Linked by Jordan Spencer Cunningham on Mon 6th Jul 2009 18:52 UTC
Hardware, Embedded Systems We all remember the saliva-inducing CrunchPad whose photos were "leaked" back in April; the tablet has a yummy 12" touchscreen, boots straight into a customized Webkit browser running atop a Linux core, has an Intel Atom processor, and is designed to be sold for under $300. As it turns out, it's nigh on to be released as Michael Arrington, the one behind the idea, will be debuting the device at "an event" later in July or early in August. After that, the tablet is supposed to be available "as soon as possible," though just when and where is still unknown. Hopefully "as soon as possible" is a matter of a few weeks after the event. The sub-$300 idea is giving me itches for it to be on sale now.
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Nearly perfect
by kragil on Mon 6th Jul 2009 19:41 UTC
kragil
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2006-01-04

Just use a Pixel Qi screen and we are in business.

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RE: Nearly perfect
by Arawn on Tue 7th Jul 2009 09:01 UTC in reply to "Nearly perfect"
Arawn Member since:
2005-07-13

Quite agree. For most of us (and with 'us' I mean professional users), we don't need color that much and the ability to use it in sunlight plus the extra battery are great.

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Why?
by sbergman27 on Mon 6th Jul 2009 19:56 UTC
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2005-07-24

If you're going to lug something of that size around... why put up with the lack of a keyboard? But just imagine if they gave it a clamshell design with a real keyboard. It wouldn't even need the touchscreen, then. Now *that* would be both exciting and original!

Edited 2009-07-06 20:03 UTC

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RE: Why?
by darknexus on Mon 6th Jul 2009 21:55 UTC in reply to "Why?"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

If you're going to lug something of that size around... why put up with the lack of a keyboard?

Because touch screens are the "in thing" at the moment, regardless of whether they'd be the best tool for the job. They have their place, but in this case I'd agree with you--on something that large, where there is room for a keyboard, there should most definitely be one.

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RE: Why?
by dvhh on Tue 7th Jul 2009 00:58 UTC in reply to "Why?"
dvhh Member since:
2006-03-20

They would have pry my trustful fujitsu P1610 from my cold hands.

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I wonder which event(s)?
by umccullough on Mon 6th Jul 2009 20:17 UTC
umccullough
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2006-01-26

Just thinking out loud: in the SF Bay Area, later this month will be OSCON 2009 (in San Jose), and then early next month will be OpenSource World 2009 (at the Moscone Center)...

Michael Arrington lives in Southern California?

Hmm....

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looking forward to one...
by motang on Tue 7th Jul 2009 15:32 UTC
motang
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2008-03-27

Been looking forward to one of these since it was announced last year. Crossing my fingers for it be around $250.

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