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waloshin
January 28th, 2010, 07:48 AM
I would love to have a fully functioning Ubuntu - Tablet, unlike the Ipad!

Dayofswords
January 28th, 2010, 07:57 AM
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i think tablets are lame

Vignesh S
January 28th, 2010, 08:55 AM
[edited-misread]
i think tablets are lame

I think tablets are totally awesome. But everyone is entitled to their opinion :-D

IMHO, Tablets are a LOT easier to use because I can directly contact the screen, making things a LOT more accurate. But maybe I'm saying that because after almost an entire childhood growing up with mice, I have grown tired of them and I am DYING for something more intuitive and a lot more "human". That would either be a touchscreen (this is where the tablet comes in) or a graphics tablet (i.e. that bluetooth graphics tablet by Wacom)

As for the iPad, its about time that Apple came around to it, but there are fundamental flaws (like no multitasking and no USB ports, the latter being the major blow).

I too would love to see a iPad-like device running Ubuntu, but I feel that Ubuntu by default isn't quite optimised to take advantage of the power of touch but the good news is that I can easily make it so :-D

Dayofswords
January 28th, 2010, 12:05 PM
you could maybe put UNR on a normal tablet, i think it could work, though typing would be an issue...

Xbehave
January 28th, 2010, 02:17 PM
http://www.alwaysinnovating.com/home/index.htm + Internal 3G usb dongle (screen is slightly smaller)
http://openinkpot.org/ is a FOSS distro for ebookreaders
alternatively use a real tablet
If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, netbook + 9.7 inch screen + 9.7 touchscreen + shiny white ducktape + koolaid = ipad

pwnst*r
January 28th, 2010, 02:25 PM
iWant

LowSky
January 28th, 2010, 02:26 PM
iDont

pwnst*r
January 28th, 2010, 02:40 PM
iDont

Neither do i.

Tristam Green
January 28th, 2010, 03:44 PM
So be TheMan and build one.

Sunflower1970
January 28th, 2010, 04:51 PM
Wouldn't mind something like an iPad--just nothing made by Apple (I don't hate them or anything..They're just overpriced and I don't like how they seem to lock a user in to some of the software. Although I love their advertising, and their products are asthetically pleasing. Almost pieces of art. Other companies need to take note!)

Something with Ubuntu would be nice, but I'd take any form of Linux on one.

ssj6akshat
January 28th, 2010, 05:34 PM
iNot a iFool

pwnst*r
January 28th, 2010, 05:49 PM
iNot a iFool

You're right, you just iCry like the rest of them.

underquark
January 28th, 2010, 05:53 PM
iVey, I've had a tablet for, like, three years or something.

BigCityCat
January 28th, 2010, 05:59 PM
I don't like touch screens because the screen always ends up nasty and dirty. I prefer looking at a clean screen.

mr_gourami
January 28th, 2010, 08:16 PM
its 500$. 10 hour battery life. and less than 2lbs.

I just bought an asus 1005 for the light weight and battery life. If the ipad can use a pen for taking notes for stuff like one note i see a cheap computer perfect for students.

light, cheap, long battery life, it works (it is apple but apple software does just work)

The biggest things that will make a difference will be how well the keyboard works, lack of usb port, and how fast it really works.

Vignesh S
January 29th, 2010, 05:27 AM
If you don't mind getting your hands dirty, netbook + 9.7 inch screen + 9.7 touchscreen + shiny white ducktape + koolaid = ipad

iWill certainly do that the moment iGet my hands on my sister's netbook. After some serious modding, I should end up with an iNetbook (ironic, seeing that Steve Jobs apparently hates netbooks) that has a pop-out keyboard whenever I need it and (naturally) a touch screen. So it will literally be a slate, with a keyboard that pops out :-D

But if that doesn't happen, I can always snatch a bargain on the 'net and bag myself an Asus T91 Triple booting Google Android, Moblin and Ubuntu :-D.

Ubuntu seriously should consider partnering up with hardware manufacturers to make a uSlate-like device with a modded and customised version of Ubuntu (not a fork, just a variant). IMHO, touch is the way of the future, as is 3D holograms :-D (maybe that's a little too far into the future, but still...)

murderslastcrow
January 29th, 2010, 08:35 AM
Tablet PCs rock, man. Make sure you get one that doubles as a laptop, though. It's a pain in the butt having just a screen and a pen.

The last one I had was fast enough to play PS2 games, as well. So yeah, I don't see any problem with adding more ways to interact with your computer.

