Touch and Go (Part 2) : iPad effects

4/19/2012 3:10:09 PM

iPad effects

Description: iPad effects

This April, Apple released iPad. This new tablet was obviously inspired by iPhone, even using the same operating system, but with a larger screen of traditional tablets. Once iPad proved what tablet could do (with the help of marketing budget and considerable commercial of Apple), suddenly it was easy to convince people that tablets were useful at home.

One of the most important striking points of iPad is easy to use. As commercial of Apple said, “You know how to use it”, of course, it’s easier than almost every Windows computers. A staff of Computeractive bought it for his mother who had never used the computer before and now she is proficient in using the tablet.

However, it’s not a good idea for everyone. Although it’s good at displaying most websites, iPad can’t show anything created by Flash, so there are overlooked parts in many websites and video services which don’t work.

Moreover, because iPad runs iOS of Apple, there is no way to install software you used normally on usual PC or Mac, for instance Microsoft Word. You are limited to those applications designed specifically. There are many available applications but some don’t work better. Tasks requiring computer processors to work harshly often work poorly, because tablets have processors which are cheaper and weaker, and if you are about to edit a lot of images or videos, you’d better to associate with versatility and storage of a laptop or Mac or Windows desktops.

It puts iPad into strange situation: it is a great computer and very easy to use but we think for everyone, it’s just the second device if you have already accessed to laptop or desktop for heavier tasks.

The best in two worlds


Description: Joojoo runs the operating system based on Linux

Joojoo runs the operating system based on Linux

Another matter is affecting to iPad and in fact, it influences on any tablets without keyboard. It is not ideal for the long post. While iPad has word processing application Pages of Apple and you can connect to Bluetooth keyboard, it is better if you use computer with keyboard if you need to write anything longer than email.

With that opinion, some companies continue to create “hybrid” tablets – computers can operate by using touch screen like tablets or installed standard keyboard.

Recently we have taken a look at Fujitsu Lifebook T4410, which folded to switch between laptop and tablet, and ran the norm version of Windows. Lifebook could be more flexible, so it could be the ideal choice if you just want a computer for typing and tasks based on tablets, but it is more expensive almost 3 times than Apple tablet.

However, with the “hybrid” tablets, we see the emergence of new tablets designed to look like iPad. For example, Joojoo is larger than iPad but it looks similar, with the entire front for a touch screen. Like iPad, instead of running Windows, it use a special operating system based on Linux. It’s also cheaper than iPad with $630, including shipping to the UK.

Description:  A tablet which is controlled by pen, stylus or your finger


 A tablet which is controlled by pen, stylus or your finger


HP has a new tablet called Zeen. It is going to be launched and use Android which is more popular on smartphone. It aims to read books more than using computers in general. In July, Microsoft confirmed again that it would sell tablets with Windows 7 because they claimed that those tablets would be available in the end of this year from companies including Samsung, Dell and Sony.

Therefore, is tablet or just iPad finally useful for home users? It’s too early to know. Apple has sold several million iPad but until we see many similar products later this year, it’s hard to know if it’s the case happening for just marketing or a real change to tablets which are good at using both at home and at work.

To make tablets become really popular, they need to be cheaper but when many devices are sold, the price often decline. At this time it can’t be assumed that they are replacing most laptops but please keep an eye on our review about the latest and the best tablets when they are released.


Description: Fujitsu Lifebook switches between laptop and tablet

Fujitsu Lifebook switches between laptop and tablet


Other portable

Small, light and cheap laptops don’t need to be tablet or have touch screen. In reality, computers without touch screen are usually cheaper.

General category of “netbook” includes a smaller segment of the kind of laptop with models like Toshiba NB300 and Samsung N150 which are less than £300 – the price no tablet can hope to catch up now.

If you have a tight budget and don’t mind older technologies, a model such as Acer Aspire One D250 is available for less than £200.

We have considered it in Jan, 2009 when it cost £329 but it is still selling with the reduced price. All of these computers can handle text, email and surf the web as touch screen model and in some case, they even do better.

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