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Jan. 27th, 2010 @ 10:57 pm iPad? Not for me...
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The whole internet is abuzz about the iPad, the tabled computer that Apple announced today. Anyone who knows my stance on closed systems will know that I won't be buying one.

But I am seriously hyped about the Entourage Edge. E-reader on one side, Android tablet on the other! That's certainly a device that would fit on our couch! Impressive video here.
It's coming out next week. I can't wait to read some owner reviews...
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From:vleeg
Date:January 27th, 2010 10:16 pm (UTC)
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Now THAT's more like it!

If that does what they say it does, THAT's what i'm getting! (although mainly because the windows version might still take another year :p)

The IPad thing pisses me off, it's not revolutionary, it's just combining one or two existing tricks and adding an idiot proof OS (which sucks if you are an IT tinkerer) and a pretty shiny casing :')
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From:merle_
Date:January 28th, 2010 12:06 am (UTC)
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The IPad thing pisses me off, it's not revolutionary

No it isn't. One of these days Apple is going to make one of these Proud Announcements and people will realize that the emperor has no clothes.
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From:fub
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:10 pm (UTC)
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although mainly because the windows version might still take another year
It's not a computer, it's a device. And MS has a very bad track record when it comes to putting their OS on devices. Android I know and love, so that's a definate plus for me.
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From:nathreee
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:49 pm (UTC)
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what is the difference between a computer and a device exactly?
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From:fub
Date:January 28th, 2010 07:09 pm (UTC)
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In my interpretation, a device is something with a specific intended purpose. A phone is made to make phonecalls and to send SMS, a set-top box is made to decode digital TV, a game console is made to play games on.
Even if all these things are really computers (with a CPU, memory and firmware), the fact that they have an intended purpose makes them a device.
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From:vleeg
Date:January 29th, 2010 08:40 am (UTC)
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Xbox 360 and the Zune mediaplayer are the only MS devices i know.

Telephones and set-top boxes are not MS devices, they are windows capable devices. THAT is Apples mayor advantage, they can combine OS and hardware themselves, the rest is marketing ;)

Apaches, battle tanks and cash dispensers are all windows nt4, dunno if you want to call that a device, but they seem to operate quite well :p
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From:xaviar_nl
Date:January 28th, 2010 07:56 am (UTC)
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The Entourage Edge looks pretty cool. And I'm sure it will be more affordable than the iPad, as low pricing has never been one of Apple's strong points... (*cough*)

And yeah, the whole iPad publicity is all very overblown. Yeah yeah, they know how to market the hell out of whatever it is they're selling. Kudos for that. But the iPad is by no means revolutionary. Please.
And that is coming from the same man that has ordered an 27" iMac, knowing it certainly isn't the cheapest all-in-one that money can get. (And coming from a man that is still waiting to actually _get_ the damn thing... :-(

And oh: can we _please_ stop calling stuff "revolutionary" by default & on the day it comes out, when time will have to tell if it is really that revolutionary. And as time usually will tell, most things are evolutionary at best, and overhyped at worst...?
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From:nathreee
Date:January 28th, 2010 08:08 am (UTC)
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Looks nice. I won't be wanting any of these gadgets until they can do exactly what a netbook can do though.
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From:fub
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:11 pm (UTC)
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If you want a netbook, stick with the netbook! But I'm curious as to what the devices would need to be able to do before you'd consider one. What makes a netbook a netbook that is a requirement for you?

(And this would be totally complementary to the netbook -- no-one says you have to get rid of your netbook if you buy one of these.)
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From:nathreee
Date:January 28th, 2010 06:47 pm (UTC)
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Well, what's a handheld, or slightly bigger, computer good for if you can't browse the internet, read your mail and watch movies on youtube? The fact that you can read a pdf on it is not enough alone. If that thing can't multitask, I don't want it.
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From:fub
Date:January 28th, 2010 07:03 pm (UTC)
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The Entourage Edge has a screen that runs Android. Browsing? Check. Reading (and sending) mail? Check. Youtube? Check. (I can do all those things on my Android phone as well -- it's built in on the platform.)
And Android is a multitasking OS. And the Edge has two screens so you can read a book on one and browse the web on the other -- quite multitasking, if you ask me. :)
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From:negativeneve
Date:January 28th, 2010 09:20 am (UTC)
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That looks really awesome. This version seems a bit rudimentary, but I'm excited for the future versions.
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From:ishtar
Date:January 28th, 2010 07:22 pm (UTC)
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With a little patience you might want to wait for Asus who are launching a full color dualbook this spring as well...in many varieties...the simple luxurious e-reader with audio book possibilities and note-writing options and then the most luxurious version that is going to a full mobile computer with one screen able to transform into a touch-keyboard, webcam is also on board. Prices will vary from under 120 euros to....who knows? But I sure think it's worth the wait.

Read more here: http://news.cnet.com/8301-17938_105-10346194-1.html
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From:fub
Date:January 28th, 2010 07:47 pm (UTC)
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Certainly, I'm not in a hurry to buy one of these. But the Asus offering seems less attractive to me, because the Edge has all those features mentioned and runs on Android (which means a huge library of available applications). And it's already here, instead of announced for the future!
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