But now Dell and Samsung came up with an idea that seems to solve my need for a proper keyboard and of being part of the tablet PC movement:
A devise that combines both.
Unfortunately, both models are in no real shape to compete with either the Ipad nor other netbooks.
The Inspiron Duo
At a price of around £500the Inspiron Duo comes with a slightly bigger screen than most netbooks: 1366 x 768 Pixel.
It comes with an audio port and two USB ports that are covered under a little plastic lid. Seriously, I can’t live without the SD-slot anymore. Of course it has WLan and Bluetooth.
With its 1.6 kilo it is very heavy and rather unmanageable in the tablet mode. Also it is very thick – 1.3 cm – much thicker than the Ipad.
Furthermore the battery only lasts between two and three-and-a-half hours which is not exactly extraordinary.
The Samsung Slide 7
The Samsung Slide 7 is expected for March 2011 for somewhere between $599 and $699.
It comes with a 25.7 cm 1366 x 768 Pixel back lit LCD screen, a USB port and stereo speakers. Therefore it is slightly bigger than the Ipad and smaller than most netbooks.
It is supposed to weight around a kilo and have an incredible battery life of up to nine hours. It runs on Windows 7 Home Premium.
Watch a video presentation here.
Lovely idea – please modify
I would buy such a device right away because I love the idea. But right now neither of those lives up to the potential of it.
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