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but as an alternative to an ipad?
I think its too early to tell, lets see what Apps are available for the RT version of Win 8. If Windows Tablet is anything like Windows Phone, you may want to sit back for a bit and wait until it matures.
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I did explicitly refer to keyboard layout and style...
I am afraid but you are wrong. Apple copied the keyboard style from Sony.



The sony keyboard from the above picture was from Sony VAIO X505 laptop released in 2004.
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I am afraid but you are wrong. Apple copied the keyboard style from Sony.



The sony keyboard from the above picture was from Sony VAIO X505 laptop released in 2004.
sony must be kicking themselves. they released products ahead of their time which would have given apple a run for their money, but they didn't seem to quite realise what they were doing. if only they hadn't kept it such high end and instead made it premium mass-market...
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I am afraid but you are wrong. Apple copied the keyboard style from Sony.



The sony keyboard from the above picture was from Sony VAIO X505 laptop released in 2004.
I see very little comparison there but the square keys. Sony obviously don't either. I guess it's you that's wrong by saying Apple copied Sony eh ?
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Old 19.10.2012, 15:58
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I see very little comparison there but the square keys. Sony obviously don't either. I guess it's you that's wrong by saying Apple copied Sony eh ?
keyboard keys with rounded corners! . if only someone had thought of patenting that...
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But not according to the review...stuttery playback etc.

[GEEKSTUFF]If a Samsung Galaxy II with 1.4ghz A9-based Exynos processor can do it (tested and proven), then the A15 should be more than capable too as it's about 50% more powerful. Hmm, maybe it doesn't use the new MALI GPU that's supposed to go alongside it. I'll do some digging tomorrow.[/GEEKSTUFF]
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But not according to the review...stuttery playback etc.
The "review"? Got a link to this review because I can't find it :-/
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The "review"? Got a link to this review because I can't find it :-/
Ok. I found it :
http://www.cnet.com/laptops/samsung-...-35500150.html
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Re: Chromebook - does it make sense?

I think it's a good idea and as one poster mentioned it's probably aimed at those who just use devices to get onto the internet. Plus it's less hassle than having a PC.

There is obviously a niche for this type of device and I'm sure we'll see just how well the chromebook does before long, traditional PC sales are on the wane as both tablets and these type of devices gain in popularity hence Microsoft's foray into the tablet market and revamp of the Windows OS to try and encourage consolidation across devices.
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Re: Chromebook - does it make sense?

a bit late to the thread, but i think they're a bargain, ....plus they come with 100GB of Google Drive storage free for 2 years, ....that's $120 of storage for free, ...plus a chromebook!
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Old 09.11.2012, 16:48
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a bit late to the thread, but i think they're a bargain, ....plus they come with 100GB of Google Drive storage free for 2 years, ....that's $120 of storage for free, ...plus a chromebook!
I thought about this quite a bit and watched endless video reviews, but in the end decided to get another Asus Transformer, this time the slightly cheaper (and less problematic) TF300. They keyboard and weight distribution is not as optimal as the Chromebook, but its far more flexible and useful offline.

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Re: Chromebook - does it make sense?

ChromeBook looks great for the price. Tablets are overrated and annoying (rubbish for typing).

Most folk only need the internet so why bother with a crappy Windows 8 'teletubby' laptop for 2 or 3x the price.
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I thought about this quite a bit and watched endless video reviews, but in the end decided to get another Asus Transformer, this time the slightly cheaper (and less problematic) TF300. They keyboard and weight distribution is not as optimal as the Chromebook, but its far more flexible and useful offline.


That's going to be my Christmas present to me! Been looking at the TF300 for a while now.
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Old 09.11.2012, 17:17
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Re: Chromebook - does it make sense?

I was hoping you would get a chromebook so I could see a review from a "standard/normal" user.
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... but in the end decided to get another Asus Transformer, this time the slightly cheaper (and less problematic) TF300. They keyboard and weight distribution is not as optimal as the Chromebook, but its far more flexible and useful offline....
I couldn't agree more with this choice, however for a totally different reason: The screen.
I'm totally sick of the TN panel crap that almost everyone is putting even on 1400+ CHF laptops. A nice high contrast screen can make all the difference for me especially when working with photos or graphics. Of course the transformer is not built for such tasks, but still I promised myself my next mobile device will have a high quality screen with decent brightness (for outdoor use) and viewing angles (for enjoying my photos and movies with everyone ). I still don't get why ASUS is the only company now offering an IPS screen in a sub 1300 CHF laptop...

And by the way the chromebook screen is on its best day below average...
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Old 25.11.2012, 04:30
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Re: Samsung galaxy Tab 8.9 Wifi - Migros - CHF 222

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So, I have followed this thread and googled a lot of stuff. I wouldnt say none the wiser, but it is still a bit beyond me. You guys are all . Just kidding. Impressed that people know this stuff to be honest.

