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Old 07-28-09, 06:48 PM   #1
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Apple's New Tablet?

Bits and pieces keep coming out about this computer. One person said it will have a virtual keyboard that can be used on the screen itself. It might be too cramped for comfortable touch typing, though (for most people at least) -- or maybe not?

Here is one article (Google has more):

http://www.smartcompany.com.au/infor...r-in-2010.html

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Does this sound like it might be a good choice for some people while bike touring?
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Old 07-28-09, 07:01 PM   #2
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Does this sound like it might be a good choice for some people while bike touring?
Maybe for some people but it won't work for me.

I have a (non-Apple) tablet PC among our herd of computers around the house. I don't like the tablet form factor. It only sort of works for me when I'm carrying it around. Of course, when I'm carrying it around, I can't type on the virtual keyboard very well. If I lay it on a table, the screen is at the totally wrong angle for viewing. There's no good way to prop it up at an angle and keep the input (stylus or virtual keyboard) usable.

For a small, portable computer, I prefer the netbook form factor with a real keyboard and a screen that folds to the right angle for viewing.
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Old 07-28-09, 11:28 PM   #3
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Do look into a Dell Mini-9 running on Apple's OSX operating system. It works perfectly. I'm not saying that I own one...... neither Apple nor Dell supports doing this.
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Old 07-29-09, 03:05 AM   #4
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Do look into a Dell Mini-9 running on Apple's OSX operating system. It works perfectly. I'm not saying that I own one...... neither Apple nor Dell supports doing this.
sorry to have to pick on you, but isn't it easier just to run Ubuntu. After all, OSX is nothing but UNIX with a pretty skin,
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Meh. More overpriced hardware for the fanboys.
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sorry to have to pick on you, but isn't it easier just to run Ubuntu. After all, OSX is nothing but UNIX with a pretty skin,
maybe, but not all of us are computer nerds, some of us just want a computer to work the way we are familiar with. sounds really cool to me, but what do i know, i just ride my bike...
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sorry to have to pick on you, but isn't it easier just to run Ubuntu. After all, OSX is nothing but UNIX with a pretty skin,
I guess I'm just used to OS X. It makes it easy for me. I'm not carrying it on the bike with me, by the way, I just don't want to be that connected, plus the 2 1/2 pounds.

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The only people I know that tour with computers use either blackberry's or the verizon/dell things.
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I'm interested in this for cross-country touring.

After all, Apple said they weren't interested in the cell phone market for a long while, but once they were? Delivered a solid product. If the same Apple is working on a tablet-like device, you can bet your hot patootie that they'll get it right.
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Some good glimpses,

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DqBcBea0IHE
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The only people I know that tour with computers use either blackberry's or the verizon/dell things.
On a recent ACA tour, the group members had a Dell laptop, a Dell mini, an OLPC, a blackberry, an iPhone, and a couple iTouches.

Unless Jobs decides that the apple experience precludes USB ports, I'll definitely be touring with Apple's tablet next year.
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The video said tele-conferencing, so I assume there is a phone built-in. I have an iphone and I access the internet through 3-G far more often than Wi-Fi.

built-in Phone, big battery, usb = winner for me.
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The video said tele-conferencing, so I assume there is a phone built-in. I have an iphone and I access the internet through 3-G far more often than Wi-Fi.

built-in Phone, big battery, usb = winner for me.
I've read no phone, just wifi, which would be fine for the teleconferencing.
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