Tablet PC and netbook in one – love the idea, not the manifestation

For a while I have been thinking about getting the Ipad now. But then I have a netbook and a smartphone and apart from ebooks, app games and a fancy look the Ipad does not seem offer me anything new.


The Samsung Slider 7 (pic by Samsung).

The Inspiron Duo from Dell. (pic by Dell)

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.

While the Dell Inspiron Duo has a flipable screen, the Samsung Slide 7 follows the design of somesmartphonewith a slidable screen.

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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One Response to Tablet PC and netbook in one – love the idea, not the manifestation

  1. Sebastian says:

    Thanks for pointing this out. I’ve been flirting with the idea of buying something smaller than a notebook computer for a while now, but nothing really convinces me. Oh well, iPad 2 is just around the corner.

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