Sort of related, I really, really want an AIGO and a phone company willing to give me a SIM card with unlimited broadband to go with it. In fact, I don't have a cellphone anymore since I figure it'd be pointless unless it can have Ubuntu on it. XD

dragos240
January 29th, 2010, 09:51 AM
I want a fully functioning udev.

mrebanza
January 29th, 2010, 10:58 AM
http://thumbla.com/images/images/ubuntukrk.jpg

Buy a Nokia N900 - It runs Maemo OS a Debian Linux Based System

Sexy video that shows you the UI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCrBcZF1rhA

And a CRAZY commercial that shows you its open source (watch this one first)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zoq0GZKwlA

RabbitWho
January 29th, 2010, 11:02 AM
I think tablets are the future, (star trek hasn't been wrong yet) but I don't think the world is ready, the iPad has an optional keyboard you can buy probably because they realise the on-screen one is crap.

I think the industry will force tablets out as quickly as possible because it's getting harder to justify expensive laptops since a normal user can get everything they need for about 400 dollars now.
in two years you'll be able to get a quad-core, 500 GB hard drive and 4GB of ram for 500 dollars, I think it's going to be hard to convince normal people they need more than that unless they're gamers.

Xbehave
January 29th, 2010, 12:25 PM
http://thumbla.com/images/images/ubuntukrk.jpg

Buy a Nokia N900 - It runs Maemo OS a Debian Linux Based System

Sexy video that shows you the UI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DCrBcZF1rhA

And a CRAZY commercial that shows you its open source (watch this one first)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-Zoq0GZKwlA
But it has to be too big to fit in my pocket dammit. The iPad is competing with the equally awesome touchbook or slightly less awesome ARCHOS 7, for the market of "people who want something too bit for their pocket but smaller than a real pc but not a netbook".

Until now people have gone "Meh why do i want that", now Apple make one people are going "wow, i want one", but ignoring that similar devices are already about (for some reason people compare the iPad to ebookreaders instead)

RandomJoe
January 29th, 2010, 01:50 PM
I've long wanted a tablet, but until recently they were all too bulky / heavy / short-lived.

Unfortunately, now that they are thin, light and long-lived their OS has been locked down, which is also not acceptable to me.

I was hopeful I'd see something I liked with the iPad, but no. The form-factor is good, but I'm not willing to be locked into the iPhone app store model. I also want to see some standard connectivity directly on the unit - just one USB port would be a fine start!

Other devices like most e-readers and the N900 aren't what I want because of size. I want something close to standard letter size, both so I can read stuff without constant scrolling and so I can take notes (with a pen/stylus - rarely is what I'm working on conducive to keyboard note-taking) in something better than a cramped little window.

bryonak
January 29th, 2010, 08:02 PM
@RandomJoe:
Why don't you have a look at all those tablets (http://www.pcworld.com/article/186281/the_dawn_of_the_tablet_pc_ces_2010_roundup.html) that came out earlier this month? There's even a slideshow (http://www.pcworld.com/article/186361/tablets_steal_the_show_at_ces.html).
Yes, as usual, Apple does get all the hype even if they are too late ;)

LeifAndersen
January 29th, 2010, 08:50 PM
iDont

That should be how the canonical marriage ceremony should go from now on.

Priest: "Will you-"
Other person: "The Apple iDo"

damis648
January 29th, 2010, 11:54 PM
Wait for the HP slate to come out, and install Ubuntu on that. Or get an HP TM2 if you also want it to double as a laptop. It's a really nice computer.

enduser000
January 30th, 2010, 02:27 AM
This sounds like a cool idea. Just thinking that their smallest (storage wise) iPad is 16GB... and I have 8GB for my well working main OS that is ubuntu now. I say GOOD LUCK to whoever tries this, please let us know how well it works ^^,

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Marlonsm
January 30th, 2010, 02:42 AM
If rumours are true and the HP Slate costs $500, it'll be killer. The same price of an oversized media player for a full computer, with the same size.
They have already said it'll be well under $1500, but I still think it'll be a little over $500.

gspat
January 30th, 2010, 03:11 AM
Apple's iPad was such a letdown when i saw the write ups & reviews... I was really hoping for a full fledged mac, but instead we get a iphone/ipod that's been sucking the teat for too long...

I looked on ebay and you can get a touchscreen add-on for certain models of eeepcs for about 80 bucks (but you need to install it yourself)... that may be an alternative.

