Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 4th Jun 2012 17:16 UTC
Windows Computex is going on right now, and as was to be expected, we're seeing a whole boatload ot Windows 8 tablets... But also a few crazy contraptions that have 'want' written all over them. My personal favourite? The Asus Taichi: a laptop with two screens (both on the inside and the outside of the lid) so you have a laptop as well as a tablet. I love crazy experimentation like this - sure, it may not always work or pan out, but this is how mankind progresses. What I'll most likely be buying later this this year: this thing (although I prefer a smaller version). I love my ZenBook, so a relatively conventional Asus Windows 8 tablet is perfect for me.
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12"
by vivainio on Mon 4th Jun 2012 17:55 UTC
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I have found that 12" is quite bad size for a tablet (I have exopc, and it sucks for finger use)

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RE: 12"
by tomcat on Mon 4th Jun 2012 18:39 UTC in reply to "12""
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2006-01-06

I have found that 12" is quite bad size for a tablet (I have exopc, and it sucks for finger use)


JOOC, what size screen do you think works best, based on your experience?

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RE[2]: 12"
by vivainio on Mon 4th Jun 2012 18:52 UTC in reply to "RE: 12""
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2008-12-26

I own, and have only tried 7", 10" and 12". 7" is best for thumb typing, 10" for pdf/desktop website reading. 12" is a disaster overall.

If you are in market for 5" monster phone, 7" doesn't make much sense, but otherwise it's a good ergonomic choice; especially since you'll probably get it cheaper than a 10" one anyway.

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RE[3]: 12"
by tomcat on Mon 4th Jun 2012 19:06 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: 12""
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I own, and have only tried 7", 10" and 12". 7" is best for thumb typing, 10" for pdf/desktop website reading. 12" is a disaster overall.

If you are in market for 5" monster phone, 7" doesn't make much sense, but otherwise it's a good ergonomic choice; especially since you'll probably get it cheaper than a 10" one anyway.


Windows 8's soft keyboard has a split option that divides the keyboard into two parts, and moves them close to either side (in landscape mode). Allows you to do thumb-typing on larger form factors. Check it out.

http://cdn.nirmaltv.com/images/Keypad.png

Edited 2012-06-04 19:09 UTC

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RE[4]: 12"
by vivainio on Mon 4th Jun 2012 19:26 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: 12""
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

I have tried it on 12" (I have the release preview on my exopc), it still sucks (you have to turn the focus of your vision from left to right all the time).

It might work better with 10", have to try it out someday.

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v Let's see if any of these actually sell...
by jnemesh on Mon 4th Jun 2012 18:04 UTC
vivainio Member since:
2008-12-26

Why so emotional for something that doesn't concern you? (Assuming you won't buy one)

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tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Why so emotional for something that doesn't concern you? (Assuming you won't buy one)


Because you criticize the thing you're afraid of...

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

3 YEARS late to the tablet party! WELCOME Microsoft! You are just in time to view your own devolution into irrelevance!

They were also, what, 5 or 7 years late with proper desktop GUI? (which, BTW, ~"sucks for doing real work, and DOS applications - in which you do real work - don't quite fit" - or at least, that's what many said) 10 years late with office suite? 20 years late with console?
And look how "irrelevant" they are in those fields...

You're in for quite a ride.

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Looks nice
by ronaldst on Mon 4th Jun 2012 18:50 UTC
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But I am still waiting for sub-300$ WoA Tegra tablets. And these are too big. Small than 10" is perfect.

Acer seems not willing to go the Arm way.

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RE: Looks nice
by vivainio on Mon 4th Jun 2012 18:52 UTC in reply to "Looks nice"
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2008-12-26


Acer seems not willing to go the Arm way.


That, or WoA is not yet ready for prime time?

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RE[2]: Looks nice
by ronaldst on Mon 4th Jun 2012 19:27 UTC in reply to "RE: Looks nice"
ronaldst Member since:
2005-06-29

Acer previously mentionned that they didn't like the MS enforced specs for WoA tablets. Too bad for them. I want longer battery life.

http://blogs.nvidia.com/2012/06/asus-nvidia-unveil-worlds-first-win...

I want this one.

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I am building my own.
by judgen on Mon 4th Jun 2012 19:16 UTC
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2006-07-12

I have started building my own tablet. My core components is an 8" multi-touchscreen a Via Pico board and raspberry PI arm board. (just thought it to be fun to have both x86 and ARM in the same device.) I think it will be lots of fun, i will be running Debian+AmiWM with my own modifications, and both mortherboards will be "on" at the same time so i can swap between them in KVM style. It will not be for sale, just my hobby project. If anyone is interested i will post a build journal when i recieve the boards (ordered today)

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RE: I am building my own.
by ricegf on Tue 5th Jun 2012 02:31 UTC in reply to "I am building my own."
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2007-04-25

Interested!!!

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This is what I want
by Alfman on Tue 5th Jun 2012 06:13 UTC
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2011-01-28

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LaeA--rMRyA

Go read about it on my anglefire page
http://www.angelfire.com/nt/andyt/qbe_reviews.HTM

(not actually mine)


Almost makes one wish apple had went with this guy instead of jobs back in the 90s.

Before some schmuck yells out it's crap, first consider it lacks 12 years of evolution, and consider that it predates the invention of the tablet in 2010 (need I note sarcasm?)

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RE: This is what I want
by zima on Mon 11th Jun 2012 23:59 UTC in reply to "This is what I want"
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

http://www.thinkwiki.org/wiki/ThinkPad_History
Yes, the first Thinkpad was a "pure" tablet.

Or http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/GRiDPad
http://www.computinghistory.org.uk/det/6565/GRidPad-1910/
an x86 tablet, hw manufactured by Samsung BTW.

And before you yell out its crap, first consider they lack 2+ decades of evolution. ;)

But both actually brought to the market and kinda used - not some dotcom bubble rider (and I seriously doubt handing over Apple to him would end up good...), whose tablet isn't even much different (certainly isn't thinner...) than laptop-tablet convertibles that were around that time. And which ~failed.

Edited 2012-06-12 00:08 UTC

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This
by Nelson on Tue 5th Jun 2012 07:18 UTC
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2005-11-29

is what it looks like to have the collective of PC OEMs fire back at Apple. This time, with a true solution, not some half baked Android OS.

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