Originally Posted by ForumViewer
That's why an aluminum frame is handy dandy. The thinner the better imo, because when it's a case, it's that less bulky.
I'll have to see what Ifixit says about build quality. The size of the internals hasn't changed much (specifically the battery), thus, it seems that they merely thinned down some on the screen and shaved off some of the aluminum (less screen and metal seem to account for the extra thinness and the weight loss as well). This is a problem in my opinion. As anything gets thinner, it becomes more prone to spring and torsion weakness (bending and twisting). Combine this with thinner structural components and you have a much less durable unit and one which is likely to be more prone to dings on the back side from setting the thinned metal back down onto small things (pens, books, bumping table edges, etc).
Edit: they could retain some of the structural integrity by leaving "cross members" in an interleaved pattern inside the unit (likely between the cells of the battery), but the thin areas in-between would be prone to not only dings and dents, but also to expanding and contracting at a different rate (heat expansion/contraction is a huge problem with aluminum) than the cross members leaving a visible crosshatch pattern on the back of the unit.
This press announcement didn't mention memory amount or bandwidth (I though 512MB would suffice, I hope it has 1GB). Also, I assume the A5 uses two A9 cores which (at 1GHZ) would be about 20% faster each.
These guesses sound credible to me, but I don't really believe the announced 9x graphics performance improvement is possible without sacrificing battery life while doing anything other than listening to music or the like.
Firstly, a look at the competition. The Tegra 2 is about twice as fast as the SGX 535. Nvidia is waiting to release their quad-core Tegra because they want a die shrink before they add a 3x faster GPU. This GPU would be 6x faster than the current ipad. How is it that at current 40nm nodes that something with 150% the power of this upcoming GPU could be released on 40nm without using much more power?
Secondly, who designed this alleged beast? It wasn't imagination technologies (they don't have anything that fast to offer till a die shrink, just increasing to a SGX 545 would double GPU size while only offering a 2.7x improvement). As said before, it wasn't Nvidia. It wasn't Qualcomm (they don't have any adreno that fast on their roadmap till much later). Is Apple saying that they have a team that designed a GPU this powerful and still managed to keep it small enough to ensure the same battery life? Personally, I doubt it.
edit: I do wish that they would offer an e-ink overlay that would switch on when a book app was opened.
Originally Posted by last_exile
iOS is a real OS. as is Android. Or maybe your definition of a "real" OS means it has to have a mouse pointer?
Android is a stripped Linux distro. iOS is a stripped OSX distro. Both lack many of the features standard to their desktop counterparts (even a small Linux distro like SliTaz (less than 30MB) has features missing in Android). While they are compete in that they fulfill their purpose, they would not be likely to satisfy the needs of someone using them on a laptop or desktop.
This is one reason why Meego has so much potential. It is a feature complete OS designed to have everything a normal desktop would need while still working on smartphones and tablets.Edited by hajile - 3/2/11 at 4:17pm