Marlonsm
January 30th, 2010, 05:02 PM
I think I got what they are wanting in the iPad. People expected a full-fledged computer costing around $800 or even $1000, they just made an oversized iPod and priced it $500, well under expectations, but still said it's a computer. So people will actually think it's not an expensive device. I've already seen comments like "Just 500 bucks? Sold!"

Firestem4
January 30th, 2010, 07:07 PM
check out the www.AlwaysInnovating.com Touch Book. Its a tablet computer with a detachable keyboard. (You can buy each peice separately too so you can only buy the Tablet if you want to. Keyboarrd includes an extra battery though).

It runs anything Linux. AI's custom OS, Ubuntu, and even Android. Beats the pants off of the iPad IMO. Maybe not in horsepower but in usability...You actually have access to you know...the entire device.... And you're not limited by what Apple wants you to have..Oh and it has Flash support too!

RandomJoe
January 30th, 2010, 07:25 PM
Sweet. I hadn't heard anything about the other tablets that have been announced. (Not that I was paying close attention...)

That Always Innovating one looks very nice, may just have to give one a try... Something else to add to the ever-growing wish-list. :)

MdMax
May 18th, 2010, 08:39 AM
Hi all !

No news about the uPad ? During the Lucid Lynx party on Second Life, Mark Shuttleworth announced this:
"i'll announce something new and interesting at UDS, that will get us a step closer to a uPad ;-)"

When is the UDS ? Was it last week ?

More here about this:
http://4freedom.a.wiki-site.com/index.php/Ubuntu_10.04_Release_Party
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1463922
http://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?id=392837

ssj6akshat
May 18th, 2010, 09:04 AM
Hi all !

No news about the uPad ? During the Lucid Lynx party on Second Life, Mark Shuttleworth announced this:
"i'll announce something new and interesting at UDS, that will get us a step closer to a uPad ;-)"

When is the UDS ? Was it last week ?

More here about this:
http://4freedom.a.wiki-site.com/index.php/Ubuntu_10.04_Release_Party
http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1463922
http://forum.ubuntu-fr.org/viewtopic.php?id=392837

That was the Unity Shell for Ubuntu Light and UNE.

Chuchaqui
May 23rd, 2010, 04:48 PM
It would be nice to have something to take notes on. When you are as unorganized on things that aren't computers like I am the thought of having all my notes on a little pad thing that would be able to sync with an Ubuntu one or GDocs account is amazing.

Writing TeX notes for Math in class is possible it's just a pain in the rear I find. You end up concentrating on copying everything fast enough and not really listen to the concepts and what they're saying, which can make the notes just as illegible when you go back and try to use them for anything.

I've also seen people try this with the old HP touchscreen notebooks... even with a professor doing this. The results were not pretty :| .

HappinessNow
May 24th, 2010, 04:07 AM
It would be nice to have something to take notes on. Post its? :P

Legendary_Bibo
May 24th, 2010, 04:12 AM
I think tablets should be held off until humans evolve to stop producing oil at our finger tips.

Tigerclawz
June 8th, 2010, 10:15 AM
I'm also eager to get a HP Slate and pop Ubuntu on it.

Apart from being a sucker to things new and fancy, it seems like it'd be very convenient to take notes on, like others have said. Of course, I need to get some moneys before I can do this... As usual... It's right below subs and just above clothes for my formal. :)

Dixon Bainbridge
June 8th, 2010, 12:54 PM
IMHO, Tablets are a LOT easier to use because I can directly contact the screen, making things a LOT more accurate.

More accurate than what? What are you doing with a tablet - launching missiles? Also, touch screen smearage would get boring really quick. Keyboard>screen.


But maybe I'm saying that because after almost an entire childhood growing up with mice, I have grown tired of them and I am DYING for something more intuitive and a lot more "human".

How is interacting with a screen directly more human than using a keyboard? What does more human mean? Also, you grew up with mice? Do social services know about this?



As for the iPad, its about time that Apple came around to it, but there are fundamental flaws (like no multitasking and no USB ports, the latter being the major blow).

The no multitasking is FUD. The iPad multitasks just fine.



I too would love to see a iPad-like device running Ubuntu, but I feel that Ubuntu by default isn't quite optimised to take advantage of the power of touch but the good news is that I can easily make it so :-D

How is touch screen more powerful than say using a notebook? Don't understand.

98cwitr
June 8th, 2010, 01:35 PM
id buy one

Bidermaier
August 24th, 2010, 10:57 AM
lightweight tablets are fully compatibles with armchairs, park benches, sofas, beds and even toilets.
They are not pointless. Actually the iPad has made netbook pointless in a lot of situations.

