Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 20th Jul 2012 19:16 UTC, submitted by MOS6510
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless "Nigeria's Saheed Adepoju is a young man with big dreams. He is the inventor of the Inye, a tablet computer designed for the African market. According to the 29-year-old entrepreneur, his machine's key selling point is its price - $350 opposed to around $700 for an iPad. He believes that, because of this, there is a big market for it in Nigeria and elsewhere in Africa, particularly amongst students. He is also hoping to sell his tablet - which runs on the Google Android operating system - to the Nigerian government and plans to have at least one computer in each local government area." Mobile phones have had a huge impact on Africa, so just imagine what tablets, with their larger screens and easier access to the web, can do. Amazing initiative.
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RE[2]: It depends
by ricegf on Sat 21st Jul 2012 15:48 UTC in reply to "RE: It depends"
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Tablets may not fit any of your use cases, but they fit a lot of mine.

They make good readers, for example. My company provides both Safari and Books24x7 subscriptions, and I do a lot of technical (and some pleasure) reading on my iPad far more comfortably than on my laptop, netbook, or phone (I've read books on all 3). It's also lighter and more flexible than a paper Bible.

Better for work emails and such than a Blackberry (too small) or laptop (too bulky) for my tastes.

My dad and I actually set it on the table between our chairs last fall to watch several college football games that weren't on TV. A little small, but far better than the radio. (This is one of the few areas where a 10" has a definite advantage for me over a 7".)

I also took notes during general sessions of PyCon 2012 on it, as it's far lighter than my laptop (which I needed for technical sessions, since iPad lacks decent Python support). I've taken notes in other venues as well.

And some games just work better with touch than with a mouse, such as the standard Angry Birds (though I play that most often on my N900).

I guess a few other people have found similar benefit to tablets, as well, since Android and iOS are now approaching Windows in the overall consumer computing market. Happily, it's not just a Windows world any longer.

But if none of these fit you, then viva la difference! :-)

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