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With demand for Windows 8 touch systems coming up short, it looks as if Intel (INTC) is betting...

With demand for Windows 8 touch systems coming up short, it looks as if Intel (INTC) is betting big on Android: Digitimes reports Lenovo (LNVGY.PK) will launch an 11" Intel-based Android notebook/tablet convertible for its Yoga line in May, and that H-P, Toshiba, Acer, and Asus will follow with similar hardware in Q3. CNET follows up by reporting Intel has design wins for ~$200 Android tablets - Intel is also shooting for that price point for Win. 8 tablets. One major challenge for Android convertibles: most Android apps haven't been written with keyboard/mouse use in mind.
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  • patt2374
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    "One major challenge for Android convertibles: most Android apps haven't been written with keyboard/mouse use in mind."

     

    Anyone care to explain why? A tablet is a useless child's toy with out a keyboard a chip powerful enough to handle advance applications such as office etc,

     

    It is a glorified smart phone you can not make calls from.
    19 Apr 2013, 06:36 PM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    Yes, but they are popular and that is where the market is also the $.

     

    Lenovo seems to be able to do things in the PC market that IBM couldn't or wouldn't. Are the servers next?
    19 Apr 2013, 07:07 PM Reply Like
  • King Rat
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    "A tablet is a useless child's toy"

     

    Agreed 100%. I tried using a tablet but everything I did took longer. The typical 90 minutes a day I had spent sending emails on my desktop were taking over 4 hours. Hypothetically at minimum wage, that would be $18/day or over $4,000/year in lost productivity. At $25/hr that would be over $15,000 in lost annual productivity.

     

    Surface Pro vs touchscreen ultrabook? Ultrabook wins.
    iPad vs used MBA? MBA wins paws down.

     

    1 of 3 scenarios are possible here:
    1) tablets are a passing fad
    2) tablets and ultrabooks will merge (cheap Surface-style laptops)
    3) tablets will replace computers for many people and they will just be less productive
    19 Apr 2013, 09:03 PM Reply Like
  • pfifla1
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    Totally, i have a galaxy tab. its great if you want to watch a series of breaking bad or doodling on the plane. other than that - doing any type of productive business on it is totally useless. but wait - they sell a keyboard that half works and by the time you pack both pieces is larger than my laptop!

     

    my next device will be a yoga type computer.... already looking.
    19 Apr 2013, 10:30 PM Reply Like
  • rasanders22
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    I want a tablet. I want a laptop. I want those combined to a cover table ultrabook, or a tablet with detachable keyboard. Both those items already exist. I'm not sure which one I want more. Ibam leaning toward the convertible ultra book because I need a decent amount of storage and processing power for school and my future job as a engineer.
    20 Apr 2013, 03:36 AM Reply Like
  • Rope a Dope
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    I have an HP Envy x2 (Win8) and I can do everything via touch that I can do using a keyboard and mouse. Everything. I bought this because it can run my legacy Office programs and you couldn’t pry this from my cold, dead hands. These devices won’t replace laptops or desktops (at least at this moment) but they weren’t designed to do that. They were designed to be a more portable computing device and they fit that role quite nicely. It won’t crunch numbers like a Cray, but it wasn’t designed to do that anyway. I don’t care if it takes ½ second to crunch numbers versus the ¼ second on my laptop or desktop.

     

    During the day I use my laptop and / or desktop. But during the evening I usually watch television with the family and with an average of 19 minutes of commercials during each programming hour, I use my tablet to get an extra hour plus of stock and market research. I believe most people who buy tablets use them as a toy, but they can be a great productivity device if you choose to use them in that manner.

     

    Win8 is actually pretty clever in the way it shuts down programs running in the background. I can have 20 programs open but when I check memory and processor usage, it never shows more than a small fraction being used. That little 1.8GHz Atom and 2 GB of SDRAM perform much better than the numbers imply; because of Win8. We’ve become obsessed with clock speed and memory regardless of the application. I’ll buy a Cray if I am calculating trajectory for an interplanetary expedition, but for running simple spreadsheets, my Win8 Envy x2 performs quite nicely, thank you.

     

    I have to run; my tablet is ringing.
    20 Apr 2013, 06:07 AM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "Win8 is actually pretty clever in the way it shuts down programs running in the background. "

     

    I think Mountain Lion does that as opposed to Mac OS Mountain Lion.

     

    I enjoyed your testimonial, though I despise HP and Windows

     

    Long: HPQ, Msft, Intc, Csco
    20 Apr 2013, 04:26 PM Reply Like
  • cbc
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    Tablets make phone calls and runs spreadsheet and word applications. Where have you been?
    21 Apr 2013, 08:28 PM Reply Like
  • Sam Liu
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    "A tablet is a useless child's toy"

     

    I don't agree, if IPod touch 4th gen qualifies. Whatever I need (PDA, simple translation, music, occasional calls SKYPE, photos, notes, etc.) are all conveniently accessible.
    19 Apr 2013, 09:43 PM Reply Like
  • Yokyok
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    most android apps work fine with a keyboard /mouse
    19 Apr 2013, 10:13 PM Reply Like
  • SA Editor Eric Jhonsa
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    They work with them, they just haven't been optimized for them. That's partly what's tripping up Microsoft with Windows 8/RT: a UI that can "work" with a keyboard/mouse setup, but wasn't built with one in mind.
    19 Apr 2013, 10:41 PM Reply Like
  • bd4uandu
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    Tablets are also great for reading and viewing PDF files. With Google drive you can have your documents with you for access.
    20 Apr 2013, 07:29 AM Reply Like
  • scorpion.bullfrog
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    I bought the iPad when it was brand new. I've got the older, thicker version. Very slow. Worthless for work but great for entertainment. Not sure if it's the connection to the AT&T network that drives me nuts or if it's because the chip inside isn't fast enough, but I'd love to be able to run work stuff on my iPad. That would be AWESOME. Maybe the day is coming with Intel's Haswell chip.
    29 Apr 2013, 09:35 PM Reply Like
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