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Ipad versus Eee pad



August 20, 2010 – Comments (4)

I have liked the idea of the ipad since I first saw it.  I see it as the bookshelf of the future, at least that's where I see the main use.  Get ebooks and do away will all that storage space for books. 

Well, I just saw something Asus' Eee pad.  From what I saw they still have a ways to go in developing their technology, but what they are developing looks like it would better serve the laptop and ipad functions together.  It looks like a little laptop, you open it like a laptop, full keyboard there, but then the two sides separate and you have the screen part as a stand alone like the ipad.  It comes in a 10 and 12 inch, but, it does seem the technology has a way to go. 

I'd like to see that kind of technology applied to something in the 14 inch range with full tablet capabilities and the ability to have the screen in any orientation and use the keypad to operate it.  And I'd like it with full wireless capacity for usb and serial ports.  I like that being able to remove the keyboard.

Lots like a bigger screen laptop for work, but I have a smaller laptop as it is and I just learn to work with the smaller screen.  So now they just have to get it to about half the thickness and so the keyboard comes off.

Anyway, for now ipad is off my wish list.

4 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On August 20, 2010 at 9:15 AM, Melaschasm (70.21) wrote:

I personally don't see any advantage in buying a tablet, rather than a netbook.  However, many people do like the tablet concept, and the Eee Pad is likely to be a good option, although it will lack some of the 'yuppie cool factor' of the Ipad.

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#2) On August 20, 2010 at 9:43 AM, KurtEng (31.31) wrote:

Doesn't anyone realize that computers have been able to display text for decades? It has a keyboard? It has a screen? That's not a revolution, it's different packaging.


Sorry for the rant, but sometimes I feel like I'm going crazy hearing about e-readers and such.

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#3) On August 20, 2010 at 2:21 PM, dwot (29.17) wrote:

KurtEng, to me the difference with the ipad is that you can move it around much the same way you do a book.  My desktop doesn't move and my laptop is more flexible, it does over heat and is awkward compared to a book.

Melaschasm, tablets are great for teachers.

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#4) On August 21, 2010 at 11:08 PM, digitallocksmith (< 20) wrote:

I like the idea of the EEE Pad for the reasons you mentioned.  It can have a keyboard, and be a slate like the iPad.  It also functions as a whole computer -- with the processing power.  The iPad is obviously locked into iOS and Apple proprietary software.  There are already Ubuntu, MeeGo, and other distributions that are targeted at touchscreen slates like the EEE Pad.

You get some flex with the EEE Pad, operating system wise.  Not only that, the keyboard add-on includes a 500GB hard drive and extra battery.  I like the 14 inch idea - with the keyboard dock like the 12 inch will have.  14 would be the sweat spot for size and portability...even 13.3 would be good.

Not to mention you don't look like an arrogant Apple fanboy for having one.  :)  The iPad is basically a big iPod Touch...sure it is faster and better to watch movies and such on, but no real functionality compared to something like the EEE Pad running Windows.

The tablets that run Android fall into the iPad category as far as I'm concerned.  They are virtually just big phones without the phone part.  On the other hand, Android is built off the Linux kernel, so development for them and their capabilities will be better than that of Apple's proprietary iOS.

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