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Google Tablet? Enter the "Goopad".

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  • Started 6 years ago by TheBeard
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TheBeard
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We could be seeing a Google tablet as early as this summer, maufactured by LG. and yes, we are calling it a Goopad. Spread the word.

show my dinky site some traffic love?

Edit by mod. No self promotion allowed, any time, see below. Link deleted.

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hatryst
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Well.......

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TheBeard
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ah. well, the main point isnt the link. just the google tablet. also i cant edit it out

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LH
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No. But we can :)
(Mike, hit the History button)

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vistamike
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@LH, done already!

Mike

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LH
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See above :)

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whs
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What is the OP talking about anyhow. Is this another Android tablet?

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TheBeard
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yes, OP is talking an LG manufactured, Google tablet running android honeycomb 3.0. there are a few sites reporting it but not with much information about it.

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LH
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Feel free to report it, but just not from your own Blog. Thanks :)

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whs
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I guess he is talking about the LG G-Slate. This is a PP chart from a tablets class I gave last week at my computer club. If anybody is interested in the class materials (including narrated videos), you can download the .zip folder from here:
http://cid-475a0a48ca6d4035.of.....202011.zip

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hatryst
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It's this thing, right here:
http://www.t3.com/news/google-.....ing?=54809

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whs
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Interesting. I had not seen that one yet. Unfortunately it seems to be another 10" which really defeats the portability intent. I wish they would come with a good 7" - but maybe the RiM Playbook is a good option. Honeycomb is kind of shaky anyhow - at least for right now.

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hatryst
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IMHO, 7" eliminates the usability factor...

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whs
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What use is a tablet if you have to keep it at home because it does not fit into your jacket or into the wife's purse. Then a netbook is a cheaper option. The nicest I have seen up to now is the Nook Color - unfortunately it has no duo core (only a 0.8GHz single core) because it is easy to run Android on it - without rooting. Stop at B&N once and have a look at it. Very nice screen resolution.

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ispalten
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Uhh, WHS, many reasons to have one... think IPAD... and I have to admit I just bought one...

Still, with any netbook, laptop, or tablet, it is ALL about the apps AND how you want to use it.

How will I use it, don't know... but the plan is to load up DVD's before traveling, transfer digital pictures from camera, surf, and amuse myself with some apps.

Why an iPad and not a netbook? Well, mainly weight, battery life, and touchscreen.

Expensive, you betcha, but right now, short of taking a laptop, it (to me) is the best game in town.

Irv S.

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whs
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Irv, talk to me again in 6 months when you got tired of lugging the thing around. And for a home appliance, there are cheaper and better options. And next year when Win8 supports ARM processors, short batterie life for netbooks will be history too. And then there will be this one: http://phandroid.com/2011/02/0.....-concepts/

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ispalten
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WHS, I'll let you know WHEN I get it <VBG>... ordered on the 18th, promised on the 27 of next month. A few days ago if you order it the delay was 3 or 4 weeks, not the 4 or 5 when I ordered it. My 'promised' delivery date was changed to the 26 then... They did send me 3 other things I ordered with it already though, not that I can use the accessories...

The iPad is very light, probably 1/3 to 1/4 the weight of Netbook and Laptops.

It wasn't gotten as a home appliance though either, although I can use it on the patio if I wish or when eating breakfast (might make me finally drop the newspaper delivery?). It was for travel. Allows me to connect at our kids house and not hog a computer they have or even when traveling at hotspots. It wasn't bought based on need, unless you call wanting a new toy a need?

I really wanted to buy it at Best Buy with their 'obsolescence' guarantee, as I figure Apple will drop a clearly better iPad next year. They've pretty much been doing this, 1 year later release, with many products. Next iPad should have better graphics, better camera's, and probably more speed.

Oh well...

New technology for the batteries, OS alone can't make it that much better. Very few laptops are close to the 10 hour life of the battery in an iPad. Of course, one can buy more batteries and switch them out, can't on an iPad, sealed... but that is Apple.

