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What about those little things like... say you're sitting in AP Prehistoric Northern American studies, you're bored as the chief of banana rice and you wanna play some QWOP.
iPad doesn't have flash. so you can't.

How about downloading some music without having to go through iTunes.

Or simply the freedom of having a USB port?
If you end up with a class that has a Textbook on a CD then you're screwed. If your study group has their power point on Dave's flash drive but everyone else forgets their laptops in their dorm then you're twice f-ed.

Now an iPad is nothing more than a bigass ipod and I understand that you can easily Remote Desktop into your gaming rig back at your room, but in the end how long can you last without certain hardware features?

Let me remind you... thats no Skype vid messaging, no VGA output for presentations to projector, no SD card reader for your camera in your Creative Photography Class and if you get an iPad you'd be compromising all of the above for slightly more battery life and an aluminum body.

Plus their expensive as heck.
Download skyfire and you have a flash browser, skype why would you want to skype on a netbook? I have friends who use a netbook to skype and they just lag out all the time. If you have a text book on a cd you probably download a digital copy and put that on your ipad. You dont need usb when your in a college library. If your camera has bluetooth or a bluetooth sd card then you can just send them straight to the ipad. Plus why would you try to do any photo work on ipad or netbook?

What your really looking for ISNT a netbook, your looking for a low-medium end laptop that can do more than just basic functions. Go to best buy and pick one out they have a great selection of laptops with prices that cant be beat most of the time.
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Who uses a netbook for skyping? Seriously? I have a netbook, and I use it all the time. It's small, long battery, cheap, lightweight, perfect for skyping...

The ipad is competitive with tablet pcs, it's very capable, but it costs at least $600. That's just way too much money for something that's equal in value. If the ipad was super superior, than sure. But it isn't worth the money. They're a reason why out of all the hundreds of classmates I've been with in college, I've only seen one with an ipad to take notes with, and I've seen dozens of laptops.

I'm not asking what type to get, I'm asking which one, which brand, which model to get. If you guys can be more specific and link me to prices, that's what I'm looking for. Rather than "Well this company has some cool things, go ahead and google it and find the worst price for it yourself".
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post #13 of 24
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"you just dont understand cause you dont have an [insert apple product]"
i cant believe how many apple users have said this. they make some good products for the masses (power users on OCN are typically not "the masses"), but if you do a little research you can find products that are better than apple products and dont limit you to using itunes or other apple software that is proprietary and annoying and dont cost $700 for a tablet or $2000 for a laptop (netbooks start at $259)

and i use skype on my netbook. my netbook has been my main computer since i bought it. i have spent more time on this than on any other computer i have. i can do my homework, have several browsers open, download files, stream radio, all at the same time and this thing doesnt slow down. i paid $35 for an SSD upgrade and this little 1.66ghz machine rarely skips a beat. i played WoW on this thing, from my external HDD!!! i connect this to my 22" LCD (iPad cant do this) and it runs my full 1680x1050 resolution and plug in a mouse and keyboard and an external hard drive (3 usb ports USB, which iPad doesnt have) and just surf away. i play full screan 720p Blue Ray movies on this and i DO NOT have an HD accelerator card. battery life of atleast 3 hours of constant use on a 2 yr old 3-cell battery (couldve upgraded to a 6cell for 6-7.5hrs). this netbook is one of the best purchases i have ever made

netbooks are NOT slow, i am tired of people complaining. daily tasks require no more than a netbook can handle. this netbook is almost 2 years old now, the newer ones are faster and another generation of Atom processors are coming out and will be playing 1080p movies without an accelerator card.

blame the user, not the hardware

im not flaming, ignorance is just not an excuse

im going to watch a movie on my netbook now
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post #14 of 24
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i cant believe apple users do *this*

im not flaming

im going to watch a movie on my netbook now
As much as I agree with you, all you've done is attack another user for their feelings on a particular brand, while contributing absolutely nothing to the thread.

I don't see how that's not flaming...




Now, if there's anyone still reading this after all of these minimally helpful, long posts, please stay true to the topic at hand:

1) I'm looking for a tablet PC

2) I'm not looking for an apple product, they don't fit into my budget

3) I'm trying to get a decently powerful pc for school and for taking notes

4) My budget is around $500, max $600.

Any suggestions? Links? Specific models or brands? I'd appreciate it.
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im still tryin to find what my buddy got. ill get a model number from him and see if i can find one for sale, sorry for going off track

my intention wasnt just to attack/flame, but to show that netbooks arent slow and there are other products besides apple for mobile devices.
    
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post #16 of 24
Intelconvert: good job flaming and not knowing anything about the iPad and posting incorrect information.

OP: Just go to best buy they have some real nice toshibas for under $500. I would post online links but depending on the season and location in store is usually different and I have found in store to also be better too. Hope this helps you out.
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Intelconvert: good job flaming and not knowing anything about the iPad and posting incorrect information.

OP: Just go to best buy they have some real nice toshibas for under $500. I would post online links but depending on the season and location in store is usually different and I have found in store to also be better too. Hope this helps you out.
so the ipad does connect to LCD screens, have USB support and cost $259?
    
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post #19 of 24
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This is beyond frustrating. Why is it so hard to look for touchscreen laptops? I look on google, look for reviews, for youtube videos, nothing. So far, I've only found some overprice notebook on HP's website. $900 for a dualcore i5 @ 1.3ghz? No thanks.

I'm a college student. I'm sick of carrying around 5 different binders with hundreds of mixed up notes that I've taken in class, and I'm sick of worrying about whether I'll spill something and ruin all my notes, and I'm tired of having to think ahead of time what I bring with me because I can only carry so much.

I want something simple to take notes on, that's easily organizable and accessible, and not overly priced while underpowered.

I'm considering even an iPad at this point, but I can't find a single decent video of it's note taking ability. All I've found are people who are drawing with their index fingers, typing on screen (seriously, you spend $600 on a tablet and you're going to take notes by typing on the screen??).

I'm willing to spend $700. I just want something with decent battery life, a decent processor, and a screen that can actually take my notes. God forbid I spend several hundred dollars and the screen is frustrating as hell to work with.

I don't get it. My problems are the same as hundreds of thousands of college students. Why is there not a bigger market? It seems there's only expensive iPads, a couple HP touchscreens, and several crappy Android tablets sold by cellular companies by all things.

Can I just buy an iPad and put Windows 7 on it and take notes? Is that really the easiest solution?
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post #20 of 24
Uh, from what I can tell you basically want a netbook or a lightweight laptop.

I find typing on the Ipad to be unintuitive, and an actual keyboard to be much better.

Take a look at the new HP Dm1z or the Lenovo X120e. Both use the new AMD E-350 fusion apu's, so they got nice battery life, are small, and can actually stream video and even some light gaming as well.
Edited by Lettuceman - 2/17/11 at 7:44pm
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