hachette Dumps on Amazon - Kindle - Gizmodo
    Thanks apple
  11. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

  12. OCBucksFan

    OCBucksFan I won a math debate

    It's funny you bring this up, I was reading recently on how people who love to read are upset that the idea of a book being read once and that you can't loan it out or sell it and buy used books was the biggest issue with all the push towards online books.

    There's also been a debate as to how much the removal of used cd's has effected the amount of piracy that happens with music.
  13. OCBucksFan

    OCBucksFan I won a math debate

    Android Tablet gives iPad run for the Money | Android Tapp. Android App Reviews

    A touchpad with more options, since it can run ubuntu, android, or chrome os there's a lot more potential imo. Still along the lines of pushing for online applications, I don't see the need for the mouse pad on the back and I still hate touchscreen keyboards (hence, my droid love). I want to see the 10 hours of 10p video in action, because that would be nice.

    Personally, I like the fact that options are coming out so fast as an alternative to the iPad. The reality is with the iphone, Apple got away with forcing upgrades for features that should have been included in the original device, like flash for the camera, because they had no real alternative. With Android being as available as it is, it's shown that it is a viable alternative to those who don't like apples products or agree with their closed internet philosophy.
  14. jlb1705

    jlb1705 hipster doofus Staff Member Bookie

    It's funny you bring up CDs. I buy CDs (and used CDs) like a fiend. Actually, I buy a lot of them at HPB as well. I guess I just find value in the tangible product. Also, with music - I have greater command over how I use it. I don't actually play the CDs, but I can rip it to any format and any quality level I choose. Plus, I'm kind of a collector. There's just something I enjoy about looking though a bin of CDs and finally stumbling upon something I've been looking for for six months.
  15. bucknut11

    bucknut11 Defense still wins Championships

    Did anybody actually pre-order an iPad? If you did, please PM me as I have an idea. Somebody at work won't stop rambling on about it (for WEEKS) and Thursday begins April, so, well....... :)

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