Irv S.

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whs
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It is not the OS that will make for longer battery life, it is the ARM processors that need hardly any juice. And that combined with an SSD would beat those toys any time.

Here is the BestBuy deal: http://www.vimeo.com/19631481 Target and some carriers have about the same. It costs $30 to join.

PS: played with an iPad the other day. The screen is dismal - at least for my weak eyes. The Samsung Galaxy is a lot better and even better is the Nook Color.

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ispalten
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That is what said, new technology for the batteries, in this case the processor... old netbooks will not get better battery life.

Yes, I know about the BB deal... I thought for I think $60 I'd be able to get back 1/2 the price I paid by the time I get the unit and Jobs decides to release a new one.

I played with it too at BB before I ordered it on-line. No problem for me, but don't think for a minute and Netbook, or even most Laptops have anything better at the comparable price.

Again, I'm looking for specific applications on a rarely used basis. If I were 'truly' serious, I'd have bought a top end laptop and 'suffered' carrying it around with all the parts when I traveled.

Irv S.

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whs
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Well, I will wait until next year hoping the market will have settled down. I don't really need any more toys, but it is the intellctual curiosity. But before that it will be a new desktop here in FL. My 2007 box is a bit slow for video editing, encoding and transcoding of which I do a lot - just waiting for Windows8.

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ispalten
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Honestly, I think the tablet market is just emerging now. Apple basically owns/owned it up to now. Others are coming on board fast. Some too fast, pushing out product with little support, inferior, or just over-priced. It isn't even a given if there is a real market for Wi-Fi only or Gx tablets (I'm not taking about business uses that are 'bundled' apps and h/w types either). Some of it is novelty (the market) and once saturated it is non-growth.

Xoom has been banged already as too pricey to go against iPad's. It is not in the same league and more costly. If prices come down on air connections, now monthly and some have limits, they could be more attractive.

However, some networks are getting overloaded with phones, iPod's, and iPads. The larger the screen, more data comes down as movies are clearly better seen on iPad's than other ixxxxx devices. Add to that other tablets now hitting the airwaves and one wonders who has the capacity to deliver?

Do you really think 20 people can sit at Starbuck's, buy a cup of coffee and watch NetFlix on an iPad on their network? I'd be surprised, but if the bandwidth is there, I guess they could?

Orlando for 2 years was wireless downtown. A company put all the repeaters in and figured it would make a killing on extra services (faster, other options, etc.) Well, the contract was up and they are pulling out. It cost them $2,700/mo. to run it and they reaped on average only $100 in services... go figure...

Irv S.

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whs
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That's why I am waiting for 2012. There is nothing in the market right now that I would buy. There are some smartphones that I would get if my eyes were better. But the way things are, those are too small.

Right now I am watching the RiM PlayBook and the Nook Color. Both are interesting for different reasons - the playbook because QNX is a solid OS and RiM has many years of experience and the Nook because it has a beautiful screen, does not cost too much and has interesting upgrades in the pipeline.

Google is still working with rubber bands and band aids. In my book they are no software professionals (yet). Look at the release sequence of Android 2.1, 2.2, 2.3 and 3.0 - far too close together to deliver quality products. I visit the Android forum frequently. It is amazing to see that people spent $800 on a Xoom and are happy that a couple of applications run - and shut down only a couple of times per day. What a dismal scenario.

Once Microsoft enters the arena with W8, they will lose a lot of the share. I think MS plays it right. They get well prepared and with the market knowledge and infrastructure of Nokia they will make it - and the right way.

But you are right. The internet access may become a problem. G4 is a nice concept and alternative. But right now it works only in the metro areas and is very expensive ($50/month for 5GB bandwith). And G3 is too slow for any serious work. In the Tampa area G4 does not even work in Land-o Lakes which is right next door quasi at the end of McMullin Booth - a major Tampa shopping strip.

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