Asus is preparing an Android 3.0 based tablet. I guess that is going to become the ipad main contender.

Spice Weasel
August 24th, 2010, 11:19 AM
You can run Linux on an ebook reader. :p

forrestcupp
August 24th, 2010, 12:42 PM
I want one of these.

http://mccrappy.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/minority-report.jpg

gemmakaru
August 24th, 2010, 01:17 PM
I want one of these.

http://mccrappy.com/wp-content/uploads/2006/03/minority-report.jpg

Does it come with a chair? That looks tiring.

SoFl W
August 24th, 2010, 01:20 PM
Does it come with a chair? That looks tiring.
I had not scrolled down to your message yet, but when I saw the original post that was my first question.

Zorgoth
August 25th, 2010, 12:03 AM
My uncle's iPad doesn't seem to be getting smeary and he's had it for a while. I do not think it is a perfect device for students because every productivity tool costs money, whereas with Android (or obviously with Ubuntu) you can get all the applications you need for free, and without paying a 20% Apple tax on the hardware. I would wait a year until there are really good Android tablets out.

Zorgoth
August 25th, 2010, 12:04 AM
My uncle's iPad doesn't seem to be getting smeary and he's had it for a while. I do not think it is a perfect device for students because every productivity tool costs money, whereas with Android (or obviously with Ubuntu) you can get all the applications you need for free, and without paying a 20% Apple tax on the hardware. I would wait a year until there are really good Android tablets out. And it is *so* locked down.

Legendary_Bibo
August 25th, 2010, 12:06 AM
I'm going to get the Archos 7 when I have the money :D

I'm usually bored and I have to wait a while for my classes, so it'll be a good investment.

PC_load_letter
August 25th, 2010, 03:00 AM
(Announced today) Samsung is coming up w/ a 7" Galaxy tablet in September, here:
http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/07/30/samsungs-tablet-android-7-inch-screen-august-11th-announcement/

and

http://galaxytab.samsungmobile.com/

Legendary_Bibo
August 25th, 2010, 04:24 AM
(Announced today) Samsung is coming up w/ a 7" Galaxy tablet in September, here:
http://www.crunchgear.com/2010/07/30/samsungs-tablet-android-7-inch-screen-august-11th-announcement/

and

http://galaxytab.samsungmobile.com/

I just looked at this yesterday, and I was wondering when it would come out. Screw Archos, I want this!...As long as it's way less than the iPad. Those things are expensive!

Edit: Nevermind, you have to buy it with a phone service from its appearance, which means on its own its going to be a bit pricey. Meh, I'll stick with the Archos.

Austin25
August 25th, 2010, 04:26 AM
I have a laptop with a touchscreen, and I still rely on the touch pad quite a bit.

dtoronto
August 25th, 2010, 04:26 AM
apad runs android, i wonder if you could load ubuntu onto one.

waloshin
August 25th, 2010, 08:17 AM
Wow this thread is still going. :) And I am sure you could run Ubuntu on it, probably through rooting.

honeybear
October 17th, 2010, 05:29 AM
maybe try to make upad on this lan ipad-like:
http://www.itechdiary.com/iiview-viewpad-another-ipad-competitor-with-cheaper-prices.html

aphatak
April 21st, 2011, 03:36 PM
I have been using Ubuntu on a couple of HP tablets for a couple of years now, with all features working except the soft-buttons and position-sensors. The HP Tablet is comfortable with Fedora and OpenSUSE as well, although my preference happens to be Ubuntu.
Perhaps I am dumb (if my wife is to be believed, there is no 'perhaps' about it!), but I never could understand what the big hullabaloo about iPad was - in the first place, the name sounds like the name of some female hygiene product, and the technology was hardly new! AND it's pricey.

avatar21
May 19th, 2011, 03:15 PM
I need that too, I want to able to do what I do on my tablet.

E.G.: Java development, video editing, etc etc ...

ivotkl
January 13th, 2013, 04:45 PM
Wouldn't mind something like an iPad--just nothing made by Apple (I don't hate them or anything..They're just overpriced and I don't like how they seem to lock a user in to some of the software. Although I love their advertising, and their products are asthetically pleasing. Almost pieces of art. Other companies need to take note!)

Something with Ubuntu would be nice, but I'd take any form of Linux on one.

Sorry to "interrupt", but Android is Linux based.

sffvba[e0rt
January 13th, 2013, 05:20 PM
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