Help me pick a portable laptop/netbook/tablet that boots fast.
September 23, 2010 8:38 AM Subscribe
I recently played with an iPad, and I definitely see the appeal. I tend to hate touchscreens in favor of clickable keyboards, but I do see the use of touchscreens in web browsing, e-book reading, etc. I like the form factor and portability of the iPad, and I especially like the no-contract a la carte wireless options. Now that I've started to think about what I might use such a device for, what are my options?
posted by RobotNinja to technology (37 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
I'd like to have a device that I can leave on my coffee table and boot fast. I want to be able to pick it up and access my Google Docs in a matter of seconds. I keep a lot of lists and spreadsheets in Google Docs that I'd like ubiquitous access to throughout the day in a convenient form factor. I'd also like to be able to pull up a recipe and carry the device with me into the kitchen. Web browsing, e-book reading, and other similar activities are also desirable. 90% of the time I'll be on Wifi, so I definitely don't want a dedicated contract, but some sort of wireless option when on travel would be awesome. The iPad seems to meet these criteria, but I loathe the closedness of it and the Apple Tax. I can imagine wanting to experiment with other uses for such a device, maybe write my own programs or toy around in python for use as a remote control for home automation. I also play a lot of online poker, and a device like this would be killer for that activity, but that requires a more traditional operating system.
What are my options? For those of you that either decided to or decided definitely not to but an iPad, did any of the above factor in? Should I wait for an android tablet or get a netbook tablet with a solid state drive? Let's assume price isn't critical right now, but I'd like to keep it to the $500-ish range unless there are killer features that are worth it. What can you recommend?