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Here's my particular heresy in this the religious war of out time:

I want an iPad to which I can plug a USB keyboard (or connect to a bluetooth keyboard, I guess) and use as a MacBook - or maybe all I have to do is switch to "MacBook mode" and use a virtual on-screen keyboard.

That is, as long as I also need to own a laptop I won't buy a tablet. And I have wanted to have a tablet since I was the early tablet PC models ca. 2000. But I have waited 10 years so I can wait another 5.

What I don't want is to have to have an iPod, iPhone, iPad, MacBook and iMac. Phone, tablet and desktop is good enough for me. And if I the tablet is powerful enough and can be used as a phone through a bluetooth headset, just the tablet.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 10:10:26 AM EST
What do you want to do in Macbook mode?
by Colman (colman at eurotrib.com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 10:12:51 AM EST
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Whatever you would want to do on a desktop - word processingTeXing, spreadsheetsR (anyway, does the iPad do Open Office?). How about lightweight development for the iPad on the iPad? Does the iPad run the iPad SDK?

Point being, I don't have a desktop, I have a MacBook which I use as a desktop replacement even thought it is not designed as one.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:37:15 AM EST
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I guess what I really want is something like this:



En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma

by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 11:53:02 AM EST
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Having used 'em, flat, touch sensitive, keyboards are a PITA.  

She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 02:46:45 PM EST
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Yep. Tactile feedback is an absolute requirement.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 03:09:30 PM EST
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Then the iPad with a virtual on-screen keyboard is out. We're back to a USB/wireless keyboard requirement for the iPad.

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 04:15:33 PM EST
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Well I'll qualify that - I'm fine with it for low speed input (texting, in particular), but for full speed typing I have to have that feedback.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 04:19:32 PM EST
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What, you don't type at full speed when IM'ing?

En un viejo país ineficiente, algo así como España entre dos guerras civiles, poseer una casa y poca hacienda y memoria ninguna. -- Gil de Biedma
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 04:59:54 PM EST
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I do if I have a full keyboard. I was born too late to acquire similar "thumbing" skills for cell phones though. I'm old enough now to make bitter "when I was your age..." comments to the kiddies.

you are the media you consume.

by MillMan (millguy at gmail) on Tue Feb 2nd, 2010 at 05:09:37 PM EST
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