Mobile Battlefield: Tablets Take Over

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jociuri

I enjoyed reading this. MaximumPC is one of the best magazines out there.

As far as tablets:I hope Sony will get into tablet race, and I'm pretty sure they will. Dual screen would be overkill for just another eReader and I doubt it would be cost effective.

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thetr00per

Great article, really enjoyed reading it and I'm looking forward to reading more from Amber.

As for tablets; the Ipad is a fun device (my mom has one) but I wouldn't buy one and I think it's excessively overpriced for what you get just like almost every apple product.

I'm waiting for the ICD Gemini.

http://www.engadget.com/2010/04/06/icds-tegra-2-powered-gemini-is-the-most-feature-complete-tablet/

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canbbb

i would love a tablet, just not this one...

 

I admit: I would love to own a tablet computer.  But the flaws of the current iPad make it a no-no for me... particularly the wi-fi intermittent issues (which will likely be fixed) and the lack of a storage system (that too to be likely fixed in the next upgrade).  All the other weaknesses already reported are also annoying.  But Apple did do something very well: the responsiveness of it is amazing, the form factor is also very interesting.

 

 So I will wait for Asus, MSI or some other company to come up with a good alternative.  But I fear that they will compromise on the baseline features: like boot time, battery life or responsiveness... which would make it a no-no once again.  Yeah, I am talking about having my cake and eat it too.  I mean, it took years for laptop makers to finally come out with laptops quite powerful with solid graphics at quite a low price... never the equal of dekstops, but quite good nonetheless... so I have hope that sometimes in 2011, 2012 at the latest, we'll see a tablet that will have a real OS (android or Compact 7 qualify in my book, not Apple's iPad) with all the great features of the iPad, and none of its weaknesses. 

 

What I hate is waiting...

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whitneymr

Yep I'm holding out for a Windows7pad with enough umph to run Lightroom.

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SikeMo

Whoever you are, blonde chick with glasses, I love you after reading that.

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Havok

 She's new at maximum PC. We'll be hearing more from her!

 

 

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Camerone

I, too, have no problem waiting patiently for win7 or droid tablets to appear.  I'm not looking to get a bigger iPod, I already have one.

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Mighty BOB!

Speaking of San Fran, I've only seen two ipads here.  Also yeah the rent is ridiculous. @_@

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blindhorizon

i like the article, but i'm not going to buy the Ipad its a waste of money,  I'm waiting for a win 7 or droid tablet to come out..they will be cheaper, faster and better all the way around.  when the other pads do come out i hope that multi tasking productivity is considered.

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neatuser

Personally, I'm tired of all the press about what tablets are coming out.  A lot of fluff and quates from the manufacturers, but not a lot of substance. It's like seeing the trailers in the movies, but then the release date is not until Summer 2020.  Ahhhhhhh!!!!!!

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Carbon

Well Done indeed!

 I haven't seen one in the wild either.  In fact I've only seen about 3 Macbook airs also and I live in L.A. where those goofy fruit laptops are everywhere.

The iPad is a great device to take to the toliet and that is about it!

One app at a time?  meh...

 

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awc101

AHHHHH  HAAAAAAA HAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!  LOVE IT!!!!

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mjfutures

What a wonderful article! I love reading non-apple a$$ kissing articles!! Thank you Amber!

I was in my local Best Buy this morning. The Apple Genuineness (lol) had at least 50 people gathering around the PAD, all oowing and awwinggg, sooo pathetic! WOW....you can run 1 app of a zombie vs. plant game....now that is life changing!! 

 

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Mark17

I think you're missing the point of the iPad. So what if you can only run one app at a time? It's not about productivity, it about showing how much you love Apple... and showing everyone how cool you are after you get one.

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MicroFan

You guys are so funny... I used to build high end PC's for about 5-6 years, water cooling rigs, tri-SLI, beyond 4GHz overclocks etc etc... I used to be a die hard to this magazine! Now I just come to this website to get tech info because it is a good website. It's fun to sit here and listen to you guys bash Apple out of jealousy! I spent more money and time in one year on virus and malware software, clean installs and just trying to keep a windows machine clean, then I spent on my wife's iPad. It's hard to admit that a company comes a long that actually builds quality tech products that actually boot and shut down without any problems, don't need extra software to come along for the secure ride, don't need a clean install every three months, and is as loud as vacuum cleaner when you wan't to get 150 fps!!! I know, i know "Apple runs everything, you have to play by their rules, no multitasking, no great gaming," etc... etc... you say.... You just finally have to come to your senses and admit to yourself, "You get what you pay for!" I did!!! I spend more time having fun on my Imac's then I ever even thought of with my $7500.00 PC's. Window's kills the PC! Reported today, Malware embedded into legitimate-looking games designed for Windows Mobile has appeared, automatically dialing up foreign telephone services to rig up hundreds of dollars in illicit charges for users behind their backs."  There's a reason Apple looks after their customers... Have fun waiting for all the other so called tablet's promise down the road... Oh, and by the way, I'm sure it's no big deal charging that netbook 3 times a day and waiting 5 minutes for it to boot! Take care....

