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Windows With Windows Phone 7 being a success among critics and probably the only mobile platform which tries to take at least baby steps away from the old WIMP/desktop paradigm, it's not entirely unsurprising that a lot of people are asking for Windows Phone 7 on tablets. However, Microsoft once again reiterated that WP7 is not meant for tablets, since they view tablets as PCs - hence, they will be running regular Windows.
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unclefester
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2007-01-13

Try and re-encode a Blu-ray movie into H.264 on a tablet and see how far you get. Yet this is a very common process to watch movies on portable devices.

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wocowboy Member since:
2006-06-01

This comment is so patently ridiculous that I should not respond, but I just can't pass up the opportunity.

You are saying that you want to connect a BluRay drive to your iPad/other tablet computer, and have that device do the conversion to H264 so you can then watch that BluRay movie on the portable device? Really??? And that this is a very common practice? Really???

Never mind that there is NO BluRay drive that will connect to ANY pad-type device; that NO pad-type device has either the RAM, processor capability, or ripping/conversion software available to do this, you really expect to be able to do this on your pad device instead of on a fully capable desktop computer and THEN transfer the completed shrunk-down movie to the tablet device for viewing on your train commute or whatever?

I own DVD and BluRay movies, and I have converted them to a file size and resolution suitable for viewing on my iPad. And I have utilized the Digital Copy feature on a lot of BluRays and DVDs because they are done in a suitable resolution for my portable devices.

I don't bother converting them to 1080p or even 720p because tablet displays are not capable of displaying full HDTV video. One must work within the capabilities of the portable device display when doing conversions. But I certainly don't expect to be able to do all the converting on the tablet device itself, that's just silly. That's what I have my iMac for, with its 4 Gb of RAM, Core2Duo processor and all the software necessary to do the ripping and conversion.

Full-on PC's have their uses and tablets have their uses. I don't expect to do broadcast-quality video editing, special effects work, or anything like that on a tablet device, as the hardware is just not capable of doing it. I don't expect to create horribly complicated spreadsheets on a tablet either, although I am sure some people are capable of doing that and that is just fine. It doesn't make the device any better or worse if you can use it to do what you want to do, within the capabilities of the device and its hardware.

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B. Janssen Member since:
2006-10-11

This comment is so patently ridiculous that I should not respond, but I just can't pass up the opportunity.


Well, in hindsight you probably would have been better off if you just let the opportunity pass by. Now you are just looking petty.

You are saying that you want to connect a BluRay drive to your iPad/other tablet computer, and have that device do the conversion to H264 so you can then watch that BluRay movie on the portable device?


That's not what the previous poster is saying. He is providing an example in the larger context of the thread's discussion, namely that there are limits to what tablets can do and why they are not a replacement for "real" PCs and won't be anytime soon.
Since you missed the sense of the post the first time around, I will explain it to you: Other posters in this thread are suggesting tablets can do all content creation tasks pertaining to the common use cases of tablets. The encoding example shows that at least one task is unsuited for tablets but is required for a common use case of a tablet. Thus showing that the all-quantified statement is clearly false and thus making the point that tablets cannot replace PCs at this point of time.

So, basically, the poster you are snarking at says the same thing you do, only more concise and eloquent.

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