So, for those diehard Mac fans, they’ll no doubt flock to the nearest electronics store to be the first ones to get their hands on the tablet/netbook that Apple is releasing in early 2010. For the rest of us though, is there really anything that would make us choose the Apple tablet/netbook over a regular netbook?
For starters, the price tag of Apple’s new tablet doesn’t help the situation. These tablets will cost roughly $800 a pop, about $500 more than the average/standard netbook, which costs roughly $300. And what’s so special about this netbook that it would cost us an extra 500 bones?
Yes, (video) gaming may be a more pleasurable experience on an Apple tablet since Apple in general has awesome graphics, but the touchscreen may provide somewhat of a hindrance.
Some people are quite unsatisfied with gaming on the touchscreen iPhone and if it is to work the sameÂ way with the Apple tablet, there will no doubt be unsatisfied consumers.
Another point of concern is how one is to type on an Apple tablet. The keyboard is on the screen, so what angle would be most comfortable for simultaneously typing and viewing the screen? Would you have to put the netbook in your lap? Type with one hand? Something else? This leaves some room for questions…
It’s rumored that with this tablet, Apple may be taking a stab at the Kindle. Unlike the Kindle though, the Apple tablet has an LCD screen, which, for most people, is harder to read than eInk or just regular ink. It’s also more straining on the eyes.
In defense of Apple’s upcoming tablet though, the Apple iPhone is an awesome compact device. It’s so convenient and user-friendly, not to mention unique and aesthetically-pleasing. So why would we expect anything less with Apple’s upcoming tablet?
Guess we’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out. In the meanwhile, be sure to stay tuned to our site for the latest updates on this new netbook.
And feel free to leave any comments on what you think about shelling out an extra $500 for Apple’s new netbook (or just any thoughts on the Apple tablet/netbook in general). We’d love to hear from you.
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