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Samsung preps new tablet, scoffs at iPad

By Matthew
Mar 15, 2010
  1. Samsung is reportedly among the numerous manufacturers who plan to enter the tablet market this year, with a slate PC due in the latter half of 2010. According to Philip Newton, director of Samsung Australia's IT division, the company's device will boast PC-grade processing and connectivity -- areas in which Newton feels Apple's iPad falls short.

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  2. AimHigh99

    AimHigh99 TS Rookie

    Yesterday, I read a very interesting article on Computerworld on why people want to buy ipad despite of its limitations. In fact, according to the author, it is exactly these limitations that draw average folks to the ipad. You can read it here: http://www.computerworld.com/s/article/9170118/The_iPad_paradox_Less_is_more

    The tablet that really impresses me so far is Lenovo IdeaPad U1 hybrid. That's where the future of tablet should go.
     
  3. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    Most competitors I'm sure would of stated that iphones had problems, much like Samsung saying the ipad is slow and has lack of connectivity. But even if you hung dead meat off a Mac product people would still buy it like it's the last bottle of water left on the face of the earth.
     
  4. ToastOz

    ToastOz TS Rookie Posts: 59

    New mac slogan. Ipad made by *****s for *****s.
     
  5. Yoda8232

    Yoda8232 TS Rookie Posts: 145

    I'll be honest if there was a tablet that would start up fast, have a good OS, good upgradeable and features, and a good price, I might be interested. But never majorly interested, no need really since you have 3 main types of computers, desktop which are most people's main computers, then laptops for on the go desktop use, and phones which isn't really a full computer but is starting to do what a PC can do.

    The tablets are trying to replace the laptops.
     
  6. Tekkaraiden

    Tekkaraiden TS Maniac Posts: 908   +54

    I'm hoping they add a decent video chipset so it can have decent video playback.
     
  7. megrawab

    megrawab TS Rookie Posts: 93

    "Most of us agree on the iPad's shortcomings, but how would you feel about a tablet that's on par with the power and general functionality of a netbook? "

    My answer is Cool!... So therefore this new tablet is to surpass iPad... Great job for samsung if this happens.... Looks like everyone likes to compete with iPad.. Atleast Apple was the first to do tablet pc so it is just normal if we'll find some areas for improvement in iPad and other manufacturers will strive to level and surpass it.
     
  8. zyodei

    zyodei TS Rookie Posts: 30

    And we all know about Samsung's mastery of a coherent user interface :p
     
  9. pipopaz

    pipopaz TS Rookie Posts: 70

    My main concern is the how good the OS interactivity will be, come on people Windows 7 wasn't made up as a tablet's main OS.
     
  10. Serag

    Serag TS Enthusiast Posts: 179

    Samsung is famous for its hard-to-figure UI, I guess a tablet won't success.
     
  11. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Enthusiast Posts: 137   +31

    Am I the only one that thinks that any slate device running a real operating system will be better than a giant iphone? Let me torrent stuff on a slate, and have enough hard drive space to actually store it. Let me instant message, listen to music, surf the "real" web flash and all, and jerk off to tranny porn at the same time. Why can't you do this ipad? Why? Gimme one good reason.

    Being serious though, I might end up buying a tablet pc. It will be a Window's based slate though, because like I said, I want to do what I want. Not what some developers make available. Royally screw "apps". I want to install full blown programs and have them run properly.

    Design a tablet with netbook or above hardware in it. Put expansion slots for sd cards. Gimme a USB port or two. Give me a real operating system. I'll give you five, maybe six hundred dollars for it.
     
     
  12. mv670

    mv670 TS Rookie Posts: 75

    Wait a sec, theres going to be competition between Apple and other companies in the tablet market?
    I'll stick with my PC since i would be able to do what i want to.
     
