Linked by David Adams on Tue 20th Dec 2011 06:06 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless 2011 will go down in the history books as a great year for tablets mostly for Apple's iPad however, not all tablet vendors fared as well as Apple. It's not for lack of products that prevented Android tablets from taking any market share away from Apple this year. By our calculation, over 100 tablets were introduced since the iPad however, we defy even the most tech-savvy of you to name more than a few of them. What was so wrong with the competition that it failed to make any inroads in the tablet market, at least until the Amazon Kindle Fire and Barnes & Noble Nook came along?
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RE: I have a need for a tablet
by Gusar on Tue 20th Dec 2011 11:19 UTC in reply to "I have a need for a tablet"
Gusar
Member since:
2010-07-16

Am I asking too much?

You probably are. However, I'm right there with you. I won't even consider a tablet if it doesn't allow me to do what you describe. And even then, it would probably lack something else I'd want. Like say at least one full-sized usb port to plug in generic usb sticks.

Tablets are just too limited. I get a lot more out of a netbook. And for a smaller price too.

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tidux Member since:
2011-08-13

If the Toshiba Thrive has an unlocked bootloader, it could be what you're looking for. It has a pretty stock Android (read: no OEM idiocy like Motobarf) and full-sized HDMI and USB host ports, and a full sized SDHC slot.

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Gusar Member since:
2010-07-16

Unlocked bootloader is just one part of the puzzle. The biggest issue are hardware drivers. Do the Thrive's graphics have a driver that works in a traditional Linux distro? Same for other components: touchscreen, sound, wifi, etc.

And even if the drivers are available, there's the big chance they're tied to a specific version of the kernel and X, like with Intel Poulsbo. No way am I going to restrict myself like that.
All drivers don't necessarily need to be open source, I use the Nvidia blob for example, but that only works because Nvidia is constantly updating the driver when new versions of the kernel and X require it.

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