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zaphodbeeblebrox 42

  "I spent more money and time in one year on virus and malware software, clean installs and just trying to keep a windows machine clean, then I spent on my wife's iPad."

thats because you gotta stay away from the p*** sites man 

"there's a hack for that"  

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Zazubovich

I get that stuff for free and paypal them tips when their software works.  When I go past the Mac fixing stores in town I giggle a little at the sad and angry faces lined up outside, the faces of people who were promised that "it just works." 

Sometimes I think about starting a company called Magic Happy Unicorn computerz, and hiring a bunch of baboons to come in and make a laptop that looks like a Skittle instead of a Chiclet, put a free OS like Ubuntu on it, and buy ads that don't show what a computer does, just has fashionable models walking around with MHU computer devices and looking fabulous.  Who cares about real life anymore, Wall Street doesn't, Apple doesn't, and most users barely Facebook and Hulu successfully.  Put some shortcuts for that and you're golden with a rebadged Foxconn cheapy from 2 generations back.  If we feel evil we'll have Crysis ported over with 8 bit graphics, and maybe later upgrade to Doom grade graphics.  We'll be rich as thieves.

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Magius

"It's fun to sit here and listen to you guys bash Apple out of jealousy!"

Hardly!

 "I spent more money and time in one year on virus and malware software,
clean installs and just trying to keep a windows machine clean, then I
spent on my wife's iPad."

This sentence alone speaks volumes about your purported pc building and maintenance skills, not to mention your security knowledge.

I don't have the best browsing habits and I have never gotten infected. Not once. If you are smart about not following bad security advice anyone could do it. However most people don't bother, they are lazy and pay to be lazy.

 " It's hard to admit that a company comes a long that actually builds
quality tech products that actually boot and shut down without any
problems, don't need extra software to come along for the secure ride,
don't need a clean install every three months, and is as loud as vacuum
cleaner when you wan't to get 150 fps!!!"

Hmm, you do know Apple uses the same hardware a PC uses, right? The main difference being that EFI ship inside. The rest is the same hardware you can buy for hundreds of dollars less.

A clean install every three months? What were you doing to your PC man? Are you swatting your hard drives to remove the dust? Maybe you had your tower in a cart with square wheels? I never had to re-install my PC every three months, not ever when XP was brand new.

I won't even address your fan noise issue. It is the same hardware dude. If you get tons of noise it is your fault for not researching what you bought first. Again your skills come out as being very poor.

 " I spend more time having fun on my Imac's then I ever even thought of
with my $7500.00 PC's."

Oh, I understand now, you are one of those guys. Like the car "enthusiasts" that NEED to install every extra offered into their car. Or those motorcycle fans that fill every corner with lights or bags. No wonder.

 "Malware embedded into legitimate-looking games designed
for Windows Mobile has appeared, automatically dialing up foreign
telephone services to rig up hundreds of dollars in illicit charges for
users behind their backs."

And this is news to you? Embedded malware has been going on for years. Guess what? It happens at the factory most likely, the same factories that make Apple products. It is only a matter of time.

 "There's a reason Apple looks after their customers..."

And that is why they took so good care of their  Cube customers, when the case was braking up.Howabout the more recent problem with discoloration problems on their monitors? What about the dropped calls on Apple phones caused by badly designed antenna and case? Like every other company it took pressure from the customer base AND the press to finally have them admit the issues were real. Awesoem customer support dude as long as the problem is easy to fix. Here, let me show you how to change that wallpaper.

"Oh, and by the way, I'm sure it's no big deal charging that netbook 3
times a day and waiting 5 minutes for it to boot"

When you have options the smart person reads about them. The lazy person pays up a premium for Apple shiny stuff.

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Havok

 Man that must really suck for all 4 windows mobile users out there. My ASUS 1201n lasts all day long on battery and boots in under a minute, and if you buy that 25 dollar copy of Norton on sale, you get a years worth of AV with support and a trusted name. Plus you can buy a copy for your  buddy's Imac at the same time for cheap. Since when has an AV been 500 plus dollars? And where did you bring your PC to? Best Buy?

 

 

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gendoikari1

"I spent more money and time in one year on virus and malware software, clean installs and just trying to keep a windows machine clean, then I spent on my wife's iPad."

1) An iPad is not a computer. They are different. It is like comparing a tricycle to a car.

2) If you spent a lot of money on antivirus, clean installs, etc. then maybe that says something about your Internet habits. Safe browsing helps in the long run.

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WheresTheBeef

Yes, Apple's stuff is good. They make life easier for themselves by locking everything down.

But when their market penetration increases and the hackers pay more attention to them, the security problems will arise. They're not invincible and we dont' yet know how they'll react to problems. They don't react that well to problems today, especially if it offends the dear Mr. Jobs.

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