In other words like, Lenovo's IdeaPad introduced at CES.
There are A LOT of question marks about the Lenovo: two OSes, two CPUs, two file systems. A fluid transition from tablet to netbook mode looks difficult at best. What if you're on the tablet, working on a "word document" in OpenOffice/Linux, then you want to dock the tablet and continue on that same document using the netbook/Win 7? Which device holds your music library, pictures or videos? Can Win 7 access the tablet's Linux file system when the tablet is docked? Or, is all that flash ram "off"?
And how durable is the lid/shell you snap the tablet into??
Lots of questions.
As for the original thread subject, such hardware additions -- and the presumed, desired faster CPU to go with the Superdrive and overall expectations -- would indeed put this thing well beyond the price point Apple is shooting for and well below battery endurance.
I'm sure that, while the iPad had some seemingly unpleasant surprises to us, Apple thought long and hard about what they were going to do. I don't know if this has dawned on anybody yet but this is the first Apple device in perhaps a decade that is NOT designed to serve up iLife! And yet, the simple and seemingly meaningless addition of contextual menus to the iPhone OS as demonstrated by iWork for iPad is HUGE for app development. Apple is definitely thinking differently with the iPad and it's optimal use will be functional, productive yet somewhat different than what we have traditionally thought of as "a Mac"... and it's advantages should appeal to a lot of regular folks out there.
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Last edited by Macaholic; Feb 7th, 2010 at 03:46 PM.
You, Adrian -- and the people who agree with him -- would pay considerably MORE than the current price of Apple laptops in order to have something that behaved like a laptop when both pieces were together (full OS X, ports, flash, etc), but would DUMB ITSELF DOWN to a "big iPod Touch" that couldn't run "real" applications when separated?
While I would pay more for a more functional tablet, I wouldn't buy an ideaPad. This is for basically how you described it, and that while it is cool and neat that they could do this, doesn't mean its really all that practical.
I would pay for tighter wireless integration with other computers. Similar to the wireless file-sharing capabilities, but possibly even to the point where with a mac (and possibly with a PC) you could literally drag and drop what you are working on from one computer to the tablet as if it were an extension of the workspace. This functionality would be easiest to create for the mac, but should be possible even if more limited with the pc.
I am glad to here that there is more information about the how files would be shared coming out, but I would have liked to see a built in ability to read from usb drives and the ability to wirelessly sync.
I do think that the iPad does make for a decent consumer device, and hence the price, but would have liked to see some additional features that allows for a greater more diversified use of the product, such as a professional model, the iPad Pro.