  13. RockandRepublic

    RockandRepublic TS Rookie Posts: 27

    That's brilliant! I scoff at all tablets. Im just so not impressed. Apple's main motive is to separate people (who withhold their thinking for who knows what) from their money. I don't drink the koolaid. Snap out of it!
     
  14. nayelir

    nayelir TS Rookie

    slate PC huh... Why not just get a laptop. It is more convenient anyways probably more storage capacity and around the same price range. They should just make a foldable (laptop) style with all touch features. They would be unique. A laptop/touchpad would make a tech revolution come out of its shell.
     
  15. rskapadia2294

    rskapadia2294 TS Rookie Posts: 102

    samsung's UI is not user friendly! ipad doesn't has many features! i dunno why ppl are crazy to buy it!
    i guess its the coolness quotient! dunno really!
     
  16. seefizzle

    seefizzle TS Enthusiast Posts: 137   +31

    My friend has one. They're ok. Touchscreen laptops aren't anything new.
     
  17. Thompson

    Thompson TS Rookie Posts: 65

    I gotta agree with Newton, the iPad is very limited and with a unique OS and components a much more flexible tablet is possible, i'll keep my eyes on this one, as for the iPad.... no thanks.
     
  18. waterytowers

    waterytowers TS Rookie Posts: 85

    I think he was suggesting a laptop that would have 2 touch screens and open like a book, kind of like a couple of the eBook readers coming out this year. If they released a powerful multi-core book style laptop that also had multi-touch support, good support for video playback and came with Linux support. I would buy one maybe 2. The screens would also need to be high res, maybe 2 x 12 inch screens each supporting 1378 x 768.
     
  19. Puiu

    Puiu TS Evangelist Posts: 1,094   +110

    The only good thing Apple did was spark the interest of millions in Tablet PC's. I hope something good product actually comes out this year.
     
  20. tripplejjj

    tripplejjj TS Rookie Posts: 28

    I will reserve my judgment for now until I see the actual product. However, I must say that Samsung is on the right track by designing tablets with features similar to the netbooks. I would be totally disappointed if the price of Samsung's tablet is more than a netbook though.
     
  21. natefalk

    natefalk TS Rookie Posts: 78

    Samsung would be smart to use Win7 for the OS. If they try and develop their own OS it will probably be Linux based and not much better than Apple. It will be interesting to see the specs for Samsung's tablet.
     
  22. vegasrez

    vegasrez TS Rookie

    Many with enough competitors trying something good will come out of this.
     
  23. nazartp

    nazartp TS Enthusiast Posts: 205   +10

    I had an interesting discussion with my coworker yesterday. Even though he's usually a big fan of everything Apple-related, he sort of scoffed at the idea of iPad. He and I ultimately agreed that the most useful feature of iPad is an instant on as in the iPhone/iPod Touch. I am a hardcore desktop user who generally scoffs at the idea of using laptop for anything but office work (e-mail, Excel, word, etc.). If I want to do photo editing, video rendering, gaming, the only reasonable choice from price/performance perspective is a desktop. However, sometimes you need to do something really quick and on the go - laptop/netbook to the rescue. The only problem I have is boot time. I do not want the device to spend about a minute loading when I need one glance at the weather forecast, check movies schedule, etc. Sleep mode is not always the best answer for Windows-based systems. Therefore I gravitate to use my iPod Touch for such small tasks. However, small screen becomes a limitation and iPad is not the answer for the price. A responsive netbook tablet would be perfect. Bigger touch screen when you need it, fully functional keyboard for comfortable e-mailing, and a simple OS for instant or near-instant boot.
     
  24. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    I really don't see myself with either at this point. Until digital movie distribution (preferably HD) catches up so i don't have to buy multiple copies just to get blu-ray for my TV and digital to be able to play on these devices without optical drive. My iPod touch will work just fine for the meantime.
     
  25. compdata

    compdata TechSpot Paladin Posts: 604

    Apple's will be intuitive, but restrictive like the ipod/iphone. I guess this works for most normal users though.
     
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