Linked by David Adams on Wed 17th Aug 2011 17:46 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless Ars Technica is reporting that US Retailer Best Buy has been able to sell less than 10% of the TouchPad tablets that it ordered from HP, and now wants HP to take them back. Similarly, deal-a-day site Woot offered TouchPads at a very aggressive price, and only managed to sell 612 of them. This is for a site that often sells out goofy tech widgets in hours. When the TouchPad was gearing up for release, there seemed to be a fair amount of interest among geeks. Is it just that it hasn't resonated the same way with the general public, or have people just been disappointed once they've put their hands on one?
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RE[4]: Comment by kovacm
by Moredhas on Wed 17th Aug 2011 21:40 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Comment by kovacm"
Moredhas
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2008-04-10

I have yet to see a tablet that competes with the iPad 1, despite it's limitations.


Two words: Asus Transformer.

I've commented to this effect in other threads, so I'll keep this brief. I had an iPad, I got tired of it's limitations, it's not adequate for replacing a computer for any of my portable needs. I sold it, bought an Asus Transformer (For about $200 AU less than I spent on the iPad, including shipping from the US, AND the optional keyboard dock), and honestly there's no contest. The only good thing to come of me buying an iPad is the legitimacy it lends my opinion: nobody needs a giant iPod Touch, Android tablets, at least Honeycomb ones, are very usuable tablets; there is no functional difference between an iPad or an iPod.

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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by Netfun81 on Wed 17th Aug 2011 22:15 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
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2008-03-25

not true anymore...most of the apps for ipad are improved apps taking advantage of the larger screen with side bars and other gui improvements. And the screen size makes the ipad much more useful than the ipod touch.

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RE[6]: Comment by kovacm
by phoenix on Wed 17th Aug 2011 22:27 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kovacm"
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2005-07-11

The iPad is nothing more than a large-screen iPod Touch. All the same limitations are in place, making it really nothing more than a glorified portable-DVD player. Perhaps iOS 5 will change things, but we'll see.

Until Apple makes it easy to get files onto/off the damned thing, they'll remain mostly consumption devices. We've scrapped our plans to use them in board meetings instead of paper minutes due to this issue (we're going to build diskless stations into the desks in the board room instead).

Sure, there's over 100,000 "apps" for iOS, how many of those are actual applications for creating and modifying files? Compared to how many are games and just links to websites?

Android tablets don't have these limitations. Linux tablets don't have these limitations. Windows tables don't even have these limitations (although they have plenty of others).

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RE[5]: Comment by kovacm
by leos on Thu 18th Aug 2011 01:02 in reply to "RE[4]: Comment by kovacm"
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2005-09-21

"I have yet to see a tablet that competes with the iPad 1, despite it's limitations.


Two words: Asus Transformer.

I've commented to this effect in other threads, so I'll keep this brief. I had an iPad, I got tired of it's limitations, it's not adequate for replacing a computer for any of my portable needs.
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I heard the Asus Transformer is good, but it wouldn't come anywhere close to replacing a laptop. No closer than the iPad does. The iPad at least does not pretend to try to replace a computer.

So I can type on a real keyboard on the Asus. Great, that's nice but it doesn't come close to the utility of a laptop. I can't run Word, I can't run Outlook, I can't program, I can't run any of the software I need at work. So it still is no replacement for a laptop and it's bigger, bulkier, and more fragile than a one-piece design. Given I still need my laptop I would much rather have an iPad in addition than an Asus Transformer.

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RE[6]: Comment by kovacm
by MrWeeble on Thu 18th Aug 2011 12:21 in reply to "RE[5]: Comment by kovacm"
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2007-04-18

The iPad at least does not pretend to try to replace a computer.


Really? http://www.google.com/search?q=ipad+post-pc

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