So can I ask a silly question. Lets say I want to buy a tablet with Android as my laptop has been all but destroyed by my 3 years old. I dont want to do all these reboots and whatnot that some of you have advocated as you can probably tell I am just not that advanced. Call me a noob if you have to. I just want email, internet, word and excel. i.e nothing too fancy. I guess I would want a half decent screen size to read and to type.

Recommend away. I will probably buy something this week. FYI my wife has the Ipad, but I cant get used to it as I have grown up with windows and so on.

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if you can live with google apps instead of word and excel, i highly recommend you get the new ARM-based chromebook made by samsung. it is pretty cheap and has no user maintenance.

i bought one at PC world in London a few weeks ago and have been very impressed with it.

EDIT: now that newer chromebooks have been released with faster Intel processors, I no longer recommend the ARM-based books, but instead recommend the ones based on the newer Intel chips which are much faster.

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if you can live with google apps instead of word and excel, i highly recommend you get the new ARM-based chromebook made by samsung. it is pretty cheap and has no user maintenance.

i bought one at PC world in London a few weeks ago and have been very impressed with it.
More of a netbook but that wouldnt really be an issue. I see it is going for £229.00 on Amazon for the October model which is ok. FWIW, I already have a Samsung NC10 netbook and this is a Samsung Q430 that I am typing on, but they have been truly bashed up including some keys and functions like apostrophes missing. Very happy otherwise. Thing is I have been using the MS products for about a decade, so I might find the google apps to be a struggle. I am a bit slow to adapt. I assume I can download them.

Intrigued by what you said about no user maintenance required. What does that mean? Also, does it start up instantly on the internet like an Ipad does? Quite impressed by that actually.
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More of a netbook but that wouldnt really be an issue. I see it is going for £229.00 on Amazon for the October model which is ok. FWIW, I already have a Samsung NC10 netbook and this is a Samsung Q430 that I am typing on, but they have been truly bashed up including some keys and functions like apostrophes missing. Very happy otherwise. Thing is I have been using the MS products for about a decade, so I might find the google apps to be a struggle. I am a bit slow to adapt. I assume I can download them.

Intrigued by what you said about no user maintenance required. What does that mean? Also, does it start up instantly on the internet like an Ipad does? Quite impressed by that actually.
yes, the instant start up is the best thing about it. you close the lid and it goes into standby and then when you open it, it is on instantly. kinda like the ipad. it makes it so much better to use.

even if you turn it off completely, it boots in 7 seconds! so even faster than the ipad in that respect, but due to the long battery life, i never do a full shutdown.

re: no user maintenance. this device is kinda like the ipad where you are restricted to installing stuff only from the chrome store, so is very restrictive in what you can install. all updates are automatically managed and everything is stored on google drive and so there is no need to manage back-ups.

i'm thinking of getting gone for my parents because it seems google have invented an idiot-proof machine that can't accidentally be buggered up - although my dad would probably find a way...

EDIT: forgot to add. you don't need to install google apps. it is already installed on the device. you can already try out google apps. just google for google apps and try the personal edition. it is nowhere near as powerful as MS Office, but if you need only basic functionality, it works fine (i.e. you wouldn't want to code a complex valuation model for a bank in Google Spreadsheets).
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yes, the instant start up is the best thing about it. you close the lid and it goes into standby and then when you open it, it is on instantly. kinda like the ipad. it makes it so much better to use.

even if you turn it off completely, it boots in 7 seconds! so even faster than the ipad in that respect, but due to the long battery life, i never do a full shutdown.

re: no user maintenance. this device is kinda like the ipad where you are restricted to installing stuff only from the chrome store, so is very restrictive in what you can install. all updates are automatically managed and everything is stored on google drive and so there is no need to manage back-ups.

i'm thinking of getting gone for my parents because it seems google have invented an idiot-proof machine that can't accidentally be buggered up - although my dad would probably find a way...

EDIT: forgot to add. you don't need to install google apps. it is already installed on the device. you can already try out google apps. just google for google apps and try the personal edition. it is nowhere near as powerful as MS Office, but if you need only basic functionality, it works fine (i.e. you wouldn't want to code a complex valuation model for a bank in Google Spreadsheets).
Tempted, very, very tempted. Love the idea of the google drive back up cos I have a number of external WD drives that fill up drawer space here and there. Funny enough, I am the sort to do complex valuations and programming, but I can leave that for the office or one of the other computers

Going to be looking at it closely today. Thanks again
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Why do you expect Samsung and co to bother offering upgrades for their products?

It costs them money to do it and it means you are less likely to buy the next version of their product.

The android model is fundamentally flawed.
You know, I can just imagine you typing away furiously on your rinky-dinky little Mac with its delicate Chicklet keyboard (Sinclair Spectrums had those in the early 80s...).

If the Samsung satisfies your needs on its initial purchase, who cares if it's upgraded or not? After all, upgrading entails certain risks (shall I mention Maps on IOS...?). And don't even think of coming back to me with accusations of anti-Apple bias; I developed on NextStep for half of the 90s and still think it's the greatest desktop OS ever made.
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