Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 5th May 2006 19:46 UTC, submitted by SilentBob4
Linux MadPengiun has a review of the PepperPad, a Linux-powered competitor to Microsoft's Origami concept, and concludes: "Overall, the Pepper Pad is a sleek ultra mobile PC in a nice form factor with a great touchscreen for navigating, launching applications, watching video and surfing the web. With the advent of AJAX web-based applications for calendaring, editing video, word processing, creating spreadsheets, and more, you can have some good fun with the Pepper Pad and get a wee bit of work done as well. The Pepper Pad won't replace a Sony PSP-type game platform, or a PDA, or a notebook, but it will do some things that those devices won't do."
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Cool, but useful?
by snowbender on Fri 5th May 2006 21:28 UTC
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Member since:
2006-05-04

When I see this kind of device, and the price of 800$, then I much prefer my 12" laptop which is not that much more expensive. It's clear that a laptop is much more powerful, has a better keyboard and is much more useful all round.

As for the portability:
The Pepper Pad: 309 x 175 x 20mm at 1043 grams
Apple iBook 12": 285 x 230 x 34,2mm at 2200 grams

Sure, the laptop is bigger and heavier, but the Pepper Pad doesn't look that much more portable to me.

It's an interesting gadget from a technological pov, but I don't really see the target audience for this kind of device.

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RE: Cool, but useful?
by rayiner on Fri 5th May 2006 21:51 in reply to "Cool, but useful?"
rayiner Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree. For $500, you can buy yourself a used thinkpad subnotebook that doesn't weigh that much more than the Pepper Pad, is far more sturdy for portable use, and actually runs real software.

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RE: Cool, but useful?
by dukeinlondon on Fri 5th May 2006 21:56 in reply to "Cool, but useful?"
dukeinlondon Member since:
2005-07-06

I agree and wonder how long they'll be around. Microsoft can amuse themselves by fooling their partners into this sort of ill conceived adventures but I'd be surprised if the peperpad makers could aford it for much longer.

The laptop is one of these devices that is here to stay, only bettered by the tablet, although the latter doesn't bring enough extra to the table for buyers to venture outside of conventions.

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